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Golfing with Donald Ross in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire

By Kathy Bennett

One of golf’s most renowned course architects was Donald Ross. Players seek out his courses around the country. But lucky golfers coming to the Mt. Washington Valley don’t have to go far – our region boasts 3 courses designed by the legendary Scotsman. Whether you’re traveling here for a weekend or a week (or a lifetime!) you’ll be able to play a piece of golf history right here in the New Hampshire!

What makes a Donald Ross Course special? According to Andy Ross, it’s the course’s playability. “Donald Ross, one of the giants of the golden age architecture era, became the most prolific architect of all time with over 400 golf course designs to his name. Ross was the first “professional” golf course architect in America as he was able to build a successful and efficient business during the golden age era. He has more top 100 courses than any other architect and has had over 100 major championships and USGA events hosted at his courses, far and away the most of any architect. Ross’ transcendent skill was his ability to create playability at his courses for the beginner while still challenging the best players ability to score.”
With credentials like that, golfers of all abilities should make the trip to Mt. Washington Valley and plan a fall golf trip today!
The 18-hole Mount Washington Course was designed by legendary Scottish Architect Donald Ross and was completed in 1915. Its backdrop features New Hampshire’s spectacular Presidential Mountain Range. This Par 72, 7,004-yard-course has hosted four New Hampshire Opens and the prestigious New England Open Championship in September 2010.

Reopened on August 1, 2008, the Mount Washington Course has been restored to Donald Ross’ original plans by noted golf course architect Brian Silva, including bunkers crafted in a classic flair and infinite varieties of recovery shots in the closely cropped areas around the putting greens. The par 5 eleventh hole and the par 3 fifth hole feature stunning views of Omni Mount Washington Hotel and surrounding mountains.

For more information on this course.

Hungry for more golf? Mt. Washington Valley has dozens of courses to choose from. Read all about them here.

 

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All Hail, Hale’s Location!

By Kathy Bennett

In real estate, the credo is “Location! Location! Location!” When it comes to golf in Mt. Washington Valley the same can be said about a great round. Hale’s Location Golf Course is both a magnificent course and an upscale real estate development offering high-end homes that come with golf memberships and stunning views.

This 9-hole course is known for being long and narrow at times, with trees that often-times seem to have a magnetic pull into the woods for golfers who dare to slice their drive. Maybe it’s a magnetic power or maybe it’s the irresistible draw of White Horse Ledge, under which Hale’s and its White Mountain Hotel clubhouse exist.

The long first hole sets the pace for the game, but golfers should rest easy knowing that shorter and more forgiving holes follow immediately on the 2nd and 3rd. The 3rd takes you over a small bridge where you then see bright flowers and a small pond and water hazard between the back and forward tee boxes. It’s a short par three but don’t let the water distract your ball into its depths.

Due to its location next to the forest and cliffs North Conway is famous for, you should keep your eyes open for wildlife. One notable round I had years ago, my ball went missing off the 2nd tee.  Walking up towards the green, I saw the problem … a pair of young foxes were playing and one had my ball in its mouth, running off course. I dropped a new ball and didn’t take a penalty stroke, hoping this would count as a unavoidable hazard!

Hale’s often offers many great golf deals, some which combine brunch or other meals with a round of golf.  Their website lists online specials.  I’ve previously enjoyed specials such as “wine and nine” and “dine and nine” so why not combine great views on the course with stunning views of Cranmore from the dining room of the White Mountain Hotel.

And about the homes that surround this course. Play a round and dream of what life could be like living in the White Mountains. Known for its lower than average real estate taxes, many golf lovers have come to own these majestic homes, and there are currently several listings for sale. Contact one of Mt. Washington Valley’s many realtors and ask for the latest listings.

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 >

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 >

 

 

 

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.

New Event Date for the 16th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

While the 16th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament was originally scheduled for Friday, June 16th, Mother Nature had other plans! The rain date for this year’s tournament is Tuesday, July 25th at the North Conway Country Club.

Join the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, golfers near and far, and event sponsors for a day of golfing fun. This tournament is a fun scramble format tournament for golfers of all abilities. Players are welcome to register as individuals for $120 per person or as teams of four players for $400. To register, visit www.golfmwv.com or contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039.

Registration for the event opens at 7:45am and runs until 8:50am, with announcements following registration and a shotgun start at 9:00am. There will be 5 hours of play time and a barbecue to follow the fun at 2:00pm. The awards ceremony will begin at 2:45pm.

mwvcc golf tournament.pngLast 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 www.golfmwv.com.

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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.

White Mountain Hickory Classic Golf Event at the Omni Mount Washington Resort

The New Hampshire Hickory Golf Association invites hickory golfers of old and new from New England and beyond to participate in their inaugural White Mountain Hickory Classic golf event on Saturday, July 8th at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. For golfers that are interested in giving hickory golf a try, loaner sets are available upon advanced request.

hickory golf.jpgTo preserve the authenticity of the event, period dress is highly encouraged. Participants are asked to refrain from wearing baseball caps and shorts, but more ‘modern’ attire is acceptable (think Dockers or dress pants with a collared shirt). To dress more era-appropriate, participants are recommended to wear a flat cap.

For golfers traveling to the event and seek lodging in the North Conway area, the White Birch Inn is an event sponsor. There are rooms specifically blocked off for this event weekend and participants in the event will receive a 10% discount on lodging at the inn. For more information or to book a room, call 603-730-5267 or visit them on the web at www.whitebirchinnnh.com.

For more information, or to register for the event, please contact Jim Pucci at 603-365-0498.

What is Hickory Golf?

In the game of hickory golf, golfers use hickory shafted golf clubs instead of modern clubs. Golfers are fond of hickory golf because of their reported experience of ‘feel’ to the golf shot and playing classic golf courses in a more natural way, heightening the connection between a golfer’s club and physical ability. Golfers that play hickory golf are playing golf in a style that pre-dates the 1935 era.

 

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

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Gleason, scott@MtWashingtonValley.org

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 www.golfmwv.com 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 www.golfmwv.com.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/events/430459710626696/ or contact Rebecca Pepin (603)-344-1447 or by email at epin3@gmail.com.

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  http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org/news-events/memorial-hospital-open-golf-tournament 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!