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

Thursday, 14. September 2017 11:47

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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Winter Specials at the Golf House Restaurant

Friday, 20. February 2015 10:22

CassouletThis month on the Golf House Dinner Menu members will find two of Executive Chef Jim Mercer’s favorite winter cravings.  The first item is the French White Bean and Meat Casserole, Cassoulet. There are many versions of the recipe, however Chef Mercer leans towards the one from Toulouse.  This variety features Tarbais Beans, Duck Confit and Garlic Pork Sausage.  Cassoulet is not a difficult dish, especially if you spread out the preparations over a few days. You will however need to know how to make Duck Confit, a skill Chef Mercer says  you will not regret.  This method yields a most delicious, at the ready duck meat for a fast appetizer or pasta filling.  Having enjoyed Cassoulet with a glass of red wine at Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston some 25 years ago,  Chef Mercer quickly learned how to prepare this dish and it has been a part of his winter menu repertoire ever since.

Another item he can’t go without during the cold winter months is Raclette Cheese from Switzerland. This extremely pungent and tasty, cow’s milk cheese is likely considered the original fondu.  All one needs to do is to hold the cut side of a wheel of cheese in front of a fire and “rake” it off onto bread or boiled potatoes.  The popular Raclette machine is the Swiss counter part to the American toaster.

Both of these dishes are fine and satisfying items during the chilly winter months.  Bon appétit!

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Paddle Tennis at the Bay Club

Wednesday, 28. January 2015 12:18

PaddleTennis2014The Paddle Season at the Bay Club is well underway with members in action on both lighted paddle (platform) tennis courts on a daily basis.  And once again this year, Racquets Professional Jakob Klaeson provides members with classes and clinics throughout the season.  Jakob has worked for several high profile country and tennis clubs in New England, with an excellent track record for adult and junior teaching.  He is PPTA certified and is currently the Head Paddle Professional at the Sakonnet Paddle Tennis club and Head Tennis Professional at Dartmouth Indoor Tennis.

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett is a private golf and and residential property located in Southeastern MA. To arrange a private tour please contact Dave Andrews via e-mail or phone, 508-207-9232.

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Fishes of Buzzards Bay by Mike Bednarski, Ph.D

Friday, 23. January 2015 12:18

Summer_flounderThe Bay Club welcomed guest lecturer, Mike Bednarski, Ph.D., Stock Assessment Specialist for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries’ to the club to discuss the natural history of the fishes of Buzzards Bay and their importance to the people of Massachusetts.  Coastal waters of Massachusetts are home to a diverse community of aquatic species and provide anglers, divers, and nature lovers with a world class experience.  One of the Commonwealth’s most productive regions is the Buzzards Bay Estuary, a dynamic system that hosts a variety of different fish species, ranging from the alewife, an important forage species, to the striped bass, one of the nation’s most valuable recreational species.  Members learned about the fish that inhabit the bay as Mike provided an overview on each fish of interest.  He also highlighted how the fish community changes throughout the different seasons and the importance of the Division of Marine Fisheries.

Mike serves as Massachusetts’ representative to many of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Technical and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council’s Monitoring Committees.  Much of his work focuses on understanding the biology and fishery characteristics of many of the Commonwealth’s inshore species including bluefish, summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass.  

After the talk, members enjoyed a specially prepared dinner including fried scup at the Golf House restaurant. 

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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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Mental Golf Game Advice by Dr. Adam Naylor

Monday, 31. March 2014 0:00

NaylorPicOutside SmallDr. Adam Naylor returns to the Bay Club for his 3rd season to work with members and teaching professionals on maximizing performance and enjoyment on the course and courts. As the golf season in New England returns, he reminds golfers not to forget to get your mental game back up to par.  Perhaps the best way to do this is to re-lay the foundation of your pre-shot routine.  The pre-shot routine is more than a bunch of entertaining tics and twitches, but rather purposeful actions that allow your mind to focus on the shot in front of you and your body to feel settled enough for a fluid swing.  Too often an intentional routine is left as an afterthought and golfers rarely reap its mental-emotional benefits.

A solid pre-shot routine should have three core elements – planning, settling the body, focusing on the target – and conclude with a trusting swing.  By slowing down on the range and around the practice areas, a player can purposefully get their routine ready for the course.  Here are three simple steps to rebooting your routine:

Plan – Take a moment to talk through the shot you are about to hit.  How far will it fly?  Where will it land?  How much will it roll?  Where do you hope it stops?

Settle – Develop an action to allow you to drop the tension from your body when addressing the ball.  A huge exhale lets go of tension.  Dropping your shoulders allows looseness to join your swing.  Letting your knees drop you into an athletic position gets you ready to unleash a fluid swing.  Pick one and practice it.

Target – Using your imagination to fill your head with your target helps you transition from swing thoughts to swings that throw the ball to your target.  Vividly seeing the target (or line of the putt when on the green) in your mind’s eye allows you to focus on the right thing at the right time.

Just like practicing your swing, practicing your pre-shot routine is important if it is to show up during competitive rounds.  Like an anchor that keeps a boat safe on stormy waters, the pre-shot routine keeps the golfer from drifting off course during the successes and stresses of each round. 

Dr. Adam Naylor leads Telos Sport Psychology Coaching and is a clinical assistant professor at Boston University.   His roots run deep in both golf and tennis.   Adam is currently the mental game consultant for the International Junior Golf Academy, the Lendl Junior Tennis Academy, and the Junior Select golf program.  His clients have traveled the country and globe to compete in club to amateur  to major championships.  Adam is the author of A Quick 9 for the Mind: Reflections from Public Links to the US Open, and a part of the American Junior Golf Association “U” faculty.

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Portugalia Marketplace

Wednesday, 26. March 2014 16:50

Portugalia Marketplace, Fall River, MA

Portugalia Marketplace, Fall River, MA

A new market recently opened in Fall River that will undoubtedly take the South Coast by storm.  Portugalia Marketplace is a spin-off of Portugalia Imports, a wholesaler/distributor of ingredients for Portuguese cooking.  It is a friendly, family, neighborhood Portuguese market and so much more.

The folks at Portugalia Marketplace no doubt take their cues from places such as Chelsea Market Place in New York or the best of contemporary Portugal/Azores markets.  Housed in a former factory outlet in Fall River, the fully renovated facility houses a gorgeous open floor plan market with beautiful exposed brickwork, tall ceilings with huge wooden beams and old windows.  The floor to ceiling glass wall that sections off perhaps the largest display of international Bacalao, providing a salt cod room the likes of nothing you have ever seen in America. 

The market offers wonderful prepared dishes of traditional fare such as roast pressed chicken, braised octopus, Bacalao in two to three ways and various soups and sides. The cheese and charcuterie section is quite impressive and inspiring of all things chicken, pork and blood. Olive oil is given the same respect as fine wine as they are both displayed like alter objects; both with ample selection of variety and budget.

The nicest aspect of this market is the Café with true European coffee, pressed sandwiches and pastries. They carry items rarely seen in other markets. You truly feel like you have traveled to an Old World, European marketplace in Portugal and then you realize you are in your own back yard. It is an exciting place.

And I suggest you check out the interesting root vegetables from the Furnas Islands and the dried fava bean nuts section.

Enjoy,

Jim

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February is American Heart Health by Fitness Director Dave Maloney

Monday, 3. February 2014 13:04

Heart-February
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. And it’s why we devote the entire month of February to raising awareness of heart health.  You should also know:

  • Cardiovascular disease kills more people each year than cancer, lower respiratory diseases and accidents.
  • Cigarette smokers are two to three times more likely to die from coronary heart disease than nonsmokers.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 292,188 women in 2009, that’s 1 in every 4 female deaths
  • Heart disease killed 631,636 people in 2006.

So what can you do to protect yourself from heart disease? While there are some risk factors you can’t control, such as age, gender, heredity, race and diabetes, there are risk factors for heart disease you CAN control, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, exercise, obesity and stress.

By eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly for at least 30 minutes each day, you can do wonders for your heart. Determine whether or not your weight is within a healthy range, don’t smoke and limit how much alcohol you drink. You should also talk with your health care provider about your heart care. Talk to him or her about monitoring your blood pressure, testing your cholesterol levels and regularly monitoring your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.

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Exercise Tips by Fitness Director Dave Maloney

Friday, 24. January 2014 11:58

daveheadshot1Each month, Dave Maloney, Bay Club Fitness Director and Head Personal Trainer shares a different exercise tip with members.  To view his exercise channel, please click here.

Dave is a Titleist Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, and performs the most comprehensive Golf Performance Assessment in New England. This certification allows him to design custom exercise programs to correct swing faults and to prevent/treat golf swing injuries.  Dave has performed well over 200 Golf Performance Assessments since becoming a TPI Instructor and is able to assess what swing characteristics the client will have before he even sees them pick up a golf club.

In addition, Dave is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and Certified Johnny G. Spinning Instructor.  Some of his clients include the Mrs. America Pageant, six time Grammy Award winner Yo Yo Ma and a number of the New England Patriots Off Season Conditioning Programs.

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The Burdenko Method

Wednesday, 8. January 2014 17:20

Fitness Director Dave Maloney has recently added certification  in “The Burdenko Method” to his resume.  This practical application of water and land exercises is based on a holistic approach to rehabilitation, conditioning, and training.  Water is a great healer and the ideal medium for rehabilitation, conditioning and training.  The hydrostatic (passive) and hydrodynamic (active) properties of water provide an optimal environment for safe and effective therapy and conditioning.  With little or no weight bearing in the water, the injured or de-conditioned client is able to return to desired activities quickly and safely.  Dave’s first hand success with “The Burdenko Method” after suffering a sprained knee inspired him to add this specialty to his list of credentials.  “After the first hour in the deep water, I was amazed at how significantly the swelling and range of motion improved” Dave recounted.

Many professional and Olympic athletes are now making “The Burdenko Method” part of their regular training programs, although it is for everyone.  If you are dealing with a nagging injury or just want some great exercises that are easy on your joints, Dave suggests you give this program a try.

The Burdenko Method will be offered on a private and semi-private basis.  Land based exercise programs have been added to the Bay Club’s Fitness Class schedule for the winter.  In addition, water based programs will be offered when the junior Olympic-size swimming pool opens in the summer.

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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 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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Bay Club MA Real Estate

Tuesday, 1. June 2010 16:31

48 Prince Snow Mattapoisett MA

Few golf properties boast the amenities and charm as the Bay Club at Mattapoisett.  The golf course home listed at 48 Prince Snow Circle is both well appointed and low maintenance.  This  2,460 square foot home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a two car garage, and full basement.  Recently there has been a price modification, 48 Prince Snow Circle is now listed at $699,900.

48 Prince Snow Mattapoisett MA kitchenThe eat-in kitchen has granite counter tops with built-in double ovens, an island and french sliding doors leading to a wooded backyard that expands into hundreds of acres of conservation land.

The home has a family size dining room that has a traditional feel complete with wainscoting and crown molding.

The cozy living room is flooded in sunlight and anchored by a gas fireplace and custom built-in cabinetry with detailed moldings.

48 Prince Snow Mattapoisett MA Dining RoomThroughout the home are large beautiful windows giving the home a feeling of openness and light.  The flooring on the first level is a light stained hardwood and the second floor has wall-to-wall carpet throughout.

The first floor master bedroom ensuite has a large walk-in closet, a soak tub, and free standing tiled shower.

Also located on the main floor of the home are both a mud room and a laundry room which can accommodate  a full sized washer and dryer.

48 Prince Snow Mattapoisett MA living room

Two additional bedrooms and a second full bath are upstairs on the second floor, along with a spacious office/lounge area.

48 Prince Snow Circle has a full walk out basement with french sliders leading to the back yard.

The home is located in the Prince Snow Village of the Bay Club at Mattapoisett, a  24-hour gated  golf club community.

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett facilities include an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Brad Faxon & Brad Booth, a 9,600 square foot Sports & Fitness Center, which houses a 3,000 square foot fitness center, yoga studio, demonstration kitchen, children’s playroom, conference meeting room, and locker-rooms.

The aquatics center is anchored Junior Olympic sized swimming pool with zero -depth walk-in and a gated baby pool area.

Adjacent to the aquatics center are four lighted Har-Tru Hydro Tennis Courts and two Paddle Tennis courts.

sports activity ariel view

Dining facilities at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett include the Golf House Restaurant, where Executive Chef  Jim Mercer oversees every detail.  Other food and beverage areas include the Halfway Cafe which overlooks the largest of three ponds inside the Bay Club and the 9th and 10th holes and the Snack Bar which is adjacent to the pool.

bay club practice green and restaurant compressed

The pond at the 9th and 19th holes is stocked with large mouth bass and brown trout for seasonal fishing.

Cultural Activities at the Bay Club are frequent and varied, ranging from local outings to Art Galleries and Garden Tours to guest lecturers by local artisans and scholars.

For more information on the Bay Club or to arrange a private tour of 48 Prince Snow Circle, please contact Dave Andrews via e-mail or by phone, 508-207-9232.

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Golf Course Home Dream 18

Friday, 30. April 2010 21:18

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett is proud to have been selected by Golf Course Home as a part of their Dream 18.  The GolfCourseHome® Dream 18 is a fantasy golf course created from the best golf holes from the more than 325 golf courses featured on GolfCourseHome.net, representing more than 5,800 golf holes in the U.S. , Canada , Mexico and the Caribbean .

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett’s signature hole, number 17, will be featured as part of the Dream 18, and is in the company of such notable courses as Reynolds Plantation, Tehama, and The Cliffs at Keowee.

Hole 17 is the Bay Club at Mattapoisett’s longest most demanding par 4 on the course, playing 487 yards from the tips typically into the prevailing wind.  The hole swings slightly from right to left requiring a long tee ball to set up the approach. The 2nd shot is plenty challenging as well, as the hole slopes downhill with a large green side bunker catching any short or left shots. A par here puts you in limited company.

Currently there is one house beautifully positioned behind the 17th green, while another magnificent house sits in the distance serving as the aiming point for your tee ball. There are two lots still available to the left of the green on a nice cul de sac along the hole, and one additional lot behind the green.

David Lott, publisher of The GolfCourseHome® Dream 18 visited the club last year, arriving in Mattapoisett Harbor by boat.  The chronicle of his journey from the Vineyard to the Club was a feature story on his blog this past summer.

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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Country Club Home Mattapoisett, MA

Wednesday, 2. December 2009 22:06

48 Prince Snow Mattapoisett MA

Few golf properties boast the amenities and charm as the Bay Club at Mattapoisett.  The golf course home listed at 48 Prince Snow Circle is both well appointed and low maintenance.  This  2,460 square foot home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a two car garage, and full basement.

48 Prince Snow Mattapoisett MA kitchenThe eat-in kitchen has granite counter tops with built-in double ovens, an island and french sliding doors leading to a wooded backyard that expands into hundreds of acres of conservation land.

The home has a family size dining room that has a traditional feel complete with wainscoting and crown molding.

The cozy living room is flooded in sunlight and anchored by a gas fireplace and custom built-in cabinetry with detailed moldings.

48 Prince Snow Mattapoisett MA Dining RoomThroughout the home are large beautiful windows giving the home a feeling of openness and light.  The flooring on the first level is a light stained hardwood and the second floor has wall-to-wall carpet throughout.

The first floor master bedroom ensuite has a large walk-in closet, a soak tub, and free standing tiled shower.

Also located on the main floor of the home are both a mud room and a laundry room which can accommodate  a full sized washer and dryer.

48 Prince Snow Mattapoisett MA living room

Two additional bedrooms and a second full bath are upstairs on the second floor, along with a spacious office/lounge area.

48 Prince Snow Circle has a full walk out basement with french sliders leading to the back yard.

The home is located in the Prince Snow Village of the Bay Club at Mattapoisett, a  24-hour gated  golf club community.

The Bay Club at Mattapoisett facilities include an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Brad Faxon & Brad Booth, a 9,600 square foot Sports & Fitness Center, which houses a 3,000 square foot fitness center, yoga studio, demonstration kitchen, children’s playroom, conference meeting room, and locker-rooms.

The aquatics center is anchored Junior Olympic sized swimming pool with zero -depth walk-in and a gated baby pool area.

Adjacent to the aquatics center are four lighted Har-Tru Hydro Tennis Courts and two Paddle Tennis courts.

sports activities ariel view

Dining facilities at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett include the Golf House Restaurant, where Executive Chef  Jim Mercer oversees every detail.  Other food and beverage areas include the Halfway Cafe which overlooks the largest of three ponds inside the Bay Club and the 9th and 10th holes and the Snack Bar which is adjacent to the pool.

bay club practice green and restaurant compressed

The pond at the 9th and 19th holes is stocked with large mouth bass and brown trout for seasonal fishing.

Cultural Activities at the Bay Club are frequent and varied, ranging from local outings to Art Galleries and Garden Tours to guest lecturers by local artisans and scholars.

For more information on the Bay Club or to arrange a private tour of 48 Prince Snow Circle, please contact Dave Andrews via e-mail or by phone, 508-207-9232.

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