Over the past 5 years, Harmon Golf and Fitness has been in the business of improving golf, not just our scores (although that is the ultimate goal), but the way we play. It's not always the same 18 Hole round week after week. It's a great blend of practice, playing and even some fun competition.
With 160 driving range tees, 72 miniature golf holes, and 16 batting cages spread across its three locations, Golf Country provides ample opportunity for visitors to hone all aspects of their swings. Each driving range features overhead lights for practicing after the sun goes down for the evening, as well as a number of covered, heated tees that allow for practice when the sun goes down forever. The Easton and Saugus locations offer one 18-hole miniature golf course apiece, while the Middleton location showcases two courses. Nicknamed the Millpond Course and the Stone Bridge Course, Middleton’s miniature tracks meander through large flower beds, flowering trees, and ample water features.
Cape and Islands Golf Shop is the latest incarnation of a golf-accessory store that has served the Hyannis area for more than 20 years. Kevin Cullivan recently reopened the shop under its current name, combining his two decades of golf expertise with the knowledge and skills of industry veterans Keith Rose and Brendan Army. The trio's more than 50 years of combined experience allows them to ensure each customer gets the right equipment for his or her needs. They also welcome representatives from top golf-gear brands for club-fitting events, which take into account a golfer's height, favored hand, and the number of languages in which he or she can yell, "Fore!"
Pembroke Country Club’s green, foliage-packed 6,532-yard course is known for its well-maintained landscaping, its challenging par 5 holes, and its sensual Jacuzzi water hazards. After warming up on the straight-shot first hole, you might find yourself sucker-punched by the well-bunkered third’s undulating green, leftward water hazard, and punishing par 3. If you thrive on challenge, attempt to go where eagles dare with the sharply dog-legged 561-yard 13th hole or the pond-sloping greens on the 11th. Navigating the extensive grounds in the included golf cart will keep fatigue to a minimum. To improve their odds of overcoming the course’s steepest obstacles, perfectionists can hone their wrist action at the practice area. Stock up on a last-minute package of golf tees at Pembroke's pro shop, as well as a replica of the golf clubs that Jimi Hendrix rebelliously set on fire at the Monterey Country Club.
Swathed in the Cape Cod–style clubhouse of LeBaron Hills Country Club, Lilly’s captivates palates with a seasonal menu of seafood, steak, and pasta. Conjure the flavors of summer with a greens-and-pineapple salad ($7 for a half portion, $9 for a full portion), a mix of citrus chunks and mango dressing for tropical flavors and wasabi peas for seasonal heat. Chefs create foodscapes on a linguini canvas by painting hills of sautéed chicken and lobster and a forest of mushrooms, broccoli, and roasted tomatoes with a gorgonzola cream sauce ($13 for a half portion, $24 for a full portion). Prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin and asparagus ($19) snorkel through a sea of chipotle cream sauce, excavating submerged scallions and pirate doubloons from mounds of mashed potatoes. A three-layer feast, the Georgia Banks grilled swordfish ($30) rests on a pile of sliced potatoes while the sweet juices of a pineapple, mango, and strawberry salsa run down its sides.
Winds from the Atlantic Ocean sweep across Widow's Walk Golf Course, almost as a constant reminder that nature was here first. The 18-hole, par 72 course opened in 1997 to national acclaim thanks to its environmentally friendly design and commitment to protect the site's wildlife. Evidence of that commitment surrounds golfers as they weave past undisturbed wetlands and peer across the landscape from elevated tees.
The course's designers plotted holes and fairways around the property's natural contours instead of digging up the land or hiring a dinosaur to come and walk around for a while. Despite its friendly relationship with Mother Nature, the course may not be so friendly to scores. That's especially true of the 13th hole, which is widely considered the course's stiffest challenge due to its narrow fairway, water hazards, and red stakes lining both sides.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,403 yards from the tips * Four sets of tees per hole * Course rating of 71.2 * Course slope of 129