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Cocktails Class at the Golf House

Friday, 5. July 2019 12:03

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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Bay Club’s Golf and Fitness Spring Training

Monday, 22. April 2019 14:46

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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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Club Fitting for the Season

Monday, 15. April 2019 10:30

IMG_6120Spring has arrived and the golf season is finally upon us.  And with that, it’s time to start dusting off those clubs. When was the last time you got new gear?  Having the proper equipment will help your performance and enjoyment of the game.

The Bay Club’s Golf Professional team is always ready to help members make good equipment decisions.  This season, the addition of Assistant Professional, Mike Chase, an expert club fitter having previously worked for Callaway Golf, will help enhance the fitting programs the club currently offers.

Frequently asked fitting questions:

Should I get fit for new clubs?

Clubs are fit for an individual’s swing, so club fitting is important for all players, whatever their skill level.

What clubs need to be fit?

It is essential to get fit for all clubs, from your driver all the way down to putter.  What works for one player isn’t necessarily going to work for another.  Fittings can be broken down into these categories:

  • Long Game (Driver, Fairways and Hybrids): This fitting covers the long part of the bag.  It’s important to have proper gapping between your driver, fairway woods and hybrids.  Being able to hit more fairways will lead to lower scores and more consistent drives.
  • Irons: This dials in what head and shaft combination will work best for your game.  It is important to zero in on the correct launch and spin to hit consistent iron shots and help find more greens in regulation and shorter putts.
  • Short Game: These fittings combine a few different factors.  With wedges, it is crucial to find the correct bounce that fits your swing.  This leads to more consistent chipping and pitching.  We also focus on finding proper gapping between wedges.  This fitting will mostly focus on working around the short game area, hitting a variety of shots to find the most consistent grind and loft.
  • Putter: The putter is the single club that amounts the most shots per round.  Some players prefer a blade style while others prefer a mallet.  There are also many different options for what kind of putting stroke you make.  Dialing in the right putter for your stroke is the quickest way to lower your scores.

What is the process for fitting clubs?

The first step is to decide what manufacturer has clubs that best fit your preferences.  Our Golf Pro Shop carries demo clubs from Titleist, Callaway and TaylorMade.  Once members narrow down the decision, it is time to schedule a fitting.

During the fitting, our professionals will provide the variety of options and manufacturers to help determine what will work best for the player.  Using our GCQuad, they can fine-tune the numbers to get an exact and perfect fit.  Ultimately, the fitting ties together length, loft, lie angle, shaft selection and grip choice with the best quantified data for performance and feel.

The Golf Professionals at the Bay Club are highly trained for club fitting and are happy to help each member be their best – whether it be for a single club or a full set.

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March Golf Trips with the Bay Club

Friday, 9. March 2018 10:10

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

Thursday, 1. February 2018 11:59

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

Thursday, 7. December 2017 14:45

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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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The Importance of Golf Course Aerification

Thursday, 12. October 2017 12:15

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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Top Golfers Visit the Bay Club!

Tuesday, 8. September 2015 14:39

 

FilmingThe Bay Club was recently turned into a “movie set” for the filming of the 2016 Titleist Commercial.  No question the players list was  a who’s who of the top players in world: Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson.  Bay Club members joined with the extras brought in to fill in the constructed gallery at Hole #1 to simulate a tour event.  In addition, the tour players hit short shots out and around the 7th, 8th and 13th holes as a camera equipped drone flew overhead capturing truly spectacular footage.

The day was a great success for all and even included the following tweet from Ian Poulter after his day that closed with a wonderful dinner at Golf House restaurant “Great TV shoot for @Titleist this afternoon, superb hospitality at The Bay Club, fun stuff coming folks. #1 ball in golf.”

This special day is one that the Bay Club will remember for a long time.

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Bay Club’s John Paesani to Compete at Sr. PGA Professional National Championship!

Monday, 10. November 2014 16:08

Pi2013-optAssistant Golf Professional, John “Pi” Paesani will compete in the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship being held November 13 – 16 at the PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker and Ryder Courses) in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  The 264-player field is composed of senior PGA Professionals representing the 41 PGA Sections, and will compete on both courses over the first two rounds of play.  The low 70 scorers and ties after the second round will advance to the weekend’s final 36 holes at the Wanamaker Course.

Pi earned the chance to play by shooting a 1-over 141 at the NEPGA Senior Championship held July 30 and 31 at the Okemo Valley Golf Club, Oekmo, VT. His performance resulted in a 5th place tie.  This is the fourth consecutive year Pi has qualified for the championship.

Good luck Pi!

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Greg Yeomans Captures NEPGA Cape Cod Match Play Championship Title!

Thursday, 30. October 2014 15:03

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Playing in front of a gallery of club members, the Bay Club’s Greg Yeomans defeated fellow Bay Club professional John “Pi” Paesani 1 up in the final match of the NEPGA Cape Cod Match Play Championship Thursday, October 30 on their home course. This win gives Greg his third consecutive title and seventh overall since 2005.

Greg took an early 1 up lead on the second hole with a par as John made bogey.  The two then halved the next four holes before Greg made birdie hitting his approach out of the left fairway bunker on number 7 to 3 feet leading to a win and 2 up lead.  The pair halved the next 8, 9 and 10 before Greg hit a poor tee shot into the fescue left leading to at least a bogey while John routinely hit the green in three to claim the hole.  John now having the honors hit a beautiful approach into number 12 about 15 feet behind the hole.  Greg missed his birdie bid and John made his, match all square.  After halves on 13 and 14, Greg hit two great three woods to 10 feet short of the 15th green and managed to get up and down for birdie to take the 1 up lead. John had good looks on 16 and 17 but just missed his putts taking us to the 18th tee with Greg leading 1 up.  Greg hit the fairway and John pulled his tee shot into the left rough but drew a great lie.  John’s approach missed the green just right in the first cut pin high.  Greg hit the green and was first to play and lagged his first putt into “gimmie” range for par.  The stage was set John need to make to extend the match.  Once his chip came up just short Greg had claimed the title.

Both John and Greg played real solid golf as between the two of them they missed only three greens the entire day.  Although Greg won it was a win for the Bay Club as the professional staff once again showcased their talents.

Congratulations to both Greg and John for putting on a great show!

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Bay Club Hosts Nativity Preparatory School Golf and Tennis Fundraiser

Thursday, 9. October 2014 11:58

Bay-Club-Selects-44The Bay Club once again hosted the Annual Nativity Preparatory School Tennis and Golf Fundraiser.  Golfers enjoyed a fabulous day on the championship 18-hole golf course while the clubs 4 har-tru tennis courts were in full action. Afterwards, a dinner buffet was enjoyed by all participants and their guests at the Golf House restaurant.  A successful auction capped off the evening.   

Nativity is an independent, tuition-free middle school for boys from low-income families in the New Bedford area. The school provides a challenging and supportive learning environment, where motivated students of all faiths are offered an intellectual, cultural, physical and moral education. The goal is to graduate young men who are academically prepared for further education, inspired to lead their lives with humility, and dedicated to serving others. 

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Bay Club Member Johnny Hiller Headed to Augusta!

Tuesday, 9. September 2014 17:12

JohnnyHiller8 year old Bay Club member, Johnny Hiller wins Regional Final at Bethpage to advance to Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

Johnny Hiller won the boys 7 – 9 age group on Wednesday, August 27 at the Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) Regional Finals at Bethpage State Park to advance to the National Finals at famed Augusta National.  Johnny was one of thousands of boys and girls aged 7-15 that attempted to earn a similar trip.  His road to Augusta has seen him advance in Local Qualifying at the Bay Club in early July to Pinehills Golf Club and the sub Regional in early August.  After capturing the top spot at Pinehills, it was off to Bethpage for a winner take all opportunity.  Johnny posted an early high mark and watched as competitor after competitor failed to match or top his score.  As a winner at Bethpage, he will be heading to Augusta National for the National Finals being played the Sunday before the 2015 Masters Tournament.

Drive Chip and Putt New England is a national junior golf initiative in collaboration with The PGA of America, United States Golf Association, and the Masters Tournament Foundation.  DCP New England hosted eight local qualifiers for boys and girls ages 7-15 with separate divisions for each gender and with each division split into four age groups.

We wish Johnny all the best in his quest for Augusta…Good luck Johnny!

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Yeomans Qualifies for PGA Professional National Championship!

Thursday, 21. August 2014 12:33

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Head Golf Professional, Greg Yeomans shot a final round 2 under par 70 (the second lowest round of the day) in the 2014 NEPGA Championship held at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham New Hampshire to finish in a tie for 15th.  His performance also tied him for the last of the 15 qualifying spots for the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship.

Greg was victorious in a thrilling playoff on the second hole making a par on the treacherous par 3.  Greg stayed alive after sinking a clutch 15’ par putt on the first playoff hole. Yeomans hit a precise 8 iron to a tiny island green and then calmly got up and down for a clutch par to secure the final spot. This will be Greg’s third appearance in the premiere championship for PGA Club Professionals. The event will be held June 28 – July 1, 2015 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Philadelphia, PA.

Way to go Greg!

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Bay Club member advances to Drive, Chip & Putt Regional Final

Wednesday, 13. August 2014 15:38

JohnnyHiller2014Johnny Hiller won the boys 7-9 age group this past week at the Drive, Chip and Putt (DCP) sub regional at Pinehills Golf Club to advance to the Regional Finals later this month. Johnny was one of 158 qualifiers out of thousands to earn a trip to Pinehills by virtue of local qualifying. The Regional Final is August 27 at Bethpage Green in Farmingdale, NY. The winner at Bethpage is headed to Augusta National for the National Finals played the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.

Drive Chip and Putt New England is a national junior golf initiative in collaboration with The PGA of America, United States Golf Association, and the Masters Tournament Foundation. DCP New England hosted eight local qualifiers for boys and girls ages 7-15 with separate divisions for each gender and with each division split into four age groups.

We wish Johnny all the best in his quest for Augusta…Good luck Johnny!

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Uihlein fires New Course Record at the Bay Club

Tuesday, 12. August 2014 17:14

PeterUihlein2014European Tour Professional, Peter Uihlein was home in Mattapoisett for a few weeks rehabbing from a mid season injury and appears to be finding his form as he broke the Bay Club course record firing a 63 on Friday, August 8.  Playing along with members Mike Hiller and John Lees and Head Professional, Greg Yeomans this friendly game seemed to bring out the best in everyone.  Peter birdied four in a row on holes 3 – 6 and with one bogey on the front turned at 32.  Throw in birdies on 11 and 13 and Peter was now 5 under with 4 to play.  Heading home into the strong afternoon southwest wind, Peter birdied 15, 16 and then rolled in a 6 footer on 18 to cap off his 63. Almost seven years to the day (August 5, 2007) Greg fired the previous course record of 65.  And guess who was in his group that day, that’s right Peter. What goes around comes around.

Great playing Peter and good luck on the home stretch of the season. Click here to view the old and new course record.

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