Residents and visitors to Cape Cod, Ma. can enjoy one of the best public golf cubs on the peninsula, Falmouth Country Club.
The town-owned club has 27 holes of great golf--an 18-hole, par-72 championship course and the nine-hole “Talon” layout that appeals to players of all abilities, especially seniors, ladies and juniors.
“The Talon Course is great for beginners and seniors as well as kids and ladies,” said Matt Burgess, the new general manager at the Billy Casper Golf Company-managed facility. “But everyone can also enjoy our championship course, which is great to walk.
Youngsters 17 and under can play the Talon Course free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The club is open year-round (weather permitting) and is at its best spring through autumn, when the lush fairways turn a verdant green and the putting surfaces roll smooth and pure. The busiest times, of course, are June 15 through Sept. 15 when tourists flock to the Cape for its golf, beaches and sun.
FCC’s holes are imbued with sort of a “Carolina” feel, and it is real treat to play here when the warm breezes blow off the Atlantic Ocean and the sun bounces off the tall pines that line much of the layout.
“The course is in excellent condition,” said Burgess, “and it came through the winter well. We are expecting a great year and play has already been steady.”
Greens fees are very reasonable for residents and mid-level priced for non-residents. The kids-are-free program is seven days a week, and having 27 holes allows the club to conduct such special programs while not disturbing normal play.
Falmouth Country Club is a “community golf course” in every sense of the word, and Billy Casper Golf takes great strides to enhance that reputation in order to keep the local customers happy and attract new business.
FCC’s Championship Course is a very solid and pleasurable test of golf. It plays 6,665 yards from the tips and has a par of 72. There are a nice mix of short, mid-length and long par-fours that will have you hitting every club in your bag, both off the tees and on approaches to the medium-sized greens.
There are three par-fives on the back side of the Championship Course, including the 500-yard 15th, which can be reached in two by long hitters.
You may catch a glimpse of a pair of ospreys patrolling the water from their nest near the 10th hole. Sprays of beach grass that lines the bunkers on the neat, 151-yard par-three 12th hole imbue the setting with a definite feel of seaside links golf.
The Talon Course plays 3,455 yards from the tips and, despite its reputation as a “family” course, the track has quite a bit of bite, such as the monstrous, 495-yard par-four first hole. The fourth hole, a 295-yard par-four, can be reached by the big boppers.
Greens fees are $50 for residents and $60 for non-residents on weekends during summer, and $35 for residents and $45 for non-residents during the week. Carts are $13 per person for 18 holes and $7 per person for nine holes.
Falmouth Country Club