A Tribute to George T. and Phyllis Kattar
Paying homage to the legendary couple that started it all…
The Merrimack Valley Golf Club has been a landmark in Methuen since 1906, but the modern era of this distinguished course began in 1971. At a time when disco was just making its way onto the scene, political tensions were rising, rights movements were in full swing, and traditional family roles were being challenged yet again, a young couple embarked on a life-altering journey they never realized would take them this far.
The early 1970s set the stage for George T. Kattar and his wife Phyllis to take a chance on a dream. They decided to purchase a golf course right in the middle of Methuen – by all accounts one that was cherished in the community but that had no doubt fallen on some hard times lately. The course was overdue for some TLC and dedicated ownership to breathe new life into it.
Over the years, it was obvious more had to be done in order to bring Merrimack Valley Golf Club up to par with others in the area. It was definitely in need of a facelift, and the Kattars were the ones to reinvent it. 2008 saw the birth of a premier public golf course that benefited from structural, drainage and aesthetic alterations in order to transition to a premier local course.
Today, Merrimack Valley Golf Club is what it is because of one couple, one local legend that always had faith in this little gem of the Merrimack Valley. George T. and Phyllis Kattar started a family legacy nearly 50 years ago – one that has withstood the test of time, improved the local community setting, and put Methuen on the map as a golfing force to be reckoned with.
The legacy still lives on today, as the Kattar’s children and extended family and friends continue to work hard at making the Merrimack Valley Golf Club a respected name in the industry. In the beginning, the goal was to create a place where people could come together to have fun. The family has never lost focus of that mantra.