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Mt. Washington Valley Golf Tournament Tees Up for the 16th Year!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Gleason,

May 23, 2017


mwvcc golf tournament.pngTee off with friends at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 16th, at the North Conway Country Club. This is a fun, scramble format tournament for golfers of all abilities and a wonderful way to kick off Father’s Day weekend. To register, visit or contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039.

Registration opens at 7:45am and runs until 8:50am, with announcements at 8:50am and the shotgun start at 9:00am. The tournament has a planned five-hour playing time, and convenes for a 2:00pm barbecue lunch where winners will be announced and players can bid on a silent auction. Players can register as individuals for $120.00, or as teams of four, for $400.00.

Last year’s popular Event’s Punch Card returns for this tournament and can be purchased for $25 with your online or day of play registration. The card allows entry to various on-course events and includes raffle tickets, mulligans and, NEW this year, the Hole #10 Golf Ball Launcher sponsored by Eastern Propane & Oil to exclusively benefit MWV Leadership scholarship assistance programs. You get to shoot your own ball, hopefully, onto the green 354 yards away.

In addition to awards, and raffles, there are many “Hole-in- One” prizes to win, sponsored by members of the community. Crest Auto World is sponsoring Hole #4, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win a 2017 Fiat 500. Profile Power Sports is sponsoring Hole #13, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win an ATV. Other Hole-in- One prizes include a set of Titleist Irons, and a $750 Gift Certificate for North Conway Country Club Pro Shop.

“The annual Chamber golf tournament is all about having fun. While we’re all there to play, and improve our handicap, we get to enjoy friends and colleagues, a fantastic course, delicious lunch and a fun event to spend time with Dad,” says Scott Gleason, event coordinator for the tournament.

Golf sponsorship opportunities are open to businesses looking to maximize their exposure in front of the community, with a fit for any budget. Businesses can have its name and logo on tee signs, the golf tournament website and more, depending on what level of participation business owners are interested in.

Tournament sponsors include Crest Auto World, Profile Power Sports, Chalmer’s Insurance Group, Eastern Propane & Oil, White Mountain Dental Associates, Coca-Cola, Fields of Ambrosia and TD Bank.

For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament registration or sponsorship, contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039, or visit


About the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strategically market Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination while fostering a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities and while protecting the area’s natural beauty.

Awesome April Golf at Indian Mound

By Kathy Bennett

Today, the last day of April, was a wonderful first round of golf for me and my dear husband at Indian Mound Golf Club in Ossipee, NH. Don’t let the early date fool you – owner Jonathan Rivers and his crew must double as magicians because the course was in great shape and as green as many a course I have played in June or July.

While our game was a little rough (it seemed we could hit anything but the green – including trees, houses, stumps and other stationary objects), the weather didn’t misbehave too much and we squeezed in a round between light rain showers on a partly cloudy Sunday.

There were few players on the course this April 30th, although with our 12:30pm tee time, pro Julie Rivers shared that others had gone out earlier in the day. She nodded towards the entrance for the Rivers Edge Tavern, Indian Mound’s cozy and inviting restaurant and bar, and encouraged us to stop for some refreshments before or after our round as there was no rush. Rivers Edge is open year round, has a surprisingly varied menu and features live music. They are worth a try for golfers and non-golfers alike.

We took off for the always challenging first hole (the line of trees to the right must be magnetic) and scraped the rust off our game with mixed results. We could blame anything but the conditions as the greens and fairways were in consistently good shape throughout the front nine. I even managed to score my season’s first birdie on the water-protected 4th hole, a short par 3, and a rare deuce for this bogey golfer. Most of the time we didn’t keep score as we eased into golf season one mis-hit at a time.


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If you haven’t played Indian Mound, you owe it to yourself to check it out. The original front nine are forgiving but never dull, with many water hazards, mature trees and interesting layouts, including the eponymous indian mound on the 8th tee. A placard gives a brief history for those interested. The back nine are newer, longer, and more challenging than the front. Definitely bring a cart unless you enjoy trudging up and downhill for those last 9 holes! Ossipee isn’t far from the Conways – we counted just over 30 minutes door to door from our Center Conway home.

Some tips for your first game of the year (and yes, I should’ve followed my own advice):

  1. Pull your bag out of the basement a few days before your first round and show your clubs some love. Clean out last year’s scorecards and debris from the pockets.
  2. Fish out your golf glove and decide if it’s time for a new one, or squeeze another few round out of last year’s. (I couldn’t find mine so golfed gloveless – not sure a glove would’ve helped!)
  3. Be sure you have golf balls packed. I got a dozen for my March birthday so I was good to go.
  4. Wash that golf towel and reattach to your bag.
  5. Using a toothbrush and soapy water, gently wash your club heads to remove last year’s dirt and grass (or better yet, clean them in the fall after your last round!).

If you work for Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce business member, you can purchase a “Road to the Links” golf pass for $125, entitling you to two midweek visits at participating Chamber member golf courses, including Indian Mound. Restrictions apply. Contact the Chamber for details – they sell out early so if you qualify, get yours now. It’s a great way to try out all the golf our Valley has to offer.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Kennett High School Class of 2017 Project Graduation

The opening tournament of the 2017 Golf Season begins on Thursday, May 11th, at the North Conway Country Club in a 4-person team scramble golf tournament to benefit the Project Graduation of Kennett High School’s Class of 2017. Male, female, and mixed teams are welcome to register for the tournament.

Play for your chance to win the ultimate prize of the event, a 2017 5-door Subaru  by scoring a Hole-In-One on the 13th hole! Registered golfers can compete in contest areas of Men’s and Women’s Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Top Male Team, Top Female Team, and Top Mixed Team for fabulous prizes and bragging rights. There will be a silent auction and a two raffles at the awards ceremony and luncheon following the tournament at Ledgeview Grille.

Registration fees are $85 for student golfers and $100 for adult golfers. On-site registration begins at 8:00am on the day of the event, with Shotgun start at 9:00am. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at or contact Rebecca Pepin (603)-344-1447 or by email at

About KHS Project Graduation
Statistically, graduation night is one of the riskiest nights in a teenager’s life. Project Graduation provides high school graduates a safe, fun-filled, all-night post graduation activities in a drug and alcohol free environment. The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes. Across the country, Project Graduation and the chemical-free celebrations it inspired are the new tradition for graduating seniors. In Perspectives in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Project Graduation- Maine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed that “Project Graduation has become much more than an event that occurs on graduation night. It is a communitywide planning process that strives to create a caring, supportive environment and more open communication between youths and adults.”

2017 Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament to Benefit Let’s Go Childhood Wellness Program

Press Release By Kathy Bennett, Memorial Hospital
Vice President – Community Relations & Development 

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Celebrating 37 years of supporting community health, the Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson, NH.  Proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will once again support “Let’s Go,” an initiative to bring health and wellness education and activities to school-aged children throughout Mt. Washington Valley.

In 2016, thanks to the support of donors, sponsors and golfers, the Let’s Go program was able to expand to 12 sites around the community such as pre-schools and daycare centers, to help them work towards receiving official “Let’s Go” program certification. Let’s Go is an evidence based program that works to reduce childhood obesity through better nutrition, more exercise and less screen time.

Don and Brett Newton enjoying the day at the 2016 Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament. This year’s event is set for Thurs. July 20, 2017.
Photo Credit: Rachel Damon

President & CEO Scott McKinnon shared why community support of “Let’s Go” is so critical: “This program and others like it are really part of our mission now. It’s true that it will always be important for Memorial Hospital to take care of the sick, but we also have a responsibility to keep our community healthy. ‘Let’s Go’ is just one program we’ve launched in the last few years. We are proud to be a part of it.”

Last year, the event raised over $52,000 which supported the program. The event has raised over $850,000 over its long history, purchasing many pieces of life saving equipment and supporting community health programs.

In 2016, “Let’s Go” focused on sustainable practices to improve student health, including yoga instruction for teachers at local schools, healthy cooking classes with kids and their parents to take good nutrition knowledge from classroom to home, plus Memorial’s annual Fun Run at Story Land.

The results are impressive. At “Let’s Go” sites’  school, child care and after school programs, almost 2,000 students were impacted by “Let’s Go”. Schools and sites are limiting unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations, eliminating sugary beverages and limiting recreational screen time.

The tournament has already secured its Presenting Sponsor, with Alvin J. Coleman & Son, Inc. taking top billing for the 2017 event. Other sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses and individuals. Many sponsorship packages also include golf teams for the event. For those wishing to play in the tournament, golfers may join the event as individuals or in teams of four.

The tournament offers one exclusive afternoon flight with play limited to 128 players. Sponsors and golfers are encouraged to sign up early as the tournament sold out last year and is expected to do it again in 2017.

This year’s Golf Tournament Committee members include: Bayard Kennett, Kathy Bennett, Paul Keane, Don Newton, Will Owen, Gail Paine, Melody Nester, Rachel Damon, Peter Waugh, Corinne Ray, Ken Rose, Kathy Sanderson, Siena Tatum, Rachael Brown, Ed Harrigan and Mary Vigeant, APRN.

The Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament was founded in 1980 by former US Congressman Bill Zeliff and Jackson businessman Lee Harmon.  The long-running tournament takes place at the Wentworth Golf Club, a beautiful 18 hole course in the heart of quaint Jackson Village. This picturesque course provides outstanding views of the majestic Presidential Range and the scenic splendor of the Wildcat and Ellis Rivers as they meander throughout the course. The tournament is known for its famous Grazing on the Green food extravaganza the evening of the event. Grazing on the Green features a gourmet buffet with an array of choices, ranging from lobster mac and cheese to roast beef sliders to amazing appetizers, plus desserts to please all appetites.

For more information, or to sign up for golf or sponsorship, visit the golf event page online at or call Melody Nester at 603-356-5461 ext. 2264 for more information.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is the area’s largest non-profit healthcare facility, located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 25-bed in-patient ward, 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus.

Fall Into Autumn Golf in the Valley

Golf is a social game. I came into it when I found myself divorced and looking for new friends about 10 years ago. Mount Washington Valley’s golf scene is only rivaled by its skiing scene so I quickly made friends and improved my game in some of the several golf leagues that take place weekday nights in the spring, summer and fall.

I was reminded of this social aspect when an email circulated work looking for coworker duffers to get together at the storied North Conway Country Club for a 4:30 pm round. A fellow employee had a membership and had organized an impromptu game. 4 foursomes arrived on a very warm late summer (or early fall – take your pick) afternoon.

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Golf has a way to breaking down social barriers and that night was no different. I work at the local hospital and with over 400 employees, it’s easy to not know all of your coworkers. We had players from every department ranging from the lab to the inpatient ward to the OR. What we shared was a high handicap and a love for the game. The warm weather and superb condition of the greens only supplemented the evening’s splendor.

North Conway Country Club is right in the heart of North Conway. How many courses boast an active train track to the east and a harvestable corn field and river bed to the south. And don’t forget the stunning Cathedral and White Horse Ledge to the west. Your hardest decision of the day won’t be which club to use but rather which direction to look in to drink in the splendid views.

While we did not partake after our round, the NCCC now features a new food and beverage director who has revamped the menu and the service so that you can enjoy a tasty meal and adult beverage whose quality matches the views and greens conditions of the course. Its deck overhanging the first tee and train track arguably offers the best views in the Valley.You don’t need to play a round to eat here – check it out.

Like most courses, you get the best value playing twilight and midweek. Avoid the crowds and higher rates of Saturday and Sunday mornings and you might be able to score a better rate. Or find a group or corporate deal to save even more.

Golf in Mt. Washington Valley goes strong through foliage season and with the help of a wind shirt and winter golf gloves, can continue right through to when courses close. That date varies based on weather, but I have seen closing dates range from late October to early November. Indian Mound in Ossipee often goes later. Only your yearning for skiing will interrupt your golf game earlier than weather might dictate. So squeeze in those autumn rounds now – you never known what game might be your last for 2016!

Join the fun at Bridgton Highlands Golf & Tennis Social Hour July 9 from 5 – 7

Bridgton Highlands Social Hour
Featuring Entertainment by Jason LeVasseur!
Saturday, July 9th, 2016
5pm – 7pm

“From the auditorium to the club… from the festival to the house concert… Jason always puts on a great show. Not only can he write a great song, play guitar and sing, mow his own lawn, and win a bunch of awards… he’s also just a nice guy.”

Bridgton Highlands Golf & Tennis
379 Highland Rd
Bridgton, Maine

2016 Mt. Washington Valley Golf Tournament

Thanks to all who joined us at Indian Mound Golf Club yesterday for the 15th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather!




Low score Winner – GB Carrier
Greyson Carrier, Ken Donabedian, Buddy Carrier, Bill Jones





1st Place Team – Town of Conway
Jeff Hanson, John Eastman, Chris Mattei, Ed Wagner

2nd Place Team – Horsefeathers
Rob Peterson, Adam Lanzilotti, Josh Shoen, Gary Williams
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Third Place Team – Chalmers Insurance
Jeremy Roberge, Dr. John Eldridge, Andy Trowbridge, Vincent Osgood




Closest to the Pin Women – Nicole Berthiaume



Longest Drive Women – Janet Conner

Closest to the Pin Men – Steve Cote
Closest to Line Men – Bud Wyman
Putting Contest Men – Steve Cote
Putting Contest Women – Kathie Markos

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the golfers who joined us. See you next year!


Wentworth Golf Course Offers Great Greens and Mountains Majesty

By Kathy Bennett

Friday, May 20, 2016

Another Friday night, another twilight round of golf at one of the Valley’s spectacular courses. This evening’s round brought us to the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson, NH ( A favorite of both locals and vacationers alike, the Wentworth Golf Course is located just over the covered bridge on Route 16A.

The Wentworth course was in great condition, especially for this stage of the season. The mild winter was kind to this and all the other golf courses in Mount Washington Valley, lucky for us local duffers getting in as many early season rounds as possible. Bug dope is still a necessity, although the slight breeze kept them at bay – for the most part.

If you haven’t played the Wentworth, you are in for a treat. How many courses can boast not one but two covered bridges on and adjacent to the greens? The front 9 are those you see from Route 16, and features their iconic red covered bridge, constructed in the 1990s for golfers to cross the Ellis River.  The real deal, a historic covered bridge that carries both car and pedestrian traffic from Route 16 over to Route 16A into Jackson Village, can be seen from the 7th green. Take a moment to enjoy the view before proceeding to the next tee box.


The back 9 features longer and more difficult terrain. Be sure to stop at the Wentworth’s Madeline’s at the turn and grab snacks, sandwiches and refreshments before taking on the challenges for the 2nd half of your game.

Like many of the courses in the Valley, half the fun is drinking in the incredible natural beauty surrounding you as you play. The Wentworth is no exception. In addition to the Ellis River and covered bridges, breathe in the mountain vistas around you. Look to the northeast and you can catch the tippety-top of Black Mountain, Jackson’s own hometown alpine ski area. Look slightly to the south and east to see a steep slope populated with houses – that’s the remains of the Tyrol Ski Area, which closed in the 1980s.  And of course, to the north, you’ll find Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. Behind you on the 5th and 6th holes are Iron Mountain and Duck’s Head mountains.  With so many mountains majesty, it will be hard to keep your eyes on the ball (in case you need another excuse for your game).





May Golf Greens in Great Shape in North Conway Area

By Kathy Bennett

One of the many privileges of living in Mount Washington Valley is the wealth of breath-taking golf courses within a short driving distance of North Conway. This proximity allows for impromptu twilight rounds of golf after work, or the ability to grab a quick 9 on a Saturday morning after tending to other more mundane household commitments.


This weekend we had the pleasure of golfing at not one but two classic golf courses. Friday afternoon was one of the first summery days this spring so I hit the links with a girlfriend at the North Conway Country Club. The grand dame of the Mount Washington Valley, this course was established in 1895 and offers golfers views of Cranmore, Mt. Washington and the Presidential and Moat mountain ranges.

Teeing off for the the first green sets the tone as the elevated tee boxes afford a drop dead gorgeous view of the Moats. If the views don’t distract your swing, the train whistle might. The course offers what might possibly be the region’s only working railroad track cutting a swath between the tee and the fairway thanks to the Conway Scenic Railway which abuts NCCC property.

Greens were in exceptional shape for early May but then NCCC is known for its superior commitment to maintaining its grounds. Other delights golfers will find is adjacent farmland (Friday, it was rows of plowed fresh dirt) and the Saco River (later in the summer you can hear the hooting and hollering of reveling tubers and kayakers floating downstream). Vacationers playing NCCC should be aware tee times are a must, and proper attire is required, unlike some of the other more casual resort courses in town.

Saturday morning brought us further north to Androscoggin Valley Country Club, about 20 miles north of North Conway in Gorham, NH. A scenic drive through Pinkham Notch up Route 16 was a lovely preview to the morning’s round of golf at AVCC. The course is located on Route 2 in the Great North Woods (take a right after Route 16 enters Gorham and it’s just a few miles down on the left).

The location is breathtaking with ledge cliffs the backdrop to the north, and the Presidential range to the south and west. The mighty Androscoggin River is nearby and water is in play throughout the course – bring extra balls as it has special magnetic qualities, or so I tell myself.

While the course was originally designed in 1922, beginning in 2002, the golf course was redesigned to give an extra 600+ yards to the playing field. Hazards were added and the existing ones improved to make the course more challenging. That being said, it was still a welcoming course for beginners and women alike.

AVCC greens’ were in fine shape for early May as well, another indication that the Winter of 2016 was kinder to golf courses than ski areas in northern New Hampshire.  In fact AVCC opened in April this year – amazing for a golf course north of the Notch. Check their website and ads in the local papers as they often reward savvy golfers with specials.

And to answer one question that is on everyone’s lips this time of year – black flies. Let’s just say wind is your friend this time of year. Friday’s round at NCCC, in the dead calm of the late afternoon sun, was a little on the buggy side. DEET bug spray is in order, unless you have a greater ability to ignore them than I. Saturday’s breeze kept our round at AVCC virtually bug free. The take away? Don’t let northern New Hampshire’s infamous black flies keep you from a springtime round of golf. And don’t worry – the mosquitoes will chase away the black flies before you know it.

Spots still available for the Annual Chamber Golf Tournament

Tee off with friends at the 15th Annual Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament next Wednesday, May 25th at the Indian Mound Golf Club in Ossipee. This is a great day to get outside and enjoy your favorite pastime with prizes, lunch, contests, awards and more.


Take a chance on winning a 2016 Jeep Renegade, courtesy of Crest Auto World, with a Hole-In-One on the 18th Hole or one of many raffle prizes.

Get out and enjoy spring with us on the links, Wednesday, May 25!

Space for foursomes still available. Call Scott Gleason at 603-356-5701 to grab a spot for your team.

Golfing in April in the Valley 

By Kathy Bennett

Nothing motivates a golfer more to get out there and start swinging a club than the thought of playing in  an upcoming tournament. Wanting to warm up and scrape the rust off, figuratively speaking, prior to a charity tournament is a great motivational tool for early season golfers, myself included.

So twice last week I grabbed a quick 9 holes at local courses to see if I knew which end of the club to hold.

Eagle Mountain Course in Jackson, NH is what I consider my home course. It is a stunningly beautiful, relatively forgiving and rugged little 9-hole resort course next to the Eagle Mountain House hotel. What it lacks in manicured greens it makes up with mountain and river views. We arrived Friday after work and enjoyed a fun if chilly twilight round. Sweatshirts, fleece and hats were in order despite the sunshine. Snow lingered near the foundation of the hotel.

As is likely true at all local courses this year, winter’s early departure has given golfers an early treat – greens that are actually green in April. Course owners have obviously been at work and the greens were aerated (but playable) and efforts are being made to grade and otherwise repair the cart paths, which took a beating when Hurricane Irene blew threw a few years ago. Our favorite holes are the first (men’s tees give you a hero’s welcome – an elevated tee box and spectacular views); the third (avoid the pucker brush off the tee and remember to ring the bell when you start the 4th hole); and the ninth (the steep fairway reminds you that this was the original teaching slope for Carroll Reed’s ski school back in the 1930s).

While the greens were in decent shape for April, we look forward to returning later in the season for another round at our favorite little course.

Saturday, we took a tour to the southern stretch of our area to Province Lake Golf Course. This traditional course opened near the turn of the last century and its tavern and club house are classic and inviting reminders of that. The course overlooks its namesake body of water. With temps in the 60s, it was nice to take off the fleece and windbreakers and enjoy the sunshine.

Conditions at Province Lake were remarkable for April. We recounted that there are likely years that the ice isn’t out on the lake this time of year, let alone golfable.  We weren’t the only ones out for an early round – there were foursomes lined up at the first hole, so we sat back and enjoyed the sunshine and waited for our turn to tee up.

Province Lake will appeal to both the novice and experienced golfer. Some holes are nicknamed “Monster” and “Heartbreak Hill” due to their length. But there are enough forgiving par 3s to keep even beginners feeling hopeful. The course is rated tops for women and their kids day care building near the club house is a good indication why.

Province Lake ( is located in Parsonsfield, ME, a reasonable drive south of the North Conway area – take Route 153 south off Route 16.

Eagle Mountain House (  is in Jackson, NH. Take Route 16A through the covered bridge and then turn right at the Wentworth Hotel.

Get out there and start swinging – whether or not you have to impress at a tournament anytime soon.

Golf Tournament at Indian Mound Benefits Abused Children in Community

childadvocacy The Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County (CAC) will be holding its 8th Annual Keep Kids Safe Golf tournament on Friday August 30th at the Indian Mound Colony Club.  This is the eighth annual golf tournament for the Child Advocacy Center, but the first time that it has been hosted by Indian Mound.

The mission of the Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County is to ensure justice through the provision of a coordinated system of care to children who are victims of child abuse and their non-offending family members.  All proceeds from the event will go directly to supporting the mission of the Center.  In all of its previous years the tournament has raised over $75,000 to benefit the Child Advocacy Center.  Proceeds from this year’s event will also help fund the facility dog program that the CAC introduced earlier this summer.  Westin, the CAC’s facility dog, is taking a break from his usual dog duties of lending emotional support to child victims to attend the event.

Registration for the tournament begins at 7:30 am on August 30th.  Golf is limited to the first 88 players, but there are still available slots in the tournament and sponsorship opportunities. Registration forms are available online at or by contacting Elizabeth Kelley at 569-9840.