Concept Of The Club
Cochecho Country Club was established in 1923 to provide a warm environment where family, friends and business colleagues could enjoy the camaraderie, rest and relaxation that only a truly private club can offer. Today, Cochecho Country Club continues to provide these benefits of membership as the only full service, family oriented private country club in the Greater Dover / Portsmouth / Rochester area.
The cornerstone of our club is our Classic 18-hole Championship Golf Course with Bent Grass greens, Kentucky Bluegrass rough and flowing Fescue grasses. The course was designed and built by three architects from two different eras. Founded in 1923, visionary architect Mr. Wayne Stiles partnered with Mr. John Van Kleek and was commissioned to design and build the original nine holes. Mr. Stiles had a distinctive style and was known for spending considerable time, often walking for weeks on the grounds when laying-out a course. He took fewer projects to allow him to develop highly detailed drawings and specifications for each hole. He selected his best green sites first and then routed the course to link them in. His footprints are found throughout the New England landscape and include clubs like Nashua Country Club in New Hampshire and Haverhill Country Club in Massachusetts.
In 1966 Mr. Phil Wogan designed and constructed the second nine completing our current eighteen hole masterpiece. Mr. Wogan came from a prominent New England golf family and was the son of Skip Wogan, who worked closely with Donald Ross. You can see the similarities in the challenging design effusing the elements of routing in greens and tees on higher ground, forming strategic lines of play, blending in the harmony of the natural terrain and subtle undulations to provide challenging greens. Mr. Wogan designed Candia Woods, Pembroke CC, Bar Harbor GC with revisions to Manchester CC and Blue Hill CC among many others.
Cochecho is a shot maker’s course and is a challenge for players of all ability levels offering four sets of tees to provide maximum enjoyment for all ages. The course measures 6,210 yards from the Blue tees, 5,959 from the White, 5,432 from the Gold and 4,804 yards from the Green markers. The course is a Par 70, rated at 70.0 with a slope of 123 and the women’s par is set at 74. A driving range, putting green, practice area for chipping and bunker play are also integral parts that complement our members’ golf experience.
Cochecho Country Club is conveniently located in Dover, New Hampshire just off Route 16 and only 20 minutes from downtown Portsmouth. Directions may also be found on our website at www.cochechocc.com.
Operations & Membership
Cochecho operates as a first class private country club. Our members enjoy casual club style dining in the Members Lounge and Dining Room. Our Cochecho Room is ideal for intimate gatherings of up to 40 and you can warm up next to our magnificent fieldstone fireplace during the cooler months. In season you may prefer relaxing on our outdoor deck or patio areas which offers spectacular vistas of our course, swimming pool and beautiful sunsets. Our Ballroom is also available for business meetings, private parties, special events and wedding receptions for up to 150. The club hosts a limited number of charitable and company golf outings generally held on Monday or Tuesday.
The warm weather and sunshine that arrives each season at Cochecho provides days that are overflowing with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Members also enjoy Junior and Adult Clinics, Parent-Child Golf, leagues and tournament play including Member-Guest & Member-Member events. Theme Nights, Pool Parties and Outdoor Cookouts under the tent are all consistent with today’s casual lifestyle. In addition, there are many holiday celebrations and scrumptious buffets including Easter brunch with kids egg hunt, Mother’s Day, Holiday Parties and kids Christmas with Santa. We are much more than a quality golf course. A strong sense of community and belonging are at the core of our values and you will cherish the many family memories that you will create at Cochecho Country Club.