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March Golf Trips with the Bay Club

Friday, 9. March 2018 10:10 | Author:

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The Winter Golf Center has been host to many members experiencing ‘golf fever’ and itching to play some rounds during the off-season.  In addition, it has been a great place for those looking to warm up before the Bay Club Winter Golf trips taking place in this month.  Each March, we offer a variety of trips including separate Men’s and Women’s Golf Trips, as well as a Mixed Trip, open to all members.

This year, the men will return to Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Tarpon springs, Florida for the first time in five years.  The resort offers four championship courses highlighted by Copperhead – which will be hosting the PGA TOUR’S Valspar Championship prior to their visit.

The same week, the women will be traveling for the first time to The Boulders located in Carefree, Arizona.  The Women’s Trip is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary and is looking forward to this unique dessert experience.

And finally, those partaking in the Mixed Trip are headed to the Bahamas to stay at The Abaco Club.  This location offers the #1 golf course in the Bahamas, along with other great amenities.  Members will play unlimited golf on the Scottish style links course which annually hosts the Web.com Tour.

Members are excited to venture to these extraordinary locations to start playing in preparation for the Bay Club season.

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An Evening with Author, Justin Spring

Friday, 23. February 2018 9:15 | Author:

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In January, we were fortunate to welcome New York-based writer, Justin Spring to the Golf House restaurant for a unique dining experience with our members.

The evening began with a brief lecture by Justin about his latest book, “The Gourmands’ Way.”  Released in October 2017, the book shares how French food became popular in America following World War II and was influenced by icons such as Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, Richard Olney and others.

Following the talk, members shared a single long dining table and enjoyed a five-course dinner inspired by the historical figures in the book and prepared by Executive Chef, Jim Mercer and his team.  The menu included offerings such as Duck Rillettes, Potage Germiny (Sorrell Bisque) and Pork Roast with Prunes. Food and Beverage Manager and Sommelier, Nick Lisotto paired specific wines to best complement each course.

The evening concluded with all participants receiving a personally autographed copy of “The Gourmand’s Way.”

Justin is the author of many monographs, catalogs, museum publications, and books, including the biography Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art (Yale University Press, 2000) and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude (Universe, 2002).  He has been the recipient of a number of grants, fellowships, and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the International Association of Art Critics Best Show Award.  He has held research fellowships from Yale University, Brown University, Radcliffe College and Amherst College.  His monograph on Paul Cadmus was a finalist for the Lamda Literary Award in Art History.

 For more information about Justin and his book, “The Gourmands’ Way”, please click here.

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What’s New at the Bay Club Winter Golf Center and Pointers on Maximizing the Center’s Use

Thursday, 15. February 2018 9:27 | Author:

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Now in its 7th year, the Bay Club’s Winter Golf Center is better than ever.  Following the closing of the golf course each year in December, the Golf Cart Barn is transformed into a Winter Golf Center; perfect for members looking to work on their golf game during the off-season.  The Center is complete with hitting bays, putting green, launch monitor and simulator.

The Center’s newest addition of Foresight Golf’s GCQuad provides multiple ways members can practice their swing indoors.  The system challenges golfers of all abilities with golf courses, a practice range, contests, and last but not least, ZOMBIE hunting. The GCQuad also takes our staff’s club fitting ability to the next level, allowing for the most professional fitting technology the Club has ever utilized.

How can members utilize the Winter Golf Center to its fullest potential? Bay Club Head Golf Professional, Ben Egan notes that one of his favorite benefits of practicing indoors is that distance doesn’t play a factor in your training, making it easier to focus on fundamentals and mechanics. If you don’t have a pre-shot routine, it’s a great time to make one. Ben suggests using the time indoors to focus on set up, posture and ball position. Members can also expect weekly tips, occasional drills and a suggested warm-up routine.  Ben notes, “we warm up for every other sport we play and golf should be no different – and hitting balls at the range doesn’t count!”

The Winter Golf Center is open daily for members and Ben is available throughout the winter to assist with club fittings, private lessons and additional tips.

View a video tour of the Bay Club Winter Golf Center:

 

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Bee Keeping at the Bay Club

Wednesday, 7. February 2018 15:32 | Author:

Bees1In 2016, the Bay Club became home to two hives of honey bees thanks to the efforts of beekeeper and Bay Club member, Jeannie Smith.   Throughout the year, Jeannie routinely checks on the hives, which are located on the 11th hole.

During the spring and summer months, the bees are busy foraging for food, building and protecting the hive and producing honey.  However, the winter months present many challenges from now until the queens start laying in late March. The major challenges are to protect the hives from bitter winds, keep out rodents searching for a warm nest, and prevent starvation, as both hives are rapidly eating through their honey stores.  Jeannie has stapled black tarpaper wraps directly on to the hives, which will not only shield them, but also absorb warmth on sunny days. To protect the hives from unwanted, four-legged visitors, each hive has a metal mouse guard, with openings too small for a chilly mouse to sneak through.  And finally, to supplement their dwindling food supplies, the bees are provided blocks of sugar fondant, a sugar/essential oil patty slipped into place just below the inner cover.

Honey bees are necessary to our ecosystem because they are important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables.   As the only Audubon International Silver Certified Sanctuary in Massachusetts, the bees have been a welcomed addition to our property as they help to reinforce our commitment to protect and promote ecological diversity.  And we also benefit by being able to use the harvested honey in recipes at the Golf House restaurant.

We’re hoping for another season of plentiful honey for members to enjoy in 2018!

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Golf Fitness Tips for the Winter from Bay Club Fitness Trainer, Matt Beatty

Thursday, 1. February 2018 11:59 | Author:

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Winter is officially here in New England, which for some golfers is a time to head south to warmer temperatures.  However, for those who remain here, it’s important to stay in shape during the off season to keep your golf game in tip-top shape.

Bay Club Fitness Trainer, Matt Beatty shares a few exercises golfers can incorporate into their gym routines to help stay in peak physical condition during these winter months.

Yoga

Yoga is a great exercise option for golfers as it helps with flexibility and core stability.  It also helps to lengthen muscles to improve the range of motion.  These qualities can aid in creating a stronger swing.  Yoga can be especially helpful for senior golfers since flexibility tends to decrease as we age.

Here are a few basic yoga poses that are beneficial for golfers:

  • Triangle Pose
    • Firms your sides and thighs
    • Streamlines waist
    • Relieves tightness in shoulders
  • Seated Twist
    • Relieves back pain
    • Promotes flexibility in spine and hip joints
  • Chest Expansions
    • Relieves tension in spine, neck and shoulders
    • Improves posture

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Golf uses many muscles in the body and is considered a “burst sport;” generating a lot of energy in a short period, followed by a period of rest.  Enter HIIT! During interval training, you work at high intensities followed by lower intensities.

  • Applying HIIT elements to your workout can be as simple as adding bursts of energy during your normal cardio routine at a 1:2 (work:rest) ratio.
  • You can also perform more complex moves such as mountain climbers, plank jacks, burpees or high knees.

Resistance and Weight Training

Resistance and weight training can be particularly valuable to golfers by improving stability and range of motion, as well as helping to create a powerful, more controlled swing.

Here are a couple of Matt’s favorite exercises for golfers:

  • Glute Bridge
    • Increases core and back strength which is the foundation for a strong drive
  • Side Plank with a Leg Lift
    • Increases strength through obliques, thighs and knees and helps improve balance
    • Improves hip control, vital to your golf swing

Keeping active and fit is so important this time of year to make sure you’re ready for golf in the spring!

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“Gravity in Space and Sound” with New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, 24. January 2018 13:48 | Author:

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Earlier this month, the Bay Club welcomed Terry Wolkowicz, Education Director for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, as she presented “Gravity in Space and Sound.”  Along with the accompaniment of cellist Peter, oboist Laura and violinist Travis, three talented musicians from the orchestra, Ms. Wolkowicz discussed the meaningful connections between musical chord progressions and the movement of objects in space.  Members thoroughly enjoyed the musical pieces played that exemplified the gravitational forces between the planets and the sun.

Terry shared that the presentation is representative of the Orchestra’s “Learning in Concert” program, an in-school partnership program with the NBSO and over fifty local elementary schools in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  In 2016-2017, more than 50 schools partnered with the NBSO for their “Gravity in Space and Sound” program.  During this project, Terry aided the students in demonstrating the idea of gravity through astronomy, physics and music; through studying gravitational forces working within our solar system; and by performing classical music that shares these same forces within a musical system.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University, Terry is in her seventh season with the NBSO, and continues to create innovative programming that connects classical music to our South Coast children’s lives and learning by exploring concepts that are authentically shared between classical music, the arts and academics.

For more information about the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, please click here.

 

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Members Enjoy Weekly “Dinner for Two” at the Golf House Restaurant

Wednesday, 17. January 2018 10:25 | Author:

GolfHouse-WINTEREach week, members at the Bay Club enjoy a special dinner deal at the Golf House restaurant with a Dinner for Two on Sunday evenings.

 

Executive Chef, Jim Mercer and his culinary team create a different prix fixe menu weekly, featuring a choice of soup or salad, two entrée options and a delicious, homemade dessert to cap off the evening.  Some of the entrees featured this season include Chicken Paprikash, Veal Meatloaf, Lamb Ragu and Seared Scallops. A complimentary glass of wine to highlight the chosen entree is paired by Food and Beverage Manager and Sommelier, Nick Lisotto.

 

This popular event finds members enjoying themselves for a night out, whether it be with the family, friends, or date night.

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Popular Chili Socials Continue to Impress During Paddle Season at the Bay Club

Wednesday, 3. January 2018 9:52 | Author:

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The Paddle Tennis season is off and running at the Bay Club!  The weekly drop-ins along with various clinics, tournaments and events have seen great attendance to date.  Perhaps one of our most popular paddle events is the Chili Social.  Held monthly during the paddle season, these socials bring members and guests of all abilities together to enjoy Executive Chef, Jim Mercer’s beloved Turkey Chili along with some fun, social paddle.

Even the coldest temperatures experienced this winter have not deterred players from attending.  The patio next to the courts offers a place to warm up adorned with a fire pit and heaters.  And if needed, there is always the heated Racquets Hut to duck into for the especially frosty evenings.

We expect to see a great turnout from our growing paddle community for the next Chili Social being held on January 19.

For more information on the game of paddle, click here to read a previous blog post on the topic.

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Bay Club Junior Golfers Earn Recognition; Collin Fitzpatrick Two-time Player of the Year!

Thursday, 7. December 2017 14:45 | Author:

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Leading the Old Rochester Regional Bulldogs golf team and earning recognition as the “Standard-Times Golfer of the Year” for the second year in a row is Bay Club Junior member, Collin Fitzpatrick.  In addition, Bay Club member, Jason Gamache and Jacob Yeomans were named to the Super Team both for the second time in their careers.  Bay Club Junior member, Alex Henrie was named an All Star as a junior and freshmen and Bay Club Junior member, Alex Wright and Cassidy Yeomans both received Honorable Mention nods in their first year on the team.

The Bay Club, located just down the road from the high school, plays host to the ORR golf team’s home matches and practices.

The team finished their 2017 season with an undefeated 17-0 record, winning the South Coast Conference Championship and qualifying for the Division II South State Finals.  Fitzpatrick, Gamache and Yeomans as senior, tri-captains contributed to a cumulative record of 62-5 over the past three years, including two conference regular season titles and one conference tournament title, a very impressive stretch for the triumvirate.

In his final year at ORR, Collin Fitzpatrick not only upped his golf game, but also took on a larger role as a leader for the team.  “The competitiveness that he brought to the team made his teammates strive to be like him, and that made my other top golfers better, as they were competing in practice to try to beat him whenever they could,” Chris Cabe, ORR coach said about Collin.  “The fire inside is what drove him to be the best golfer he could be.  He excelled when the competition was tough.  He seemed to lock in and welcome the pressure.”

Coach Cabe also mentioned that Collin enjoyed using his knowledge and skill to help some of his younger teammates with various aspects of their game; understanding that being part of a team means everything isn’t about you.  To read more, please click here.

The full list of Super Team members, All Stars and Honorable Mention recipients can be found by clicking here.

Congratulations to all of the recognized players and the entire team for a remarkable season!

 

For more information regarding Bay Club Junior Memberships, please contact Ben Egan at 508-207-9215.

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Mushroom Foraging Hike at Dunham Brook Conservation Area in Westport

Tuesday, 5. December 2017 10:16 | Author:

 

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A group of members recently braved the chilly temps and embarked on a unique mushroom foraging hike.  Local mycophile, Garett Stuck led the curious group through the trails of Dunham Brook Conservation Area in Westport, in search of mushrooms.  Participants spent the morning foraging and learning about many variations of mushrooms.  Unfortunately, they were unable to find any edible varieties.  That didn’t stop them from having a great time, however, as they enjoyed many laughs and gained a greater knowledge and appreciation for native mushrooms during the walk.

Many mushrooms are poisonous and potentially dangerous if consumed – please do not eat mushrooms you find in the wild without proper training or an expert with you.

Dunham’s Brook Conservation Area crosses a small meadow before entering an extensive wet forest, a portion of which is on a beautiful boardwalk and provides excellent bird watching.  The trail then rises onto a gentle ridge with both a corn field and oak-holly forests.  One trail spur is maintained through the corn field, creating a very unique summertime trail experience.  The easternmost trail follows near the edge of an extensive forested wetland/vernal pool community that boasts a loud spring chorus of mating frogs.  Pending expansion of DBCA will add another 60 acres and nearly double the size of the trail network.  Creation of DBCA was made possible by generous land gifts from the Julia Krapf family and Susan Bush family as well as the cooperative efforts of the WLCT, the Trustees of Reservations, the Town of Westport’s Community Preservation Fund and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs.  More information about Wesport Land Conservation Trust can be found by clicking here.

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Everybody Plank Now!

Monday, 20. November 2017 15:36 | Author:

This fall, Bay Club Sports and Activities Center Manager and Fitness Trainer, Matt Beatty put together monthly fitness challenges for the membership.  Members are able to complete these challenges in the Fitness Center with oversight by the staff or on their own in the comforts of home.  Each challenge provides a calendar of daily exercises, with occasional “rest” days throughout the month.

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Currently, members and employees are planking away for the November “Planks-giving” challenge.  The purpose is to gradually increase plank times throughout the month culminating with a three-minute hold.  And Matt is keeping the competitive spirit alive with a leaderboard displaying the various times for all participants.  While the calendar is just a guide, especially for a plank newbie, many participants are no stranger to the exercise and have already exceeded that three-minute goal.  Matt suggests that beginners start off slowly and to focus on correct form as opposed to time.  A well-performed plank for a shorter period of time is better than risking injury with improper form for a longer plank.

Done properly, planks are a great exercise for the core. They engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously, help to improve balance and also aid in reducing lower back pain.

Last month, Matt’s Fitness Challenge tested participants’ upper body strength, and with December approaching, members and employees can be sure something interesting is in the works!

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Bay Club Tasting Brings out the Cooks!

Monday, 6. November 2017 14:18 | Author:

Tasting-BlogMembers put themselves to the test in the kitchen last month as they prepared their favorite dishes and shared them with fellow members at the Bay Club Tasting.  This popular event held at the Golf House restaurant drew a record number of chefs who served their treasured dishes.  Each chef earned themselves a coveted Bay Club apron, as well as the approval from the fellow members in attendance.  While this event was “just for fun” with no formal competition, there was plenty of pride eluding from all those adorned in their new aprons.

Members in attendance sampled a wide range of dishes, from breakfast items to soups, and appetizers to desserts.  Some of the prepared foods included Tuna Wontons, Beet Borscht, Fish.  Chowder, Shrimp Mozambique, Tiramisu and more. There was plenty of laughter and delicious food to satisfy all who came out for the event.
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The Importance of Golf Course Aerification

Thursday, 12. October 2017 12:15 | Author:

Having a golf course in tip-top shape is one of the most important attributes to a golf club.  While it takes a lot of effort throughout the year to maintain conditions, aerification is one process that’s imperative to ensuring the health of our course throughout the season and off-season.

Why is it so important?

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The main reason golf courses aerify is to alleviate soil compaction, which prevents proper circulation of air, water, and nutrients.  Excess thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the surface of the grass can also starve the roots from essential elements. If the layer of organic matter becomes too thick, it becomes like a sponge and holds water at the surface of the grass after watering.  Too much organic matter also produces soft surfaces prone to ball marks, foot printing and inconsistent playing conditions.

The frequency and type of aeration needed is course specific, based on factors such as soil conditions and requirements, as well as climate/weather.

The Bay Club typically aerifies twice a year, in the spring and fall; and uses a 3-step process:

Step 1: Verticutting

  • Verticutting helps to remove thatch buildup.  Thatch is a layer of dead stems and roots that forms between grass and soil.  Removing the thatch helps turf breathe easier, better absorb nutrients and soak in much needed moisture.

Step 2: Solid Tine Aerification

  • Solid tine makes a hole in the turf but does not extract any material (unlike core aeration which removes small cores from the soil).  This process creates more space in the soil for sand, water, air, and other nutrients which allow for deeper rooting and promotes growth.

Step 3: Top Dressing 

  • A top dressing of sand is then applied, filling the holes to help the soil retain air space and make it easier for roots to grow downward.  Over time, it also reduces thatch, creating a firmer playing surface in addition to amending soil structure and proper drainage.

We have concluded our fall aerification and have already seen positive results on some of the greens that were completed early in the process.

Although it can be a frustrating time for golfers, aerifying is a necessary and beneficial practice to help protect the course and maintain the best possible playing conditions.

Just think of it as a short-term disruption that has long-term benefits for the golf course.

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Family Fun at the Bay Club

Thursday, 28. September 2017 12:08 | Author:

Each summer the Bay Club holds a Parent/Child Golf Tournament, with teams made up of a child or grandchild of a club member.  This year’s event was a complete success with a record number of golfers playing in four different age divisions.  Following golf, players enjoyed a BBQ lunch, as well as a mini-golf putting challenge and the chance to hit balls at the 20-foot inflatable named Golfzilla.

However, the highlight of the day was the inspiring and motivational Dennis Walters Show.  During the show, Dennis spoke to spectators, both young and old, about the importance of continuing to follow your dreams, no matter what life hands you.  In 1974, Dennis’ dream of playing on the PGA Tour was crushed after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.

In his inspirational show, he wowed the crowd with some amazing golf shots that included hitting a ball with a gavel, his special “3-iron” and an exploding ball that got a thrill from spectators.  He spoke to the group about what changes he had to make in order to allow himself the ability to play golf and demonstrated his specially designed, swiveled seat golf cart.  To read more about the Dennis Walter Golf Show, please click here.

All in all, it was a great family day at the Club.

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Well-known Shark Expert, Greg Skomal Returns to the Bay Club

Thursday, 14. September 2017 11:47 | Author:

SkomalDr. Greg Skomal, a senior marine fisheries biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and director of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program recently returned to the Bay Club to give a lecture on his work with the infamous Great White Shark.

A large crowd of members and their guests gathered to listen to the well-known shark expert speak about some of his most recent projects, with a focus around the latest technologies used to help experts learn about the sharks and their habits.  Dr. Skomal explained that the successful conservation of seals over the past few years has contributed to the population increase in white sharks being spotted in the waters off Cape Cod.  He also noted that the sharks are here to feed on seals, not people.  Cape Cod has become the only known aggregating site for white sharks in the NorthAtlantic and the Massachusetts Shark Research Program has been studying the biology and abundance of this species since 2009.

Being a scientist before the current “age of technology,” Dr. Skomal spent a great deal of time researching deceased animals.   While this was helpful in gathering biological data, such as feeding and growth rate, it didn’t shed any light on their behaviors when they were alive.  With the advent of new technology including satellites and acoustic based equipment, scientists are now able to monitor their actions, such as daily travels and migration habits.  One of his favorite new tools to use is the GoPro camera and he wowed members with multiple videos captured during his quests to tag sharks.   That process includes utilizing a plane in the air to spot the sharks.  Once spotted, the vessel carrying the scientist who is standing on the pulpit with the tagging pole comes up alongside the shark.  Dr. Skomal then strikes at the opportune time,White Shark Curly Skomal inserting a tracking device into the base of the dorsal fin of the great white.

Members raved about the lecture and enjoyed a specially prepared dinner at the Golf House restaurant following the talk which included Grilled Shark.

Dr. Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, aquarist and author.  He has written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ESPN, and numerous television networks.   For more information on Dr. Skomal and his work, please click here.

Photo courtesy of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Photo courtesy of The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

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