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Renewed Hampshire

The region's other golfing treat lies in the town of Greenland, twenty minutes from the hotel, in the form of the Portsmouth Country Club. A vintage 1957 design by Robert Trent Jones Sr., it displays all the master's features: broad fairways, pedestal greens, heroic riskreward options. With nearly half the holes routed across a lightly wooded peninsula that juts into Great Bay, this semiprivate club also boasts a stunning location.

Ideal for walkers, the burly 7,072-yard layout unfolds on rolling land and soon departs a cluster of weeping willows for the fourth, a short par five that doglegs around a tidal marsh, daring players to sip as much water as they can swallow on the drive. Portsmouth's finest hole, however, is the twelfth, a 472-yard par four along a neck of land, one white-capped bay on the left and another lapping the shore on the right. The small round green teeters above the salt marsh. On a clear day, peaks in the White Mountains can be seen to the north.

After golf, the charms of the New Hampshire coast beckon. South along Route 1A is Odiorne Point State Park, known for its tide pools and nature trails. In the town of Rye, is broad, Petey's Summertime Seafood & Bar (603-433-1937) serves casual fare to a reggae beat. The lively brewpubs and seafood restaurants of Portsmouth, the nation's third oldest city (founded in 1623), are ten minutes away from the Wentworth. There's also the leisurely drive along North Hampton's Millionaire's Row, its collection of summer "cottages" a legacy of the Gilded Age. Then again, there's always the option of another splendid seaside eighteen.

Wentworth by the Sea, Reservations: 866-240-6313. Portsmouth Country Club, Tee Times: 603-436-9791.


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