This Easter Weekend, there will be more than just bunnies hopping around White Point – there will be balls, golf balls that is. On April 6th, in keeping with tradition, White Point Golf Club will be opening for our 80th season.
Guests and members enjoy playing this tight, and deceptively challenging oceanside 9 hole Donald J. Ross designed course says Dave Kemshead, White Point’s Golf Pro and Course Manager of 18 years. “When you play here, you are virtually surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Each hole offers a unique perspective, a new view and approach to your game” says Kemshead adding, “I call it the Pebble Beach of the North”.
A walk-about in the Club House and Pro Shop is a trip back in time. While the course construction began in April 1929, it was April 29th, 1932 that B.J. Waters assumed the role of President of the newly incorporated Liverpool Golf & Country Club. Kemshead points to photos of Mr. Waters, beside a picture of the original Clubhouse which opened in September of ’32. He points to a trap door in the ceiling of the Mens Locker Room, noting that it leads to a room in the attic, once the residence for the Club Pro. Above the doors are wooden shaft clubs from the ‘30’s. Kemshead pulls down a frame with 2 golf balls mounted, “these are from the ‘30’s as well, I found them myself over there on the right hand side of #8 fairway” he says.
Pictures illustrate the presence of the past, as does the President’s plaque on the wall but it’s out on the course where it’s really felt. From the local family names in the White Point Cemetery off #5, to the views of White Point Beach Resort, there’s a great deal of history on these fairways. There’s a sense of familiarity and it comes in part from Kemshead himself. Referring to members and guests by name and suggesting that they like to have fun around here with a chuckle.
80 years later, the Course continues to be the welcome mat for the resort, as guests arrive and pass through fairways #8 and #9. With plans well underway for White Point’s Main Lodge Construction, players can still expect traffic, just more trucks than usual this year. Kemshead figures he’ll be getting daily updates on the Lodge construction from players too. Hole #6 offers a perfect view to watch the new Lodge go up this summer.
With the Pro Shop well stocked, the grounds warming up to spring and the Clubhouse gearing up as the ever popular 19th hole, Kemshead, Club Members and White Point are all looking forward to another terrific season of golf, including tournaments, lessons and clinics.
White Point Golf Club, located just outside of Liverpool is a CPGA 9 Hole Donald J Ross Course with a slope rating of 126 for Men and 124 for Ladies, managed by White Point Beach Resort, is open to members and guests from April 6th until Nov. 11th, 2012. For more information about rates or book at Tee-time, visit www.whitepoint.com or phone the Pro Shop at 902.683.2485.