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Golf Digest Magazine gives this next course, Baker Hill, the #1 spot in the state. Designed by Rees Jones and Keith E. Evans, it’s a relatively new offering, having opened in 2001. A standard 7000 yard par 72 championship course, this one is found in the Lakes region of New Hampshire, to the north from Sagamore-Hampton, in Newbury.

A different source claims Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield deserves top position. The course rating is 73 with a slope rating of 132 on Blue grass. Designers Brian M. Silva and Geoffrey S. Cornish, brought their vision to life in 1989.

Next in line is the award-winning Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club. A private, 18-hole championship course designed by the incomparable Clive Clark, this 7000 yard par-72 course has been beautifully built into the birch and pines of the White Mountains, and rests some 200 feet above the lake itself. The amenities are all first-class, with an understated richness. Clark has been respectful of the land and its history while creating an elegant course worthy of a vacation destination all by itself.

Ready for the truly extraordinary? The Balsams sits on fifteen thousand North Woods pristine acres, alongside the 32-acre springfed Lake Gloriette. The course itself has been named as the #1 public course in the state. Donald Ross designed the 18-hole championship Panorama course, resting it upon the breathtaking western slope of Keazer Mountain. The holes flow across the mountainside’s natural splendor, providing that rare combination of both challenge and leisure at all levels. Additionally, The Balsams offers up a 9-hole executive course, the Coashaukee, alongside the hotel itself. Less challenging, it serves beginners well, and provides a warm-up or second play opportunity. Not to be missed is their golf school, offering phenomenal rates with PGA pro instruction. To see this magnificent resort is to fall in love with it. Sometimes appearances can be deceiving, but not in this case. The Balsams’ Grand Hotel has been awarded a spot on the 2007 Conde Nast Gold List, making it one of the top 700 hotels/resorts in the entire world! With very reasonable rates, this is another New Hampshire getaway worthy of a vacation by itself.