News : Young Players Practice Year Round With Sagamore Golf

Jun 24, 2014

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By Clay Cowart
Green Alliance Writer

NORTH HAMPTON - From the tee to the green, Sagamore Golf has something to offer all young golfers looking to improve their game at the Sagamore Golf Center, or spend the day playing 18 holes at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club. Located on North Road in North Hampton, N.H., just a few good driver swings away from the University of New Hampshire and a 7-iron away from Portsmouth, Sagamore's two facilities are designed with golfers of all levels in mind.

Everybody knows that practice makes perfect and up here in the north that time is limited due to the weather. But at the Sagamore Golf Center weather isn't a problem. For students home on winter break, or younger golfers living in the area, the golf center offers year round access to the driving range.

“Our covered semi-indoor driving range ports include overhead heaters and southern exposure to provide heat from the sun,” said Richard Luff, Sagamore's owner and operator.

Besides the many driving range mats, the indoor range also includes eight “power tees." This state of the art system automatically re-tees a player's practice ball from the ball-well after each swing.

“Some say they are the ultimate in laziness,” said Luff, who noted that the technology is popular amongst younger golfers who find the system "cool to use." But the "power tees" have also proven popular amongst older golfers, as it helps alleviate some of the strain on a player's back from bending over to tee up a ball.

When the weather warms and the snow melts, Sagamore Golf Center has multiple areas designated for practice that offer grass tees. Public grass-ranges are often tough to find and sought after by golfers looking to practice. Many public ranges turn to artificial turf mats.

“Places that do have it are limited and are usually at private clubs and even there the grass gets eaten up pretty quickly", said Luff. “People will come from far away to hit off of well maintained grass.”

The range is lighted for nighttime practice Monday through Saturday for students home in the summer.

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