Set amidst 400 acres of protected woodlands, the 7,247 yard championship course is reminiscent of the days when tee and green sites were natural and little earth was moved. Native forest separates the fairways, giving each group the feeling that it has the course all to itself.
The golf course and grounds are maintained with exceptional attention to detail and a seamless combination of both modern and traditional maintenance practices. Playing conditions are never compromised for aesthetics – instead we strive to maintain firm and dry fairways that are both fast and tight and reward good shots.
Old Chatham is considered a challenging, yet fair, golf course. The bermuda grass rough is kept at 1.25 inches, so a player is challenged with a more difficult shot than one played from the 1/2 inch cut fairways, however not frustrated having to look for balls that have sunk down into rough that is left too high. The enjoyment of members and their guests is the ultimate consideration of the superintendent Brian Powell and his staff.
Putting surfaces are true and absent of grain, and the subtlety of our greens tests even the most skilled golfers. These Champion ultradwarf bermuda grass greens installed in 2012 are undulating, fast and challenging. The greens stay between 11-13 on the stimpmeter throughout the year.
The golf course was designed to be a good walking course, and many members play a round with caddies taking care of carrying their golf bags, raking bunkers and, if desired, helping read greens. Golfers may choose to walk the course or take a golf cart at all times when the course is open for play.