The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) has named Atkinson Resort & Country Club in Atkinson, New Hampshire as its 2015 National Golf Course of the Year.

The award is given based on the quality of the golf course, quality of ownership and management, outstanding contributions to the local community and significant contributions to the game of golf.

Located in the small town of Atkinson in southeastern New Hampshire, the par-72, 18-hole public course rolls across 420 acres of field and forest. It opened with nine holes in 1996 with the back nine completed two years later. A par-3 course opened in 2009 and quickly earned PGA Family Course designation.

Atkinson Resort & Country Club has a practice facility featuring 15,000 square feet of grass tees, a 12,000 square-foot putting green, multiple bunkers, and a 65-yard short-game practice hole. Despite harsh New England weather, golfers hone their skills year-round with heated hitting bays, a winterized driving range, and an indoor gaming room with 3D golf simulators.

Its clubhouse features two restaurants, 16 overnight guest rooms, and large, elegant function space to host weddings, special events and business meetings.

Atkinson Resort and Country Club is vested in the local community. It hosts an annual Christmas Tree Lighting with a variety of family-friendly activities. In the spring, the club hosts a tournament benefitting the local Boys and Girls Clubs.

A nearby high school enjoys unlimited practice and play opportunities at the club, including the services of one of Atkinson’s golf staff who is the head coach. The club also supports local youth baseball and softball, offers educational scholarships to students, has an active player development initiative at five local elementary schools, and donates supplies and labor to periodically refurbish facilities at the local YMCA camp.