Candia Woods Golf Links – Played 2015
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 313 South Road, Candia, New Hampshire
- Year: 1964
- Architect: Philip A. Wogan
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,550 yards, Par 71, 71.0 Rating/121 Slope
- Blue: 6,320 yards, Par 71, 69.9 Rating/120 Slope
- White: 5,865 yards, Par 71, 67.6 Rating/115 Slope
- Green: 5,315 yards, Par 71, 64.9 Rating/110 Slope
- Gold: 5,039 yards, Par 71, 68.3 Rating/115 Slope
Ah, the course I played almost every summer of my childhood once I took up golf! This one brings back some great memories. I broke 80 for the first time here at 14. I more than likely made my first birdie and eagle here. My grandfather, starting at nine years old, would take me out in the mornings when he would go to his post at the starter or ranger. He had quite the flair for telling you to hurry the hell up without angering you.
The routine was normally the same. We would get there a little after five in the morning and I would help get carts out (when I was a little older). Then it was out to the course before anyone teed off. Usually I would go on the back nine and hit wedge shots and other situational stuff. It was an awesome way to practice. Once a group was in sight it was back to the range usually until Gramps got off around one in the afternoon. Before I could drive we may stay to play a few holes or practice some more and then we would head home. Once I got my license. I could stay later and would usually play 18 in the afternoon with my buddies that worked at the course. These are some of my favorite times in golf!
Candia Woods Golf Links was designed by Philip Wogan, the son of Skip who worked with Donald Ross. After college he joined his father’s architecture practice and continued to design courses including The Country Club of Halifax, Pembroke Country Club, and The Bar Harbor Golf Club. In addition, he worked on design revisions at Blue Hill Country Club, Manchester Country Club, and Onondaga Golf & Country Club.
It was a privilege to get back out here this past summer and get some pictures of a course I hold so close to my heart. It isn’t the most spectacular place in the world, but it is home and that means a lot!
We tipped it out, so all distances will be from the black tees. Enjoy!
Hole 1 – 423 yards – Par 4
The first hole gives you a template for what you will see on the day. There are a lot of wide spaces to hit tee shots. The only real trouble here is if you hit a hook.
The second hole doesn’t require driver. The hole bends more to the left than it looks. The best line is 10 yards left of the 150 yard marker in the middle of the photo.
The tee shot here plays slightly downhill once you past the yardage post. Their is a drop off if you go to far right. On this hole, the yardage post is a good aiming point.
This hole plays a little longer than the yardage due to the uphill slope. You have more room to the right than it looks. Anything left will face tree trouble.
This is one of the tightest holes on the course. It plays about a club less than the yardage, but there is no real room to miss. It is, however, a pretty big green.
This hole plays straight up the hill. The trees up the left will come into play if you hit your tee shot over there. A fade will work nicely here.
The approach is still moving uphill. Unless you absolutely bomb a drive you won’t be able to see the green. It will help to know that there are bunkers on both sides. Direction is just as important as distance control on this approach.
This is one of my favorite holes on the course. It plays right into my shot shape. The trees up the left in line with the carts can be carried with a big drive. This fairway is absolutely massive.
This is a tough hole due to the distance. The water isn’t really a factor unless your tee shot is poorly struck. It is about 40-50 yards short of the green.
This is a long hole and most likely a three shot hole. There is plenty of room off the tee, but out of bounds lines the entire right side. Your tee shot should get a little boost when it lands on the down-slope in the fairway.
Have I said that I love the wide open fairways! This is another one. If you can catch a good one it will be go time. You have three fairways worth of real estate out there so swing with confidence.
As easy as the last hole was, this one is equally as difficult. It bends to the right slightly. The fairway is wide, but a power fade works best here.
You cross over a local road for the next three holes. A good aiming point is a little left of the tower. The fairway drops off sharply on the right and will most likely result in a lost ball if you go over there.
I figured I would give you a view of the hole markers. See below.
You can get as aggressive as you want on this tee shot. If you take driver you will need to aim up the left side and challenge the trees. The more conservative play would be to hit something 200 yards up the middle.
This hole plays uphill, but you are aided by a green that funnels everything to the middle of the putting surface.
This is a beast of a hole. The trees on the right inhibit hitting a draw. There is plenty of room to the left.
This isn’t an overly long hole and the green is only mildly sloped. The bunkers short of the green are the only hazards here.
The final hole greets you with a blind tee shot. The best line is right over the cart in this photo. If you hit it straight the ball will land on a downhill slope giving you more distance.
I have always loved playing this course. It is a fun round and can really present some great scoring opportunities. It is a great course for all types of golfers. One last note, the staff has always been wonderful to me since I was a junior golfer. It is always special for me to play here and this round was no exception.