The Bay Colony Golf Club Story
Visionary executives of Westinghouse Communities, Inc. (WCI) laid plans and began building their versions of Shangri-La in what were once overgrown mangroves and scrubby tomato fields.
As a response to the growing demands for grand-scale estates homes in an uber-private setting, the Estates at Bay Colony and the championship Bay Colony Golf Course were developed as an extension of Bay Colony within a unique gated residential enclave in Pelican Marsh.
Since the beginning, the gated Estates at Bay Colony Golf Club, located within Pelican Marsh, and Bay Colony, located within Pelican Bay, were bound as one master community, the Bay Colony Community Association.
The Bay Colony Golf Course opened originally as nine holes just north of the entrance to The Estates at Bay Colony on Pelican Marsh Blvd. Just south of Pelican Marsh Boulevard were an additional nine holes that today are part of the Pelican Marsh Golf Club course. One had to cross the street to golf all 18 holes.
Nine holes were added to each course to accommodate the demands of affluent empty nesters migrating South, and the Bay Colony Golf Club was
The southern plantation style Bay Colony Golf Clubhouse was completed.
1996 - 1998
Bay Colony Golf Club played host to the Senior PGA Tour. Many a pro golfer was quoted as saying,
"The Bay Colony Golf Course is among the finest courses I have ever played."
WCI turned over Bay Colony Golf Club to the members. Since this time, Bay Colony Golf Club has been a pillar of financial strength and a benchmark of "best in class" executive leadership.
Members of Bay Colony Golf Club expanded the Clubhouse, adding:
- The southern plantation style wrap around Terrace
- Brick paver Patio overlooking the 18th green
- An additional state of the art Culinary Kitchen
- Private Dining Room
- A redesign of the Ladies Locker Room to accommodate the popularity of the ladies golf programs
Members of Bay Colony Golf Club delivered a 98% approval rating to move forward with "remastering the Masterpiece," a monumental restoration of the Bay Colony Golf Course in partnership with the original course architectural design firm of von Hagge, Smelek and Baril, now Smelek Design.
A monumental restoration of the Bay Colony Golf Course is completed within budget and without any assessment to members.
Fairways, greens, tees, bunkers, bulkheads and cart paths are meticulously restored and refined, and three linear miles of trees and foliage are planted along the perimeter.
A restoration of this scope and magnitude has never been completed before in just over six months and within the budget allotted. Not ever. Not anywhere. Not in the history of golf, to the best knowledge of any professional associated with this extraordinary project. A monumental achievement in golf course restoration is now recorded in the annuls of history.