Social Events and Fun Things to do in a Welcoming Community

By Chris Marso, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Membership Director at Ipswich Country Club. With over 15 years of diversified experience in the golf and private club industry, Chris prides himself on his ability to enhance the experience of Members with exceptional customer service. His role at Ipswich Country Club is to help facilitate the enrollment process and to continue building relationships with Members and guests of the Club.
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Events and fun things to do at Ipswich Country Club

With so many social events and fun things to do at Ipswich Country Club, you owe it to yourself to at least consider joining this welcoming community. Ipswich Country Club is ClubCorp’s flagship property in the northeast and offers more opportunities for its Members to connect, play, work, host and celebrate in a less “stuffy” environment, than the traditional notions of “country clubs.” You get a fantastic restaurant that has indoor and outdoor seating with great views, and other amenities like swimming pools, tennis courts and a state-of-the-art gym, all surrounded by a beautiful golf course. Here are some reasons why you may want to check out what life is like as a Member of Ipswich Country Club.

Country Clubs are generally known for golf, but we have much more than just golf to offer at Ipswich Country Club. Your family will have hours of fun at the Swim & Tennis Center with a junior Olympic size swimming pool and kiddie pool alongside a basketball court, playground, and an outdoor resort-style pavilion with a poolside bar, HD televisions and indoor/outdoor seating areas. Ipswich Country Club offers so many things to do and the finest environment for you to relax without the crowds or feel of a public pool. Ipswich Country Club also offers an amazing tennis complex with 6 Har-Tru clay courts, tennis pro shop, and a variety of tennis programs for all ages and skill levels.

Ipswich Country Club also boasts a fitness center with a studio and state-of-the-art equipment, plus a variety of exercise classes without the lines or the wait like other gym memberships. There are also full-service locker rooms, complete with saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpool spas. With experienced fitness instructors that offer group and one-on-one training, all your fitness goals can be accomplished here at the Club, and without the extra expense of a gym membership.

The dining options at Ipswich Country Club, ranging from the poolside grill to the Clubhouse restaurant, will indulge all your dining needs. The Clubhouse restaurant includes a newly-renovated casual seating area, bar, and formal dining room that is open for lunch or dinner. Ipswich Country Club offers themed food nights like pasta night, prime rib night and even special dinners featuring lobster and prime-grade steaks. Enjoy wonderful events such as the multiple course wine dinners that the Club hosts each season, where the Chef and the Club’s wine rep travel the globe with their cuisine and wine pairings. While indulging your taste buds at the Club, you can also sit and dine on the deck while enjoying the sunset over the golf course. The service is always impeccable at the Club and many of the staff, who pride themselves on knowing your name, have been providing exceptional service for years.

Members enjoy several social events and fun things to do at Ipswich Country Club throughout the year.  There are many events geared towards families and others that allow parents to have fun and let loose while the kids are playing with their friends under the supervision of the Club’s babysitting staff. The parties can range from social mixers with appetizers, live piano music and ballroom dancing to disco parties. Ipswich Country Club also has lots of special family-themed events like Santa brunch, Easter brunch, Mother’s Day brunch, holiday parties, pumpkin carving, ginger bread house making, super hero parties, etc.

Lastly, friendship, community and peace of mind are pillars of Ipswich Country Club. The Club values the importance of building relationships and enriching lives and takes great pride in being a relief from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are so many great social events and fun things to do at Ipswich Country Club, that there truly is something for everyone. Ipswich Country Club provides a very popular Kids Club, where the kids can play games, make arts & crafts, draw and explore in a safe environment while the parents are enjoying the Club. Not only can family members come to the Club and play golf, but they can meet their friends and fellow Club Members for a meal, relax at the pool or arrange business meetings. When you are a Member at Ipswich Country Club, there’s a level of happiness and contentment that makes it all worthwhile!  Contact us to learn how you can be part of this wonderful community of people enjoying exciting social events and fun things to do at Ipswich Country Club throughout the year.


Call Me Traditional – Bringing the Wedding Ceremony Back to Ipswich Country Club

By Melissa Nolet, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Melissa is originally from the South Shore. She started her career with Saphire Events group at Ridder Country club along with Pembroke Country Club. Graduated with a degree in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management with concentrations in Resort Management and Event Planning Management, from Johnson and Wales. Melissa’s Career in events took her to Stowe Vermont for two years as Conference and Event Planning Manager at Stoweflake Resort and Conference Center. Missing her love for the coastal state and various event opportunities we welcome her back to Massachusetts at the Ipswich Country Club.
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Now call me traditional but when did the wedding ceremony become an afterthought? I may be living in a fairytale, waiting for that prince charming, but I have been planning that magical moment for others and cannot go another day without planning that perfect ceremony first. As I plan more and more everyday, I struggle to find the perfect blend of excitement for the ceremony as the reception from the wedding couples. Yes the food, family, décor, and dancing all play a huge role in this day, but we have perfected that and make it easy to pull off the perfect wedding reception. Our 52,000 square foot clubhouse has the space for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, along with a ballroom, one of the few venues on the North Shore that can host up to 250 guests with a large dance floor. What I want the couple to focus on is the wedding ceremony, it is all about you as a couple and the intimate decisions, you make as a couple, that make the ceremony so special.  If your unsure on what to do or how to make this ceremony special, leave it to me and the team who dedicates their attention to one wedding a day, here at Ipswich Country Club. We are here to lend you ideas and to make sure your day goes as smoothly the day of as it does in your head.

Its time to think about the magical moments together that made this day happen. With my guidance as your personal wedding planner your ceremony will be planned out start to finish. We will start with you and your wedding party proceeding down the isle in perfect order and cued to music.  The officiant will welcome your guests and start the ceremony that you and your fiancé planned. You may have no idea where to start or what to include in the ceremony so here are a few ideas to spice up any wedding ceremony, for any wedding couple. Any of these ideas would fit perfectly into the beautiful garden and country club backdrop of Ipswich Country Club.

Is there a traditional reading that reminds you where your values, as a couple, came from?

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8New International Version (NIV)
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
  • Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 Or maybe it is a reading that tells your love story in a perfect light.

  • Marriage joins Two People in the Circle of its Love By Edmund O’Neill
  • Marriage is a commitment to life, to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal; a joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. There may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.

If you are thinking to yourself “We are not your traditional couple”, well I got a solution for you too. If you’re a non-traditional couple, try a cocktail ceremony where mixing a drink together can not only add some relief to the wedding ceremony, but also gives your guests a hint of how the night is going to be.  Maybe you’re looking to connect deeper as a couple and deeper in the environment, try planting a tree to watch your love “root” itself into the ground and grow.

If family and friends are the most important part of why you’re together than this stone tradition is for you. Have a basket of small skipping stones at the entrance of the ceremony for guests to pick up. Guest will hold these stones throughout the wedding ceremony and after you are done saying your vows to each other you will ask your friends and family to say a vow or wish for you. They will take a moment of silence to wish or promise something to the happy couple, all while holding this small stone. At the end they will leave their stones in a vase for the couple to display in their home or in a small garden at their new place. This is to remind the couple of all the support they have from their friends and family.

For those that are more musical a bridal party flash mob may be the right fit or a fun upbeat song for the happy couple to exit their ceremony to. These examples are just the start to what you can do at your wedding ceremony and each one has a different reflection on you as a couple. So you will want to pick the one that fits right for you.

The magical moments do not end there for the newly married couple. The Wedding ceremony is not the only time to reflect on why you are there. I always tell my wedding couples that this is their day and that the people they invited are there to be spectators in this monumental moment and they are just happy to be a part of it. I want to make sure every couple has ten minutes to themselves during the wedding night away from all interruptions, whether that’s just a few minutes locked away in our spacious private suite…..

Or perhaps it is standing on the Country club balcony looking over their wedding guests during cocktail hour.

Or maybe it will be leaving the couple on hole nine as the sunsets with a champagne bottle.

Help me bring more inspired ceremonies and special moments to your wedding held at Ipswich Country Club. Call Melissa Nolet, Private Events Director at my direct line 978-312-3082.

Looking forward to working with you in 2017 or 2018,

Melissa Nolet
Private Events Director
Ipswich Country Club, Ipswich MA

Golf Fundamentals Build Rewarding Foundation for Life Long Activity

By Daniel Dwyer, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Director of Golf for Ipswich Country Club, Daniel brings years of experience playing golf and teaching to all ages and levels of expertise. Daniel is know for his patience and his dedication to instructing golf based on personal goals of the individual golfer. Daniel is a true asset to the Ipswich Country Club team.
Golf Fundamentals from Ipswich Country Club

My name is Daniel Dwyer and I am the Director of Golf at Ipswich Country Club in Ipswich, MA and I would like to share what I have learned to be key golf fundamentals. I have been in the golf industry in various positions since 1982.  I started as a caddy and then moved on to other jobs such as cart runner, grounds crew, golf shop attendant, food and beverage assistant, touring professional, coaching, assistant professional, and head professional. These various positions have allowed me to grow as a professional and as an adult. My time as a caddy taught me life lessons of work ethic, responsibility, and to respect my elders. Playing professionally in the United States and overseas was a particularly special time of my life and allowed me to build lasting friendships and the travel was incredible.

The most rewarding part of my golf experience has been introducing beginning golfers to the game of golf and helping them learn golf fundamentals. The first ladies clinic I taught was at the age of 16 at Mt. Hood Golf course.  The Head Professional was sick and asked me to fill in. I was so nervous that I stuttered and spoke very quietly through the whole thing, I felt like it was a disaster. Thankfully one of the students pulled me aside and said that she really learned a lot and I was very patient with the group and I should stick with teaching. Since that day, I have grown and learned as a teacher and have been instructing golf fundamentals to beginning ladies, men’s, and junior clinics at every course I have worked.  Some of the rewards that I have reaped from these clinics is getting a call from a former student about his first professional tour win in Asia, as well as having many of my students play in college with a handful of them receiving Division 1 scholarships. Some other teaching victories include seeing a pair of ladies win the 4th flight of the Member-Member after only taking up the game four years beforehand.

With years of learning from other Professionals that I have worked with and attending seminars, my knowledge has expanded from that nervous kid 29 years ago. I have developed a few thoughts on the beginner’s game that I would like to share:

I always start by evaluating the student’s goals.  Everyone has different goals ranging from feeling comfortable playing with other members, all the way to winning the local Club Championship. As a teacher, it is most important to understand what the student’s expectation are first, that way we can tailor a program to fit the student/group’s needs.

The second step in my teaching process is the grip.  More bad swings are created as a result of an improper grip. By working on the proper position of the hands, you may see an instant improvement with this alone.

The third step in my process might be the most important and the most overlooked.  Aim, like a bad grip, will only lead to bad habits in the full swing. It only takes a couple of minutes to put down a club to ensure proper alignment. This will help you maximize your practice session.

The final step is to set-up to the golf ball.  Golf is an athletic sport and a good set up helps to make a full swing to match your body type. There is no one swing for everyone but there is a swing for everybody regardless of age, mobility, or injuries.

The quickest way to get out on the course and feel like you belong is the short game.  I recommend to practice putting and chipping as much as possible. The Professionals on all of the tours can hit all the shots but what separates the best players from the rest of the field is putting and chipping. Set realistic goals for yourself such as two-putt every hole, getting out of the bunker in one stroke, or just getting on every green with a chip for 18 holes.

Thank You for taking the time to read this. The game of golf is a rewarding, life-time activity that can be exactly what you want it to be.  It can be social, competitive, relaxing, and a good way to spend time with family. Please get out and start swinging and remember that learning the proper golf fundamentals in the beginning will greatly increase the time it takes to get you on the course.

Daniel R Dwyer, PGA


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