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Top 5 NH Golf Courses to Tee Off on a Shoestring Budget

If pressed to find a silver lining within the COVID-19 crisis, we might point to the fact that more people took up golf, and greens across the country reaped the benefit. Of course, supply and demand dictate that with increased demand comes increased prices, and that’s true of golfing and greens fees.


For that reason, we continue to constantly check golf Apps, such as GolfNow, to find the best bang for your buck. Fortunately, there are many options here in the Lakes Region. Allow FSB to present our guide to five area golf courses worth every penny without breaking the bank!


Canterbury Woods 

Maybe best known for its “Highway Hole” that runs along I-93 North, Canterbury Woods is a beautiful course with many elevation changes, keeping golfers on their toes. Canterbury is very well maintained and offers challenging pin placements. While Canterbury can be pricey on the weekend, early morning tee times are a great way to save money, as those times will typically only cost you between $40-$50. However, in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, interested golfers are urged to check the website or call in advance to confirm rates.


Den Brae Golf Course 

Den Brae Golf Course is a 9-hole course located just off Exit 22 in Sanbornton. It has a very welcoming atmosphere and is a fun course to play, no matter your handicap. Even though it is only 9 holes, Den Brae has many unique holes that make it worth your while to play 18, even though you are repeating holes. Den Brae is also perfect for getting in a quick 9 holes after work during the week to fine-tune your game. While many bigger courses charge upwards of $60-70 for 18 holes and a cart, Den Brae will only cost you around $40 on the weekend.


Loudon Country Club

Located right off Route 106 in Loudon, Loudon Country Club is a challenging 18-hole course that is a total bargain. The greens at Loudon are among the toughest in Central New Hampshire and are very difficult to hold on your approach shot. Once you get to the green, reading the breaks can be tough, and many times they are opposite of what you think. This makes playing Loudon a challenge, but a fun challenge! You will need to be on your A-game to take on this course, but luckily you won’t have to empty your wallet. Prices through GolfNow typically range from $35-40 on the weekends for 18 holes and a cart.


Pembroke Pines 

Pembroke Pines Country Club is not only a fun course, it is also very affordable. The fee for 18 holes and a cart on the weekends will cost you around $35. Even though the course is usually busy, play moves quickly, and the course is well maintained. For the 2021 season, keep an eye on the website for updated rates!


Ridgewood Country Club 

Ridgewood Country Club is an 18-hole course that doesn’t play long but offers a tough challenge. Most of the par 4’s aren’t over 350 yards, but almost all of them have hazards either in the middle of your landing zone or protecting the left and right side of the fairway. The course also offers many amazing views of the mountains and boasts a water driving range. While a bit on the pricier side, we have found deals on the weekends that allow you to play for around $45. The slightly higher price is definitely worth the scenic drive through Meredith and Center Harbor!


Again, in light of the continued COVID-19 crisis, please take a moment to check the website or call ahead to confirm rates, availability, proper attire, and any social distancing requirements.


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