Cape Cod, Massachusetts is one of the sweetest places in New England to enjoy the game of golf in a relaxed, picturesque setting, perhaps during no other time of the year than the summer and autumn months.
Because of the proximity to the breezes off the always nearby ocean, Cape Cod usually avoids the heat experienced inland during summer, making golf at any time of day pleasurable.
Barnstable Golf features 36 holes on two great courses. Located in the charming town are two of the best layouts on the Cape, Hyannis Golf Course in Hyannis and Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds, located in Marston Mills. Both courses embody all the best qualities of Cape Cod golf.
Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds was formerly home to the Barnstable County Fair, hence its name. The course first opened in 1992 and quickly became one of the most popular in the area. The Mark Mungeam-designed gem continues to be on the “must play” list of avid golfers each year. The walkable layout in the country features four sets of tees, ample landing areas, and large receptive, well bunkered greens. There is a large spacious clubhouse with a well-stocked golf shop and restaurant that has a deck overlooking the course and neighboring grass airport.
The tee shot on “Olde Barney’s” 505-yard opening hole poses a challenge for golfers of all abilities. Keeping it in the fairway is the key to scoring on this double dogleg left par-five. The left greenside bunkers must be carried to reach the green. This tough hole can set the tone for your round.
Perched between the two toughest holes, a good drive on the 372-yard par-four 6th will give you a short iron into this large green and a great chance at birdie on this par 4.
The 338-yard 8th hole is a links-type that demands accuracy off the tee and a front bunker guards this two-tier green.
Number 11, at 348 yards, is another short par-four with the left side fairway bunkers. There is plenty of room on the right side of fairway that will leave you a short iron in over a greenside bunker.
The 176-yard 12th is the first of three par-threes on the back nine, this large elevated green is receptive to shots but has several undulations. Use enough club, because short left will leave you in one of the two pot bunkers.
This long, 396 yard par-four 14th has a small landing area, with a fairway bunker on left and moguls on the right. The second shot is a long iron or hybrid in to a green that is protected in front by a large berm.
The 175-yard 17th has a green is flanked by bunkers on right side and drops off on the left and over the back. The green’s undulations can make any birdie putt a challenge.
Olde Barnstable FairgoundsHome to the Cape Cod Open and the 2015 Cape Cod PGA Championship, Hyannis Golf Course sits at the geographical center of Cape Cod, just minutes from downtown Hyannis, the Barnstable Airport and the Ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The course plays to a par of 71 and features the area’s best practice facility, including a 55-station practice range and two practice greens.
Hyannis Golf Course is just minutes from historic and chic downtown Hyannis, the Barnstable Airport, and the ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The course is a par-71 with 18 holes and the area’s best practice facility, which includes a 55-station practice range and two practice greens.
In addition to being a fun layout, Hyannis Golf Course is known for having greens as nice as you’ll find anywhere–including those at private facilities; they are consistent, fast, and smooth.