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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 >

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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!

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.

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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.