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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 6167 yards
Slope 125
Rating 69.9

Previously known as Maplewood Casino & Country Club.

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Course Details

Year Built 1914
Golf Season Open: 5/15 Closed: 10/12
Architect Donald Ross (1914) Ross Forbes (1983)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Accolades

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4.4
53 Reviews (53)
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Just okay

What the website and Golfnow didn’t tell us was that the greens were being aerated so some greens were unplayable and others were not really puttable. Probably wouldn’t have gone if that was known. Otherwise, the course was average.

Conditions Fair
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Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Awful in every aspect.

Think of the worst public course you have played and just carry it over to this course. Pine straw fairways, small uneven tee boxes, the entire course is designed on the side of a mountain so all fairways are sloped so as to run off into what I assume is their rough. Very small greens, which are also sloped to coincide with the mountain. Poorly maintained, and the only interesting thing about this course is their par 6, which is not very challenging, straight away 3 shot to the green, which I eagled btw. Not sure how anyone could give this course a higher rating. Must be friends of the owners is all I can think of.

Conditions Poor
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Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 2
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Conditions Average
Value Good
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Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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Reviews 31
Handicap 15-19
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Old NH golf!

Lemme tell ya the greens here are lightening.
They all break toward the valley. Some fairways are pretty narrow calling for a long iron off the tee.

I’ve played here 10 or more times in the last 15 years and love the 16th, 614 yard par 6 hole. Yes that’s a par 6 hole.

Good take for good old New England golf.

Fairways were a little hard and bumpy but it’s still a fun place to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Course well maintained

I really enjoyed this course the greens are in great shape

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
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4.0
First Time Playing

Donald Ross you devil

What a fun track track. Golf as it should be. The greens were magnificent, a real tribute to Donald Ross golf genius. I’m so happy the owners have kept the greens in such wonderful shape. I would have opted to walk in hindsight. Put this on your bucket list of Ross courses. A gem in Bethlehem nh

Conditions Good
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Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 4
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Donald Ross does it again!

This is of course you have to play twice or you pay the price! So much fun, so Donald Ross, and just gorgeous beautiful scenery.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Layout and Scenery make up for other stuff

Awesome facility and location.
Pace of play very bad. Call to pro shop on 9 tee helped.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 52
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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New Hampshire Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great location

Weather was ideal; course conditions were pretty awesome; the gal who greeted uls at check-in was really wonderful and kind; Jerry, afterwards, was there for us for a great cocktail - everything was clean, friendly, just right for our day of 18 holes.....had a great time....Will be travelling back one day from CT! thanks so much...a beautiful spot for us.....!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Loved it

Absolutely loved the course. There are a lot of fun unique holes. The course plays very different from most VT/NH courses thanks to higher elevations and firm fast fairways, have fun hitting bombs off the tee!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 37
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Spectacular views

Everyone should play here once. Like a course should be, you are rewarded for staying in the fairway. The rough is short enough you can find your ball, but long enough to make you go up a club. The lodge /pro shop is special and a must see. Built partially of stone with a massive turret, it is beautifully set against the Presidential Range.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 37
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Stellar views

If you want breathtaking views beautiful mountains as your backdrop, and challenging holes dropped in you need to play Maplewood. And a Par 6 16th hole I have birdied twice !!! The lodge/ clubhouse is a special stone fronted Victorian era masterpiece. Must see and play....

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 122
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Connecticut Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Maplewood Revisited

The first hole at Maplewood sweeps gently uphill alongside Route 302. On the other, right side of the hole marches a rhythmic line of huge pines. The open fairway ahead invites us to swing away. For the second shot, though, the hole's complexion changes. No longer so inviting, the right tree line tightens all the way to the green, which sits hard by the road. Such a threat may make one's choice a conservative hybrid or mid-iron, leaving a short pitch for the third. A bold player, instead, may hazard a direct strike at the green, but the shot had better be precise. The first hole's defenses remain firm around the green, pitched as it is above grade and crowded by flanking bunkers. A pitch shot run onto the surface from green's front, narrow left side crosses uneven ground; it supplies an element of risk even here. At least the green itself presents only minor difficulties.

The artistry of a Donald Ross golf hole impresses from the first stroke at Maplewood. Playing here—a pure delight—demands high skill and an almost ingrained patience. Each golfer must analyze the options a Ross hole suggests, then decide on and play confident shots, often adapting them to certain key hazards and threats. In this regard, good choices will lower the final number on his or her scorecard.

Today my son and I enjoyed playing Maplewood on a lazy summer afternoon. This was his first time here and he came away impressed, as did I. Maplewood again demonstrated to me Ross’ infallible sense for what tests good golfers. After all, he himself competed at the highest levels, winning tournaments nationally and in the New England region from 1903-1911.

Over a stretch of 29 years (1910-1929), Donald Ross built twelve New Hampshire courses. The first nine at Maplewood was completed in 1914; another was added in 1928. In 1914, Ross was just coming to prominence as an architect; by 1928, he had just finished masterpieces such as Seminole in Florida and Aronimink in Pennsylvania.

MORE ON THE LAYOUT:
Another good shot-making option at Maplewood comes at the downhill 3rd (338 yards), where the possibility of driving the green presents itself: draw the ball around the bend, where huge trees reside, or hit a straight and shorter shot to the right, a safe layup. The more tempting, but quite dangerous option is the first. Pull off a draw well, though, and be rewarded with a much shorter, simpler pitch into the tiny green, a surface heavily protected by large traps.

Similarly, the 361-yard downhill ninth is within range of longer hitters; still, my son the bomber came up 40 yards short; I myself could manage 60 away. Nine's miniscule green, without bunkers but sunken and best reached by running it on, may confound even the careful golfer. Landing the ball in its center may well yield a poor result: a shot that rolls off and down the rear embankment.

Twelve is a cunningly-built Ross special—a 201-yard downhill par-3. Smacking a mid-iron or hybrid should suffice for most. With the pin anywhere near the front, however, a problem crops up, with the green dropping away decidedly from front to back. Running the ball onto the surface works, or maybe hitting a high fade; the trees will block a draw.

Another hole that requiring careful thought is fourteen. On this short and ultra-tight 286-yard par four, you may consider going for it, especially because there's breathing room on the green's right side. A simple 5-iron down the middle may be the better choice, given the out-of-bounds left, the marsh right, and a fairway thirty yards in width.

BEST HOLE: SIX (411 yard par-4): Maplewood has a number of burly par fours on the front, but the best may this uphill blockbuster. The drive emerges from of a chute of trees and into an open fairway which bends slightly left around a small copse. Fair enough, but after this, Ross pulls out all the stops: uphill approach through two sentinel trees before the green; rolling slopes and ridges to deflect greenside shots; the green itself a punchbowl and no easy two-putt. Tee through green, this par-4’s brilliance continues to glow.

MOST FASCINATING HOLE: ELEVEN (168 yard par-3): Hmmm, what possessed Ross to come up with this oddity? Extend him credit for unconventional thinking. From 168 yards, we are expected to strike an absolutely laser-straight tee shot steeply downhill to thread the narrowest of openings for a GIR. With the front 'tongue' of this green a mere eight yards wide, and the back lobe 14, the green's dimensions are stingy. Some may say it resembles a glorified pitch-and-putt creation. Just to put an exclamation mark on things, Ross edged the majority of green 11 with wall-like, flowing mounds. Short pitches played onto the carpet here are anything but routine ones.

MOST EXCITING HOLE (16: 614-yard par-6): On the tee at 16, the distant green appears to be in the next county (you may need a good pair of binoculars to sight it). For the Brooks Koepkas of this world, a driver/3-iron combo might well be adequate to reach the putting surface after two routine swishes at the ball. For the rest of us, it's an invigorating challenge. I wonder what clubs Bobby Jones was hitting at Maplewood’s 16th (?) when he played here, at age fifteen, in a 1917 exhibition.
Ross has populated Maplewood with several other holes that generate intriguing options—some subtle, others complex—along with often severe, undulating greens, all promising a full test of your ball-striking abilities and short game. Further, smart planning along with adequate course knowledge will go a long way toward shooting your best score. Maplewood may appear ‘short’ by modern standards at 6,167 yards (blues), yet this is more than offset by the difficulties of the layout’s contours and its strategically-placed hazards.

It is not alone the attraction of a shot-maker's layout that should bring serious golfers to Maplewood; just as seductive is the course's beauty. The vintage hotel sits at the entrance, basking in the summer sun, exerting a majestic presence as golfers play the first, sixteenth and eighteenth under its gaze. Beyond this, the parkland vistas, the New Hampshire forest, and the solemn mountain backdrops once and again fall in and out of view.

Other comments, facts & opinions:
(a) The staff is friendly here, both at check-in and around the clubhouse. I met one of the cart attendants, Spenser Stephens, who talked golf with me. A two handicap who has won a tournament at Hooper (which we happened to play yesterday), Spenser’s favorite holes here are 4, 5 and 16.
(b) First-rate amenities, led by a spacious veranda and indoor lounge (with bar) and décor fitting the era in which this hotel and course were built. The Donald Ross statue is a great touch. If we didn't have a place In N.H., I'd stay at this resort without hesitation.
(c) Conditions improved over 2019, and it’s excellent for a public-access course.
(d) On the drive north to this destination, views of the White Mountains are incomparable.
(e) I've played Mountain Washington, another highly rated Ross gem nearby, many times. Maplewood is comparable—and an even better value. It's ranked #9 among the top ten New Hampshire "Golfer's Choice" selections from Golf Advisor. Clearly, Ross was at home in New Hampshire mountain settings. Links magazine calls the feel of his Balsam’s Panorama resort course, critically acclaimed and arguably the best of its type, as having a “palpable sense of Ross’ genius.”

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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