When it came time to book an end-of-summer vacation for the family, my wife and I settled on Cape Cod. A Boston native, she was interested in beaches and pools and ice cream for our 2-year-old son, and a change of scenery for our youngest son, who is just 3 months old. I was interested in all of that too, but I also wanted an easily accessible golf course where I could get in early rounds and be back in time to spend the day with the family unit.
We researched several options and settled on Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Mass. It had everything we needed -- a room with a kitchen, indoor and outdoor pools, beach access and, oh yeah, a golf course.
The course at Ocean Edge started as a nine-holer in 1906. Samuel Nickerson, a Chicago banker, built it next to his son's mansion, which overlooked Cape Cod bay. The estate changed hands several times over the years and became a resort in the 1980s, when another nine holes were added. By all accounts, however, the course didn't truly come into its own until a recent redesign by the Nicklaus Design team. The course reopened in 2008, and I got the chance to play it last week.
My first time out, I played the back tees, and it was a brute. My game, never too good to begin with, was rusty, and taking on the course from the tips was probably a mistake. At 7,011 yards, it was long, but distance was only part of what made it tough -- the heavily bunkered fairways and undulating greens were what did me in. After a rough 45 on the front nine, I found the sand and three-putted like it was my job on the way to a back-nine 48. The next time out I played the next tee box up, a decision that cut nearly 600 yards off the course, and carded a less embarrassing 88 despite more poor putting and a triple bogey.
The course, which is open to guests of the resort and also offers memberships, was a treat. I especially liked the par-5 ninth, which I butchered both days by choosing the risk half of the risk-reward equation. My advice? Lay up short of the creek and waste area with your second shot and leave the pin hunting for your approach.
For more information on the resort, see our Course Finder profile and the official site, oceanedge.com. Photos courtesy of oceanedge.com