By Peter D’Arrigo
When the club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010, the only remaining founder of Nashawtuc Country Club, Peter D’Arrigo, graciously provided a detailed account history of the club.
“It was a beautiful morning in February of 1957 when I joined two friends and fellow Concord Rotarians, Ted Beharrell and Nick Deraney, at the Bobby Jones Municipal Golf Course in Sarasota, Florida. After placing a golf ball in the “tee-time rack”, we proceeded to wait, and wait, then wait some more. Since this was the second such occurrence, I believe it may have been the catalyst that produced the off-hand remark that became history. That remark, made by Nick Deraney, went something like this: ‘When we get home, we can avoid this nonsense by building our own golf course.’ A few weeks later, I indeed got a call from Nick reminding me of our Florida conversation. He said he was really serious. Ted was on board, and I was too!
It was this remark that led the seven founding members on an incredible journey of creating Nashawtuc Country Club. Though there have been many changes and updates throughout the years, the original vision of creating a private, member-owned family-oriented club offering only the finest recreational services and amenities still holds true today.
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