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Woods Hole Golf Club: Something old, something new: Woods Hole Golf Club hosts weddings, too!

Wedding venues, May 2017 Cape Cod LIFE |

Photo by Shore Shotz Photography

What’s old is new again at the Woods Hole Golf Club. After five years of planning and rebuilding, the private club opened the doors to its new and improved clubhouse in 2016, having rebuilt the 1921 structure into a first-rate gathering place for today’s members and guests.

“If you looked at an Adirondack chair and said, ‘I want to build a house around that,’ that’s what we accomplished here,” says general manager Michael Lawrence. “We took the simplicity of the Adirondack chair, a symbol of relaxation, and built a club that represents that but still has a lot of class.”

With a grand center staircase that beckons visitors to ascend, two separate dining wings with their own porches, an elegant arrival court that moonlights as a wedding ceremony space, and commanding views of the golf course and Buzzards Bay, the large clubhouse achieves modesty with its casual atmosphere. Further, it was designed to accommodate both club members and special events. “You can say we’re not in the wedding business, we’re in the member business,” Lawrence says. “But we want all of our guests to feel like members when they’re here and enjoy the same experience.”

To celebrate a wedding at the club, a club member must first sponsor a couple, and Lawrence says that his staff can help with this process. Receptions are held on the second floor and can accommodate up to 125 guests. The subtle décor, including nautical paintings, and an adjoining porch with heating and air conditioning, makes for an intimate, cozy environment that doesn’t feel like a ballroom.

“We refer to this clubhouse as ‘the new icon,’” Lawrence says. “We believe the whole experience here—the building, the view, the locally sourced food, and the arrival that establishes a sense of place—is the new standard for private clubs and venues for the next 50 years on Cape Cod.”

Woods Hole Golf Club • 130 Quissett Avenue, Woods Hole • 508-540-1899 •

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