Amesbury Golf and Country Club
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The Amesbury Country Club was founded in 1922 when Bill Gowen and a group of local businessmen purchased the 110 acre Smith Farm on Monroe Street. Wayne Stiles designed the picturesque nine holes and by 1924 the course was ready for play. The course opened under the name Powder House Hill Country Club, but that name lasted only one year. The Powder House is located on top of a nearby hill. It was used to store shot and gun powder during the war of 1812.
The club was initially member owned until 1960. It was opened to the public when purchased by the Mellon family, who continue to own and operate the club today.
The view from hole number six was the inspiration for John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem entitled “The Fountain.” It is based on the spring on the 6th hole and the view from the top of the hill.
Today, when you trudge along to the seventh tee, wondering how you missed that easy putt, stop to quench your thirst at the spring made famous by John Greenleaf Whittier.
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