New Hampshire is where you will find one of the most challenging courses in New England. The Shattuck Golf Club (www.ShattuckGolf.com) in Jaffrey was carved out of granite and mature woodlands and demands a well thought out approach to every shot on every hole.
This is a tough routing and target golf at its best. You must hit your spots, both off the tees and on approaches to the greens. The 157-acre tract was designed by golf course architect Brian Silva with emphasis on the natural beauty that lies at the base of Mount Monadnock. You will find the mountain (elevation 3,165 feet) stands prominently over you on most holes.
Don’t let the scorecard fool you. The tee down from the championship markers plays only 6,077 yards (par-71) and the white, or middle tees where recreational and even good golfers usually play from on most courses, measure just 5,412 yards in total. But wetlands and other hazards loom off the playing surface. But, as the course’s website says, if you can hit the ball 75 yards in the air, you can play any of the holes. Still, The Shattuck is listed as one of the Top 100 toughest courses in the country.
The 200-yard par-three second is a visually stunning golf hole, with elevated tees that look down over a grassy hillside to a large, bunkered green set in front of a sparkling pond. The tee doesn’t feel all that high, but it’s unusually deceptive. The most common error here is over-clubbing.
The 426-yard par-four 10th starts from the highly elevated area, offering a spectacular view of the large green below with Mount Monadnock serving as the backdrop. The hole is a dogleg left with a deep drop-off at the turn. A long drive center of left gives you the best approach to the green, too far left and you’ll go over the edge.
The par-four, 391-yard 16th is played over a pond in front of the tee to a wide, rolling fairway and bunkered green with a colonial farmhouse behind. Just keep it straight; there’s deep rough left and right. A big green is slightly elevated, so your second shot may require one more club.
The 380-yard, par-four 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 in finding the short grass, you will be met with a fairly uncomplicated approach. This is the largest green on the course and gives you an opportunity to finish a round with birdie.
Make sure you check out the club’s Dublin Road Taproom & Eatery after your round. The establishment offers great food and craft beer, as well as other libations in a cozy setting that befits the laid back atmosphere of the New Hampshire woods.
There is plenty to do and see in the area if you chose to stick around for a few days and give The Shattuck a second play.
Jaffrey, New Hampshire