The Bay Club’s New Wood Fired Brick Pizza Oven a Hit with Members

Monday, 19. April 2021 15:24 | Author:

The Golf House restaurant recently acquired a new Wood Fired Brick Pizza Oven and members have been enjoying Pizza Nights each Wednesday for in-person dining or take-out. 

Bay Club Chefs have been perfecting their pizza making skills over the past couple of months and experimenting with various toppings.  Some favorites include Steak and Cheese with White Sauce, Peppers and Onion; Fungi with Truffled Duxelles, Roasted Mushrooms, Pickled Red Onion and Alpine Cheese Blend; and Margherita with Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Tomato and Fresh Basil.  Traditional Cheese and Pepperoni can also be found on the menu each week.

The chefs plan to use the new oven throughout the summer at the restaurant as well as for private events.

Members have a Pizza Making Demonstration Class to look forward to later in the spring, where participants will learn how to make Chef Nick’s dough as well as forming and cooking techniques.

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The Bay Club’s Newest Initiative: Bay Club Conservancy

Wednesday, 17. March 2021 12:44 | Author:

The Bay Club has been a member of the Audubon International “Signature Sanctuary Program” since its opening in 2004 and is one of only two certified sanctuary golf courses in the state; and the only one with a “Silver” status.  The Club and it’s members are proud of this certification and hope to continue it well into the future.

For this reason, in recent months a group of dedicated members have formed the Bay Club Conservancy (BCC), with their goal being to maintain and improve upon our wildlife environment and help inform fellow members of their efforts. 

The initial work by the BCC will be to focus on our bees, birds and butterflies.  The Club grounds are currently home to honeybee hives, found on hole #11.  And in August 2020, a monarch “waystation” was created to help our monarch population flourish, from the egg through butterfly stages.  (More information on these initiatives can be read in previous blog entries, found here.)

We’re excited to see what more will come from the conscious and concerted efforts of the BCC!

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Bay Club’s Winter Golf Center Provides Members Indoor Practice Facility during New England Winters

Tuesday, 23. February 2021 14:53 | Author:

The Winter Golf Center at the Bay Club is a bright spot during those long, cold months in the off season that the membership looks forward to each year.  It provides golfers who stay in the area during the winter a place to practice and stay on top of their game – even when there’s snow on the ground. 

When the course closes in December, our Golf Cart Barn is converted into the Winter Golf Center with amenities including simulator and three additional hitting bays, putting green, and a basketball hoop for those looking for an additional workout.

The Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor and simulator allows a user to play a full golf round.  It also provides ball speed as well as tracks club head data.  Additionally, a player can compete in national and local competitions…virtually!

Bay Club Head Golf Professional, Ben Egan notes that practicing indoors allows golfers to focus on the dynamics and techniques, rather than the outcome of their shot.  Another benefit is helping to keep the focus on the process, not the immediate results.

The Winter Golf Center is open daily, and due to capacity limitations currently in place, members are reserving their time in advance.  Ben is available for pointers, lessons and fittings for members looking for additional training.

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Making the Bay Club into a Monarch Butterfly Waystation

Tuesday, 18. August 2020 12:10 | Author:

MonarchHutchThe Bay Club recently began a new initiative in our continuing efforts to help the local monarch butterfly population.

Each fall, millions of monarchs migrate over 2,500 miles from Canada and the northern US to the mountains in Central Mexico.  But every year, fewer make the migration.  Not because its an arduous trip, but simply because monarchs experience more and more difficulty in finding their required habitat in preparing for their long journey.

What is increasingly lacking in the monarchs’ summer breeding grounds is milkweed.  Stands of milkweed provide:

  • Nectar for adult monarchs
  • The only place the mother monarch will lay her eggs
  • The sole food source for the developing monarch caterpillar

With this in mind, our Golf Course Maintenance team has worked hard to protect the stands of milkweed on the course; mowing it only where it directly impedes golf.

The wooden, hutch-like structures constructed and placed on the property will house and provide protection for monarch eggs so they can safely mature into butterflies.  A group of Bay Club members, loosely named Monarch Protect, will:

  • Identify eggs on milk weed leaves on the course
  • Bring the leaves on their stems, each in its own water jar and place into the structures
  • Tend the stems while the eggs hatch and the caterpillars mature into butterflies
  • Tag and release each butterfly to begin its long migration.

The tags are part of a program developed by the national organization Monarch Watch; monarchwatch.org.  The goal is for the group to tag 100 butterflies by mid-September and if any of them are recovered in the Mexican mountains, Monarch Watch will be notified, and the Bay Club will be listed in their list of recoveries.

As the only Audubon International Silver Certified Sanctuary in Massachusetts, The Bay Club is pleased to provide the resources these creatures need to survive, and hopes to continue increasing the monarch numbers in the years to come.

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Bay Club Pros Hold Their Own!

Thursday, 2. July 2020 14:52 | Author:

Pro_AssistantcroppedThe 2020 Acushnet Golf NEPGA Pro-Assistant was played on Monday, June 29 at the Bay Club and the Bay Club teams proudly represented the host Club.  This is the 13th consecutive year the Bay Club has hosted this section and player favorite event.

John Paesani and partner Greg Yeomans tied for first place with a seven under par, 64 in the team better ball competition.  They tied with Kernwood Country Club (Dully/Bramlett).  John and Greg played bogey free golf and, for the most part, each had looks on every hole, which is always the key in team golf.  Birdies at 2, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13 and 15 along with a key par saver at 5 propelled them to the top spot.  This is the second time John and Greg have won the Pro-Assistant title, having previously won in 2017.  Greg also won with Tracy Djerf in 2012.

The Bay Club team of Ben Egan and Kyle Dobbs rebounded from a slow start to rip up the back nine with a team better ball of 30 to post a four under par 67 and finish tied for seventh.  The duo, bogeyed the opening two holes but rallied with birdies on 6, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16 and 18 to turn things around and finish strong.  The teams had an especially impressive moment on the 13th hole when all four approach shots were within 8 feet of the cup as they surrounded the flag.  All in all, a T1 and T7 finish for the Bay Club against 81 other teams from 50+ Clubs around New England is an impressive feat.

The Bay Club teams were cheered on by a large member contingency that certainly kept the host pros excited and motivated to perform.  Greg commented that on the 4th hole it felt like one of the Club’s member shoot-out events, having all the members gathered around.  And it was especially extraordinary to see so many members return to watch the finish following a 90-minute rain delay.  The staff was very appreciative of the member spectators and as always values their support.

Congrats John, Greg, Ben and Kyle on the solid showing!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Golf House

Tuesday, 18. February 2020 13:00 | Author:

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Diners received a complimentary Sparkling Toast upon arrival to enjoy as they pondered the Prix Fixe menu which featured entrees including Pistachio Crusted Lamb Chop served with Lentils, Eggplant Puree, Romanesco and Mint Yogurt; Potato Gnocchi with Preserved Cherries, Foie Gras, Marsala and Fine Herbs; and Seared Filet Mignon with Mashed Potato, Roasted Winter Vegetables and Bearnaise.  And their festive meals ended on a sweet note with dessert choices such as Red Velvet Lava Cake with Molten Milk Chocolate and Strawberry Mousse with Berries Romanoff.

In addition, all the women guests received a red rose as they departed for the evening.

It was a lovely night had by all and we were delighted to be a part of our couples’ Valentine’s Day celebrations.

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Bay Club Member Holiday Party

Friday, 24. January 2020 15:43 | Author:

IMG_1079editBay Club members recently enjoyed our annual Member Holiday Party held in December at the Golf House restaurant.  A near record number of members and their guests gathered to celebrate the holiday season with old and new friends.

The restaurant and patio were festively decorated with trees, seasonal florals and a seahorse ice sculpture.  And party goers were entertained by local singer/songwriter Rebecca Correia as she sang holiday favorites throughout the evening.

Our talented Food and Beverage team put together a wide array of passed hors d’oeuvres including Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Blue Cheese Tartlets and Bluefish Pate.  In addition, stationary displays of cheeses, bruschetta and a raw bar were available prior to the meal.  The dinner buffet featured Tenderloin Wellington Roast and Halibut and was served along with side dishes including Fondant Potatoes and Roasted Winter Squashes.  And yummy desserts such as Pecan Tarts, Thumbprint Cookies and Apple Cider Muffins along with a decadent Chocolate Display rounded out the food portion of the evening.

This is always one of our most popular events – one our members look forward to year after year!

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Bay Club Winter of Wellness: Take 2

Monday, 23. December 2019 12:36 | Author:

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Bay Club Sports and Activities Manager, Matt Beatty is at it again! The Winter of Wellness has returned to the Club, with one key difference, just two teams will compete this time around in a Battle of the Sexes!  And instead of waiting for the New Year, the program began December 1 – just in time to help fend off that “holiday weight.”

Points are earned through Fitness Center visits and classes; personal training at the Club; attending bi-monthly Wellness Walks and monthly Wellness Dinners; completing Weekly Challenges and playing paddle tennis.

Over the next three months, participants will work toward their health and wellness goals, while focusing on two areas they have chosen to improve upon:  Weight Loss; Balance; Flexibility; Muscle Strength in Upper Body; Muscle Endurance in Upper Body or Lower Body; Core Endurance; and Cardio Endurance.

With nearly 90 members and staff on board, this should prove to be a fun, team building Battle of the Sexes challenge.  The Fitness Team is excited with the enthusiasm already shown and is looking forward to the friendly banter and competitive streak that is sure to emerge as we dive further into the program.

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Santa’s Annual Bay Club Visit

Thursday, 12. December 2019 10:33 | Author:

IMG_0807Santa Claus recently took time out of his busy schedule to visit the children of the Bay Club during our Breakfast with Santa and Gingerbread House Decorating event.

The morning began with Chef George’s delicious Pancakes, served with a variety of yummy toppings including Fresh Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup and Home-made Whipped Cream.  A scrumptious Quiche and Bacon rounded out the menu.

Santa made his arrival as everyone finished their meals, and led the group in singing a rousing rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  The children then had a chance to sit on his lap, pose for pictures and share their Christmas lists with him.

Santa had to be on his way, but the fun continued as the kids moved on to decorate their gingerbread houses.  The provided frosting, fondant and a wide variety of candy, paired with their creativity, made for a fun time.  And those with smaller children were happy to help in the decorating.  No two houses looked alike!

This enjoyable family event is always a favorite for the children – and this year was no different.  Everyone left with big smiles and a little more holiday spirit!

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Bay Club Family Nights at the Pool

Wednesday, 31. July 2019 15:51 | Author:

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Every summer, Bay Club members enjoy Family Night at the Pool, a fun, weekly event for all ages.  During these evenings, the Food and Beverage team serves a unique themed buffet by the pool while children and parents alike enjoy an evening swim along with games and music.

In addition, a game of Bingo is played every other week.  These nights always draw a large crowd – no one can pass up a chance to win Bingo!

Menu themes this summer have included Cheesesteak, Flatbreads, Chinese Take-out Favorites and Taco Bar.

Members love this opportunity to gather their families and friends together, enjoy a great meal and have fun at the pool!

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Fourth of July Celebration at the Bay Club

Tuesday, 16. July 2019 14:25 | Author:

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Another Fourth of July Celebration has come and gone at the Bay Club, but not without many fond new memories for the record numbers of members and their guests in attendance.

As in years past, the carnival-style atmosphere didn’t disappoint.  Children enjoyed the return of the dunk tank, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, bounce house, and individual and team races.  Our Mini-Golf Spectacular was once again a big hit for all ages.  And what has become the biggest attraction in recent years, our famous Egg Toss drew a large crowd of both participants and spectators.  In the end, the highly contested competition saw a new pair of champions.

Food choices consisted of member favorite Fried Chicken, Hamburgers, Grilled Sausage, Vegetables and Summer Salads.  And the kids enjoyed Hot Dogs, Popcorn and Cotton Candy.

And lastly, the highlight of the evening saw the best fireworks display in the event’s history, with more than 20 full minutes of brilliant color lighting up the night sky.

The compliments are still rolling in, and we’re of course already thinking ahead for next year’s big event!

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Cocktails Class at the Golf House

Friday, 5. July 2019 12:03 | Author:

Photo Jun 12, 6 13 38 PMIn June, many Bay Club members enjoyed a beautiful evening on the patio for “Cocktails with Eric.”  During this event, Golf House Bartender, Eric Marshall demonstrated how to prepare eight different cocktails including a New York Sour, Blood Orange Paloma, Basil Cucumber Gimlet, Spanish Coffee and Pistachio Shots.  Eric showcased technique, as well as the use of fresh, quality ingredients throughout.  In addition, he provided a brief history on each of the drinks.  Participants then had the opportunity to sample each of the cocktails.

It was truly a fun evening in which attendees thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and many laughs.  And some of these special cocktails are now offered on the menu at the restaurant for all members to try!

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Summer Sh(r)ed ~ Bay Club’s New Fitness and Wellness Program

Thursday, 6. June 2019 14:39 | Author:

Photo Sep 07, 1 12 16 PMThe Bay Club fitness enthusiasts are at it again!  On the heels of our highly successful Winter of Wellness program, Sports and Activities Center Manager, Matt Beatty designed a second wellness program entitled Summer Sh(r)ed that began June 2.  Differing slightly from the winter portion which featured teams captained by staff members and focused on total points throughout, the summer segment is individualized, with participants earning a set number of points each week.

Points are earned in similar ways: Fitness Center visits; walking, running, biking, or elliptical; stretches and resistance training and private or group training.  In addition, the active golf, racquets and swimming members can earn points by enjoying these seasonal activities.

The objective this time around is for everyone to meet their point goal each of the 13 weeks for recognition at the close of the summer.

With nearly 80 members and staff taking part, it’s sure to be a summer full of fitness!

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Greek Cooking Class at the Bay Club

Wednesday, 15. May 2019 12:17 | Author:

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Bay Club members recently had the opportunity to join Kitchen Manager, George Karos for a hands-on Greek Cooking class.  The focus was on working with Phyllo Dough.  Participants received hands-on instruction and learned the secrets behind making Baklava, Tiropita, and Spanakopita.  While enjoying a light lunch around the Teaching Kitchen’s counter, George shared his knowledge of the flavors of Greek Cuisine, and provided some tips and helpful insight on the versatility of Phyllo Dough.

Members experienced a great afternoon of baking and eating, while welcoming George’s engaging approach to teaching.

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Bay Club’s Golf and Fitness Spring Training

Monday, 22. April 2019 14:46 | Author:

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Each spring, Bay Club Director of Golf, Greg Yeomans and Fitness Manager, Matt Beatty team up to offer members a “Golf and Fitness Spring Training” program.  The class series generally begins mid- to late-April and includes multiple sessions for golfers and fitness enthusiasts of all abilities. The primary goal is for the members to get their body and game ready for the golf season.

Combining golf and fitness into one program allows golfers to enjoy the benefits of stretching, fitness and instruction on the way to improving their golf game.  The classes are primarily group-based with limited one-on-one coaching.

Weather permitting, the typical schedule is an hour of fitness, followed by an hour of golf instruction for nine sessions.

Members enjoy this program each spring, with many returning year after year to dust off those clubs and work on strengthening their game for the coming summer.

 

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