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Cape Cod National Golf Club

(Guests of Wequassett Resort only.)

Cape Cod National provides a worthy golf amenity for the sublime Wequassett inn down the road. The golf course looks stately but plays gritty. Especially on the par fives, architect Brian Silva dangles safety zones that are easy to play to but problematic to play from. An example is the first hole, where a layup has a great bowl of fairway in which to settle, but from which the ensuing shot is a tricky pitch over bunkers to a rumpled green. The tenth, a reachable three-shotter, is equally well thought out. The water carry off the tee is more benign than it looks and the woods and bunkers on the right can be skirted, but the green, perched up and off to the left, is easy to miss. A clever player, though, can take advantage of the unseen apron just short of it.

Using the land to feed the ball toward the target is fairly common at Cape Cod National, but there are some straightforward challenges, as well. On the 459-yard seventeenth, you darn well better bust a drive and, after that, a hefty approach shot—the latter is all carry over a massive kettle hole.

174 South Orleans Road, Brewster.

Architect

Brian Silva, 1998.

Yardage

6,954.

Par

72.

Slope

136.

Guest Green Fees

$90–$140.

Contact

508-240-6800.

The Club at New Seabury, Ocean

Martha’s Vineyard, clearly in view from the first tee, does little to block the prevailing southwest wind that governs Cape sailors and golfers all season long. Players confront this breeze on the opening drive of New Seabury’s Ocean Course, again on the par-four second, and once more on the shot toward the flapping flagstick of the par-four third. The routing departs the shore after these thrilling openers, but in exchange you get the wind at your back and a set of upland holes with plenty of character.

On the par-four ninth, the combination of bunkering, green tilt and the lunch crowd on the veranda makes flag-hunting a dangerous game. The tenth has a long saddle-shaped fairway that turns gracefully at its midpoint. A drifting tee shot may be contained, but the resulting fairway lie won’t be level. On the other hand, the par threes on this nine won’t tolerate an iffy shot, and where there is water there is genuine peril.

20 Red Brook Road, Mashpee.

Architects

William Mitchell and Marvin Armstrong, 1964.

Yardage

7,131.

Par

72.

Slope

130. Green Fees: $110–$120.

Contact

508-539-8322, newseabury.com.

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