Pease Golf Course has only 27-hole layout on Seacoast
When planes land, noise offset up by closeup views
Story and photos by Bob Dunn
GOLF CLUBS IN THE SEACOAST AREA OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
WHILE SOME ARE PRIVATE (MEMBERS ONLY), OTHERS ARE SEMI-PRIVATE AND PUBLIC. WE WILL FEATURE SIX OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, GIVING PARTICULARS OF EACH AND PHOTOS OF THE TOUGHEST, EASIEST, AND MOST PICTURESQUE HOLES.
FIFTH UP IS:
PEASE GOLF COURSE
Pease Golf Course, established in 1901, was originally known as the Portsmouth Country Club. Pease is unique in the Seacoast area in that it offers 27 holes of play. The regular 18 holes is the original course, first established as nine holes in 1901. The "Blue" course 9 holes (3,227 yards from the blue tees) was designed by former General Manager Ted Seavey and opened for play in 2001.
The original course was taken over by the United States Air Force in 1956 as part of the acreage needed for the new Pease Air Base. In designing the base, the Air Force decided to keep the course and to permit the officers and enlisted men of the Air Force to be members. The clubhouse is the original structure but has been remodeled and expanded.
The clubhouse at Pease Golf Course, view from the practice area.
The present Pease Golf Course was begun in 1991 when the Pease Air Base was terminated and the government leased the course at no charge to the Pease Development Center. As part of the decommissioning of the base, it was required that an airport remain as a part of the Pease Development so that an Air Force Reserve unit could be based at the site. The golf course’s location is at the end of the runways, which can be disconcerting when teeing off or putting on the 10th and 11th holes--the landing pattern puts some planes only a couple of hundred feet above your head as they pass over. The close-up view of the planes is fantastic, even if it does disrupt your play briefly.
Scott Devito giving his son Bobby a tip in the sand trap. Notice that the depth of the trap is over Bobby's head. He landed his ball in the practice ring on the green.
Scott Devito has been the General Manager of Pease for the past four years, having previously been the PGA professional for nine years. He has been a member of the PGA for 25 years.
Pro Tim Riese giving junior clinic members tips in the sand.
Tim Riese has been the head PGA Pro for the past three years, having previously been assistant for eight years. He conducts junior weekly clinics twice a season for 5 to 8 years and 9 to 18. These clinics are very popular and the participants show great progress. He and his assistant, Sam Cresta, also conduct senior clinics and are kept very busy with private lessons.
Max Weaver of Eliot, Maine, practices chipping in the junior clinic.
General Manager Scott Devito feels the easiest hole is the 18th handicap, par 3, 16th hole. And the toughest? The 2nd handicap, par 5 13th hole. The most scenic is the number 1 handicap, par 5, 2nd hole.
Most scenic par 5, 2nd hole:
View from the tee on the par 5 second hole; notice the "good luck" bird that pranced across prior to teeing off.
View down the fairway for the second shot on the 2nd "most scenic" hole.
View from the green back up the fairway of the 2nd "most scenic" hole.
The toughest hole per Scott is the 535 yard (from the white tees) par 5, 13th hole:
David Chorney from Newfound Lake, at the seacoast for a few days, tees off on the 13th "toughest hole".
David's second shot towards the 13th green.
View back up the 13th from the green; notice repair work on fairway just before the green.
The easiest hole per Scott was the 162 yard par 3, 16th hole. Notice the wide sand trap just before the green.
Matt Chorney, from Newfound Lake, teeing off on the 16th.
View of the massive bunker before the 16th green.
Not to question Scott's choice of the 2nd hole as the most scenic . . . but the par 3, 14th hole is pretty nice.
Matt teeing off on the par 3, 14th.
Scott Devito General Manager
Tim Riese PGA Professional
Sam Cresta Assistant PGA Professional
E.J. Chea Course Superintendent
Dick Wentworth Food & Beverage Manager
NEXT MONTH: Breakfast Hill Golf Club
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