In honor of Walter Hagen’s 125th birthday this December, tune into Kernwood’s Social Media (Instagram: @kernwoodcountryclub, Facebook: KernwoodCountryClub, and Twitter: @KernwoodCC) to follow his journey around Kernwood. Walter will be in a new location every other week starting the week of June 12th through the first week in October. The first person to answer his mystery question will win a Kernwood prize. To win, you must like the photo on social media and be the first person to email firstname.lastname@example.org the correct answer.
Who Is Walter Hagen?
Walter Hagen was born on December 21, 1892. He was an American professional golfer and an icon in golf the first half of the 20th century. His tally of 11 professional majors is third behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He won the U.S. Open twice (1914 and 1919), and in 1922 became the first native-born American to win the British Open. He also won the PGA Champion a record-tying five times (1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1927) and the Western Open five times (1916, 1921, 1926, 1927, and 1932). Hagen was a six-time Ryder Cup captain and totaled 45 PGA wins in his career. Also, Hagen played in the first opening day at Kernwood Country Club in 1915! Walter Hagen passed away on October 6th, 1969.
Dear Fellow Members,
I wanted to give you a quick update of the happenings at Kernwood since our annual meeting in December.
We have continued to improve our golf course and follow the recommendations of our golf course architect, Robert McNeil, and the USGA. We are in the process of removing a number of trees that have impacted the health and playability of our golf course. The removal of many of these trees will have a long term benefit of allowing more sun and wind onto the golf course to help with the overall condition of the golf course. This work, has been led by our Greens Superintendent John Eggleston and our Green Committee, led by our chairperson Frank Cole, and they have done a wonderful job in managing this project. We know that you will be excited to see these improvements. I would encourage you when the weather gets a little warmer to walk around the golf course to see what has been done. The views from most of the course are incredible as you will be able to see water on almost every hole on the golf course.
The grille room renovation is well under way and we are anticipating having this area of the club ready for of your enjoyment for the start of the season. Our goal is to have our grand opening of April 8th and 9th which will coincide with the 2017 Masters Golf tournament.
We have selected two different companies to help us with this project. Damiana Project and Design of Rowley, MA is responsible for the design and project management and Vermont Islands, from Brattleboro, Vermont, was selected to build the new 14 seat bar. Our number one priority is to bring this project to you on time and on budget! In addition, the grille room will be repainted and a new flooring will be installed in the front part of the grille room. The room will be much brighter and will be a place for all of our members to socialize and enjoy.
Our Budget and Finance Committee has recommended that we not bill our membership for the grille room renovation until the project has been completed, so we wanted to pass that information along to you as well.
We hope you are having a nice winter and hope to see you all back at Kernwood very soon.
Thank you for being a member of Kernwood.
Let go Patriots!
Bruce A. Bial
As 2016 comes to an end, we’re proud to look back on some of our favorite moments and accomplishments around the club!
All the members at Kernwood continue to support our philanthropy mission. Together, we have strengthened our Club’s legacy and have helped to give back to so many amazing causes.
Total Funds Raised in 2016 by Kernwood Members was $199,300!
-The fifth annual Swing to Support Dana Farber Raised approximately $115,000.
-The Kernwood Cares Charity Pro-Am raised over $52,000 for over 20 local and national organizations.
-17 Kernwood employees received a total of $14,000 in Scholarships this year all made possible by member donations.
-Members pledged $18,300 to our very own employee George Merry, as he represented Kernwood in the annual Ouimet Scholarship Golf Marathon.
-Kernwood Members volunteered to help serve hot meals to the homeless at the My Brother’s Table Soup Kitchen in Lynn. It was a truly rewarding experience for all and a great way to lend a hand.
-The KCC community came together with a successful sock drive, donating to 4 North Shore Charities.
-Th membership came together and raised $16,665 for Beth White & her family in the Philippines.
The beautiful weather called for the most rounds of golf played in 10 years for the summer months alone! We were so fortunate to have had an ideal summer season filled with clear sunny skies for the best golfing conditions!
We had tremendous participation in all our tournaments this summer. We are so lucky to have a community filled with passionate golfers who always keep the competition challenging and friendly! Congratulations to all tournament winners and best of luck to next year’s participants.
Be sure to check out Kernwood’s Golf101 Series on YouTube. This series features our Assistant Golf Professionals Keith Bursey, Craig Pitman, and Steve Bramlet, teaching lessons on chipping, putting, and course etiquette!
This year was full of great celebrations for members, families, and friends!
Our Miami Night had a great turn out, and was a tropical and fun night for all. We are excited to make this poolside extravaganza an annual event!
There was a lot of friendly competition at the club after hours this year. Our Annual Kernwood Family Feud Night brought laughs to all, with the winners being team “Quit Yo Pitchin’ (The Oppenheims, The Carters, & The Strasnicks)! We are excited to see who will be reigned the winning team next year.
We also had our first Kernwood Chopped! Competition that brought the heat to the Main Dining Room. Team Beverly Babes (Cindy Bello & Rachel Ruggieri) rose to the top and were crowned Chopped Champions! Next year’s competition is sure to turn the heat up a notch!
Our Winter Wonderland celebration brought together the entire community in an evening to celebrate the wonderful season we have had. This annual event was full of snowflakes, frozen cocktails, and laughs from all.
Join us in 2017
The 2017 Social and Golf calendar is already beginning to fill up and we can’t wait for another great season with members and guests. As always, please spread the word of how great of a community Kernwood is and encourage family and friends to consider joining this unique community!
Cheers to the new year, may it be as memorable as the last!