3 words sum up the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club located on Pleasant Bay in Harwich; Luxury, Elegance and Tradition. Cape Cod’s only Triple A 4 Star Forbes 4 Diamond Resort, this family friendly destination is full of indulging amenities.
World Class attention to detail is unparalleled with each Guest experience “seen through the eyes of the beholder,” a warm and caring staff customizes each and every guest’s stay down to the miniscule of lifestyle details. 24 hour Concierge and Room Service and a fleet of cars to take you into town are great perks too.
No matter what the length of your stay albeit a romantic quick getaway for two, a golf weekend, or a week long family vacation the priceless stunning panoramic views of Pleasant Bay, Round Cove and the Atlantic Ocean are sure to imprint lifelong memories.
I was greeted with Lobster rolls and iced tea while checking in at the historic registration building, the 1740 Warren Jensen Nickerson House. Bellboys at the ready outside the registration building lead me to my “escape from reality!”
A distinguished yet quaint and understated elegance flows throughout the Resort property spanning 27 acres. Superbly manicured lawns, landscaping and gardens surround many noteworthy historic buildings and 120 Guest rooms and Suites. Refined yet modern elegance are the stamp of Wequassett’s Signature Collection of rooms which were added in 2008.
The Signature collection features spacious private patios, gas fireplaces, sumptuous linens, Italian marbled bathrooms with jet soaking tubs and large walk in showers – even deluxe Molton Brown toiletries.
These are technically advanced rooms too! Built in surround sound, temperature settings, lights and ceiling fans are all controlled by a flat-screen TV and remote control! One favorite aspect of this golf girls room was the King sized bed and the luxurious feather light yet supportive pillows!
The setting at the Wequassett is perfect for business meetings and conferences for National and International business’ clientele. The sun swept beaches and salt air offer a relaxing backdrop for the business at hand.
The Wequassett opened its doors over 60 years ago as a vacation destination and has long been known as a premier Cape Cod wedding destination. Again, no stone is left unturned in regard to creating your special day.
The Resort’s main Pool, Jacuzzi and luxurious Cabanas hug the 270 degree view of Pleasant Bay, Round Cove and the Atlantic Ocean and an outside poolside bar –“LiBAYtione” is ripe for sunset cocktails and a snuggle at the Fire Pit. It’s circular seating area is designed for stargazing after a long day spent on one of the Resorts two beaches.
The resort runs a shuttle service to Outer Beach on the secluded and private Cape Cod National Seashore, complete with picnic lunch if you so desire and seal watching tours are very popular as well. How bout a romantic sunset cruise complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres? Whatever your heart desires.
If Tennis is your sport there 4 Har-Tru Tennis courts at the Resort’s Tennis Center and a fully stocked pro shop. Lessons are available with Tennis Pro Dave Messersmith who returns for his 30th season.
Children who visit the resort find a game filled paradise at the Children’s Center! Innovative and fun daily programs are offered for tots age 2 thru 12/tweens. Sailing, tennis and swimming lessons are also available for kids.
One of the 4 award winning restaurants is the highly acclaimed Twenty-Eight Atlantic. Chef James Hackney (l’espalier fame) creates globally inspired artistic food for all. I enjoyed the lobster ravioli, risotto, beef tenderloin and gingersnap ice cream brownie creation – bold and fresh coffee to top it all off!
A Price Fix option comes with Preferred Seating at the 10th Annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival which takes place on Tues and Wednesday evenings thru August 25th starting at 8:00pm on the outside Garden Terrace Room overlooking Pleasant Bay.
For a decade Grammy Award winning artists have graced the Wequassett’s intimate stage under dim lighting and candle lit chandeliers. 2013 schedule – click here! The music of Shawn Colvin was magnificent and you can’t find a better venue for viewing a performance.
Overnight Guests are extended playing privileges to the Award Winning Exclusive Cape Cod National Golf Course in Brewster. A Brian Silva design this Par 72 Championship Golf Course opened in 1998 and sits upon 150 acres. Amenities include a Full driving range, 2 practice putting greens, 2 practice bunkers and a chipping and pitching green.
Head Golf Professional Jim Campbell gave me the full tour and he told me “one of the best aspects of his job is the members, there are about 230 right now and they’re really down to earth and friendly.” Jim’s favorite part of the course are holes 12 thru 14 where the heather and fescue is extremely thick which makes for challenging conditions, especially this summer with all the rain we’ve been having.
No McMansions here to spoil the magnificent view of the golf course. You’ll find an historic old farmhouse which was on the property long before the golf course built on the Back 9. Course owner Linda (and John) Pffefer collects art and you can view it throughout the gounds.
I ran into one of the original founding members, John Arnold, who was making the turn and he commented, “this is the best club on Cape Cod by far come stay at Wequassett and join us for an enjoyable day of golf.”
Aside from the private side of running the CCN the membership is extremely proud of their participation as benefactors of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. Caddie Master Ty Cosgrove oversees about 70 local caddies throughout the season.
Cape Cod National General Manager Mike Walker told me that “the membership here is extremely generous and when they buy new golf clubs their used clubs usually find their way down to the caddies who work here, which is nice.”
In the spirit of the Ouimet 100 Gala commemorating Francis Ouimets 1913 US Open Victory, CCN is one of the 8 local sites for US Amateur Qualifying at the end of the month on July 30 – about 84 players trying to qualify for this year’s US Amateur event at The Country Club in Brookline – Qualifying is open to the public so feel free to swing by and cheer the players on!
I’d highly recommend a stay at The Wequassett Resort and taking in a round of golf at the Cape Cod National Golf Club. Visit Wequassett’s website for Fall Stay and Play Specials too!