The Vineyard Golf Club is the Island’s newest Golf Club. It’s right off Edgartown West Tisbury Road in Edgartown. As far as golf goes this course is absolutely beautiful. If you are a hacker like me though, golfin isn’t easy here. It’s an all organic course with a rough that is about up to your knees in the summer time. The fancy people call this stuff fescue. I call it a bitch. I have wasted much time looking for balls in this stuff. They have a couple of tournaments there in the summer that are open to the public that are a lot of fun. I was lucky enough to play there a few times with members as well. The locker room is no YMCA locker room. This place is done up with beautiful wood lockers each one with a gold plated member’s name attached. The whole club basically makes you feel like a million bucks. And it probably should. The membership initiation fee is rumored to be in the hundreds of thousands. Yes, hundreds of thousands. I know a guy who joined just he so could eat at the restaurant. He’s played golf once there, says it cost him 20 grand a hole.
If golfing at this posh club is nice, Dinner is even better. This is a place with a chef. Like a known, real chef. I will be honest, I don’t really know chef’s except for Emeril Lagassee and Chef Ramsay because one is from Fall River and the other is the crazy brit I love to watch. I would watch The Kardashian Girls if this fancy talking chef was on the show. Love that guy. But you can imagine how good the food is if people are joining just so they can have access to eat here. I grabbed some of my bests duds and we went to the Vineyard Golf Club last Friday night.
You go down the long driveway off the West Tisbury Road and the clubhouse appears in front of you. Reminds me of going to Foxwoods when you drive down there and then all of a sudden, bam there it is right in front of you. They greet you like royalty when you walk in. A kid who during the day is a caddy is now the door guy or you can have him Vallet park your Range Rover if you like.
We were sat at a nice table by the window. The service is outstanding. During the course of dinner there are basically three people waiting on you. One main waitress and two guys, one making sure you water is always full and the other offereing bread and cleaning up after you after each course. They were all very attentive and friendly.
They start your dinner off with some little cracker thingy with cheese on it. It’s really small but very tasty. I am going to do a separate gallery on this place so you can see all the fancy food and pics I took. Too many to add in this review. I started with the tomato and mozzerella salad and my girl got the ceasar salad. The mozzerella was lightly fried and very good. The tomatoes were fresh and of course the dish had some fancy garnish on it. Her ceasar salad was very tasty. The portions at this place are not the biggest, but if you like the presentation factor they more than make up for the small portions. We also got a crab cake to split. Only thing I didn’t like about this was I had to split it ! It was incredible. In fact it got the feature picture in this posting. Also during dinner they bring you incredible bread. Some of the best baked bread I have had. They have something called a popover. It’s incredible.
For dinner I went with the Carmelized Sea Scallops which were served with Butternut Squash Risotto, Brussel Sprout Leaves, and chive oil. Delish. Scallops were cooked perfectly and very tasty. I even crushed the Brussel Spout Leaves on top. Very, very good. She got the Pan Seared Georges Bank Codfish. It was served with a little crab and corn chowder underneath, red potatoes and steamed local little necks. She said everything tasted wonderful and I tried this dish as well and it got MV food guy’s star of approval.
After dinner we had to get dessert. I got the warm apple crisp with blueberries and she went with the keylime tort. Both again were incredible.
I think a kind of cool thing about the Vineyard Golf Club is if you go with a member the guest doesn’t get a menu with the prices on it. Just lists the dishes. I guess when you can afford a membership here and you bring your guests you are expected to pick up the tab. Another cool thing, no money is exchanged. The member gets a bill for the dinner at a later date.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say the Vineyard Golf Club has the best fine dining experience on Martha’s Vineyard.