Manchester Country Club Closes 99th Season and Embarks on Centennial
2023 marks 100 years of great NH golf and the best of times at MCC
By Dave Daubert
Bedford, N.H. - Manchester Country Club (MCC), a premier private club and event venue in southern New Hampshire, officially closed its 99th season and embarked on its Centennial as of the start of this year. Club President and Centennial Committee Chair, David Larrivee, kicked off the Club's 100th anniversary at an evening of celebration last month, accompanying members and their guests as they "bid farewell to 99 and toasted to 100." Larrivee's term as club president ends as 2023 begins when he hands over the seat to local business owner and MCC member since 2016, Sean Owen.
"This happens once in a lifetime," said Larrivee, also a four-time Club Champion. "Not only does Manchester Country Club have a long legacy of great NH golf, but the Club has hosted generations of families over the last 100 years-on the golf course, in the clubhouse, and at weddings and community events. There's been good times and hard times, lifelong friendships have been forged, matches have been won...and lost. The one constant has been this place and this golf course. It's a very special one, to so many of us in this community."
Famed course architect Donald Ross designed MCC's historic par 71, 18-hole course. The Club was founded by members and officially opened with a ceremonial competition on August 1, 1923, in which Francis Ouimet, National Open Champion of 1913, and Jesse Guilford, National Amateur Champion of 1921, played. With more than 600 local Member families and host to hundreds of events throughout the year, the Club remains member-owned today and is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors.
MCC will be hosting a series of celebratory events in 2023, including the Centennial Wine Dinner in January; the 120th New Hampshire Amateur Championship in July, which is returning to MCC for the first time since 2005; and the Centennial Birthday Bash in September. In addition, the Club will be publishing a commemorative book at the end of 2023, archiving 100 years of Club-related history. For more information on Manchester Country Club's history and Centennial celebrations, visit https://www.manchestercountryclub.com/centennial.
- Signature Hole 13 (Evan Schiller Photography)
- Opening Day Ceremonial Competition at MCC with Jim Hendry, MCC Golf Professional; John Cowan, Oakley Country Club Golf Professional; A.B. Jenks, MCC President; Francis Ouimet, 1913 National Open Champion; and Jesse Guilford, 1921 National Amateur Champion
About Manchester Country Club
Manchester Country Club (MCC) is a private, member-owned club committed to a tradition of superior hospitality, amenities and playing surfaces. Its historic par 71, 18-hole golf course was originally designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1923. Also a premier wedding and event venue, MCC has been providing event space and services to the community (members and non-members alike) for 100 years. Manchester Country Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club division of Troon, the world's largest golf and hospitality management company headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, please visit manchestercountryclub.com, Facebook @manchestercountryclub, or Instagram @manchester_cc.
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About: Dave Daubert
David has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.