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Bee Keeping at the Bay Club

Wednesday, 7. February 2018 15:32

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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The Disappearing Monarchs and How to Help

Tuesday, 15. August 2017 12:41

Monarch2The monarch is one of North America’s most known butterflies, with its easily recognizable black, orange and white pattern. The overall population of monarchs has decreased greatly over the years, the reason being the depletion of the milkweed plant.  Milkweed is the only source of food for monarch caterpillars and, due to the loss of habitat from land development and widespread use of weed killers, these plants are becoming more and more scarce.

Why keep the monarchs (and other butterflies) around?

  • Butterflies rank third on the list of top pollinators, behind bees/wasps and flies.  About one third of the food people eat depends on the work of pollinators such as butterflies.
  • Butterflies are an “indicator species” which help to tell us the health of the environment.  Because these creatures are sensitive to changes in climate, the presence of harmful chemicals and pollution, they are great tools to help determine the well-being of our ecosystems.
  • They are important members of the food chain.  Butterflies provide a food source during all stages of their life cycle for animals such as birds, spiders, lizards, small mammals and even other insects.

Many Golf Course Superintendents around the country, including our own Jon O’Connor, are making an effort to keep milkweed on the grounds.  Here, the milkweed is indigenous to the area and Jon and his crew allow it to grow naturally in the fescue areas of the course to help the local monarch population.  In just this year alone, both the caterpillar and butterfly populations have increased.

If you’re interested in helping your local monarch population, here are some steps you can take.

  • Plant Milkweed!  Butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs and the caterpillars eat only this plant, so the population relies on it 100 percent.  While there are over 100 species of milkweed, only about 30 are used by monarchs.  Click here to find out what to plant in your region.
  • Monarchs constantly feed on nectar from flowers, so plant abundant native flowering plants in your garden.  Many butterflies and native plants have co-evolved over time and depend on each other for reproduction and survival.  Flowers that bloom all summer long will lure more butterflies.
  • Avoid using pesticides in your garden as these kill insects, including butterflies.

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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Bees, Honey, and Bee Keeping at the Bay Club

Monday, 13. June 2016 15:46

honey Last month, Bay Club members gathered and welcomed fellow member Jeannie Smith as she spoke about her five-year experience as a bee keeper. The lecture, “The Miracle of Bees: Honey Bees 101,” highlighted Jeannie’s own honey bees and four hives.  She shared her extensive knowledge of the bees by helping listeners understand the role they play in their hive community along with information about bees in general.

The evening also featured a honey-themed cocktail and snack concocted by the Golf House team.  The cocktail, “Jeannie’s Honeybee Sweet Tea” and Finikia, George’s Greek Christmas cookie, were both made using honey from Jeannie’s hives and were very highly praised throughout the evening.

We also want to welcome the newest family to move into the Bay Club – a hive of 15,000 honey bees. Situated on a knoll well to the left of the 11th hole, the hive is the latest addition to the Bay Club’s commitment to protect and promote ecological diversity. Although the resident honey bees are very gentle, the hive should not be disturbed as it goes about its task of pollinating the flowers and making honey to be shared with the chefs in our kitchen.



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Bay Club Sustains Golf Course, Environment

Wednesday, 19. September 2012 13:21

The Bay Club was recently featured in the Standard-Times newspaper.  Golf Course Superintendent Jon O’Connor discussed with writer Ariel Wittenberg about the importance of the Bay Club’s environmental efforts.  To view the complete story, please click here.

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Bay Club Walking Group

Tuesday, 13. December 2011 15:09

Bay Club Fitness Director Dave Maloney has organized an informal walking club for members.  During the fall and winter, walkers stroll the golf course and club property which includes more than 300 acres of conservation land.  Walks last for approximately one hour each Monday and they are an ideal form of exercise to help control weight, improve balance and reduce the risk of heart disease and developing high blood pressure.  Members of all ages have joined the group aiming to achieve a better lifestyle.

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Snowshoeing at the Bay Club

Thursday, 6. January 2011 16:25

Winter view of 9th hole | Bay Club Mattapoisett The Bay Club at Mattapoisett recently acquired snowshoes for the Sports and Activities Center allowing members to enjoy winter hikes on the golf course.  Snowshoeing is wonderful aerobic exercise that also provides the ability to experience the beauty and quiet of the snow-covered course in the off-season.

As part of my New Year’s resolution to exercise more, I grabbed my husband and our hound and headed out to the 9th hole.  Although the much hyped Christmas nor’easter did not actually produce an impressive accumulation, it did provide enough snow cover for a wonderful hike.  Along the way we discovered the new burm constructed late last fall on Hole #11, and I secretly crossed my fingers hoping it was the snow cover making it look so ominous.  We also paused at the new tee box on Hole #9 which has my husband itching for Spring; I on the other hand observed that the drive over the water now looks impossibly long.

When we finished our hike, my husband chose to head to the club’s Indoor Golf Practice Center while I enjoyed a Bay Club Mattapoisett MA | Golf Course Real Estatevisit to the steam room at the Sports & Activities Center.  Our well exercised dog relished a nice nap in the car.

Using my iPhone camera for the photo shot and the angle of the sun doesn’t give quality to the view, however I decided it would be nice to share.  For a better look at the club in the warmer weather, please view our slideshow!

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett is a country club with an eighteen hole championship level golf course and residential property located in Southeastern MA. To arrange a private tour please contact Dave Andrews via e-mail or phone, 508-758-9543.

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Bay Club earns its 7th Audubon Society Silver Certification

Wednesday, 23. June 2010 21:37

Bay Club at Mattapoisett Silver certification from the National Audubon Society

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett was featured in the June 2010 issue of Cape Cod Magazine on their commitment to “Green Life” and their continuous recognition from the National Audubon Society.

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett was ‘going green’ long before the term became a constant in the national energy conversation. When construction began in 2003 on the nearly 700 acre private club featuring a championship golf course, restaurant,  fitness center, swimming pool, tennis courts, and lots for 175 homes, the club’s owners were already following guidelines established by the National Audubon Society to insure the least possible impact on the environment.

Including the managed landscape of the golf course, 93 percent of the acreage was preserved and remains green. “We followed the guidelines 100 percent,” says Jon O’Connor, Bay Club Golf Course Superintendent.”

>Follow the link to read the entire article: Bay Club Mattapoisett Audubon Society Silver Certification in Cape Cod Life Magazine 2010.

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett is a country club with an eighteen hole championship level golf course and residential property located in Southeastern MA.   To arrange a private tour please contact Dave Andrews via e-mail or phone, 508-758-9543.

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