The best golf courses on Cape Cod and nearby islands
Published Date: January 17, 2023
Cape Cod is known for unspoiled beaches, historic lighthouses and natural beauty — which are all on display at a whopping 40+ area golf courses. From unassuming municipal courses to super-exclusive country clubs, the golfing opportunities on Cape Cod and nearby islands are seemingly endless. Not sure which course is right for you? You can’t go wrong hitting the links at these courses.
Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster
Named one of the top 20 courses in Massachusetts by Golf Digest, the Cape Cod National Golf Club is one of the Cape’s most famous courses. Over the years, the course has hosted prestigious events like the U.S. Amateur Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier. It has a championship yardage of 6,954 feet, and is a par 72 course. It’s known as a challenging course, with rolling hills, 12 doglegs, 90 bunkers and more than a few strategically placed ponds. It’s a private course, so to gain access you must play as a member’s guest or book a stay at neighboring Wequassett Resort and Golf Club.
Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard
Take the ferry to the island of Martha’s Vineyard and play a round at the Farm Neck Golf Club, with 18 holes on the eastern edge of the island. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Vineyard Sound, as well as wooded areas, salt marshes and meadows. And speaking of water, there’s plenty of it on this course, with the 8th hole running almost entirely along the coast and a 15th hole that seems to be more pond than solid ground. Farm Neck is semi-private, so non-members may have to get a little creative about their tee time — but a twilight round on this course is always stunning.
Miacomet Golf Course on Nantucket
Miacomet Golf Course on Nantucket is the island’s only 18-hole public golf facility. Built on land once inhabited by the Wampanoag tribes who called it “Miacomet” or “The Meeting Place,” this is a links-style course with wide fairways, grassy knolls, plenty of sand and pristine greens. It’s a 6,167 yard, par 72 course, with a course rating of 69.0, making it an approachable course for the vacationing golfer and weekend warrior.
The Captains in Brewster
In the self-proclaimed “golf capital of the Lower Cape,” The Captains Golf Course boasts two 18-hole public golf courses, the Port and the Starboard. Both are par 72 and feature tree-lined fairways and blissfully few water hazards. Both courses were designed by famed golf course architect Brian Silva, and each hole is named after a historic New England mariner.
Highland Links in Truro
Established in 1892, the 9-hole Highlands Links Golf Course is a bit of a hidden gem, known to Cape Cod locals but a surprising treat for visitors. It’s one of the oldest golf courses in the country and part of the Cape Cod National Seashore — two facts that make it unique, but this course is much more than just fun facts. Highland Links is a true Scottish links course, set atop incredible bluffs that show off endless Atlantic Ocean views. It’s a family-friendly course that’s affordable, easy to book and attainable for golfers of all levels.
Cape Cod Country Club in East Falmouth
Billed as the classic Cape Cod golf experience, Cape Cod Country Club is a public 18-hole championship golf course that has hosted a range of state and local tournaments. The course is known for its pristine greens and year-round operations, as well as its signature 9th hole. Don’t be fooled by its par 3 rating – it’s a 165-yard hole where you tee off over water, then have to navigate two sizable bunkers protecting the green.
Tee it high and let it fly on Cape Cod
How long would it take you to golf all 40+ courses on Cape Cod and the surrounding areas? There’s only one way to find out! Make a Cape Cod Pacaso your second home and start checking some courses off your list. At the end of the day, return to your luxury second home — there’s plenty of space to store your clubs.