Proprietor John Moore behind the new, custom-made bamboo bar. | Photo: Mark Lorenz
By BETH BRESNAHAN
When we visited Nahant Golf Club at Kelley Greens soon after the first of the year the clubhouse was covered in sawdust and the walls were being stripped down to the studs. Play It As It Lies Golf Management Inc., the course’s new management team led by partners Anthony De Dominicis and John Moore, shared they were transforming the former clubhouse into a facility that offered patrons a fine dining experience, a nice bar and lounge.
De Dominicis and Moore have certainly lived up to their word.
The new Season’s restaurant is as fresh and crisp as the ocean air permeating the 9-hole public golf course that sits on 39 acres of conservation land in the sea-surrounded community of Nahant, Mass.
Gone is the old dark wood bar and matching paneled walls that once weighed down the room. A beautiful new custom-made, bamboo bar with walnut inlays surrounded by high-back walnut stools is the lounge’s focal point. There are also high-top tables neatly placed throughout the room. And the Keno monitors that once hung by the bar? They’ve been sent back to the lottery and replaced with three flat-screened TVs.
Almost every night of the week, the lounge hosts the club’s many golf leagues for post-round drinks and a bite to eat. For those looking for a spot for a family dinner, to host a special event or hold an outing, Season’s also features a separate 42-seat dining room and a three-season patio that seats 75 with its own bar.
Season’s has a full liquor license, which extends to refreshments served at the course’s snack shack. For those looking to put an extra kick in their swing, the bar menu features Nantucket Natural Blends Bloody Mary premium mixes, including Bold & Spicy and Pineapple Habanero, for $9. In addition to an array of bottled beer, ranging
from Budweiser to local craft beers, Season’s has four brews on tap: Lagunitas IPA, Hoegaarden White, Cisco Brewers’ Whale’s Tale Pale Ale and Bud Light. There is a sizable wine menu with more than 50 bottles to select from, several available by the half-bottle and a dozen served by the glass. And a highlight of the drink menu is the selection of cocktails made with Nantucket-based Triple Eight Distillery’s spirits. Our favorite? The blueberry lemonade—a quintessential summer blend made with Triple 8 Blueberry Vodka and hand-squeezed lemonade.
And for on-the-course refreshments, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention the snack shack’s $4 “tall boy” and $9 “tall girl” specials: 16 oz. cans of Harpoon Take 5 IPA, as well as other varieties of beer, and 16 oz. cans of ‘Babe’ rosè (a nod to the late Eileen “Babe” Lombard, who served as Kelley Greens’ longtime pro-shop manager).
While many 19th holes are post-round hangouts, Season’s is a destination whether you’re a Masters’-level golfer or simply in search of an Arnold Palmer and a good meal. The lounge and restaurant share a menu that includes many favorite items from Moore’s award-winning Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown.
There is traditional pub fare such as 12- inch pizzas with choices spanning from traditional margherita, to roasted vegetable, to more gourmet selections like shrimp scampi, lobster and clam toppings. All of the toppings are fresh and the pizzas are made to order. There are also two burgers on the menu, both made with grass-fed beef. The lunch burger is $9, while a larger version of the burger is offered on the dinner menu for $12.50.
Herbivores will rejoice over the salad selections, which include a red and golden beet salad with arugula, crispy goat cheese and toasted almonds, topped with roasted shallot vinaigrette ($9).
And pescatarians will enjoy the tuna tartare made with cucumber, red peppers, ginger oil and spices, served with homemade potato chips ($12).
If you’re ordering one of Season’s many entrees, which range in price from $17 to $22, we recommend the ginger sake salmon served over lemongrass-scented Jasmine rice and topped with seaweed and cucumber salad, wasabi crème fraiche, citrus ponzu sauce ($20). Another dish-worthy plate is the steak frites—grass-fed flat-iron steak topped with chimichurri sauce served with crispy fries ($18).
Early morning visitors to the club can also enjoy a bite to eat and the atmosphere, fueling up on breakfast sandwiches, parfaits and fruit cups, as well as sip java from Beverly-based Atomic Coffee Roasters while taking in the view on Season’s new outdoor seating area located next to the building.
Season’s at Nahant Golf Club is located at One Willow Road in Nahant. It is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit Season’s online at: nahantgolfclub.com