It’s an odd thing to be thinking about playing golf in Cape Cod in the middle of the winter but I’ve been planning a getaway in midsummer to play some of my favorite Cape Cod Golf Courses, most of which I haven’t played in years.
See, I live in Western, Ma, which is about 2.5+ hours Southeast from here. It’s not a bad ride but nothing spectacular either. But once you cross the Bourne Bridge – ah, Cape Cod awaits you.
I have a lot of fond memories of the Cape as my parents used to take my brothers and I on vacation there almost every year. This was back in the early 70’s so it’s been quite built up since then but somehow the charm and good memories always linger for me.
I would love to get out there more often and actually the off-season (October-March) it’s like you have the whole place to yourself! But the plans are in the works to play a number of courses I’ve played a few times (but not in years).
One I am most looking forward to is Highland Links* in Truro. It’s almost at the peak of of the Cape, just minutes away from Provincetown. It’s truly a gem of a course. It’s a true links course with some stunning ocean views and a beautiful and charming light house (that you walk right by). You’ve thought you’ve died and gone to golfing heaven. Although only a nine-holer, the front and back tees make it look like 2 different courses. Just get there. You can thank me later.
Another of my favorites is Cranberry Valley Golf Club in Harwich. It is a great test of golf. It’s a bent grass course with water hazards on three holes of the back nine. The fairways are tree-lined with ample sand bunkers. The natural terrain includes marshes and cranberry bogs. It was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva, built in 1974. I love Cornish courses and this is one of his best.
Another course I have been wanting to play is Ballymeade Country Club, in North Falmouth. Actually, I’ve played it but that was perhaps 10 years ago or so. It’s much more groomed and a resort course than the other two I mentioned. It was designed by Jim Fazio/Chi Chi Rodriguez and opened in 1989.
I think it was the views that really got me as there are some spectacular views of Buzzards Bay on a number of holes. It’s tough, so if your not a mid to low handicap you might want to take a pass.
Finally, I plan on visiting Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds in Marston Mills. It was formerly the property that was home to the Barnstable County Fair, hence the name. It’s next to a small airport and in the summer I just remember these cool bi-planes flying in and over. Voted as one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play,” there’s no way you’ll have a bad experience at this lovely course.
Those are the courses I’m planning on playing this summer and already in the process of making accommodations. I can’t wait to get back to the Cape to play some of the loveliest courses I know. While there, I’ll take in the fresh salt air, have a fresh Atlantic Ocean lobster and wash it down with a few Sam Adams. Sounds good to me!