By Kathy Bennett
Friday, May 20, 2016
Another Friday night, another twilight round of golf at one of the Valley’s spectacular courses. This evening’s round brought us to the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson, NH (http://www.wentworthgolf.com/). A favorite of both locals and vacationers alike, the Wentworth Golf Course is located just over the covered bridge on Route 16A.
The Wentworth course was in great condition, especially for this stage of the season. The mild winter was kind to this and all the other golf courses in Mount Washington Valley, lucky for us local duffers getting in as many early season rounds as possible. Bug dope is still a necessity, although the slight breeze kept them at bay – for the most part.
If you haven’t played the Wentworth, you are in for a treat. How many courses can boast not one but two covered bridges on and adjacent to the greens? The front 9 are those you see from Route 16, and features their iconic red covered bridge, constructed in the 1990s for golfers to cross the Ellis River. The real deal, a historic covered bridge that carries both car and pedestrian traffic from Route 16 over to Route 16A into Jackson Village, can be seen from the 7th green. Take a moment to enjoy the view before proceeding to the next tee box.
The back 9 features longer and more difficult terrain. Be sure to stop at the Wentworth’s Madeline’s at the turn and grab snacks, sandwiches and refreshments before taking on the challenges for the 2nd half of your game.
Like many of the courses in the Valley, half the fun is drinking in the incredible natural beauty surrounding you as you play. The Wentworth is no exception. In addition to the Ellis River and covered bridges, breathe in the mountain vistas around you. Look to the northeast and you can catch the tippety-top of Black Mountain, Jackson’s own hometown alpine ski area. Look slightly to the south and east to see a steep slope populated with houses – that’s the remains of the Tyrol Ski Area, which closed in the 1980s. And of course, to the north, you’ll find Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. Behind you on the 5th and 6th holes are Iron Mountain and Duck’s Head mountains. With so many mountains majesty, it will be hard to keep your eyes on the ball (in case you need another excuse for your game).