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clubhouse, a converted barn, has stood since the club opened in 1920. Only nine holes, it plays to a par-34 at 2,461 yards, with two par-3s and seven par-4s.
The fairways are wide and mostly flat and there isn’t a single nasty sand bunker on the entire layout. Clearly, this is a course for a casual round of golf for seniors, a great spot for beginners to learn the game and even a place that can provide a lesson to the serious golfer.
It’s a no-frills course, but it can pose challenges. There are dogleg holes both right and left, elevated approaches, delicate downhill pitches and the smallest greens this side of a miniature golf course. You had better be able to play finesse chips around the greens, because you won’t hit many of them with your approaches.
One thing is for sure, the price is right: $22 for nine holes, $32 for 18.
Paul Harney Golf Club, Hatchville
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are either uphill, feature a sharp dogleg or demand an accurate drive to a narrow fairway.
The course opens with a seemingly benign 310-yard par-4, until you realize that the tee shot is blind, with the woods creeping in along the left side demanding a difficult, precise drive. The approach to a postage-stamp green isn’t any easier, with bunkers front and right, and a sloping, crowned putting surface. That is followed by a 131-yard par-3 that is guarded by a large pond and a narrow green. On the 140-yard 3rd hole, water comes into play on the right and in front of the green.
You get the idea.
At 2,809 yards and playing to par 57, Squirrel Run has only three par-4 holes, all on the front nine. The par-3 holes range from the 109-yard 11th to the 192-yard 14th, with numerous carries over water and a series of mounded, undulating greens that require
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accurate iron play. Nearly every hole features some sort of obstacle. At Squirrel Run, there is little room for error.
With three par-4 holes measuring more than 320 yards, three par-3s at better than 200 and a par-5 finishing hole, The Club at Yarmouthport doesn’t exactly play like an executive course. However, it is a par-60, only 3,911 from the back tees. But with fairways lined by oak and pine trees, along with Scottish-style bunkers, rolling terrain, undulating greens and more than a few water hazards, this Brian Silva layout is quite stingy about dishing out pars.
The 160-yard 5th hole is considered the signature. Spectacular views of Cape Cod Bay might distract you from the task at hand, which is playing into what is usually swirling winds to a three-tiered steeply downhill green guarded by a left-side bunker.