Cranberry Valley Golf Course, located in Harwich, Ma., is a well maintained layout that features a solid routing flowing over and past beautiful terrain that includes marshes and, of course as the name suggests, a few cranberry bogs.
The course plays host to several high profile tournaments and is generally considered one of the most stringent tests of golf on the Cape. Geoffrey Cornish and Bill Robinson designed a layout where no two holes are the same. The par-threes are strong and the final three holes are extremely challenging.
Noted architect Mark Mungeum enhanced the course a few years ago through an extensive bunker redesign and restoration. Several fairway bunkers were relocated so as to come into play to protect par against today’s modern equipment, although the best players can fly the traps off the tee. Within the past decade, the club has also added a clubhouse, maintenance building and a new irrigation system to enhance playing conditions. There’s also a new practice facility.
Cranberry Valley isn’t long, 6,745 yards from the tips, but there are a number of dogleg holes and the course and demands proper club selection and shot placement off the tee. Par is 72, with the course rated 73.4 and a slope of 133 from the back tees, There are four sets of tees in all to meet the playing ability of any visitor.
Most of the par-fours measure less than 400 yards, including the 309-yard 15th, which is approachable off the tee for long hitters. All of the par-fives, except for perhaps the 18th hole, are reachable in two for the longballers. Again, the par-threes here are very demanding, none more so than the penultimate hole, a brutal 229-yarder.