Designer Ross Forbes has sculpted 18 unique holes that utilize the existing terrain in a manner to provide enjoyment for both beginners & experienced golfers. Four sets of tees allow the course to play from 4800 to 6600 yards, with wide fairway corridors and generous landing areas, creating multiple strategic options for playing each hole. Subtle undulations on the greens and a variety of greenside chipping areas will provide a challenge for the short game. Golfers will be pleased that our 35 acres of bent grass fairways do not force a single blind shot over the course of their round.

Canterbury Woods practice range features a grass teeing area fully 100 yards wide and over 30 yards deep ensuring excellent turf from which to practice from at all times. The range is over 300 yards long and includes four target greens that will lend a realistic feel to ones practice sessions. Our PGA staff will be available for instruction and club fitting.

Philosophy of the Design:,

Ross Forbes specializes exclusively in golf course planning and design. Over the past twenty years he has been involved with over seventy golf course developments in twelve countries on three continents. He has developed a strong reputation for his attention to detail throughout the design and construction process. His distinctive site-sensitive designs utilize the existing features of the native landscape to the fullest extent possible. Many golfers from around the world have enthusiastically embraced his courses, with many ranking them at or near the top in their respective countries.


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Course Architect's Corner

ross-forbes"Our goal when designing a golf course is to maximize a property's inherent golf potential. By recognizing and utilizing existing site features to the fullest extent possible, we aim to create environmentally sensitive golf courses in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape.

Initially, at Canterbury Woods, we explored the many natural golf corridors that existed on this beautiful property. We looked for a broad diversity of holes with sufficient width to provide golfers a variety of play options. We also tried to take full advantage of the panoramic views the site offered.

Once the eighteen best corridors were selected and a routing was completed, we then focused on the golfing strategies of each individual hole. The strategic elements of the holes were based primarily on the subtleties of the native landform. The greens, bunkers and tees were situated to enhance the strategic value of the natural contours; and, due to the great variety of features inherent to the site, we were able to provide players with an exciting array of shot-making opportunities.

As this is a public facility, the course was designed to be challenging and enjoyable for golfers of all abilities. This was achieved through the use of multiple tees which allow the course to play anywhere from 6,600 to 4,800 yards long. By varying the playing angles and strategically locating hazards, we have ensured that the demand on golfers will decrease as they move forward on the tees. Thus, golfers can select the level of difficulty best suited to their individual games.

In addition to the golf course, we have also created a 300-yard practice range. The half-acre bentgrass tee can accommodate thirty golfers at one time, and four target greens offer realistic practice opportunities.

We are very pleased with what has been accomplished at Canterbury Woods, and are thankful to have been a part of the development team. We invite the golfers of New Hampshire to come experience this wonderful new facility."

- Ross Forbes, Forbes Design Group