Honoree Golf Outing at Kittansett, Hosted by Staples
Come and support RESTORING HOPE in 2022, but attending the annual Honoree Golf Outing hosted this year by Staples and 2022 NBPI Spirit of Life Honoree, Peter Scala.
The Kittansett Club, appropriately named from two Native American words meaning “near the sea,” is situated in the town of Marion at the end of Butler Point, which extends into Buzzards Bay. Originally, it was the Native Americans who led the Plymouth settlers and their cattle to the warmer winter pastures on these shores.
An 18-hole golf course became a possibility when in the early 1920's a group of residents bought the land on Butler's Point, which until that time had been occupied solely by the Beverly Yacht Club. On this peninsula could be seen the possibilities of a different type of course than most in this country at that time, and one that might have the character of the famous sea-side courses of Great Britain. The project was soon undertaken by a group of local golf enthusiasts, many who gave generously of their time and financial resources to support the construction of Kittansett.
During its memorable history Kittansett has hosted several Massachusetts Golf Association championships over the years. These include the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in 1958, 1978, 1990, 1999, 2008 and 2020 and the WGAM Edith Noblit Baker Trophy in 1954, 1979, 1989, 1995, 2005 and 2015.
Since the 1990s the course has gone through a series of redesigns by Gil Hanse, who has been a longstanding consultant with respect to restoration, improvements, and renovations of Kittansett. After the original drawings from William Flynn were discovered, Hanse refined his project in 2003, 2014 and again in 2019, adapting much of the Flynn plan. Hundreds of trees have been eliminated revealing the original contouring of the course, and nearly all of the greens and bunkers have been restored to their original design. The improvements over the past few years have transformed play. It is now a much more open course, the sea is visible from many more holes, and the wind has become a significant factor in course management. With its spectacular views and challenging golf, a round at Kittansett is a truly memorable experience.