Sagamore Hampton Golf Club
Good course, good prices.
Sagamore is an interesting course that is well maintained. Layout is a mix of wide-open holes and tight narrow ones. A decent amount of elevation change makes this course a little tricky. Some of the greens are extremely sloped and almost impossible to keep the ball on depending on the pin locations. (I would say they're unfair and need to be changed but the course is easy and I think the owners keep the greens this way to make it play harder). Yardages are marked off, 150 being the most visible.
Overall its an average course that's well maintained and has some bad greens in order to artificially make the course harder than it is. The back 9 is a lot better than the front.
October 6, 2014
Very Dependable Public Golf
We have all whizzed by Sagamore Hampton hundreds of times of Rt 95 in NH. From the highway you can see a wide open group of holes that are always green and teeming with golfers. Getting off the highway and over to the course is a bit of an adventure. Once there you know you are at a course that has public golf course pretty well figured out. The course is well laid out over several rolling hills and wooded areas. Half the holes are wide open and fairly attackable. The other half have tree lined fairways that although they are not terribly tight, by contrast to the aforementioned open holes, they seem rail thin. Then there are the hills. The 8th hole is almost all hill, first going up and then down and then up again to a severely pitched green. This is not a cinch par 5. The 17th is a long downhill par 3, through a chute to a green that seems elusive. There are drivable par 4's and sneaky little creeks that come into play. The course is well maintained and considering the massive amounts of play it gets, is in remarkable shape. The rough and native grasses are tough and you may wonder how you lost a ball just 20 feet off the fairway, but it can happen. The course will not be hosting any major tournaments or topping any best of lists, but that is not its purpose. None of these foibles keep the hordes of loyal golfers from coming out. Some day you should veer off I-95 and see for yourself why Sagamore Hampton keeps packing them in year after year.
September 11, 2014