YARMOUTH GOLF CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!

Jim Armentrout, director of golf operations for Bayberry Hills GC, was the mastermind behind the project.

YARMOUTH, MA – Golf on Cape Cod is a popular New England tradition and after a $2 million renovation Bayberry Hills Golf Course will guarantee that your experience will be that much more enjoyable and memorable!

Bayberry Hills Hills Golf Course, located about halfway between the Cape Cod Canal and Provincetown, has always had a reputation as a pristine, municipal golf course with a private-course feel and quality golf holes. The course was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva in 1986 and includes 27 holes with championship tees allowing the course to be played at up to 7200 yards.

And if you didn’t know already Bayberry Hills Golf Course is looking like new after spending $2 million on a renovation project that concludes this month. The back nine and about 14,500 feet of cart path have been refurbished, and the front nine and 9,000 feet of path are also brand, spanking new.

“In May 2016 Yarmouth’s annual town meeting authorized the borrowing of $2 million for the renovation,” said director of golf operations Jim Armentrout, who’s 30-plus years of experience and hands-on approach has made the difference. “The investment in the golf program will be paid back with funds from the Golf Enterprise Fund, which is made up of money from entrance fees to the public golf course.”

The 9th hole at Bayberry Hills.

On a recent tour Jim Armentrout sailed through the course on a golf cart with his dog, Scout, a 7-year-old Brittany spaniel, and pointed out some of the improvements to local media. Cape Cod contractors were hired to re-grass areas around the greens, improve the bunkers, clear trees and lay pavement for the carts. Workers reduced the size of some of the bunkers
and brought them into proportion with the putting surfaces, smoothed out rough patches on the greens and constructed four forward tees to make some holes easier for novice players.

“The goal is to make it more user-friendly to the average player, but still challenging,” said Armentrout, a member of the PGA of America. “All around it makes it just more fun to play. On a few holes we created natural areas by taking parts of the green out of cultivation like at No. 12, a nearly 3-acre patch of sand with tufts of grass poking through stretches alongside the fairway. The natural areas are the wave of the future in golf course management. The natural look harkens to the origins of golf when it was played on the wild Scottish coastline. It wasn’t until the sport came to the United States that golf courses began to earn their reputation as highly manicured areas resembling bowling greens.”

“Giving select areas back to nature also reduces fertilizer and water use on the course,” he added. “It helps make the argument that golf is environmentally friendly and that golf superintendents and managers are good stewards of the environment. Bayberry Hills opened in 1988 and today we are proud to re-open the course as one of the finest public golf courses in the Northeast. Try it, and we’ll guarantee you’ll like it!”

Bayberry Hills clubhouse

To celebrate 30 years, Bayberry Hills and head pro Keith McArthur are hosting Demo Day Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m at the Bayberry Hills Driving Range. Attendees can test out all the new equipment from some of the biggest manufacturers. They are offering for FREE teaching clinics throughout the day. Vendors include Callaway, Ping, Mizuno, Cleveland, Srixon, & Cobra.

Bob Quirk, 2017 PGA Cape Cod Teacher of the Year 10:30 AM: Drive Like the Pros
Dennis Hoye, PGA Professional 11:30 AM: Master The Greens
Sue Kaffenburgh, LPGA 12:30 PM: Impossible Escape Shots
Jim Hallett, former PGA Tour Star 1:30 PM: Tour Level Bunker Play

For more information: www.golfyarmouthcapecod.com

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Tom Gorman, a Boston-based golf writer, is a longtime member of the Golf Writer's Association of America. Tom is a member at White Cliffs CC (Plymouth, MA) and Fiddlesticks CC (Ft. Myers, FL). Email can be sent to teetalktom@aol.com.

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