Updated: Jan 27, 2022
Course 67 in my quest was Wenham Country Club.
Wenham is an interesting par 65 that is a tale of two nines. ⠀
The front nine is claustrophobic with holes running adjacent to each other, separated by a smattering of trees. The opener plays downhill with a graveyard left and Route 1A behind the green. The par 4s on the front are all rather short, adding to the congested feeling. The fourth is drivable and a good tee shot on the 6th will leave a short pitch to the green. Players can also lay back off the tee to have a full shot in, but the farther away from the green, the more blind the approach.⠀
The 8th hole is kind of a mess, a hard dogleg left with massive trees guarding the corner. The 6th fairway is a popular place to land a tee shot.⠀
The five par 3s on the front do require different length shots, which I appreciate. And on this particular day they all played into the wind or had a crosswind. ⠀
The congestion on the front disappears on the back. Holes play up and down some rolling hills surrounded by fields and meadows instead of busy roads and houses. ⠀
The short par 5 11th hole is my favorite on the course. It gives off some serious George Wright vibes and would be an exceptional par 4. The downhill par 3 12th was quite fetching on a fall day, and the two tiered green was no joke.⠀
Holes 14-18 are all par 4s, which is a nice stretch to finish the round after eight par 3s in the opening 13 holes. The 16th is the longest of the bunch, at 380 yards with a blind shot into a green the size of a throw rug, a par is an excellent score. The 17th green, perched on a small plateau is very challenging to find in regulation.⠀
The thread that connects all 18 holes are small greens and blind shots, both off the tee and into greens.⠀
Wenham CC has a bit of charm and a vibrant porch scene. Tee boxes were beat up but the greens were pretty good!
I wish more of the course was like the back nine. The land would be excellent for a 13 hole golf course. But overall, this is a course I'd play again.