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June 21, 2017

Putters… What’s Right for You?

When do you need a new putter? If you average more than 2 putts per green in a round, it’s time for something new.  But… Which putter is the right one? Should you get a blade or a mallet? What length should you get? What is the best grip for you? Who should you go to for the answers to these questions? Do you watch Golf on television? The tour players have putting all figured out, right.  Well, not necessarily, […]
June 14, 2017

3 Myths on What Tees to Play

Have you ever played a course for first time and wondered, “What tees should I play from?”   Did you ask the starter/pro shop for advice?   Did you and your group just decide on a tees based on what other groups were playing?   Here are 3 Tee Selection Myths debunked: Myth #1 – Certain tees are for certain genders That’s right, all tees are for all genders.  In fact, the reason certain tees are called ‘Ladies Tees’ are […]
June 7, 2017

The Inaugural PGA Junior Match

This past Saturday, June 3rd, The Oaks Golf Links hosted its inaugural PGA Junior League Match. As the Captain of the team I couldn’t be prouder of our kids and current Junior Golf program. Thanks to our generous Junior Golf sponsors and supportive owners here at The Oaks Golf Links we are taking huge strides towards putting Junior golf on the map here in Somersworth, NH. Meet our u13 players! Team Fowler: Mason – Barrington NH Maeve – Madbury NH […]
May 31, 2017

A Tale From Behind The Bar

Written by: Sarah Cote When working in a golf course bar, we get to know our members very well and a community is created. We share stories, we hear about families and vacations, and we certainly learn what each person likes to drink. This is one of the greatest parts about working at the Candia Woods Clearing. I value the relationships and the people that I have met at the course and that I know will be there week after […]
May 24, 2017

Green Speeds… What To Know

I have been wanting to address this issue for a long time since I receive many comments about green speeds from our customers as our spring greens aeration is behind us for the time being and much anticipated improved weather is ahead of us ensuring peak golfing conditions. There have been past days when golfers would have asked me if I thought the green speed number posted outside the golf shop was accurate. Some has said the greens were faster […]
May 18, 2017

Excel Chefs into the Future

It’s a new era for chefs… Calculators and pads of paper are a thing of the past. In today’s commercial kitchen a chef must be computer savvy. Integrating food math into excel programs have made our lives as chefs a little easier.  Inventories, food costing , order guides, prep lists, cleaning schedules, employee schedules and even seating charts are all worked into an excel format. Some are simple; others more complex.  Basic sheets with formulas for costing, robust workbooks to […]
May 10, 2017

First Tee… Growing in NH

Part 4 of our Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Chris Sargent, Program Director of The First Tee of New Hampshire. The First Tee of NH coaches life skills and core values that are inherent in golf, to children of all ages. However, on another level: The First Tee of NH nurtures the space by providing the place for its participants to self-discover their own swing, their authentic swing, their authentic way of Being in the world. […]
May 3, 2017

Are Golfers About to Become Surfers?

Golfers could soon be, in the words of Mike Love and the Beach Boys, “loading up their woody with their boards inside and headin’ out singing their song”? No. It’s not that golfers are about to give up their game to become surfers; instead, it’s a new concept being introduced to golf that may link these two sporting passions together. Named the Best New Product at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, a device called the GolfBoard is starting to appear […]
April 26, 2017

Advantages vs Disadvantages of Club Fitting

First of all there are no disadvantages to club fitting…only advantages! Club manufactures are spending millions of dollars annually to make golf clubs easier to hit, the resulting shots go higher, straighter and longer. A startling article I read quoted “90% of U.S. golfers may be playing with improperly fit clubs”! Another article stated that “golfers who completed a club fitting almost always saw an immediate improvement in their driving distance and scores”! If you have never had a club […]
April 19, 2017

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

The year was 1963, Kennedy was president, Martin Luther King was standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, The Beatles were about to take America by storm and a quiet kid from Candia, NH began work on a golf course that would turn into a lifelong passion. These days Richard Weeks is synonymous with Candia Woods. Those that have remained part of the community through the years consider Richard the original care taker of this golf course; others that […]
April 5, 2017

How Do You Start?

Part 3 of our 2017 Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Brad Booth – Golf Course Architect. As a golf architect, the most common question I am asked is, “how in the world do you start”, (the design process).  The thought of looking at a very large parcel of land and then developing it into a new golf experience is indeed a daunting challenge.  My hope with this short piece is to share my starting process with […]
December 13, 2016

Sacrifice and Success

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had several inquiries about the large holes in the greens; a process called deep tine aerification. It comes as no surprise of course that a magnitude of worry rushes over the unsuspecting golfer as she approaches the first green and sees the atrocity that has been committed. At first she holds nothing but contempt for the man on the tractor that seems suspiciously content with his actions and obtuse to the deprivation he […]
September 21, 2016

A Glimpse Into the Past

The other day on a walk through Bear Brook State Park I came across a tree with long serrated leaves that I just knew had to be an American chestnut (Castanea Dentata.) After closer inspection of the leaves, bark and structure of the tree, there was no mistaking it, it was indeed an American chestnut. Most people have probably never seen an American chestnut, and for those that have, the grandeur of this tree is nothing more than a memory. […]
July 5, 2016

Bunker Sand

Bunker Sand A few years ago I was invited to play a golf course in Maine named Belgrade Lakes.  Located about 12 miles due north of Augusta, a bit off the beaten path, Belgrade Lakes is a lovely course. I found the layout, designed by Scotsman Clive Clark (he also did Lake Winnipesaukee Country Club), to be an enjoyable play through rolling terrain.  Beautifully conditioned greens, tees and fairways but, from the very first hole, the most striking feature of […]
June 28, 2016

A Fungus Among Us

For many, the dog days of summer signify a return to easy living; vacation at the beach, barbeque in the back yard, cold drinks by the camp fire and of course, golf! Summer is an amazing time of year to be on a golf course, I have logged many. The warm temperatures bring about a variety of bustling life both plants and animals, all of which I enjoy seeing as I go about my work. However there is a life […]
June 14, 2016

A Stimp Meter In Use

The U.S Open at Oakmont — Green Speed and the Stimp Meter This week’s U.S Open championship will be contested just outside Pittsburg, PA at Oakmont Country Club.  It will be the ninth U.S. Open hosted at this famed venue. Virtually all of golf’s aficionados consider Oakmont one of the most difficult courses in America; a fantastic facility to host the nation’s most prestigious golf championship.   Narrow fairways, deep bunkers and punishing rough… but, the real challenge of Oakmont is […]
April 26, 2016

Aeration, is it really necessary?

Perhaps the most despised piece of equipment on the golf course; the aerator and the process involved with it, produces more golfer questions and frustrations than any other. I commonly hear the question “is it really necessary?” My answer is usually the same, “I wish it wasn’t.” Of course the aerating process is a very necessary part of maintaining healthy greens; however it is easy to understand why many golfers cringe at the very sight of the aerator. Usually right […]