Elevated greens are the norm at scenic Cocheco C.C.

Cows once had closeup view when course had nine holes

Bob Dunn

This is the eighth course in a series on golf courses played at by members of the N.H. Senior Golfer's Association this year. Earlier venues included the Newport Golf Club, Portsmouth Country Club, Brentwood Golf Club in Keene, North Conway Country Club, Pease Golf Club in Portsmouth, and Lochmere Country Club in Tilton. The seventh meeting, scheduled at White Mountain CC in Ashland, was postponed until September due to heavy rain. The eighth scheduled event was held at Cocheco Country Club in Dover, a private club for members only, so it was a great opportunity to play a fine course. Contestants are 55 years of age or over. The competition is broken down into various age groups, with both gross and net score prizes.)


The Cocheco Country Club began in 1910 as a six-hole private club known as the Middle Brook Golf Club, where the greens were protected from the cattle by circular fences. The property was purchased from the Labbe family in 1921, and a nine-hole course was built and named the Cocheco Country Club. Cocheco was an early Dover name that meant "rapidly running water". The nine-hole course was designed by Wayne Stiles, and the Labbe Farmís original barn served as the first clubhouse until it was demolished in a fire in 1929. The present Clubhouse was built shortly after the fire, on the original barnís foundation.

The second nine was added in 1966 and was designed by Phil Wogan, who has designed many New England courses. The expansion made the course more desirable, and memberships increased. It is a great course to play, with almost all greens elevated and some tricky slopes that make your putts most interesting. The Head Golf Professional is Tim Loch, son of long-time pro at the Portsmouth and Pease Country Clubs, Tony Loch.  

The toughest hole at Cocheco is the 11th hole, a 414-yard Par 4 challenge from the white tees. It is a "dogleg" left, and your drive must be out about 190 yards to have a shot at the green. You cannot fade your drive as it will result in more than 200 yards to the green on your second shot.

View from the 11th tee. Notice that your tee shot must clear the woods on the left to have a shot to the green for your second shot.

View from the 11th green. Notice the woods on the right that require a straight second shot up to the sloping green.

The easiest hole is the third hole, a 125-yard par 3 shot from the white tees. The green is saddle-shaped and a straight shot is required.

View from the third tee. Notice the green slopes on both sides and you can't be long or trouble looms.

Walking along the edge of the third green.

Picking the most scenic hole at this course is a challenge, since there are so many among the 18. The 12th hole, 150 yards from the elevated white tees and a Par 3, is a perfect spot to hit the perfect iron onto the green. None of us had a hole in one, but it sure would have been great to view!

View from the 12th tee of the green, which must be very pretty in the fall.

View of another scenic hole along the Cocheco River.


September, 2008