Cape Cod, the tourism hotbed in New England, has grown into a golf destination that offers a vast array of superb public courses. Cranberry Valley, crafted by Cornish and Robinson, was one of the first town-owned public courses on the Cape and remains one of the most successful.

Thanks to Dennis Hoye, Director of Golf at C.V., he facilitated the facelift needed to compete in the crowded golf market. In 2007, Mark Mungeam performed bunker restoration and created two target greens with chipping, pitching and bunker practice areas, an amenity that you rarely see on public courses!

I was delighted by the friendly, welcoming atmosphere — gracious, accommodating staff, spacious clubhouse with outdoor dining serviced by Back Nine Café, and a Pro Shop garnished with ladies apparel and accessories! C.V.’s picturesque, tree-lined course winds through the valley sporting a layout of numerous doglegs, strategically placed bunkers and large greens. It’s a challenging, yet intriguing course from the ladies’ tees, measuring 5,568 yards with slope rating 73/127. The front-nine plays long (2,934 yards), measuring 300 yards longer than the back-nine— it’s like playing an extra hole! The wide fairways are easy to navigate, but a stray shot toward the grassy mounds framing the bunkers will likely roll in and be hard to get out.

The par-3s are long (131-175 yards); unless you hit a strong tee shot it’s tough to reach the green in regulation. There are no surprises when putting the immense, immaculate greens, which are receptive and roll true. The back-nine features a distinctively different layout, with elevation changes, rolling, sloping fairways, kettle ponds, narrow approaches to guarded greens and each hole requires skillful play and precisely placed shots. Despite the layout challenges, it’s more FUN and the distance advantage given ladies favors a lower score. The outstanding 280 yard 12th hole features a downhill approach that severely slopes right toward a kettle pond that fronts the right side of the green with traps on the left and back side. The signature 18th, a double dogleg par-5, culminates with a picture-perfect green nestled within a cluster of traps and trees—a gorgeous ending.

To encourage female and family play, C.V. offers weekly ladies’ clinics, including lunch at a reasonable price of $20 and family golf clinics—a 5 week program for $50. Check online for more details. Cranberrygolfcourse.com