ATKINSON, NH November #, 2014 – Atkinson Resort & Country Club was named the winner of the National Golf Course Owner Association New England Chapter Course of the Year for 2015. The award recognizes a golf course that epitomizes four key components of the operation including: Exceptional Quality of the Course, Exceptional Quality of Ownership and Management, Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community and Significant Contributions to the Game. Contributions to the game included a grant from the New England PGA to purchase SNAG (Start New At Golf) equipment. Atkinson’s PGA Professionals developed a program with five different local elementary schools to introduce the game of golf to over 150 kids in a fun learning environment. Four of the schools were three week programs with 16 different kids participating each week. The last program was a five week program that had a total of 16 kids that attended each week. They also hosted a Junior PGA League team, which models its league similar to Little League baseball. They have participated with three other courses providing complimentary practice areas for the kids which ranged in age from 7 – 13. The kids learned the values of competition, golf etiquette, golf rules, and sportsmanship on the course.
As the New England winner, Atkinson Resort & Country Club will go on to compete for the National Course of the Year Award. The final four courses will be considered for the National Award. The annual Celebration Dinner and Awards Gala will be held at the Association’s Annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on February 25, 2015.
About National Golf Course Owner’s Association
Owners and operators of golf courses throughout the U.S. and the world – from those who run 9-hole facilities in rural locations to owners of the largest golf course portfolios in the most popular golf destinations – look to the National Golf Course Owners Association as a valuable source for information and education, and an advocate for their best interests.
Established in 1979 and headquartered in Charleston, S.C., the NGCOA is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management. The Association represents the industry’s key decision makers with ultimate responsibility for golf courses throughout the world. The not-for-profit organization is the only trade association dedicated exclusively to golf course owners and operators.
Membership of the NGCOA includes owners and operators of daily-fee, semi-private, private and resort courses. While diverse in its makeup, the Association serves as a resource for a critical need shared by all owners and operators in today’s ever-changing golf industry: information and inspiration on how to operate their facilities as efficiently and profitably as possible.
About Atkinson Resort & Country Club
Atkinson Resort & Country Club is a state-of-the-art resort open to the public located at 85 Country Club Drive in Atkinson, New Hampshire, just minutes off Routes 495 and 93. The resort is home to one of New Hampshire’s finest public 18 Hole Par 72 golf courses and best practice facilities in New England. It is also home to the Willowcreek Golf Academy featuring PGA instructors, indoor/outdoor teaching studios and the V1 Pro golf video swing analysis software program. A 9 Hole Par 3 course also graces the property and has earned the PGA Family Course designation.
The public is welcome at the resort’s wood-fired Stagecoach Grille: at Merrill’s Tavern the casual sports bar; and for breakfast at the Cartside Café. Atkinson Resort & Country Club is home to the luxurious Fieldstone Suites with beautifully decorated guest rooms with views of the golf course and landscaped grounds. A highly-coveted wedding spot, Atkinson Resort & Country Club maintains a sterling reputation for guest services and attention to detail. Those who plan business and social events find the elegant meeting and banquet space ideally suited to their needs. For more information, please call 603-362-8700, or visit www.atkinsonresort.com.]]>