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Course of the Year


Congratulations to Northampton Country Club -
our NEGCOA 2024 Course of  the Year
and the NGCOA Jemsek National Course of the Year Winner!

Last summer, unbeknownst to owners Jim and Chrissy Casagrande, their daughter Anna started working on a Course of the Year application for the club.   Anna has grown up watching her parents working in the industry and acheiving their goal of golf course ownership in recent years. She felt that the club where she has worked and watched her parents efforts was worthy of consideration for the award.  The Casagrandes were marking a significant milestone for the club as it reached a milestone anniversary -- 125 years.  

The review committee met and voted to give the COY award to Northampton CC.  Needless to say, Jim was shocked when I shared the news with him.  During the 2023 NEGCOA Annual Meeting and Conference at Renaissance, it was announced that Northampton Country Club in Leeds, MA was the winner.  Jim and Christine were on-hand to accept the award. It was then announced that their application was successful in advancing to National consideration. And Rachel Carter, Sr. Dir of Membership for the NGCOA, announced that the club was the 2024 Jemsek National Course of the Year. This award will be presented at the Golf Business Conference in Orlando in January.   Congratulations to the Casagrande Family and the entire staff!!!  A well deserved win.

 Jim and Chrissy w Randall




Application deadline set for August 19, 2024! 

It is that time of year to begin working on your nominations for the NGCOA New England Chapter Course of the Year Award for 2025. Take this opportunity to gain significant promotions if your course earns the award- 

  • Recognition within New England
  • Recognition within the Northeast
  • and possible National Recognition


That's the kind of publicity everyone wants for their club.  Watch your social media explode as members brag about the award.  

Clubs MUST be a member of the NEGCOA to apply.  And past winners must wait 7 years prior to applying again.  

Click here for an NEGCOA membership application form or call of our office and we can process it over the phone  -- then you can consider applying next year.

The award recognizes four key components of the facility's operation including: 

  • Exceptional Quality of the Course
  • Exceptional Quality of Ownership and Management
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community
  • Significant Contributions to the Game.


What does an application look like from a National Winner??  

You can see a copy of Atkinson Resort and Country Club's application by clicking here.  

It is important to tell your story.  What makes your facility or your ownership stand out from others?  Do not hold back - tell us what makes you special.  Remember you don't necessarily have to be a powerhouse.  Include great photos to help sell yourself.

To apply for this award, a course must be a member of the NEGCOA.  Not currently a member?  Join today by clicking here!

Past winners must wait 7 years before applying again.  

COY application  can be obtained here:    Word Doc  or  .PDF

COY Applications for the 2025 Award are due on Monday, August 19, 2024. The winner will be notified in October and announced at our Annual Meeting in November. Applications must be provided in electronic form - and emailed to Elaine Gebhardt - [email protected].

 In 2015, our chapter winner, Atkinson Resort and Country Club, went on to win the NGCOA's 2015 National Golf Course of the Year Award!


Making it to the Final 4 and beyond means that the NGCOA will produce a video to share at the National Awards Dinner.  In recent years, Quechee Club, Swansea Country Club,  Spring Meadows GC, Old Siasconset GCGreatHorse,  Manchester Country Club Miacomet Golf CourseAtkinson Resort and Country Club, and TPC Boston all made it to the Final 4.  Here are videos of our member clubs.