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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.


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 >




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.


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.


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.”

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 (http://www.provincelakegolf.com/) is located in Parsonsfield, ME, a reasonable drive south of the North Conway area – take Route 153 south off Route 16.

Eagle Mountain House (http://www.eaglemt.com/)  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 for Prizes in the MWVCC Golf Tournament!

  Coca_Cola Crest Auto World
Register for a day on the greens full of
fun, networking and the chance to win a
2014 Chevy Cruze and other hole prizes!

Become a Tee Sponsor, Too!
When: Sunday, May 18th,

Registration at 8:45am, shotgun start at 10:00am
Awards BBQ at 3:00pm

Where: Omni Mount Washington Golf Club
Bretton Woods, NH

Anything is Possible!
2010 Hole-in-One winner, Greyson Carrier stands with his team and Greyson’s prize, a Jeep Wrangler,
compliments of Crest Auto World.

Register for your chance to win this year’s
Hole-in-One prize, a 2014 Chevy Cruze,
compliments of Crest Auto World!

Other hole competitions include a Putting Contest,
Closest-to-the-Line,  Closest-to-the-Pin, Longest Drive,
and Highest Score.

Grand finale raffle prizes include a
40″ LED TV, a brand new pair of golf clubs and more!


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Golfers! Play for your chance to win a brand new Chevy Cruze!

The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce will present the 13th Annual MWVCC Golf Tournamentat the Omni Mount Washington Golf Course on Sunday, May 18, 2014. If the fun and camaraderie of this popular tournament aren’t enough to motivate you Crest Auto World has donated a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze as a Hole-in-One prize.  And new to the tournament this year is a “Pick Your Prize” raffle. Players will have a chance to choose which prizes they would like to try to win with their tickets. Among the prizes is a Samsung 40’ LED television.

Plus, to add some fun and excitement of the event, the tournament will also include pre-tournament and on-course competitions including a Putting Contest, Closest-to-the-Line, Closest-to-the-Pin, Longest Drive, and Highest Score categories.

team & car
Anything is Possible in the MWV – Hole-In-One winner, Greyson Currier and his team stand proudly by their prize, a Jeep Wrangler, compliments of sponsor, Crest Auto World.

Registration begins at 8:45am, with a shotgun start at 10:00am. Registration fees of $380 per foursome or $100 per individual include a cart and awards Bar-B-Q. The Bar-B-Q will be a highlight with plenty of hot-off-the-grill options, salads and desserts.

The schedule for the day follows:

8:45 – 9:45 AM – Registration at the Club House
9:45 AM – Call to carts
9:50 AM – Announcements
10:00 AM – Shotgun – scramble format
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Tournament
3:00 PM – BBQ, Special recognition and awards

Omni Mount Washington Golf Club.
Omni Mount Washington Golf Club.

Why not turn this into the perfect golf getaway? Stay and play in the tournament for $219 per person, including a one night stay at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel plus an individual’s tournament registration. Simply book the MWVCC Stay & Play package with the hotel, then call 603-356-5701 ext.305 to register for the tournament.

The tournament is sponsored by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. .  Part of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Tatum Riley Brett Fund. To download online registration forms, click here.

For more information about golf in Mt Washington Valley, visit www.GolfMWV.com. Planning a golf getaway or a summer escape to Mt Washington Valley? Your complete vacation planning guide can be found at www.mtwashingtonvalley.org. To talk to a vacation planning concierge or to learn more about the Mt Washington Valley golf tournament, call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).

Visit the Mt Washington Valley Flickr files for photos of the 12th Annual MWV Golf Tourney in 2013: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mwvchamber/sets/72157633606176012/

Golfers, play for a chance to win a 2014 Chevy Cruze!

Calling All Teams of Four or Individual Golfers to Register!
Sunday, May 18th, Registration opens at 8:45am
at the Omni Mount Washington Golf Club 

Thank You Sponsors!
Premier Sponsors

Hole-in-One Sponsor

Host Sponsor

Golf at the Omni Mount Washington Resort
Golf at the Omni Mount Washington Resort
A Day Out on the Greens with the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber Allows You to Enjoy…
  • Networking and friendly competition
  • The chance to win the Hole-in-One prize, a 2014 Chevy Cruze,
    sponsored by Crest Chevrolet!   
  • Other hole prizes include;
    Putting Contest, Closest-to-the-Line,  Closest-to-the-Pin, Longest Drive,
    and Highest Score.
  • Awards BBQ
 The proceeds from the event will benefit the Mt. Washington Valley
Chamber of Commerce and the

Tatum Reilly Brett Scholarship Fund.


Book a Stay and Play Lodging Package at the
   Omni Mount Washington Resort 
for $219 pp/do, plus tax!

Must register with Mary Seavey for tournament after booking room.  

Omni Mount Washington Golf Course

18 Holes – Par 72 – 7,004 Yards

The 18-hole Mount Washington Course, with New Hampshire’s spectacular Presidential Mountain Range as a backdrop, was designed by legendary Scottish Architect Donald Ross.

The Mount Washington Course was voted Golfweek Magazine’s Best Course You Can Play in NH from 2009-2013!