North Conway Country Club – the Crown Jewel of Golf in the Valley

By Kathy Bennett

It was a hot Friday afternoon and there seemed no better way to kick start the weekend than to grab a quick 9 holes after work with three friends at the North Conway Country Club. The course is in the heart of North Conway Village, convenient, well manicured and welcoming.

PGA Pro Kevin Walker joined the Club several years ago and is a helpful friendly resource for golfers. I had left my driver in my husband’s bag (how did that happen), so he set me up with a demo club quickly so we were able to make our tee time.

We grabbed some on-course cocktails upstairs in the club house. The views are impressive from their deck and the prices are more than reasonable – a nice touch in this resort town.

North Conway CC was founded in 1895 hard by the railroad tracks by Schouler Park. If there is another golf course with a train that chugs between its pro shop and the first tee, I am not aware of it.  The riders on the Conway Scenic Railway are delighted to wave at golfers on the tee and on the deck as they ride by. Golfers best hold off their shot until it passes!

The course sustained some damage last fall from one of the several hurricane remnants that ripped through New England, but the greens keepers here have done yeoman’s work so players this summer will barely notice. In fact, during our play, the greens and fairways were in top shape despite a recent lack of rain.

North Conway CC’s surroundings are a joy to behold. Heading out from the first hole, your views are to the Moats and to the cornfields around the Saco River. Heading back towards the clubhouse, Cranmore Mountain looms large. It’s hard to keep your eyes on your ball as you drink in the mountain views all around – a treat for locals and visitors alike.

Our foursome played a fun yet challenging round that resulted in zero lost balls – more a testament to the course layout than to our golf skills. While there are water hazards and bunkers in play, you can make it through if you pay attention to course management.

North Conway CC is also home to what is arguably the best driving range in the region, with areas to practice putting, chipping, pitching and driving. Pick up a large bucket of balls at the clubhouse and get your exercise in walking down the hill to the range, or grab a cart to get to swinging faster.

Savvy golfers can find discounts even on great courses like this one. As of this writing, their website was advertising $40 greens fees with cart before 8am midweek – a great idea during the hot summer weather.

For more information call 603-356-9391 or visit them online.

Mt. Washington Valley is a golfer’s dream destination with 11 spectacular courses withing a short drive from North Conway. For information >

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Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Business Name Change

The T. Murray Wellness Center, Inc. was founded by Dr. Trish Murray over 12 years ago and has been the place to go in Mt. Washington Valley to alleviate pain. Over the past 6 years, Dr. Murray has trained and become certified in another specialty, functional medicine which is root cause medicine, focusing on finding the underlying cause of chronic diseases or conditions. “This is a multi-systems approach to medicine”, said Dr. Murray. “We look at all systems to find the reason for the condition and help people learn what changes they can make to help improve their health.”

Pictured from left: Elaine Swett, Loretta Hawes, Pamela Beaupre, Jude Trotter, APRN, Patricia Murray, D.O, Rita Corbitt, Cherie Jewell.

Now known as Discover Health Functional Medicine Center the practice and clinic has grown to include a new provider and expanded clinic and services.

On Friday, June 22 they celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house at their clinic at 24 Pleasant Street, Conway. Guests toured the facility, received information on services and learned how Discover Health Functional Medicine Center can help restore and optimize your health. For more information visit them online or call the office at 603-447-3112.

M&D Playhouse presents Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a play that is… everything. It’s a thriller, it’s horror, it’s comedic, it’s all these things and more, on a truly amazing set.


Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

Go see this as soon as possible! Don’t “shave” it for later! Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 4:00 through July 8 at M&D Playhouse, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

A rich history in Mt. Washington Valley

One of the greatest things about MWV history is that it can always get weirder – for example, Mount Washington had a secret ski area once! But that’s part of the fun of attending lectures like this one at The Salyards, on National Forests. That, and the sense of community!

Who loves to read?

If you love to read you should attend the White Birch Books and North Conway Public Library’s author luncheons! It’s a great way to enjoy a book, be with friends, and talk with the author. Sea Dog Brewery recently hosted Meghan Weir, and her novel: the Book Of Essie. It’s always fascinating to hear about the creative process!

Eagle Mountain Golf Course Offers Free Ladies’ Clinics in June

On a brilliant spring afternoon, I descended the storied 9th fairway of the Eagle Mountain Golf Course in Jackson, NH towards its driving range along with 30+ fellow female duffers. Our destination? The first of several free Sunday afternoon ladies’ golf clinics with PGA Pros Julie Rivers and Bob McGraw.

No matter where you like to golf, it’s a great idea to start out your golf season by taking a lesson. Bad habits follow you through the off season. Start the year out right with a lesson. These Sunday sessions break down your game into key components that make it easy and fun to improve.

The group ranged from never-evers to more experienced golfers looking to brush up their skills. Skillfully, Julie and Bob managed to keep the large group engaged and the instruction appropriate despite the wide range of experience.

Sunday’s lesson started with the chip shot. Dividing the larger group into 6 groups, the pros took us through the stroke, much like a putting stroke but with a wedge.

Then we moved on to pitching. Starting with a partial swing, to a half swing, to a full swing, we each worked on our form and learned how far the ball went with each.

Then the fun part – driving. We each took out our 1 club and practiced our long drives with varying degrees of success but with great enthusiasm.

This post isn’t meant to try to recreate the content of the lessons – I will leave that work to the pros – but it is meant to stress the value of taking lessons and the camaraderie of a sunny afternoon with a group of strangers soon to become friends.

After the lesson, the Eagle Mountain House offered a $10 cocktail and appetizer special on the veranda. On this sunny spring afternoon, it was a wonderful wrap up to a great learning session with two of the Valley’s best known pros.

McGraw shared the following free and inexpensive golf clinics and greens fees coming up in the coming months. It’s a great way to improve your game while enjoying one of the Valley’s most beautiful locations for golf.

Upcoming:

Bob McGraw will be offering a Free Clinic for women the next two Sundays from 1 to 2 pm.

During the month of June, the Eagle Mountain Golf Course will be offering a discounted green fee of $15 for women.

In July they offer free clinics for families on the first three Sundays from 1 to 2 pm.

Reduced green fees of $10 for juniors and $15 for adults  in the month of July will be offered when families play together.

Saturday Clinics: Every Saturday from 10:30 til 11:30, Bob offers clinics covering the short game or the full swing. The fee is $20 and limited to 6 students. Call the pro shop at 383 -9090 to sign up. For more info >

 

 

 

Fishing on Silver Lake with Fish Nerds Guide Service

Getting out on the water is a great way to spend an afternoon. The folks at Fish Nerds Guide Service have been enjoying some super fun spring fishing on Silver Lake where the water is warming and the fish are hungry. This week they had a mixed bag of big yellow perch and big smallmouth bass. And, the lake trout are amazing. They can accommodate up to six people fishing at a time so grab some of your fishing pals and give them a call!

Don’t fish? That’s cool! You can book a cruise with Fish Nerds, too. Thier brand new, state-of-the-art pontoon boat can take up to ten passengers! They can drive around, pull into a cove and swim or, if you are feeling adventurous, can give you a tube ride.

For more information contact Fish Nerds Guide Service!

Great Early Season Golf at Indian Mound Golf Club

By Kathy Bennett

This not the first year that I busted out my golf clubs for a first round of the year at Indian Mound Golf Club in Ossipee, NH. Indian Mound has the advantage of being located on the southern fringe of Mt. Washington Valley, often giving it a precious two or three week advantage to get its grounds prepped and greens opened earlier than other courses further north (and it often stays open later into the fall for the same reason).

This year was no exception. By mid-May, the greens at Indian Mound were in fine shape when we hit the course for a quick nine holes on a seasonally warm Sunday afternoon.

For the average duffer, the first round is often approached with great trepidation. Living in northern New England, one’s golf game can atrophy over the long dark winter months. You line up your shot on that first tee and pray you can hit the ball at least as far as the fairway.

Fortunately, both me and my husband remembered our modest golfing skills and were able to enjoy our first round of the year.  Amazingly – on the lovely 4th hole – I followed a strong drive right up the fairway with a generous approach shot, then chip shot the ball right into the hole from 30 yards. This was a first in my golf career. No one but my husband witnessed the shot, but I shared my excitement with the server at the new hot dog stand just beyond the green. We celebrated with Bloody Mary’s (made with their scratch-made mix) and had a great afternoon all around.

Indian Mound’s owners have paid attention to detail since taking over the course over a decade ago. Its River’s Edge Grille & Tavern is now a fixture in Ossipee and is open to the public, features live music and frequently hosts events and functions. Most recently they added Keno – a welcome addition to this former Massachusetts resident who always enjoyed buying a few quick picks over a drink after a round of golf. Apparently my luck  that day ran out with that chip shot and I kissed $5 goodbye.

Indian Mound’s front 9 are welcoming for less skilled players, but the layout is interesting enough, with lots of water and trees in play, to keep it interested even for scratch golfers. Its back 9 are longer and more challenging. Walk it and put a work out into your game as the greens are hilly at times.

You can find more information on Indian Mound on their website and watch for their special deals frequently advertised in the Conway Daily Sun.

Valley Pride Day 2018

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the 18th Annual  Valley Pride day! We live in a beautiful place, and it’s a shame when it’s defaced with litter so we especially appreciate the many volunteers who helped clean up our roadways and make the Valley even more beautiful. They absolutely deserved the party afterward. Kudos to the organizers for keeping this fantastic event going for 18 years. The Valley thanks you!

Sweets for Mom on Mother’s Day

Not sure what to get for Mother’s Day? How about roses! Cupcake roses, that is! Delectables By Danette has this and more… impossibly smooth flourless chocolate cake, delicious ooey, gooey brownies, and melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows. With its bright decor and excellent desserts, this delightful, whimsical bakery is perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. Indeed, it’s perfect for any occasion. For more ideas for Mom visit >> https://bit.ly/2DYIXvj

 

Bagels & more at Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli

We were heading to Portland, so we stopped at Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli for, what else, bagels! And, we’re so glad we did! We enjoyed a tasty bagel with lox and cream cheese. We’d love to go back, maybe even for lunch! We do love lunch (possibly burritos) at Big Dave’s.

Whether you live here or are just visiting,  North Conway and the Valley is home to great dining!

Mountain Film on Tour

What a treat to see Mountainfilm on Tour at the Fryeburg PAC. Films almost too fantastical to be real – but too gripping to be anything but. We viewed striking visions of Alaska, a skier rushes through icy crevices and tunnels and a crippled man climbing a rock formation.

Mountainfilm on Tour travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of short documentary films from the most recent, annual festival in Telluride. See this tour, if you can.

Anything is Possible!

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