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Mount Washington Resort
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 04/23/2009

Mount Washington Resort a Jewel That Beckons
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With a $50 million renovation and restoration complete, one of the world’s most famous and beautiful resorts shines with a new luster.
  Mount Washington Resort, which has welcomed political leaders, foreign diplomats and the movers and shakers of the nation for over 100 years, features a classic Donald Ross-designed golf course, the Mount Washington Course.

  The 6,974-yard, par-72 course, which originally opened in 1915, was masterfully restored by noted modern-day architect Brian Silva, who based his work on the specifications of the original Ross plans. With help from partner Geoffrey Cornish, Silva also restored the Resort’s great nine-hole Mount Pleasant Course that opened in 1895.

  Both courses are set in some of the most picturesque surroundings in the Northeast and are built along an ancient riverbed at the base of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the region. The Resort is surrounded by almost 800,000 acres of national forest.

  In addition to the golf course, upgrades and restoration at the Resort this year include a new spa called The Spa at Mount Washington, which has stunning views of the Presidential Mountain Range and features signature treatments using local alpine botanicals; a new wing on The Hotel that includes an elegantly appointed 20,000-square-foot conference center offering spectacular views; and outside function space and a new year-round outdoor pool complex.  While the 900-foot wraparound veranda of The Mount Washington Hotel is one of the more famed spots to linger over a cool drink after a fun day on the links, or after enjoying some of the other amenities the Resort has to offer, the stunning new Jewell Terrace, a landscaped rooftop garden extending from the veranda over the new Spa and Conference Center, is sure to become another favorite spot.

  General Manager, Matt Massei called 2009 a “time of renaissance for The Hotel and Resort,” and says the investment has made Mount Washington Resort one of New England’s premier destinations for golf as well as for skiing.

  The restored Mount Washington Course, which reopened for play in August of last year, has already won rave reviews, including Golfweek’s number one in New Hampshire in the category “Best Courses You Can Play,” and the “Most Notable Redesign For 2008” from Travel + Leisure Golf.

  By the way, when you are at The Club and getting ready for a round make sure to check out the men’s locker room where you will find lockers used by a number of celebrities through the years including Babe Ruth and Bobby Jones.

  The Mount Washington Course is challenging yet approachable for all skill levels and carries a rating of 73.7 and a slope of 124 from the back tees. Ross and now Silva routed the course, a rather unique meadowland layout in a mountain setting, with character and challenge. The course features mildly undulating greens and a number of bunkers that complicate navigation. There are three other sets of tees to meet the playing ability of each guest.

  The testy nine-hole Mount Pleasant Course has three set of tees and provides a great extra nine after a day on the Mount Washington or a place where the entire family can enjoy the game after or before taking in other activities.
  Mount Washington Resort is very accessible from the major cities of the Northeast via several interstate highways and only a short drive from most of New England.

Mount Washington Resort
  Bretton Woods, N.H.