Black Swan Country Club

2.8823529412 2.9 stars from 5 (5)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6803 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 72.9
  • Layout


Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6803 yards 72.9 129
Blue 72 6425 yards 71.3 124
White 72 5759 yards 67.9 118
Red (W) 72 5379 yards 71.7 124

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.0 stars from 5
Value: 1.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 1.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 5 Reviews
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recommend this course

3 out of 5 reviews



Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Customer Service Issues"

TomTomtheGolfer's avatar
Massachusetts Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

While you will enjoy the layout at Black Swan be aware: They have a serious lack of customer services and friendliness at this course. If you are not a "member" you will be MADE to purchase and ride before 12 noon on the weekends. (which they say is to quicken pace- a lie.) and you will be overly Marshalled even when you are not out of position. You can tell they are going through tough times because they need to squeeze as many people on the course as possible. You have better choices farther up 95 in the Portsmouth NH area- god forbid you go to the even worse Far Corners Zoo up the street. So while the course in enjoyable- beware of the nasty attitudes of the staff (the starters are very nice btw the only exception. The golf shop and marshalls are NOT what customer services is all about. The Head pro, when contacted said "Hey I just work here?" WOW....

Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I don't recommend this course

"Horrible staff"

Mmaffeo15's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Never been treated like the way the ranger treated us on the golf course. We started out in the fog for the first 6 holes. We finally were able to see once we hit 7 and were pushed to catchup to the twosome ahead of us which wasn’t possible as it was Cart path only and they had push carts. Was asked five times to pick up pace while group behind us never caught up to us. Was berrated by very unprofessional ranger after trying to find tee shot. Will never go back here.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

I don't recommend this course

Commented on 05/03/2018


"No food?? !!"

u1689851's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Very good course, but you need to bring your own food-bag. Pro shop is small and has a single small "cold drinks" cooler and no food. The restaurant is a Flat Breads Pizza that has no sandwiches, and only some fat oily hot-dogs in a rolling cooker. Had a dog at the turn at 2:30 and it was essentially RAW. I mean COME ON FOLKS! You have a nice course and no food for your golfers???? The cart-girl finally found us for the first time on number 14. Just plain uncalled for here.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

"Black Swan CC"

Richie4326581's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course is first class all the way!! Very unique course that is in fantastic shape. #2 is a par 5 with a split fairway that I wasn't aware was split. Played the right side of fairway over a marsh but now know the play was to left side. This course has a lot of carries over marsh and wetlands. Can be tough for ur first visit or women players. Played slow for us due to group ahead playing back tees when a forward tee choice would have been better for them. Greens ,fairways, boxes and bunkers all in great shape except for fact that golfers were not fixing pitch marks. #15 plays tough. Dogleg right over wetlands to a small green with a big collection area right. I actually hit fairway left side and put a 4 iron on the green for a birdie putt. (Missed) Great bar, snack bar and patio area. Starter and guys in pro shop all friendly and helpful. Great par 5 to end ur round before you have a cold beverage!! Must play!!!

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

I recommend this course

"Now Called Black Swan Country Club"

NoonanSmails's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Massachusetts Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course keeps on getting better and better under the new ownership. It is a semi-private club, but there are ample times for the public to play. I enjoy playing in the late afternoon after the crush of play has subsided, The course is always in good condition with some of the best greens the public can play on on the North Shore. Even though the volume of play has increased the number of ball marks and divots, the place is still way ahead of most. The new owner and managers are a huge upgrade over the former owner, "Dr. Evil" and his minions. The large number of environmentally protected wetlands create several odd hazards that take some time to figure out when to lay up and when to go for it. A great example is the par 5 second hole, with a large marsh 230 yards off the tee, then a split fairway with a hazard down the middle. You choose the left or right fairway based on where your laid up tee shot is. It is quite unique. On the back 9, the 15th is a bear of a par 4. You must clear a hazard and land on the left side of the fairway, which will kick right. If you hit it down the right side, it will kick into the marsh. The shot to the green demands precision as well with a large collection area to the right. This course requires a few rounds in order to acquire the local knowledge necessary to successfully navigate it. After a round, be sure to go to Holloway's which is their 19th hole. They have excellent thin crust pizzas and sandwiches, made in their state of the art oven. They may have up to a dozen beers on tap and there is a very cool patio with fire tables. This is about the best public access, 18 hole course on the North Shore. I think it is well worth checking out.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

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