Tag Archives: Golf in Mt. Washington Valley

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 >

 

 

 

Advertisements

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.

 

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.

 

indian mound golf

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.

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.

DSC02142

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.

MWVCC 11th Annual Golf Tournament – June 8

We’re looking for teams for the
Where:
 Province Lake Golf

18 Mountain Rd. Parsonsfield, ME

When: Friday, June 8,

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.
Register to play with Mary Seavey
Registration includes lunch at Mulligan’s Pub & Mead & Beer tastings from
Sap House Meadery
&
Tuckerman Brewery Company
Meet Wayne Deyoe Golf Enhancement Specialist
You could win:

  • The Hole-In-One Prize, a two-door,  cloth top 2012 Jeep Wrangler The Jeep Wrangler valued at over $25, 000., donated by Crest Auto World .

This can be done. Greyson Carrier won a brand new Jeep Wrangler at the 2010 tournament!

    • Golf Bag – NH Distributors
    • Gift Baskets – Zeb’s and Starbucks
    • (4) “Golf Links” by Charles D. Burgess
  • Plus more…
and of course….Bragging Rights!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Host Sponsor: Province Lake Golf
Title Sponsor:   Memorial Hospital
Supporting Sponsor:  Pepsi

Hole-In-One Sponsor:  Crest Auto World 
Awards Sponsor:   Glass Graphics  
 In-Kind Sponsor:  Smith & Town Printers, LLC Hannaford