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Cape & Islands Golf Courses

Avid golfers are eager to enjoy as many tee times as possible before they are forced to put away their clubs for the winter months. And they know the courses on the Cape and Islands are among the premier golfing destinations in New England. Golfing during the fall offers delightful weather, no summertime crowds or traffic, and the prices are very reasonable. Many of the region’s top private courses open up to non-member play in the off season. It’s the perfect activity at the perfect time and in the perfect place.

Cape Cod Golf Courses

Perhaps the best thing about the dozens of public and semi-private golf courses on the Cape and Islands is their diversity and proximity to Cape Cod vacation rentals. You can spend the day playing a par 72 with hard fairways, run-up shots to the greens, and a few ball-swallowing bunkers, or sneak in a short game at one of the surprisingly challenging par 3 courses scattered throughout the Cape.

The courses on the Cape and Islands are typically set in terrain of gentle hills, fairways bordered by Cape Cod scrub pines along with some oak trees, deep fescue rough, more than a few water holes, and strategically placed bunkers. Some of the best golf architects have contributed to the high quality of Cape and Islands golf courses: Jim Fazio, working with the irrepressible Chi Chi Rodriquez, Geoffrey Cornish, Brian Silva, and Rees Jones just to name a few.

Adding to the pleasure of golfing on the Cape and Islands are the many courses that are set along the coast, offering views of Buzzards Bay, Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod Bay, and even the Atlantic Ocean.

Most golf courses and clubs offer a pro shop, driving range, putting green, and club rentals, and instruction is likely available for all levels. That all important “19th hole” is also found at most courses and clubs.

If you know members of private golf courses on the Cape and Islands, ask them about policies in the shoulder season that allow members to have friends golf as unaccompanied guests.

Public & Semi-Private Golf Courses

About Joan Talmadge

About Joan Talmadge: My husband Jeff and I created in 1997, shortly after buying our Cape home. My background includes teaching fifth grade for 8 years and writing and editing educational publications for 15. I get great joy from helping fellow homeowners successfully rent their homes. Jeff and I are proud to have two of our three grown children working for, truly a family-run business. For me, the Cape and Islands are magical all times of the year -- whether it's walking on Nauset Beach, playing golf, or enjoying family and friends.