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NH Division of Economic Development Notes Awards and Recognition Received by Granite State Golf Businesses; Cites Golf as Business Recruitment Driver

The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development understands that the quality of life in NH plays a key role in the effort to recruit companies to expand, relocate, or redomesticate to the state. For executives in the insurance industry who are considering a business move to New Hampshire, the Division is making an effort to promote its recently award-winning golf courses, with ties to acknowledged legends of the game.

Concord, NH, May 19, 2011 --( The NH Division of Economic Development, in support of its business recruitment efforts aimed at executive across multiple industries, including life, property, and casualty insurance companies, is pleased to announce recent awards and honors received by Granite State golf facilities, and highlight specific details about the state's courses and resources.

Just eight miles from Manchester and 10 miles from Concord, the Stonebridge Country Club has been awarded a Four Star Rating by Golf Digest in its “Places to Play” ranking. Additionally, Golf Digest rated Stonebridge “8th Best New Hampshire Golf Course” for both private and public courses. Most recently, Stonebridge was rated number 37 in the top 100 New England golf courses by the New England Golf Journal.

Additionally, Golf Digest recently praised Manchester Clubfitter Ken Collins, owner of Kustom Clubs Fitting Center in Manchester, as one of “America’s 100 Best Clubfitters” in its February 11, 2011 edition, according to the New Hampshire Golf Association.

The state, in its effort to promote this quality-of-life issue for business executives, also points to Granite State courses designed by notable golf course architects. For example, in Rye, the Wentworth By the Sea Country Club features ocean views and natural landscaping surrounding the 18-hole championship golf course. Originally designed in 1897 by the “father of New England golf,” George Wright, the course was later improved by golf course architect Donald Ross in 1921, and expanded to 18 holes under Geoffrey Cornish’s direction in 1964, according to the NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development website. This Scottish links style course presents challenges for all levels of play, while providing ocean views on the Seacoast.

In Stratham, the Golf Club of New England was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer. This course features 7,531 yards of golf for a par of 72, and has been utilized by the USGA for six national championship qualifiers.

According to Economic Development's sister division, the NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development, the state has more than 90 golf courses, from semi-private and public courses, to courses that are the centerpieces of some of the state’s largest resorts. The Division welcomes business executives in New Hampshire and beyond to come and try out these courses for themselves.

About Redomesticate NH
A multi-year partnership between the NH Division of Economic Development and the NH Insurance Department, the Redomesticate NH initiative educates decision makers for life, property, and casualty insurance companies about the benefits of domiciling their companies in New Hampshire. Centered around a reduction of the premium tax to 1.25%, the state also offers insurance companies a highly-educated workforce, move-in-ready commercial real estate, responsive regulators, a high quality of life, and an overall business-friendly environment. Learn more at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at

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NH Division of Economic Development
Steve Boucher
Michael Bergeron
Business Development Manager
NH Division of Economic Development
(603) 271-2591

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