Best Courses to Play on the Cape and Islands
Don’t get bogged down by the many fine golf choices in the Cape. Here are a few of the best.
Cranberry Valley Golf Course has 800+members for good reason. It is pretty, challenging and very friendly. Starter Pete sets the pace juggling public play with member leagues. It is a multigenerational affair with senior ladies ready at 6am. Junior programs follow. Locals come to the Stove for a hearty breakfast and daily news, golfers or not.
183 Oak Street Harwich, MA 02645 (508)-430-5234
They say great things come in pairs. This is the case in the Town of Dennis with two championship public tracks at one facility. The beautiful landscaped entrance to Dennis Pines and Dennis Highlands sets the stage for the 7,000 and 6500-yard runs that challenge all players. Towering pines adorn each fairway with plenty of water obstacles to enhance the experience.
50 Golf Course Rd, East Dennis, MA 02641 (508) 385-8347
Martha’s Vineyard is the playground of “presidents, kings and queens, all sorts of people,” according to GM Tim Sweet. A few elevated holes, floral gardens and many ocean views marked our outing. A paddle boarder struggled to stand still in the white capping water along #8 where Jaws was filmed. Cue the music. Farm Neck is a most worthy check on the list of must plays.
1Farm Neck Way, Oak Bluffs, Ma 02557 (508)-693-3057
Established in 1892 in the town of Truro, fairways are not irrigated, greens are small and landscaping features heather and gorse on this charming throwback course. The focal point from most of the nine holes is the lighthouse museum where visitors from the encased glass above gaze at the ocean as well as the golfers approaching the par 3 7th green. Grab your knickers, spoons and brassies or come as you are to Highland Links where ocean views are astounding.
10 Highland Light Rd.,Truro, Ma. 02666 (508)-487-9201
Even in the early foggy mist this is clearly a beautiful course with higher elevations than most of the Cape Cod courses. Walkers get a great workout and an even better value with such pristine course conditions. It is natural scenery sans homes. The Sound of Music might ring in your ears as you golf around to the famous horseshoe number 8.
1840 Iyannough Rd #2, Hyannis, MA 02601 (508)-362-2606
Picture rolling hills and long narrow fairways with towering pines and maple forests that become vibrant with fall colors. Old Barnstable Fairgrounds, designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Mark Mungeam is an enjoyable walkable course highlighted by the spacious clubhouse with pro shop and restaurant atop a high hill overlooking the scenic countryside. It is annually voted as one of the best municipal courses on the Cape.
1460 MA-149, Marstons Mills, MA 02648 (508)-420-1141
Ocean Edge Golf Club
This Jack Nicklaus course has matured into a beauty. Great service begins with John Sheffler welcoming members and guests of the resort to the Troon Prive venue. Immaculate conditions and floral gardens permeate the course through hills and along Blueberry Pond. Separate public and member bars share the scenic patio for nineteenth hole delights.
2907 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631 (508)-896-9000
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?