If you’ve never played New England Country Club you’re missing out on a golfing experience not soon to be forgotten. Muster up your strength (especially if you play on a day when gale force winds are blowing), get out there and play fearless golf!
This countryside course, situated high above the city of Bellingham offers spectacular views and awesome sunsets from Egan’s Pub dining room and outdoor deck located in their clubhouse. Warm up at their state-of-the-art practice facility, which includes an all-grass tee area, practice bunkers and two putting greens. This Hale Irwin designed course is not overly long; yardage range is 4,927-6,484. Don’t be fooled by the short distances…it plays much longer due to the demanding uphill fairway shots and approach shots to elevated subtly sloped two-tiered greens. Most times you’ll need more club than you think.
The beauty and challenge of this course lies in its design features. Like “Beauty and the Beast” it is captivating with its severe elevation changes, sudden turns, rolling, tight, tree-lined fairways, babbling brooks, and occasional wildlife darting across the fairway. There are many “WOW” holes like the par-5, 5th (#1 hdcp), with its sharp dogleg left, sudden elevation drop and two-tiered green. The signature 18th hole features an approach shot over water to an elevated two-tiered green guarded by bunkers. BEWARE of the beastly rock outcroppings that can divert your seemingly straight shots off course; the hidden water hazards and bunkers lurking to gobble up your ball; those blind uphill shots that you thought you hit so well but got lost in the trees as the fairway suddenly changed course. A captivating new vista and challenge awaits the golfer around each corner requiring thought, planning and pin-point accuracy to score well. Knowledge of the layout, slope variations from tee-green and shot placement tips are helpful and provided in their Yardage Guide. Their GPS equipped carts are a godsend!
NECC is a tough course that will test your golf skills, but it’s one you’ll want to play again. This full-service facility offers a comfortable welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff, great dining, breathtaking views, a variety of membership/rate options and specials. www.newenglandcountryclub.com