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Outdoor winter fun at Monadnock Country Club

  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)
  • Outdoor winter fun at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Carole Allen)

In hopes of bringing people to the clubhouse throughout the winter, the Monadnock Country Club on High Street in Peterborough opened its grounds last week for free sledding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

“We’re trying to make the club more available, not just to golfers,” said the club’s recently elected president, Paul Belliveau of Peterborough, on Monday. “That’s the way it was years ago. It was a place for people to meet. We wanted to bring that back.”

Belliveau said the nine-hole golf course will be open every day from dawn to dusk for anyone wishing to use it at their own risk. On Saturdays and Sundays, the clubhouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“People can come in and buy hot chocolate and get a hot dog or a snack,” Belliveau said.

The greens will be roped off so they aren’t damaged, but Belliveau said the rest of the wide-open golf course makes a beautiful spot for outdoor winter recreation.

“There’s a sledding hill right next to the clubhouse,” he said. “It’s not too steep and there are no trees at the bottom. Actually, there are a couple of different hills that the kids can use.”

He had only one caveat: “No snowmobiles.”

Visitors can park in the lots near the clubhouse. Belliveau said if a function that requires a lot of parking is being held, the club will post “Closed for sledding” signs.

In March 2012, the county club, which had been in danger of closing due to declining membership and mortgage obligations, was purchased by the MacDowell Colony. The colony leased the land and buildings back to the club’s board, with the club paying $1 a year for the first three years.

“MacDowell has been a great landlord,” Belliveau said. “They’ve made repairs to the building and we’re working on maintaining the course and the grounds.”

Belliveau is hoping people coming to ski, sled or snowshoe on weekends will take the opportunity to stop and see what the club has to offer.

“There are some folks from town that don’t even know where we are,” he said. “We’ve hoping to show off what’s up here. Bring your kids up and come in.”

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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