Our golf course is returning to its roots as a terrific parkland course that offers an interesting challenge to golfers at all skill levels.  Our philosophy is that golf should be fun, that hazards should be fair, and that conditions should be excellent.

Our front nine (par 37) may be longer, but we think our back 9 (par 34) may be more challenging.  The course opens with three manageable par-4s where  position is more important than length.  Our new first tee makes #1 a slight dogleg left, with the pond in play. The second hole, a mere 300 yards, is all about the greenside tree on the right, protecting an undulating green — Stay farther left than you think! For 2015, #3 will be revamped to play as a wonderful long par-3 to a tilted green designed to receive long shots.

Our fourth hole meanders for 500 yards around to the left, and again the tree lines require some precise placement to set up a wedge to an angular green at the top of the hill.  #5 is the first of our long par-3s, to an elevated green with deep trouble to the left.  With # 6, Windham introduces the first of our longer par-4s, this one a straight pair of shots to a large green complex protected bunkers and mounds.

#7 is a longer par-4 running through the middle of our main parkland; par is good score but bogie should be available. For 2015, #7 will play 35 yards longer from the black tees, and will become VERY challenging. Windham’s 8th hole is a medium-length par-5 running along the northern boundary, with lost ball trouble all along the right.  If you avoid that, it is a potential birdie opportunity.  The front 9 ends with a long downhill sharp dogleg left around the tree line — length matters here, a lot.

The back 9 begins with our shortest hole, one of the 1922 originals, and one of the few holes where loft is required.  Pick your wedge (or 9-iron) carefully because you need to hit this green.  In 2015, #11 will play as a massive 440-470 yard par-4 from the tips, but as a par-5 from the everyday tees. Either way, new #11 will reward “long and straight”, and reward a good short game even more.  #12 is a short par-4 gem, with the second shot over a large pond to a steeply elevated green, and lost ball trouble all along the right. The second shot on #12 is one of the few at Windham with a forced carry (over water) with a short iron.

#13 is a beautiful parkland par-5, continuously bending around to the right throughout its length.  Cut the corners as much as you dare, and fly it up or bump it up, your choice.  #14 is another grand par-3, looking downhill for half a mile to the southern panorama.  It plays to a big green cut into the hill and well-protected by sand.  Long is completely dead as the ball bounds away down a 30 foot drop, leaving a ridiculously difficult flopshot to return into play — you can easily take 5 or more from there.  #15 is a very muscular par-4, with water in play to the right and a lot of ground to cover.  Hit is hard and straight twice and you have a chance.

Our golf course’s closing stretch begins with #16,  a long par-3 which thankfully plays downhill with a helping slope that funnels shots toward the green.  #17 is a big par-4 playing to a green just to the right of an azalea garden worthy of Augusta.  (For 2015, we are extending the fairway on #17 about 100 yards around a ridge, and opening a new back tee next to the clubhouse. This will create a truly awesome par-5, approaching 600 yards)  Windham closes with another longish par-4, bending slightly to the right along a ridgeline, with water in play to the left of an otherwise accessible green.

We think our golf course rewards straight and penalizes crooked without torturing the occasional errant shot by the mid-or high handicapper.  We think our layout welcomes all the different styles of play, as long as they involve good clean contact and a plan.

We hope you enjoy the course and we continually restore and improve it throughout the season.  For a preview of the 2015 scorecard, click here.