BOSTON (CBS) – On the very first edition of The Golf Club in 2014, Hardy was joined by Matt Prior from Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, NH.
Don’t let the “New Hampshire” deter you from playing there. It’s located just ten minutes off 495 right on the Massachusetts border and is about 45 minutes north of Boston.
Atkinson is a semi-private course open to the public seven days a week. It boasts an 18-hole par-72 course, as well as a 9-hole course and a state of the art practice facility called the Willowcreek Golf Academy.
“Willowcreek is one of the most state of the art facilities I have ever seen,” Prior told Hardy.
“We have 12 bays open to the public seven days a week and three teaching studios with the V1 software. It’s basically a teaching software with four cameras that film your swing from different angles. We put your swing on the 50-inch plasma TV and you can actually compare your swing to that of your favorite golfer. We then get to send you your swings, the before and after, with voiceovers of the drills, exercises and lessons straight to your smartphone, iPad, wherever.”
Prior is an instructor at Willowcreek (located on site) and has been in that role since March 2008 after moving here from Wales, UK. He has been a golf professional since 2001 and is a qualified PGA Professional with the British PGA.
“The 18-hole course is just over 6,500 yards from the tips. It’s a par-72 with really, really tough tree lines. The conditions are very good. The back nine is a little tougher, ball above your feet, ball below your feet. Very, very tough but it challenges your game,” said Prior on Atkinson Country Club.
“You’re gonna use every club in your bag,” added Prior. “Load up on the golf balls before coming. It’s just a great experience.”
“It sounds like a beautiful place that could turn nightmare-ish, so when I do go up I’ll seek you out first for a quick tuneup,” joked Hardy.
Listen below for the full interview: