If you ask serious golfers what their favorite layout on Cape Cod is the name that often pops up is Cranberry Valley Golf Course.
Designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva and located in Harwich, Cranberry Valley is well maintained courses and features a superb routing that flows easily over beautiful terrain, which includes marshes and, of course, a few cranberry bogs.
Management enhanced the course a few years ago through an extensive bunker redesign and restoration, overseen by noted architect Mark Mungeam. Several fairway bunkers were relocated so as to come into play to protect par against today’s modern equipment, although the best players can still dare to fly the traps off the tee.
“We haven’t done anything new to the course for this year because we’ve pretty much done everything we had to,” said director of golf Dennis Hoye. “The one thing that we have that is new, in its first full year of operation, is our practice facility. We have a driving range, short game area with bunkers and a chipping area.”
Cranberry Valley GC isn’t overly long, 6,745, but there are a number of dogleg holes that add invisible yardage and demand proper club selection and shot placement off the tee.
One of the best holes on the par-72 layout is the double dogleg finale, a tough, 575-yard par-five that can make or break a match or a round.
If you are going to go low you are probably going to have do your scoring on Cranberry Valley’s par-fours and par-fives. Most of the par-fours measure less than 400 yards, including the 309-yard 15th, which is approachable off the tee for the long hitters. All of the par-fives, except for perhaps the 18th hole, are reachable in two for the longballers. The par-threes here are very demanding, none more so than the penultimate hole, a brutal 229-yarder.
The club is offering a great midweek (Monday through Thursday) offer that gets you $18 holes, walking, for only $34.
We have a new website up and running and people can make tee times on line,” said Hoye.
Cranberry Valley Golf Course