If you’re fond of sand dunes, and salty air
Quaint little villages, here and there
And like to hit a three wood on in two
And have a putt for eagle with an ocean view,
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod
With due apologies to Patti Paige, the Donald Ross Society invites you to join us for
An Escape to the Cape Read Escape to the Cape Recap:
Often referred to as simply 'The Cape,' and called Cape of Keel by early Norse explorers, while technically a peninsula, a constructed canal makes it unofficially one of the biggest barrier islands in the world. It shields much of the Massachusetts coastline from North Atlantic storm waves. This protection helps to erode the Cape shoreline at the expense of cliffs, while protecting towns from Fairhaven to Marshfield.
The Cape's small-town character and large beachfront attract heavy tourism during the summer months and its sand dunes attracted Donald Ross. On this journey we will play four of his wonderful golf courses. Seldom mentioned in the popular journals but loved by north east coast golfers, these are truly hidden jewels.
The Pilgrims landed first at Provincetown on Cape Cod before journeying on to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they founded their permanent settlement. In between rounds of golf you should find opportunities to visit historic sites such as the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown that marks the site of the Pilgrims' first landfall. Climb to the top for expansive views on a clear day of Cape Cod Bay and Provincetown Harbor, or browse in the shops for a wide variety of nautical nick knacks such as these old salts.
Friday May 21 – Pocasset Golf Club
Nestled in the quiet village of Pocasset, Massachusetts, just 3 miles from the Cape Cod Canal, Pocasset Golf Club earns its reputation as one of the Cape's finest golf courses. Originally built in 1916 and totally restored over the past five years, this Donald Ross design features rolling, natural terrain, and pristine conditions. Heather blows freely in the summer winds while strategically placed bunkers and gently contoured fairways provide a welcome challenge for players of all levels. Pocasset displays the Ross signature: elevated greens, a demand for correct club selection due to the effects of wind off the ocean, strategically placed bunkers, and quietly undulating fairways. This is a golf course that really feels like a walk with nature.
Lunch for those that arrive in time is available in the Grille Room where you can order off the daily menu (pay cash – not included in event pricing).
Golf starts at 1:15pm. Cocktails (cash) and dinner follow.
Saturday May 22 – Plymouth Country Club
The 18-hole "Plymouth" course features 6,228 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 69 . The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 125. PCC originally featured 27 holes when it was chartered in 1908 by the affluent Hornblower family. Nine of the 27 holes were later abandoned to make room for a new state highway, and most of the remaining holes were subsequently redesigned by Ross. Regarded as one of the finest courses in Massachusetts. PCC hosts the annual Hornblower Memorial tournament (now in its 5th decade), which draws some of the best amateur players from across New England and the Northeast. PCC, which overlooks Plymouth Bay, is located a few miles from Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II near the junction of Route 3A and the Plymoth Plantation Highway.
Lunch from 11:30am, golf at 1pm. Cash and credit cards accepted for carts and drinks as required. Lobster dinner follows. Lobsters will be freshly caught that day from the waters we see from the golf course.
Sunday May 23 – Oyster Harbors Club
The greens are large, and the fairways are narrow. This course was built on rolling terrain and has two small ponds that come into play. Many of the fairways are tree lined, and four of them are doglegs. "Golf Digest" rated this as the 7th "Best in State" course for 1995-96, and 6th best in 1997-98. In addition "GOLFWEEK" ranked it 76th among "America's 100 Best Classical Courses" in 1997, 97th in 1998 and 85th in 1999.
From the longest tees it offers 6,800 yards of golf for a par of 72. The original course was designed by Ross, and opened in 1927.
Lunch at 11:30am.
Tee times from 1pm.
Member in each group.
Monday May 24 – Hyannisport Club
Hyannisport Club is a private, 18-hole golf club set on the southern coast of Cape Cod. Spectacular views of Nantucket Sound and historic Hyannis Port can be viewed from many of the golf holes. The salt water marshes surrounding much of the front nine provide a summer home for many migratory birds. This is a beautiful part of Cape Cod that serves not only as a golf course but also as a wildlife habitat and sanctuary.
Balancing both parts of this equation in perfect harmony is a rare accomplishment these days. As stewards of this property, the members feel that they have a tremendous responsibility to maintain and improve its ecological environment.”
Lunch at Noon. 1pm golf. 6pm cocktails (cash). 7:30pm dinner. Carts are additional where required. Club does not take credit cards so cash will be needed for extras.