Wentworth By The Sea Country Club – Played July 2016
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 60 Wentworth Road, Rye, New Hampshire
- Year: 1897 (Original), 1921 (Update), 1964 (Expansion)
- Architect: George Wright, Donald Ross, Geoffrey Cornish, Alex Findlay, & Brian Silva
- Course Access: Private
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Blue: 6,306 yards, Par 70, 69.2 Rating/127 Slope
- White: 6,006 yards, Par 70, 68.9 Rating/126 Slope
- Gold: 5,440 yards, Par 70, 66.3 Rating/117 Slope
- Red: 5,055 yards, Par 70, 67.1 Rating/116 Slope
The first course on the New England jaunt was Wentworth By The Sea Country Club. The course website didn’t have a great deal of history on it, but I played this course back when I was 16 and I really wanted another go of it. Luckily, we could get on through a network of private clubs our home course is apart of.
As you can see from the course details a lot of work has been done to this course by many architects. You can’t really tell as it all fits together very well with the best holes being along the water. Let’s get started!
Hole 1 – 573 yards – Par 5
Hopefully you are hitting your driver well on the range because you will need a good one off the first tee. The fairway is narrow with rough hemming in, but there is also plenty of mounding out there as well.
I didn’t like the view here with the plants blocking your view. Unless it is meant to be a blind shot I think you should be able to see the green. I hope it was just a temporary maintenance issue.
One of the fun parts about old courses is that they can be quirky. Wentworth is no exception. With this hole we have back to back par threes and the front nine par is 34. Pretty cool. The shot here is straightforward with only the bunker right really in play.
It’s good to have a yardage book for this hole. You can go further left than you think, but I didn’t realize that. The green is well to the left in the first photo. In the next one you can see the fairway landing area up the right.
The tee shot here plays to a narrow fairway with the rock outcropping on the right. The green is not very large.
We got a visitor on this tee box. This is not zoomed in at all. This guy was just a few feet off the cart path.
This one doesn’t necessarily require driver. There is trouble on both sides so accuracy is needed.
This hole is very tight off the tee. Your best line is just to the right of the far bunker. Take driver if you dare.
The front side closes with a difficult hole. The carry is mostly over water even though there is some grass short or the green. There is also a bailout area to the right of the putting surface.
This is a tough hole if you move it left to right. You need a draw here and more than likely not with a driver. You can definitely run out of room all along the right side.
This is the first par five we have had since the opening hole. It is a mystery if you are playing for the first time because you can’t see much. You want to keep it just inside the right treeline.
Sometimes these old school tracks can seem a bit squeezed in. This was a spot where I felt a little of that, but it still remains playable. This one is all out in front of you.
I imagine this hole can illicit mixed reactions. Due to the narrowness I hit a long iron off the tee. There isn’t much room to maneuver here. Taking a shorter club keeps you accurate, but also avoids flirting with the huge slopes in the fairway.
This begins a stretch a three holes along the water. I think it is the best group of holes on the course. It’s tough to see here, but the line is more evident when you are standing on the tee.
This hole looks like you can’t see anything. That is slightly true, but I promise there is a green out there. The second photo gives you a better look.
This is my favorite hole. It gives you plenty of options. You can take multiple clubs depending on how far right you want to go. I just love the setting along the water.
After we get past 16, I think the course ends on a bit of a lull. That’s not to say the holes are bad, but they just don’t match up compared to the prior three. This one is a long par three that plays uphill. The green is quite wide.
The tee shot is downhill to a blind fairway. A good line is at the peak of the roof on the left side. Depending on the wind here you may not need driver.
I find this course to be very fun. It won’t beat you up unless the wind is howling. You can make some birdies and the course is usually in decent shape. If you find a way to get on take the opportunity. New Hampshire has a lot of great golf and you’re missing out if you skip it.