Forget Pebble Beach – This Golf Haven is Just A Boat Ride Away

There are very special golf courses all over the world that we all would love to play. The truth is, very often we overlook the fact that some of them are right here in New England. While in Washington last summer for the U.S. Open I spoke to a member of Congressional Country Club and asked him about his favorite golf course, his reply Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard. I have played Farm Neck a number of times and it has always been incredible to say the least.

For all of you that think playing Farm Neck is out of reach think again. The course is located in Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard with easy ferry access from Cape Cod, Boston, New Bedford and Rhode Island. A day trip with 4 golfers on a morning ferry will get you on Farm Neck by 10 am for about half of a single round at Pebble Beach. Greens fees at Farm Neck run from $150.00 mid summer to off-season as low at $68.00.

The course is located 4 miles out to sea on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Farm Neck Golf Club rests on a peninsula (or “neck”) of rolling farmland on the eastern side of the Island, overlooking Nantucket Sound. The club opened as a semi-private club in 1979. The Farm Neck Foundation was established in 1989 to mark the 10th anniversary of Farm Neck Golf Club and expand upon the belief that we had a shared responsibility to “give back” to our island community. From its inception, Farm Neck’s guiding principles have been dedicated to creating a very unique place, sensitive to both the land and community.

As you play, you will find yourself traversing a striking variation of topography and vegetation – everything from woodlands, to open meadows, to salt marshes, to stunning overlooks and intimate brushes with the water’s edge. Along with its intrinsic beauty, Farm Neck enjoys a widespread reputation for championship-caliber golf. Farm Neck has continually earned 4 1/2 out of 5 star rating in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play,” and is considered by many to be one of the premiere golfing experiences in the Northeast – and beyond. The course designed in 1979 by Geoffrey Cornish, Bill Robinson and Patrick Mulligan is a seaside gem playing over 6800 yards from the back tees and as short as 5000 from the forward tees. The course layout is magnificent and has traditional New England design that fits well into its island location. The waterfront holes of 3,4,8 and 14 offer some of the finest views of this ecologically protected gem.

My definition of a perfect golf day: The 1 hour Fast Ferry from New Bedford to Farm Neck with match negotiations and breakfast on the way over. Play 18 great holes of golf and have a relaxing late lunch in the Farm Neck Café. To end the perfect day, a sunset ride back on the fast ferry settling the bets and having a cool cocktail or two along the way. It doesn’t get any better than this. Contact Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard at [email protected] or call 508-693-3057.