For the many people who decide to buy a home or vacation property in the greater Lake Winnipesaukee area, one of the greatest perks of settling in this region isn’t the water activities available around the lake, but the golf courses that dot this area. For avid golfers, there is no better place to call home than this stunning area of New Hampshire. The region boasts some of the area’s best golf escapes, ranging from hidden private retreats to sprawling public courses. Those that plan on becoming regulars in the Lake Winnipesaukee golf scene, will want to take a look at some of the area’s top courses so they can get ready to tee up and get an early swing on golf season from the moment they put their roots down in Lake Winnipesaukee.
Here are just a few of the dozens of golf courses that are spread throughout this beautiful lakefront region.
Bald Peak Colony Club- Melvin Village
With a history that dates back to 1921, Melvin Village is one of the oldest and most established golf courses in the greater Lake Winnipesaukee area. In its early years, big names such as Teddy Roosevelt belonged to and frequently played at the budding colony club.
Today, those who want to test their luck on the green can try their hand at the Donal Ross course. This par 72 course offers stunning mountain and lake views, where members and non-members alike can take in all the beauty that this region has to offer. For those who really want to become part of the Lake Winnipesaukee community when they settle in, the club has their own Bald Peak Community Fund which has given over $1,000,000 to local children and elderly individuals in need.
Bolduc Park Golf Course- Gilford, NH
Located right on the Gilford/Laconia, Bolduc Park offers golfers with a relaxing 9-hole experience that is perfect for the whole family. Designed with beginners and kids in mind, this course is a perfect afternoon of fun or a great way to improve your short game. Hole distances are just 85 yards to 140 yards, meaning even first timers can start swinging and start improving their game, before graduating to some of the area’s bigger courses.
Indian Mound Golf Club- Center Ossipee, NH
At Indian Mound Golf Club, golfers can play 18 holes while soaking in the beauty of the greater Ossipee area. This 70 par 18-hole golf course is set along a well-groomed course and boasts a level front 9 and a gentle rolling back 9. Indian Mound also boasts extras such as a fully stocked pro shop, renovated holes and access to the River’s Edge Grille and Tavern, where golfers can grab a cold beer or a hefty sandwich after a round. This course welcomes both members and guests who want to try their hand one of the area’s most exciting courses.
Farmington Country Club- Farmington, NH
Located in charming Farmington, this welcoming country club has one of the most unique courses in the area. Take lessons, watch local tournaments or join one of the course’s outings all on this stunning golf course. Golfers can play individual rounds as a guest, or enjoy free golf with a membership to the club. This par 36, 9-hole course is the perfect laid-back retreat for area golfers who want to relax, unwind and enjoy one of their favorite past-times in a beautiful New Hampshire environment.
Laconia Country Club- Laconia, NH
The Laconia Country club boasts its own recently renovated golf course that must be seen to be believed. Often rated as one of the state’s finest, this golf course isn’t just an idyllic retreat for members and their guests, but it is also home to several annual events as well. The Laconia Country Club golf course hosts a number of tournaments and leagues, puts on clinics, hosts lessons and has its own family tee program, for families who want to settle in and learn the game together.
Mojalaki Golf Club- Franklin, NH
The Mojalaki Golf Club is located just feet from the Merrimac River, and features a lush natural course that is ideal for players of all levels and experiences. Rooted in history, this established Lake Winnipesaukee golf course got its name from the Indians that once canoed in the area. In fact, the name Mojalaki means “the carrying place.”
Golfers can play 9 or 18 holes per game or they can sign up for a membership and enjoy even better deals on the course. The course also has a number of leagues for those with a little more competitive edge.
Oak Hill Golf Course- Meredith, NH
The small but charming 9-hole public golf course on Oak Hill offers those in the Meredith region with access to some of the most budget-friendly golf access in the region. Players can play per round or buy full or mid-week yearly memberships at Oak Hill depending on their individual preference.
Guests can play 9 or 18 holes, access riding carts and rent pull carts right from the course’s shop. Afterwards golfers can relax and unwind with a sandwich or a cold beverage at the course’s snack bar and cocktail lounge.
Owl’s Nest Golf Club- Campton, NH
The Owl’s Nest Golf Club has long been known as one of New Hampshire’s most versatile courses offering both casual players and serious golfers with the perfect retreat. The course was recently acquired by Nicklaus Design and is set to become the firm’s first golf course in New Hampshire, meaning exciting new, state-of-the-art improvements are on their way.
With something for every skill level of player and jaw-dropping mountain views, it is easy to see why the Owl’s Nest is one of Lake Winnipesaukee’s most popular courses. Stop in for the day and enjoy a round as a guest and a cold beverage at the course’s tavern, or join as a member and enjoy great perks and discounts all season long.
Waukewan Golf Club- Meredith, NH
This Meredith-based golf club offers a variety of membership options for customers who want to become regulars on the course, although non-members are always welcome to come play a round or two.
This 18 hold golf course has a history that dates back to 1948, when the property was a horse farm. Today, the course features meticulously manicured grounds that highlight the natural beauty of the region while paying homage to the original farm that once grazed these grounds.