‘Souhegan Skullers look for a few good ‘players’

Chuck Dunbar really can’t explain it, but this winter really took its toll on the Souhegan Scullers golf group.

“I’ve been involved in this league for 28 years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” said Dunbar. “Usually, at the most we lose two or three guys. This year, we’ve lost eight.”

The “Scullers” aren’t your ordinary golf league. It’s a group of players from the area, who make 10 dates a year on Sunday mornings, roughly two per month, at course within driving distance of the Milford and Amherst areas.

The group stretches the trips as far as the Seacoast to the East, playing Breakfast Hill in Portsmouth, they drive as far North as Laconia and even trek into Massachusetts to play Townsend Ridge.

But it is the trip West. down Route 101 to Keene that Dunbar seems to cherish the most.

The 36-hole public gem in Keene known as Bretwood Golf Club is his favorite and an absolute regular in the rotation.

“It’s very nice, one of the nicest, and you can play both the North and the South course there,” said Dunbar. “And the restaurant there is excellent, something you don’t hear much about.

“After a round, you can go in there and get a burger and a beer, all for under 10 bucks.”

The “Scullers” play on Sunday mornings, usually teeing off around 8-9 a.m.

With only 16 active members, Dunbar is hoping the group can replenish all the way back up to 24 members or more.

“We’re looking for some dependable people, who want to show up, players who can make a firm commitment.”

You don’t have to commit to all 10 events, as there is an active “subs” list, but Dunbar and the league are hunting players who want to be there.

“The guys in the league get along very well,” said Dunbar, who noted the league works of golf handicaps so the playing field is level. “Everybody gets along. It’s a good time.”

For the first time, the all-mens group is contemplating adding women to the mix. It has been talked about seriously.

The first outing is May 6, a trip to Bretwood in Keene, one that Dunbar and the group is looking for. Anyone interested in the joining the group can contact Dunbar’s email: chuck@dunbardesign.com.