Golf on Cape Cod

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Few resort destinations can beat Cape Cod when it comes to great golf. Everyone from a beginner to a handicapped pro will find a course to challenge their particular skill set at any one of 27 public and 15 private courses. Dotted here and there among Cape Cod’s numerous quaint little villages, the courses run the gamut from friendly Par 3s to professionally designed clubs of tournament quality. Combine the natural beauty of Cape Cod with the region’s mild climate, and it is no wonder golfers can be found on the fairways here nearly 52 weeks a year.

My husband fell in love with me on a golf course. We used to play once a week on summer evenings after work with a mutual female friend of ours. I was the novice in the crowd, Rich a good, if erratic player, and our friend experienced enough to be among the best in her league. It was a friendly game among colleagues out for some after-work camaraderie and a few laughs. The evening usually ended with a light supper and a beer at nearby hamburger or pizza joint.

We were all single at the time, myself divorced, our friend unattached for the moment, and Rich separated from his wife and in the throes of the final dissolution of his marriage. My friend and I used to call Rich “our boyfriend” and the three of us shared some great times together.

I was unaware that Rich’s feelings for me were evolving into something more than friendship. Happy just to be out with friends enjoying the freedom from work and an emotional holiday from a failed relationship, I was oblivious to what should have been obvious signs. Needless to say, things worked out in the end, but somewhere along the way we “hung up the clubs” so to speak as we set forth together and became innkeepers.

I dusted off our clubs the other day. Buried among the rubble that is our basement, there they were beside the snowshoes and hiking poles that have also been collecting dust of late. Determined to regain the freedom I used to feel on the golf course, I’ve started to assemble a wish list of courses to tackle this spring, summer, and fall. All located within a 5 to 25 minute drive of our Inn, these 7 courses include several Par 3s and are among some of the most scenic on Cape Cod. See you on the links!