Saturday, July 30, 2011

Golfing on the North Shore

(Hanging in the Clubhouse at Cape Ann Golf Course)

This is the signature seventh hole at Cape Ann Golf Course in Essex, Massachusetts.  It presents a challenge no matter which set of tees you play from, as you are hitting to an almost island green, well-trapped in the front, and falling away to salt marshes on three sides.

This course actually has two signature holes, this one, and the fourth hole which is a long par-four with spectacular views of the water and salt marshes of Cape Ann.  

The price to play this wonderfully scenic course is very reasonable, they take advance tee times, and even the ride from Salem is beautiful.  I highly recommend this lovely, historic 9-hole golf course to any golfer visiting the area.  

You can combine a round of golf there with a visit to Essex, which may boast one of the highest number of antique stores per capita than anyplace in Massachusetts, as well as some excellent, casual seafood restaurants.  My favorite, which is only open seasonally, is Farnham's Clam Shack.

I hope you enjoy this visit just a little bit north of Salem.


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