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Portsmouth Country Club

Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland, New Hampshire

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Me, Matt and CJ

The Stats

Tee Time: July 30, 2014, 11:37, 72 F, partly cloudy

Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr

Playing Partners: CJ Phelan, Matt

Tees: White, Par 72 (71.7rating/122 slope/6,669 yards)

Course Handicap: 9 (8.0 index)

Stats: 84 (42-42); 34 putts; 3/14 fairways; 9/18 greens; 0 penalty strokes

The Course

I’m typing this on a tablet where the ‘U’ key doesn’t work, so if I write course as C-O-R-S-E, blame Logitech. Of all the letters to lose, they had to take a vowel away…

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Flowers lining the 1st tee box

Portsmouth Country Club is a great place for golf. Given that it’s barely an hour outside of Boston, it might be the best public access course in the Boston area, given the slim pickings around there. Turning onto Country Club Lane, it’s clear this place takes pride in their work. The drive into the clubhouse might as well serve as the New England version of Magnolia Lane in Augusta. The sunlight filters through the leaves overhead, giving the road a golden glow that makes it feel like you’re driving into you’re own world away from everyone else. The entire course is surrounded by groves of trees or the gorgeous bay. The water is clear, calm and a perfect blue that stretches as far as the eye can see, winding through the inlets back out to the Atlantic Ocean. I’m sure even the winters here are lovely. There was never a Revolutionary War battle fought in New Hampshire, and I’m sure that it was because neither the Brits or Americans wanted to spoil the perfect landscape of The Granite State. Or maybe it was just too far north for any hostilities, who knows. I enjoyed every minute on this golf course, from the 1st hole through the 19th. Continue reading

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