Hooper Golf Club
166 Prospect Hill Rd.
Walpole, NH 03608
please call 603 756 4080 for tee times
December 24, 2015
What a strange Winter it has been so far.
The day after Thanksgiving, black Friday, the parking lot at hooper was almost full with people playing the great game of golf.
I myself thought, well this is really nice but it's Winter, it won't last. Well I was wrong, the weather has remained mild for the latter part of November and into December. Fast forward to Christmas eve, Dec. 24th, 2015 at 10:00am in the morning. I went up to play some golf because the temperature was supposed to reach almost 70 degrees. As i pulled in I was shocked to see the parking lot almost full and people on the 1st tee waiting to tee off. Of course this time of year there is no one around to collect greens fees so it was basically free golf for all.
Quite a few of the players were from other clubs that have closed down for the season. They would be escorted off the premises if they tried to play a round of golf at their respective clubs, but at Hooper one can come up, tee it up and get a round of golf in with no worry about being escorted off the premises. All we ask is please, please, please replace your divots and repair your ball marks on the green. The traps, well with no rakes, do the best you can.
December 26, 2015
Did I say December 26, 2015, another day of golf at Hooper. Am i serious? You bet I am. Drove up at 12:36pm to play around and figured I would have the place to myself. Not to be. There were 26 cars in the upper and lower parking lot and the course was full to the brim with golfers. Members and non members enjoying a day on the links at Hooper and all for the super price of $0.00. To be truthful it has been busier this Winter then most days in the summer. The only problem is we are bringing in no revenue. Maybe those non members could send us a donation for enjoying Hooper while they can't play at their own course. If you wish to send a donation. send to, Hooper, box 311, Walpole, NH 03608. God knows we need all we can get. Again I need to ask that you replace your divots, fix your ball marks and please don't leave your trash on the course. It is fine to enjoy a cold brew while playing but please put the empty in your bag and dispose of it properly.
This has been a great Winter for cold weather golf and there may be more to come.
Woke up this morning to fog and a light drizzle so playing golf looked to be put on the back burner. Around 10:30 the drizzle stopped so it looked like there may be a 2 hour window before the rain started. Temperature was about 40 degrees, maybe a bit warmer but the decision was made to go up and play 9 holes. I figured the course would be empty due to the weather but oh how wrong I was. There were golfers on the 8th green, two on the first tee waiting for two others to show up and 4 cars in the parking lot. I teed off in front of the waiting twosome and proceeded to play my 9 holes. The course was wet and very soft so the ball had no roll when it landed. Conditions were sloppy at best. still, considering all this the course was fairly busy for the conditions. More folks showed up to play as I played my 9 holes and upon finishing I counted 11 cars in the parking lot.
Fast forward to Tuesday morning. I woke to 3 inches of snow being topped off with sleet and freezing rain. Maybe this will put an end to the golf season of 2015 but 2016 is just around the corner and who knows what that will bring.
January 3, 2016
Sitting at my computer writing this blurb I pause and look out the window. A hard crusty snow covers the ground so golf is on the back burner until there is enough of a thaw to melt things out. Yesterday there was an article in the Walpole Clarion, a local rag, about the situation at Hooper Golf Course. The Hooper Golf Club came up short in revenue for the 2015 season, approached the membership for an assesment to raise enough capital to clear the books. This did not happen, not enough money was raised. So, this leaves next year, 2016, up in the air, somewhat, as to whether there will be golf at the Hooper next year. The town select board would like to keep Hooper operating so it can raise some revenue for the Hooper Institute. A business plan for this will be investigated and hopefully things get ironed out so golf at the Hooper will be a reality. Hooper Golf Course is a great asset for the town of Walpole plus it is an old classic design of famed golf course designers Styles and Van Cleek. The course was cut out of the land that existed and no earth was moved around by heavy equipment. Most of the work was done by hand, picks ,shovels and man power. Voted the 11th best 9 hole course in the United States back in 2010 by Golf Digest, it would break my heart to not be able to play golf at Hooper Golf Course. (to be continued)
February 3, 2016
Well, the weather is warming and the snow is melting and the thought of golf is on the mind. This brings me to a question. What is going on with the Hooper Golf Club? It was decided to disband the board of directors and declare the Hooper Golf Club defunct. After 3 tough years and a poor business environment the board decided that it was not feasible to run the course. Now, that is not to say that the Hooper Golf Course will not be open for the 2016 season. The Town Selectboard would like to keep the course open so they are trying to figure out a way to do this. The course will not be run by the Hooper Golf Club. Who will take over task of running the course is unknown at this time. Of course the Hooper Golf Course is still for sale as the previous group that was to purchase the course fell apart. The good news in all this is the conservation easement went through and is now completed with the Hooper Trust receiving that money. Until the course sells the running of the course will take a new road. It would be a shame to allow the course to go to thistle (so to speak). That would make the sale of the place even harder. I am in hopes that a decision is made soon so plans can be made to start moving forward. Hey everyone, keep your fingers crossed.