Farm Neck Golf Club
Farm Neck is a bit more suburban-looking than one might expect from a course on Martha’s Vineyard, but there’s wonderful golf to be had. The routing makes nice use of rolling woodland and meadowland and the proximity of what seems to be Nantucket Sound but is in fact Sengekontacket Pond. It first comes into view as you play number three, a beguiling par four, then appears again on the fourth and the approach to the seventh.
The back nine is undeniably tougher than the front. The holes bend more, play a little longer and are more densely bunkered. The par-four twelfth and par-three fifteenth are likely places for turnabouts in your Nassau: Water hazards guard each green, and although sailors would tell you that fortune favors the bold, think twice before shooting at pins placed by the banks.
One Farm Neck Way, Oak Bluffs.
Geoffrey Cornish and Bill Robinson, 1979.
135. Green Fee: $85.
Ocean Edge Resort & Club
Recently torn down and rebuilt by Nicklaus Design, the golf course at Ocean Edge is now brawnier to look at and better defined in its shotmaking demands. The front side still doesn’t have much topographic pop compared to the more dramatic back nine, but its new routing makes good use of the cross-Cape winds, tacking and turning in relation to the line of play.
Ocean Edge has large greens, but they don’t play that way, thanks to shaping that divides them into sectors. The par-three third, with its long diagonal green, is a good example, as is the one-shot eighth, which plays downhill over Blueberry Pond and features a putting surface bisected into raised and sunken tiers.
Likely the Cape’s most couples- and kid-friendly golf destination, Ocean Edge stretches its tee intervals to twelve minutes after 4 p.m., giving rookies plenty of space to make mistakes.
832 Villages Drive, Brewster.
Nicklaus Design, 2007.
133. Green Fee: $125.