News : Get Your Green On

May 28, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Mike Zhe

On the Seacoast, golf courses come in all shapes and sizes. From a club that has hosted a United States Golf Association championship to a spot for a nine-hole casual buddy round, there’s a course for every type of player. What the area lacks in hilly terrain it more than makes up for in unique layouts.

“I always tell people that when you look at a golf course in New Hampshire or New England, you’re dealing with the terrain that’s there,” said Billy Andrews, the head pro­fessional at Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland. “It’s not like Florida, where you move dirt around and build a pond where you want.”

Semi-private Portsmouth CC, with several of its holes bordered by Great Bay, is one of the area’s jewels, a chal­lenging layout that can stretch out to near 7,200 yards and is a favorite of players who like to hit the driver regularly and take in the great scenery.

“It’s the only Robert Trent Jones Sr. design in the state of New Hampshire,” said Andrews, citing the late, renowned architect. “That right there makes it special. Secondly, it sits on the bay. Not a lot of golf courses in the U.S. can boast something like that.”

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