Guide to Enjoying the Brookside Club

Cape Cod is a year-round destination for New England golfers, but it is 68 miles from one end of the Cape to the other and the traffic can be very trying. However, location is everything and The Brookside Club in Bourne certainly has everything.

Drive over the Bourne Bridge and take Route 28 for a mere 1 ¼ miles and turn right at the big Brookside Club sign. The first thing you will notice is a large clubhouse constructed with a natural wood finish that houses the pro shop and restaurant with enormous picture windows. I visited on a Blustery March day with winds gusting over 35 miles m.p.h. But general manager Joe Deely informed me that over 130 people had booked tee times that day.

There is a spacious driving range for warming up, complete with a 50 yard area where you can fine tune your short game and a bunker to work on those sand shots.

The first tee is on top of a hill that provides majestic views of the Cape Cod Canal and Buzzards Bay. It’s 460 yards from the blue tees but hit your tee shot at the crest of the hill and you will have a flat area to fire at the green that is fronted by a small pond. The next hole is a short downhill par 3 only 175 yards from the back tees with an opportunity to score par or better..

The course is known for its pristine conditions, yet I think a major attraction is that it demands good tee shots if you wish to score well. Many courses on the Cape are very flat but Brookside has lots of rolling fairways that border cranberry bogs and give great views of the Bay. Brookside is only 6,317 yards from the blue tees so you can leave the drive in the bag on several holes and tee off with a fairway metal and still have a medium iron for your shot to the green.

The number one hole is the 440 yard par 4 eighth.  You need the driver here and the green is on a ridge surrounded by bunkers. Plan your tee shots carefully and you will enjoy the course. I visited the dining room and the food was terrific. You can sit by one of the enormous picture windows and watch boats cruise through the Cape Cod Canal.

I was told they often run golf specials so when you call for a tee time be sure to inquire about any discounts that they may be offering at the time.

Phone the Pro Shop at 508 743-4653 or see their site on the web.