OUR HISTORY

1986

Jack Largay and Dan Hostetter, two Cape Cod developers, begin construction at Willowbend.

1987

18-hole golf course opens. Ted O’Rourke is the Club’s 1st PGA Golf Professional.

1990

The original club fails in the midst of the late 1980’s Savings and Loan crisis. The first developers turn the property back to Sentry Federal Savings Bank of Hyannis in April.

1991

Sentry Savings fails and is taken over by the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC). Paul and Phyllis Fireman purchase Willowbend at auction. David Southworth joins the Firemans as Managing Director of the Willowbend Development Corporation and also serves as the Club’s first General Manager.

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1992

The Clubhouse opens on July 1, 1992. Bartender Jim Nuttelman pours the first drink. The Willowbend Children’s Charity is established. Brad Faxon is the low-scoring PGA Professional at the first annual Willowbend Children’s Charity Pro-Am.

1993

The Tennis and Pool complexes open. Donnie Hammond is the low-scoring PGA professional at the Willowbend Children’s Charity Pro-Am. Craig Fleming becomes the Club’s General Manager.

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1994

Fitness Center opens. First Mentadent Champions Tennis Tournament held at Willowbend is won by Jimmy Connors (singles) and Dick Stockton & Jimmy Connors (doubles). Low-scoring PGA professional at the Pro-Am is Bill Glasson. Real Estate home and lot sales begin.

1995

Willowbend Guest Villas open. Low-scoring PGA professionals at the Pro-Am are Greg Norman and Bobby Clampett. Bjorn Borg wins the Mentadent Champions Tennis Tournament singles title; John Kriek and Jose Luis Clerc win the doubles.

1996

Clubhouse renovations to enlarge the dining room take place. Low-scoring PGA professional at the Willowbend Children’s Charity Pro-Am is Greg Norman. Andres Gomez wins the Mentadent Champions Tennis Tournament singles; John Lloyd and Jose Luis Clerc win the doubles title.

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1997

Low-scoring PGA professional at the Pro-Am is Nolan Henke. Tim Wilkinson wins the Final Mentadent Champions Tennis Tournament held at Willowbend. Peter McNamara and Monsour Bahrami win the doubles. Grille Room and Pro Shop expansion and renovation finishes. Golf Cart Garage is built under the practice tee.

1998

Low-scoring PGA professional at the Pro-Am is Rocco Mediate.

1999

Shoestring Bay lots become available for purchase. Low-scoring PGA professional at the Pro-Am is Stuart Appleby.

2000

Low-scoring PGA professional at the Willowbend Children’s Charity Pro-Am is Grant Waite.

2001

Low-scoring PGA professional at the Pro-Am is Bruce Fleisher.

2002

The Club begins construction of nine new holes of golf. Low-scoring PGA professional at the Willowbend Children’s Charity Pro-Am is Andrew Magee.

2003

The new nine holes are open for play. Aurelian Anghelusiu becomes the Club’s third General Manager. Low-scoring PGA professional at the Willowbend Children’s Charity Pro-Am is Briny Baird.

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2004

David Southworth leaves Willowbend Development and forms Southworth Development. He remains a summer resident. The low-scoring PGA professional at the last Willowbend Children’s Charity Pro-Am is John Daly.

2005

David Wood replaces Aurelian Anghelusiu as the Club’s General Manager.

2006

Willowbend debuts on Travel & Leisure’s Top 100 Communities in America list.

2007

Land adjacent to Bog 8 is purchased making possible further real estate development. The Club, but not the real estate, is sold to the members in December. The Club is now run by an Owner/Member committee whose President is John Journalist. In December the Great Recession begins, the worst economic downfall in America since the Great Depression.

2009

Kevin Keenan becomes the Club’s 5th General Manager. He lasts 6 weeks and David Wood resumes day-to-day control.

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2011

Rory McIlroy (along with several other PGA Tour players) attends a corporate golf outing at Willowbend the morning after winning his first major, the U.S. Open. Exercising a ‘Put’ provision in the Club’s 2007 sales agreement, the Club is given back to the Fireman family.

2012

David Southworth and Joe Deitch purchase Willowbend from the Firemans in May. Renovations to the pool area and the Club’s Guest Villas begin. Kevin Lewis becomes the Club’s new General Manager.

2013

Mike Vidal becomes Willowbend’s 7th Head Golf Professional. Café Amici and The Scoop open. The Guest Villas re-open after an extensive renovation. Ground is broken on the construction of Villas and Townhomes alongside Bog 8 and 9. Massimiliano Mariotta becomes Willowbend’s 2nd Executive Chef replacing the Club’s original Chef, Paul Cunningham.

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