History

The Waumbek Golf Course established in 1895, is New Hampshire’s oldest and most scenic 18-hole golf course. We are celebrating our 123rd year of relaxing and enjoyable golf. You will appreciate the carefully maintained course that reveals the natural terrain as well as the magnificent mountain views. The White Mountains presidential range & beyond will persuade you to come back & play another challenging round!

Our history begins in 1860, where the Grand Waumbek hotel was running strong. Its foundations can still be seen opposite the first tee box across Route 2. Already well established from mid 1800 roots, the hotel had seen numerous owners, all of which worked on building its capacity to more than 500 guests. No other hotel could match its size and offering until well into the 1900’s. A train ferried guests toward the front entrance (remnants of which can be seen near the 18th hole across the third fairway). As the years went on, the hotel burned, was rebuilt and later torn down. The bandstand is still visible down the road from the Pro Shop. The course is the oldest original piece from the Grand Waumbek still remaining.

The allure of the Grand Hotel aroused the interest of Willie Norton, one of the first Scottish grown golf professionals to find his way to America. Mr. Norton designed and opened the first 9 holes in 1895. The course became an immediate success, attracting America’s first homegrown golf professional, Arthur H. Fenn. In 1898, Mr. Fenn extended the course to 18 holes, making the Waumbek one of the longest, and most challenging, golf courses in the country. The new course attracted many influential players, including Horace Rawlings, winner of the very first U.S. Open. In 1920, Ralph Barton, famous course architect and an avid golfer himself, extended the course to the present layout, well over 6000 yards. While you’re out there, imagine the view that the course must have boasted. Looking up the 12th tee box at Mt. Waumbek, and teeing up the 18th hole back to the Grand Hotel! The Waumbek Golf Club was the 89th course in the country to be listed by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

While you’re here, relax at our clubhouse with lunch on our spacious deck, which overlooks the stunning Presidential Range, the Cog Railway and extending all the way to the Franconia Notch on a clear day! After lunch, be sure to stop by the fully stocked Pro Shop where the friendly, courteous staff will be glad to help. You’ll be delighted with the selections and values that are offered.

Come and enjoy the historic and challenging 18-hole Waumbek golf course, where the rich and famous played when Grover Cleveland was president!

Scorecard

Hole123456789Out101112131415161718InTotalRatingSlope
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White33037050031032039029020019529053104653872801103403354901702887579265.0112
Par44544/543335/3636454/543445336/3771/73
Handicap111571339151712102161886414
Red26328045026526532024017012725832504133372131082502514121582392477266.0110
Handicap131579311151710461618128214

Course Tour

Local Tip

The very pointy mountain (like a triangle) is Cherry Mountain. On 90% of your putts, the ball is like a magnet to that mountain. We can’t explain it, but when you are putting, throw an eye for Cherry Mountain.