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39th Annual Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament Moves to New Course, Supports New Cause

Now in its 39th year, the Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament will be moving to a new course and supporting a new cause, continuing its legacy of raising funds to support North Conway’s community hospital.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the North Conway Country Club, located right in the heart of North Conway Village. Golf pro Kevin Walker will welcome golfers to the storied course.  Established in 1895, the North Conway Country Club is known for its views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential and Moat Ranges. The event’s Grazing on the Green dinner and awards will take place in its restaurant, with an exceptional menu golfers have come to expect from this long-running event.

But the location isn’t the only thing changing. This year the tournament proceeds will be directed towards an emerging need at Memorial Hospital, one that impacts many individuals in the community.

Director of Behavioral Health, Lorinda MacDonald, APRN-PMHNP explained the situation.  “Due to the increasing number of behavioral health patients seeking treatment in our Emergency Department (ED), we have an immediate need to expand the number of beds. The ED is always the point of entry for those in crisis seeking psychiatric care. Our mission is to provide the highest level of care for all patients who enter the ED, whether they are in need of medical care or in a psychiatric crisis.”

Due to the lack of available space in psychiatric hospitals, patients in the ED can wait for days or weeks for a bed. This situation also delays care for other community members seeking urgent treatment in the ED. The proceeds of this year’s tournament will be the beginning of a community-based effort to support the needs of this vulnerable population.

Last year the event raised over $52,000 which supported Community Health for a Lifetime, providing funds for childhood wellness and other population health initiatives. The event has raised over $850,000 over its long history, purchasing many pieces of life-saving equipment and supporting community health programs.

Golfers from presenting sponsor The Coleman Companies enjoying the day at the 2018 Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament.

The tournament has already secured its Presenting Sponsor, with The Coleman Companies once again taking the top spot. 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 so again in 2019.

This year’s Golf Tournament Committee members include: Bayard Kennett, Kathy Bennett, Gail Paine, Peter Waugh, Rachael Brown, Corrine Ray, Kathy Sanderson, James Love, Melody Nester, 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 tournament is known for its famous Grazing on the Green food extravaganza the evening of the event.

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

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.


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!


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.

Great Golf Specials for the Month of August

Specials and Clinics

Hales Location Golf Course has extended its special rates throughout the month of August. Midweek golfers can enjoy 9 holes for $40.00 or 18 holes for $59.00. Both with cart included. Weekend golfers can play 9 holes for $49.00 or 18 holes for $65.00. Both with cart included.

The Omni  Mount Washington Golf Course offers the Tee It Forward program, where golfers can play from the forward tee and watch their score go down throughout the month of August.

Families, head on over to Eagle Mountain House where an adult and junior can play together and pay $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for the juniors, every day after 2:00pm.

In support of the Good Shepard Food Bank, Bridgton Highlands Country Club is offering special rates for a round of 18-holes with a cart. Bring a canned good to donate to the food bank and Monday through Thursday, all day, and Friday through Sunday after 12:00pm, play a round for $39.00.

The Wentworth Golf Club Pro, Jay Pollini, invites the public to join him every Thursday at 9:00am for in-depth clinics focused on everything from improving your short game to driving and making it over the bunker.

Twilight Hours

Waumbek Country Club begins its twilight hours at 2:00pm Monday through Friday where golfers can play 18-holes for a 9 hole rate of $22.oo with a cart. 

The Wentworth Golf Course is open with special twilight rates, beginning at 3:00pm, players can enjoy 18-holes with a cart for $35.00 Monday through Friday and $45.00 Friday through Sunday.

Monday through Friday, play 9-holes at Hales Location Golf Course for $20.00 after 3:00pm, cart not included.

Indian Mound Golf Club offers an 18-hole round for $28.00, Monday through Thursday after 3:00pm and $30.00 Friday through Sunday, not including cart.


Join Androscoggin Valley Country Club on Thursday, August 13th for a Senior-Junior Co-Ed Scramble. Members and guests are welcome with a shotgun start at 9am.

The Country Club also invites the public to the Auto North Spider Moore Memorial benefit tournament on Saturday, August 29. Members and guests are welcome to play 18-holes, with a 9am shotgun start. Call 603-466-9468 for more information.

The Eagle Mountain House Golf Course’s Don Hoe League begins August 25th and 26th. Curious to learn more? Call the pro shop at 603-383-6059.

North Conway Country Club hosts the “Operation Hat Trick” tournament in support of wounded veterans, active duty service members and their families, on August 21st, with a shot-gun start of 9:30am. Visit OperationHatTrick.com for more information.

Locals Specials

NH Residents can golf 9 holes at Hales Location Golf Course any Monday during the month of August for just $35.00, cart included. All golfers must present a valid NH license.

Omni Mount Washington Golf Course extends its Locals Discount to those living in the Coos, Carroll, Grafton or Belknap counties of New Hampshire; Oxford county of Maine or Essex or Caledonia counties of Vermont on Wednesdays and Sundays. Locals can play the course for $25.00 after 4:00pm with proof of primary residence.