Golf on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard
For more than a century, golfers have come to Cape Cod to play on the peninsula’s manicured greens, to take in the Cape’s stunning ocean views, and to soak up the salty sea air that blows off the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the original golf courses on Cape Cod and Islands were maintained by sheep, converted from cattle pasture, and in the case of Mink Meadows on Martha’s Vineyard, made from fire breaks developed to prevent forest fires. While the area’s golf courses are busiest in the summer, resorts situated in the ocean-moderated, mild climate of the Upper and Mid Cape and Islands are open for as many as 52 weeks each year.
Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket boast some of the oldest and most lauded courses in the country. The variety of courses makes the area well suited to novices and seasoned players alike. Golfers can enjoy the fresh island air, with some courses offering stunning views of the sea and islands, and others coming within a stone’s throw from the shoreline.
Some of the world’s best golf course architects have had a hand in shaping the landscape of golf courses in Cape Cod and the Islands. These golf courses include classic nine-hole courses, exceptional par-54 courses, and even championship courses. Thanks to this variety, there’s a golf course on Cape Cod for every skill level.
With a mix of public and private clubs and resorts, there are more than two dozen golf courses on Cape Cod and several more on the islands. Presidents, celebrities, locals, vacationers, and summer residents alike have been known to enjoy the golf courses of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod. Cape and Island golf courses are an excellent way to take in the sea breeze and explore what the region has to offer!