The rebirth of The Bay Pointe Club in Onset has returned one of Southeastern Mass’s leading layouts to its former excellent conditioning and playability. What began as the popular Wareham CC in the early 1970’s unfortunately lost its way in recent years and went into and out of and then back into bankruptcy. And all the while the course suffered and finally passed into disrepair.
Stonestreet Hospitality, a division of Rhode Islandbased Stonestreet Corporation, saw the possibilities not the liabilities and bought Bay Pointe in February. David LaValley, the GM and food-and-beverage director, said, “Stonestreet has the real estate expertise to build specialized programs. We have the team in place, we are improvising, and we have specific goals in mind. Bay Pointe has tremendous potential, and the results so far have exceeded expectations.” The $1,000,000 that Stonestreet immediately invested in refurbishing the course and in renovating the structures has already started to pay dividends. Tom Tobey, director of golf, said, “First of all, we have a new fleet of carts that travel over new cart paths. All the bunkers have been edged and re-sanded, and the fairways are lush. The greens have received intense TLC from day one, and they are very true and run 9- 10 on the Stimpmeter. We are making the layout more woman friendly by constructing some new forward tees, and the course is definitely walkable if that’s what the player wants.”
GM LaValley is especially proud of the extensive work that has been done in his bailiwick—on the old grill room by the first tee and the idle banquet facility at the top of the hill by the tenth tee. He said, “The grill room used to be dingy and poorly lighted, and the kitchen could provide little more than short orders. What we have now is an upscale sports bar look with a separate dining area as well. We have an executive chef in Shannon Woodward so we have a full menu, and the whole operation runs with a restaurant-like atmosphere. Shannon prepares excellent food, and we offer excellent prices for the food and drink.
“The restoration to the Pavilion building has made it fully operational once again. It is ready to host weddings, corporate outings, tournaments, and other special events. We want the outside public to be inside with us and enjoy the transformation we have undergone. The cupola at the top of the Pavilion overlooks the course with all its improvements and has become the new logo of the new Bay Pointe Club.”
The golf course at the moment – before more changes are incorporated -plays from 5380 to 6201 yards from four sets of tees. Men course ratings and slopes – Blue: 70.3/118; White: 67.6/113; Pro-Am: 68.4/115. From the women’s tees – White: 73.6/120; Red: 71.3/125. The six par 3’s make the course, according to Tobey, because of their overall difficulty, bunkering, and length. Several short par 4’s are complemented by other par 4’s that approach or are more than 400 yards. The four par 5’s require positioning off the tee but can reward this accuracy with birdie putts and/or easy pars. Tobey said, “Ultimately, the great variety of hole lengths, topography, and design allows golfers of all abilities to have fun and play close to their handicaps.”
The Bay Pointe website, www.baypointeclub.com, is currently under construction but does provide tee time access. Call (508) 759-8802 for more information or to speak with David LaValley ([email protected]) or Tom Tobey ([email protected]). Call (508) 743-5931 or email ([email protected]) for Cullen McKain, director of sales for the Pavilion. Fees – M-T-Th-F: $30/$48 with Cart; $17 for 9 holes/ $26 with Cart. Wednesday special: $25/$35 with Cart. S-S: $60 with Cart before 1PM; $42 after 1PM.
Just before noontime on a beautiful day in early June, two senior players, who were waiting to tee off, remarked they had been playing the course since it first opened. They remembered the nice fairways and quick, true greens of the old Wareham CC. “Yes,” one of them said, “the course is in great shape now, just like it was way back when. The value is good, too. The new owners are really trying to get things right.”
“You’re correct,” the other said. “Really great shape. Wish I could say the same thing about you and me.”