Review by John K. Darling

On a road trip to see the leaves change in the northeastern United States one October, we missed the changes in Vermont and New Hampshire, I thought. This was allegedly due to a heavy rainstorm that rolled through two weeks prior. A significant rainstorm stripped many of the colorful red leaves from the Sugar Maple trees. While my wife continued her family genealogy research, I slipped off to play the only public course I could locate in Concord, Beaver Meadow.

This was the third course I played on our 5,000 plus mile road trip. Each course offered more dense forests to contend with. Beaver Meadow delightfully surprised me because of its colorful displays of the changing of the leaves. There were even some reds, though scarce.

The first person I met was their 30-year PGA head professional, Ed Deshaies. He invited me to review the course and I was teamed up with Dave and Dana, locals with good golf ability.

ED DESHAIES, PGA Head professional


Beaver Meadow was a delight to play. Being from Colorado Springs, I was used to playing courses without the challenge of tight fairways with heavy forest lining them. Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada venues are usually more accommodating to slices and hooks.

Back home when the leaves begin to fall, we often use orange or bright yellow golf balls so we can find them when they stray off course. On the very first hole I learned this would not be much help. The leaves are all orange and bright yellow. Here white balls are more easily found, but not often, since they easily find their way under the blanket of color.

I love this course. You will too if you ever get up to Concord, New Hampshire. CLICK HERE for the slide show. You will see the course, as played from tee to green, approaches and back from the greens.