Granliden Golf Course

Golf has been played at Granliden since 1898. The original course was modified by Alex Findlay in 1907, who also supervised the golf course in the early years. Findlay also designed the course for Soo Nipi Lodge on the New London side of Lake Sunapee. Both Soo Nipi Lodge and the golf course are now gone.

The Granliden Golf Course was again redesigned by noted golf course architect, Walter Travis in 1925. Travis is famous for having designed such layouts as Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vermont, and Westchester Country Club in New York. Travis changed the layout of the course, and increased the length from 2175 yards, to 2280. The course remained unchanged until 1967 when the Hotel was torn down, and Granliden on Sunapee was developed. The only changes to the course have been to shorten the first hole because it now crossed a road leading to the top of the hill.

The Links is an executive length course with four par 3 holes and five par 4 holes, for a total length of 2190 yards. But don't let the length of the course fool you. The layout makes good use of the hilly terrain, and actually plays longer than its length would suggest.

The greens are velvet bentgrass. Here again, Travis pulled no punches and included plenty of hills, slopes and rolling terrain. Fairways and rough are bluegrass and fescue, with the fairways wide enough to accomodate novice golfers.

We are especially proud of the fact that Granliden's golf course is part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. By participating in this program, we have shown a committment to enhancing wildlife habitat, using integrated pest management, instituting water conservation measures, and using sound practices to insure the quality of the ground water.

The golf course at Granliden is for the exclusive use of Granliden Members and their guests. This means that you can always get a round of golf in, and don't have to worry about crowds. The golf course opens for play the first of May, weather permitting, and remains open through October.

Scramble tournaments are scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July, Labor Day weekend, and Columbus Day weekend. Men's and Women's club championship tournaments are held in the late summer, and other golf events are scheduled throughout the summer season.

You never know what's going to happen on the golf course!! Last summer a birdie of a different kind landed on the sixth fairway. The pilot of the sailplane had taken off from Hartness State airport in Springfield VT. He had gone to the Eagles Nest air strip at Lake Sunapee Country Club, and was trying to get back to Springfield when he lost lift over Lake Sunapee. At that point a precautionary landing on Granliden's golf course was in order. The pilot from CT made a perfect landing and after removing the craft from the golf course, it made the rest of the trip back to Springfield in its trailer.

For more on the Granliden Golf Course, pick up a copy of the 1999 Annual Issue of New Hampshire Golf Magazine, and read the article on "Walter's Secret" by Bob Labbance. Or you could go to the Golf Links page and go to the New Hampshire Golf site.

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