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Manny Lopes Francis Founder Manuel
Lopes Francis
circa 1975

In 1965, the Francis family purchased the Marshfield property and created a turf farm for the development of their Vesper Velvet bentgrass. Velvet greens are unmatched for their consistent conditions and true puttability and are a preferred turf for private golf courses all over the world. Green Harbor Golf Club opened as a public course in 1971 and features the same Vesper Velvet greens and conditions that private courses benefit from. Beginner golfers appreciate the wide fairways while the lower handicapper is challenged by the shot-making accuracy that is required; a testament to this challenge is the standing course record of 67. Water hazards come into play on seven holes, and there are many sand bunkers on the course that are designed to keep this record intact. This course is a must for those golfers who want to experience the old world feel of a walking-only course.