Country Club Offers More than Golf and Tranquility

Oct 22, 2012 No Comments by

Rolling hills, fresh cut grass, and autumn colored trees create a peaceful and welcoming setting as golfers tee off at Londonderry Country Club. Owned and operated by Tom and Helga Kimball, the Country Club boasts eighteen holes, a full bar, a club house, and fun for all ages and skill levels.

Tom and Helga Kimball, owners of Londonderry Country Club, pose in front of the fireplace in the banquet hall.

Prior to becoming the Country Club, the land was a chicken farm and the Kimball family homestead. In 1969, Forest Kimball, Tom’s father, purchased the land with the intent of starting a golf course. That same year, in August, six holes were completed and it was incorporated. Over time, the course was expanded to nine holes; in 1991 eighteen holes were completed.

Nestled in 95 acres of ponds and wildlife, the golf course is considered an executive with par 3 and 4 holes. It is open to the public; membership is not required to play. The layout of the fairways is challenging enough for even the most avid players, yet simple enough for beginners. The entire course can be played in about three and a half hours, depending on ability. Guests can also choose to play the front or back nine separately.

Because of the course layout, the Londonderry Country Club is a great place for beginners to learn the game and experienced golfers to catch new tips. The club has a golf pro on staff that can give lessons by appointment, in both individual and group settings. Youth and beginner clinics are also offered.

Along with the tranquil game of golf, visitors can also take advantage of the club house. Located in one of the oldest barns in Londonderry is a full service bar with light fair and pro shop, as well as the banquet facilities. Built in the early 1900’s, the barn’s stalls that once housed horses on the lower level were transformed into the bar and Pro Shop.

The banquet hall at the country club boasts the barn’s original post and beams and an elegant fireplace.

Lined with the original post and beams of the barn, the second story banquet room’s focal point is the majestic fireplace. The banquet room has enough room for 120 guests to be seated comfortably to a plate dinner and a large dance floor. Wrapped around the room is a three season porch, which adds space for an additional 60 guests during the warmer months. The hall is perfect for parties, weddings, family reunions and more, and boasts a gazebo area for outdoor ceremonies.

Catering is provided by a list of authorized vendors, which is the only restriction in renting the facility. Staff at the club will help renters arrange the event, including finding bands, cakes and more. Facility rentals are done on five hour time slots and it is recommended that the event begins after 3 PM.

The Londonderry Country Club hosts a number of tournaments throughout the year. There are four or five tournaments during the summer and a club championship event in August. There is also a women’s league on Tuesday nights and a men’s league on Thursday nights; these Twilight leagues begin each week at 5 PM.

The banquet hall at the Londonderry Country Club was once the family’s barn.

Though open to the public, the club does have a membership called Interclub, which allows members to maintain their handicaps at the course.

Golfers who may not have their own equipment can also rent it on site. Golf carts, pull carts, and clubs are available for reasonable rates seven days per week. Shoe rentals are not available.

Depending on the weather, golf season typically begins in April and goes until November. The course is usually closed the Sunday before Thanksgiving but, if the weather cooperates, could stay open until the second week of December. Tee off begins at 7 AM, but moves to 8 AM on October 1. Facilities are open and can be rented year round.

For more information or to contact the Londonderry Country Club, visit them at 56 Kimball Road or online.

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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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