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Hole 1 “Away”

Par 4         357 | 342 | 342 | 317 | 241   
Hcp           12 | 12

The contoured bentgrass fairway bends to the left and features a drive zone framed by stately hemlocks and oak trees. Bunkers long and right add visual contrast and complete the identification of the landing area. The players should be hitting their approach shots with a pitching wedge or 9-iron.

Hole 2 “Tarn”

Par 3          244 | 199 | 193 | 161 | 160
Hcp            4 | 16

Towering oaks and natural mounds left and rear frame the green on this long par-3 hole. The special New England flavor of the Falmouth Country Club is emphasized by a pond that protects the right side of the green. Only the longest hitters will be able to reach the green with anything less than a 3-wood.

Hole 3 “Composure”

Par 4          427 | 376 | 339 | 339 | 287
Hcp            10 | 10

The gently rolling topography of this hole heightens the dramatic contrast for what follows on the front nine. Majestic hemlock, pine, oak and beech trees frame the drive zone of the third hole, while a series of bunkers protect the left side of the green.

Hole 4 “Crozen Knotty”

Par 4          419 | 385 | 372 | 372 | 322 
Hcp            2 | 6

On the fourth tee, a tranquil park-like setting awaits the player. Multiple tees allow for varying distances and angles of play for golfers of varying ability. For the pros, a 180-yard drive over the water will start off the hole, with most players hitting their approach shots with a 7- or 8-iron.

Hole 5 “Breathless”

Par 3         194 | 184 | 184 | 171 | 121
Hcp           16 | 18

From the fourth green to the fifth tee, the terrain changes from the gentle slopes of the opening holes to more of a mountainous course. The downhill fifth hole features a sharp ravine to the rear of the green, with bunkers left and right emphasizing the importance of accuracy with the tee shot.

Hole 6 “Crestfallen”

Par 5        481 | 481 | 481 | 455 | 379
Hcp          14 | 4

The sixth hole plays up a long valley bounded by the sharp slopes on either side. The longest drivers will be tempted to go for the green in two with a ‘bite-off’ tee shot over a natural stream on the left side of the drive zone. Those looking for an eagle though, will have to carry the large bunker fronting the green with their second shot.

Hole 7 “Geronimo!”

Par 4        400 | 385 | 365 | 317 | 314
Hcp          6 | 8

Although the views from the elevated tees are striking, the players will be well advised to tend to business, as the seventh hole is as challenging as it is beautiful. A long sinuous fairway bunker is framed by dynamic oak and maple trees to the left of the drive zone.

Hole 8 “Inverness Pass”

Par 5        510 | 498 | 465 | 465 | 414
Hcp          8 | 2

The eighth hole rounds out the ‘back loop’ with drives hit slightly uphill to a landing zone framed to the right by a strong slope. The slope continues along the remainder off the fairway, while the players will again be tempted to go for the green in two. A great par-5 to break out the driver, this hole will also serve as the ‘longest drive’ hole. 

Hole 9 “Reckoning”

Par 4        369 | 339 | 339 | 321 | 318
Hcp          18 | 14

This hole heads back to the clubhouse with a green delightfully framed by mature hardwoods and evergreens. The tee shot favors a drive hit long and right, onto a knob in the center of the fairway. Multi-tiers in the green provide for very strategic pin placements.

Hole 10 “Old Soak”

Par 4         390 | 367 | 352 | 352 | 311
Hcp           9 | 3

The tenth hole plays as a dog leg right with a downhill tee shot to a plateau landing area. A pond in the ravine past the drive zone will affect only the longest of drives. The approach shot to the green is slightly uphill to a green well protected by very deep bunkers.

Hole 11 “Sandbox”

Par 3         203 | 171 | 171 | 150 | 100
Hcp           15 | 17

Five of the next seven holes have been dubbed the ‘links holes’ with their rolling open terrain similar to that found on the links of Scotland. The drop-shot par-3 eleventh has bunkers left, right, front and rear which will catch tee shots by golfers distracted by the picture-postcard views. 

Hole 12  “Judge”

Par 4         404 | 359 | 332 | 305 | 262
Hcp           11 | 9

The drive zone is framed by large natural mounding features. Perched on a bluff, the green drops severely to the left and is fronted by water. Rolling mounds and bunkers to the rear and right side frame the green.

Hole 13 “Canty Lye”

Par 4           372 | 364 | 364 | 342 | 282
Hcp             13 | 13

The 13th and 14th holes play along the east branch of the Piscataqua River. The 13th has a spectacular view of a rolling drive zone framed on the right side by an expansive bunker. A well-placed drive will reward the players with a level lie and a clear view downhill to the green.

Hole 14 “The Troubles”

Par 5           558 | 539 | 497 | 497 | 426
Hcp             1 | 1

This hole plays entirely along the river with natural swales cutting across the fairway at strategic points. As the longest hole on the course, The 14th plays as a true three-shot par-5.

Hole 15 “Deception”

Par 4        433 | 402 | 380 | 341 | 326
Hcp          5 | 7

At 460 yards from the back tee, the 15th hole will test even the most accomplished players. The landing area winds through bunkers and large mounds, while the green is approached along a rolling fairway.

Hole 16 “Last Easy”

Par 3        151 | 133 | 133 | 132 | 111
Hcp          17 | 15

This is the first of an outstanding set of finishing holes. A shallow green adds integrity to what at first seems an innocent golf hole. A sea of sand to the right front green requires a well-struck iron shot to the putting surface. Hillocks and hummocks surrounding the green appear to have been imported directly from Scotland. 

Hole 17 “Gorilla”

Par 5          532 | 515 | 515 | 471 | 414
Hcp            7 | 5

This hole closes out the links portion of the course with an uphill hole that can be reached with two long and accurate shots. Placement of the tee shot to allow an even lie on the rolling fairway will be critical to making birdie.  

Hole 18 “Home”

Par 4         435 | 415 | 368 | 363 | 273
Hcp           3 | 11

The finishing hole at Falmouth Country Club is a dog leg that features a drive zone framed by huge mounds and bunkers left and right, and a stunning green fronted by water. This “rolling terror” green places a premium on accuracy on those looking for a birdie to win the final hole.