Fenwick Island, Del.- When Bayside Resort Golf Club officially opened Monday, August 8th, it ushered in a new era of golf in Southern Delaware, fulfilling expectations to be a stellar example of insightful land planning and golf course design.
Golf course architect Jack Nicklaus welcomed the challenge to create a course on a pristine piece of property that would reflect the natural setting of nearby Assawoman Bay. The finished product, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, is a distinctive waterfront links layout that stays true to the natural composition of salt marshes, meadows and woodlands to present strategic and aesthetic shot values. It is the centerpiece of a resort golf community on 867 acres that have been enhanced by four resort villages and private residences, along with markets, restaurants, boutiques and plaza.
“Today we see the fruit of the work,” said Nicklaus, on hand for the grand opening celebration and to play a special 18-hole exhibition, which attracted a gathering of nearly 1,000 — made up of members, guests and dignitaries that included Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).
Bayside’s challenging scale (7,545 from the Signature Tees) may be deceptive. The golf course was never intended to be intimidating, or to overwhelm even average players. The par-72 layout has five sets of tees, tapered to as little as 5,168 yards, without losing of its aesthetic or strategic value.
“What you will find here,” Nicklaus said, “is that you will walk off the golf course and say, ‘I enjoyed that today. What time can I get on tomorrow?”
The resort/semi-private course is accessible to members and guests of Bayside Resort. Opening green fee is $160 per player in season, which includes a mandatory cart. Public play also is available, starting in September.
“We are so excited and honored to have Jack Nicklaus with us,” said Joshua M. Freeman, president and CEO of The Carl M. Freeman Companies. “His focus and determination to create excellence is why we are so honored to have him. By having Jack’s sign his name to this course, we partly are being a caretaker for his legacy. Hopefully we will be great caretakers of that legacy, as well as this being something we are proud of in our organization.”
For more details about Invitational Memberships and pre-opening membership promotions, call (877) 436-9998, visit www.golfbayside.com, or e-mail .
Bayside is the latest development from Carl M. Freeman Communities, L.L.C., part of the family of Carl M. Freeman Companies. Carl M. Freeman Communities is widely reorganized as a leader in developing golf, residential, and resort properties that emphasize community and nature alongside luxury living.
A presence and community leader in Delaware for more than 30 years (and recent recipient of the Delaware Greensaver Award for Environmental Preservation), The Carl M. Freeman Companies, established in 1947, are creators of several well-known communities and golf courses located throughout the Delmarva region, including Sea Colony, The Cove, The Preserve, The Village at Bear Trap Dunes and Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, The Bay Club, Hell’s Point Golf Course and now Bayside.
For additional company information, visit www.freemancompanies.com.