The Bayside Resort Golf Club’s course is an integral component of a residential development close to Fenwick Island. It’s a Jack Nicklaus layout where fairways weave in and out of the woodland and wetland areas that overlook Assawoman Bay. The eighteen holes are set out on a couple of peninsulas which protrude into the salt marshes.
Measuring a massive 7,545 yards from the tips, Bayside is Delaware’s first Jack Nicklaus Signature design and it’s one that the Golden Bear is rather pleased with: "Golfers at Bayside enjoy three distinctly different golf experiences all in one golf course. Some holes are richly tree-lined, others wind through marshland and still others boast wide-open fairways. It is our hope that Bayside is truly a memorable golf experience offering variety rarely found elsewhere."Highlight holes on the front nine include the 227-yard 3rd, played to a raised green beside the marshes, and the 555-yard 6th, where the fairway flirts with a large wetland area. On the back nine, the 436-yard 12th doglegs across a creek to the target, whilst the 483-yard 18th concludes the round in fine style at a tree and sand-protected home green.
This is a hard course. But then maybe the developer wanted the designer to make it hard because that somehow equals prestige in their mind. Water on every hole and plenty of bunkers too, didn't just make it hard, they made it seem a caricature. Instead of strategy it was simply error minimisation and see how you go. Maybe I'm just not a good enough golfer. I thought it would be better, but really just seemed another fairly typical soft-fairways and greens over-watered US members course. Now, that being said, I did enjoy the game and the days walk around the nice tidy course and was paired up with a NYC-based local member so could have a chat as we made our way around. Would happily go back and play again to see if I could improve.