The Shattuck Golf Club – Played Multiple Years
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 53 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, New Hampshire
- Year: 1991
- Architect: Brian Silva
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,764 yards, Par 71, 75.0 Rating/147 Slope
- Blue: 6,077 yards, Par 71, 70.8 Rating/141 Slope
- White: 5,412 yards, Par 71, 68.4 Rating/130 Slope (Men’s), 73.9 Rating/135 Slope (Women’s)
- Red: 4,632 yards, Par 71, 67.6 Rating/125 Slope (Men’s), 73.1 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
- Gold: 4,393 yards, Par 71, 64.6 Rating/127 Slope (Men’s), 66.2 Rating/125 Slope (Women’s)
The Shattuck is one of the courses I played while spending my summers in New Hampshire. A friend of my grandfather would take me around to many courses in the state to get me exposure to different places. For that I am very thankful and want to give Steve a shoutout. Let’s get into a little of the background on the course.
The course sits near the base of Mt. Monadnock. The mountain is in your field of vision for much of the course and is really pretty to look at. As you will see from the photos, wetlands and other hazards are not far from the playing surface. This is the primary defense of the course as it is not overly long. The golfer will have to put them out of his or her mind to score well. While it can be difficult, don’t be discouraged. Per the course’s website, if you can hit the ball 75 yards in the air, you can play any of the holes. That being said, it has made the list of the Top 100 toughest courses in the country. I highly recommend getting the player’s guide to help you navigate the course.
Hole 1 – 357 yards – Par 4
You need to be careful from the very first tee shot here. As you can see in the photo below, there is a creek that cuts across the fairway at the 150 yard marker. You have to make the decision to lay up short or challenge it with the driver.
This hole plays from an elevated tee to a green that sits at an angle. The downhill slope must be accounted for as the easy mistake here is going long. Anything in the middle of the green is a solid shot.
I had some technical issues with the photo here so it is a little smaller. The green sits a in a stadium-like setting. The challenge on this hole is the narrow fairway. There is a hazard on the left and a ledge on the right that requires a good shot to clear.
Hole 4 – 312 yards – Par 4
Thankfully this is a shorter hole and you can afford to not hit driver. It is definitely a tight landing area. You must be aware of the wetlands down the left side, while the bunkers on the right are no picnic.
This can be a monstrous hole from the back tees as it plays over 600 yards. The tee shot plays to a narrow fairway. The hole has trouble on both sides most of the hole. The green is seen below. It is carved into a large rock ledge and sits behind a peaceful stream. The Shattuck is just not like many places you have played before.
I always think it’s a nice change of pace to have back to back par fives. This hole is the definition of target golf. There are two landing areas. There is no need to get too aggressive. Just play the course and hope to make a putt.
This longer par 3 plays over more wetlands that are definitely all carry. There is a small area to the right to bail out, but otherwise this hole requires a well-struck shot.
Hole 8 – 373 yards – Par 4
This hole has some scenic views. You need precision with your tee shot since you need to carry a waste area, but also cannot go to far or you risk being blocked out from the green. Welcome to The Shattuck.
I didn’t get a photo of the ninth hole so we move to the back nine. Mt. Monadnock sits in full view from the tee. The hole doglegs to the left with a lot of trouble on that side as well. Your best drive will be down the left center.
Hole 11 – 407 yards – Par 4
This is another dogleg hole. The view below is what you see when you round the corner. This is the longest par 4 on the course. It requires a long drive to have an open look at the green. The putting surface has trouble both short and right.
This hole along with 13 is in the midst of a 17-acre swamp and features awesome mountain views. The problem with this hole for golfers is that it is all carry to the green. Save your best par 3 tee shot for this hole.
Hole 17 – 313 yards – Par 4
I unfortunately didn’t get photos of holes 13-16, but I can assure you that there are wetlands and difficult shots aplenty. The 17th plays from an elevated tee over a hazard. You can see below the view looking back from the green back up to the tee. The smart shot here is an iron off the tee to give yourself a short wedge into the green. This is more of the target golf that The Shattuck presents you with.
Hole 18 – 380 yards – Par 4
The home hole is one of the few that doesn’t have wetlands on it. However, the fairway slopes hard to the left towards the woods off the tee. If you are successful you will be met with the shot seen below. This is the largest green on the course and gives you an opportunity to finish your round with a birdie.
I will readily admit that The Shattuck can be a difficult round of golf if your shots are going sideways, but what course isn’t. I would highly recommend that you pick up the player’s guide in the pro shop. It provides your with all the information and course strategy you need. If you stick to this guide you can have a great round. I love this course for the challenge it presents. It is not a round where you just grab driver and try to hit it as far as you can all day. I like being able to think my way around the course and this track allows you to do that. If you find yourself in the area I would definitely recommend booking a round at The Shattuck.