History of Golf in Newport, Vermont
The Newport Country Club was incorporated on March 27, 1922 "for the purpose of leasing, buying and holding such real estate and personal property as may be required in conducting a 'COUNTRY CLUB', designed to cultivate and promote any and all athletic sports and recreation, but more especially the game of GOLF."
The first officers were: George L. Frost, President; P.O. Miller, Vice President; Aubrey Aiken, Secretary; and Rudolph Bigelow, Treasurer. There were 35 members that first year and dues were $15.00
The clubhouse was built in 1923 with a veranda added to the west side in 1927 at a cost of $1,000. In the winter of 1930-31, the clubhouse was moved to its present site overlooking the lake. It took Alois Moeykens most of the winter to accomplish this feat with a team of horses and rollers.
With I-91 coming our way, the Club purchased additional land to be able to expand eventually to 18 holes. Andy Pepin's foresight and enthusiasm were instrumental in reaching this goal. The architectural firm of Howard Watson, of Lachute, Quebec, was hired to design an 18-hole layout in 1968. In 1970, Bradford Caldwell of Shelburne modified the Watson design. The new plan not only added new holes but also reconstructed old ones to complement the new. This was financed by selling land north of Mt. Vernon Street, loans from local banks, the sale of land for I-91 construction, and generous loans from local members and area residents. This took most of the 1971 season. The layout maximizes the spectacular view of the South Bay, Jay Peak, and Lake Memphremagog toward Owl's Head and Canada.
Our present clubhouse, a most welcome addition, was erected in 1991, after coping with the permit process and other regulations.
Through the years, we've added a watering system to our course, ensuring the green fairways we now enjoy even in the middle of July. We also obtained permission from the State of Vermont to go to South Bay for a constant water supply.
Not content to rest on our laurels, the Board of Directors is actively implementing a master plan, written by the noted architect Graham Cooke. The plan has recommended and prioritized improvements which are completed as the budget permits.