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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 […]
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 […]
March 22, 2017

A Day In The Life of a Chef at a Golf Club

To understand what’s behind the chef coat you need to get the details from the chef.  This is my story of an average day for this chef at a golf club. Beginning of the day… 7-9am So, the chef wakes up at 7:30 to be at work by 9ish. The Muddle through the morning goes something like this: Shower… Shave… Brush… Coffee… Breakfast and vitamins… Walk the dog… Run a few quick errands… A quick stop at Dunkin donuts for […]
October 25, 2016

Not all whiskey is bourbon but all bourbon is whiskey

There are no words to describe that last-second sheer-panic that crawls up your spine in that moment when being asked by that smiling face of a barkeep “what would you like to drink?”  Bourbon or whiskey? (Whisky depending on the region). It has been the poison that has brought nations together, the celebratory drink of admirable men and woman throughout history, or shared over grievances to find comfort. The simplicities of even defining the differences between whiskey and bourbon are […]
August 4, 2016

A Day On The Bev Cart

(This post in written from Sarah Cote, a beverage cart attendant at Candia Woods) Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure being a beverage cart attendant at Candia Woods. People are always asking me, ‘Is this the greatest job in the world?’ and ‘This has to be so easy, right?’. For the most part they are right. Being a bev cart attendant is a lot of fun, and considering the other summer jobs that a lot of […]
July 19, 2016

The Art of Food Presentation

A good chef or cook is both an artist and scientist. In this blog post I will focus on the artist side of the chef. There is no question that people eat with their eyes. Many chefs take their time perfecting their skills on presentation. It is a way for the chef to demonstrate the pride in his or her work.   The plate, platter or table the food is on is the canvas, the food itself is the paint and […]
June 7, 2016

A Hole-In-One, The Tradition After The Round

  Have you ever had a hole in one? Tradition is that the player who hits a hole in one buys a round for everyone. I was curious about this tradition and looked into it and its history. There is no definitive event marking the first round bought by a player acing a hole but may assume it was the result of exuberant golfers celebrating their accomplishment with others and eventually became customary to buy a round for everyone. Naturally […]
March 22, 2016

So, where does the food you enjoy at Candia come from?

It is my goal as your chef at Candia Woods to provide you, our Guests with the best quality and safest food products as possible. At least two or more of our kitchen staff are serve safe certified each season and our annual health inspection reports have passed with high scores. Sanitation is as important as the quality and flavor of the food products we produce. Speaking of sanitation, I have recently toured the Sysco warehouse in Plympton, Massachusetts.  I […]