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Gerry Gagnon, one of the senior staffers at Souhegan Woods, said golf's expensive Michael Kors Bags Light Pink
How? Why? The simple answer is that each Amherst course is open to the public, affordable and respected in the community.
The biggest factor may be the variety among the four courses. Each claims to offer something different, something unique.
"We try to get that cross culture going from Ponemah, which caters to beginners, camps, clinics and seniors, and then people gravitate over to Amherst after some instruction," he said.
Zingales said the location allows people from neighboring towns and schools to come play the courses. He said the high school golf teams at Souhegan, Hollis/Brookline, Milford and Wilton Lyndeborough all use Amherst Country Club or Ponemah Green to practice or hold their matches.
"It's a great town; the community's very tightly knit," Zingales said. "We have a great clientele that have been loyally playing here for decades."
Despite being a little more expensive than Buckmeadow, Gagnon argued that Souhegan Woods has the "best rates in a 50 mile radius," and has watched business go up over the last few years since it dropped its rates. and $24 after 3. For an 18 hole championship course, Gagnon said, that's hard to beat.
The town's four courses Amherst Country Club, Buckmeadow Golf Club, Ponemah Green Family Golf Center and Souhegan Woods Golf Club may not be the state's biggest or most popular, but no other town in the state has as many courses or as many golf holes as the 54 in Amherst, with its pair of 18 and nine hole courses each.
"We've tried a bunch of things" to draw people in, he said, "but the thing that works best is to give them a good price."
Zingales said the four courses don't communicate regularly, but they're aware of what each place is doing, offer promotions back and forth and maintain a friendly, competitive relationship.
New Hampshire has never been much of a golf destination, given the five months of snow cover, but the sport has its own capital within the Granite State: Amherst.
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"It's a nice family course," said Joan Briggs, who runs the pro shop. "Everyone is so friendly here. It's family owned. You know everybody."
nature could lend itself to Amherst because the town is an "upscale" community, behind only Windham and Hollis in average household income, according to state statistics.
Ponemah Green, a nine hole executive course jointly owned by its partner down the road, Amherst Country Club, has a more "family feel," Zingales said, with batting cages, a restaurant and an ice cream Michael Kors Miranda Wallet shop to go along with mini golf and a lit driving range for night and day practice.
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She noted that Buckmeadow is the least expensive course of the four in Amherst, at only $14 for nine holes.
Golf pro Adam Nelson at Souhegan Woods said his course also has a quirk that separates it from any other local course: the club has no members.
Chad Zingales, director of golf at Amherst Country Club, said he couldn't quite explain why there are so many courses in such a small town, but he said the scenery along the "meandering Souhegan River" make Amherst a great place to play.
Zingales said Amherst Country Club also hosts tournaments with local organizations and has weekly company and club run leagues to stay involved with the business community.
"It's a trickier course than people realize," Zingales said.
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"People ask us if we're a public golf course, and we say we're a public only golf course."
old through their 80s," Briggs said.
But the most any Amherst course charges is only $40 for 18 holes, and the average price is just $34 during the week, far from the most expensive courses in the state.
"It's always been a tradition here," Nelson said. "People can come play when they want to come play. There are no members, no favorites, no preferences.
Briggs said the course was built by Ken Young and his father, Jake, who turned the "sand pit" into a friendly golf course in 1981.
Golf started in Amherst in 1965 with the opening of Amherst Country Club on Ponemah Road. Acres of open land led to the development of Buckmeadow in 1981 and Ponemah Green and Souhegan Woods in 1992.
located just off Route 101A, but has a larger piece of land than Ponemah Green and furthers the family feel without the gimmicks.
In fact, only one other town in New Hampshire comes close: Greenland, with three courses and 45 holes. The rest of the state fights for the final spot on New Hampshire's golf podium.
Zingales said many people start playing at Ponemah and slowly move to Amherst Country Club as they improve.
The course isn't as easy as the term "executive" often implies, either.
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