Birdie's Eye View  - July 18, 2019

Matt Burgess, PGA general manager of Falmouth Country Club, stands along the par-5 10th hole yesterday.

The Falmouth Country Club, a challenging 27-hole, year-round public course boasts an 18-hole, par-72 “Osprey Course” and a nine-hole, par-37 “Talon Course” just miles from Atlantic beaches, cranberry bogs and everything else that represents the Cape.

With a flat terrain, green fairways and challenging greens, Falmouth Country Club offers a degree of difficulty to players of all skill levels but brings elements of forgiveness along the way.

The second course highlighted in this ongoing summer series features its signature hole, a 516-yard, par-5 10th hole. With blue tees tucked around a cluster of trees, it is best defined by PGA general manager Matt Burgess as the ultimate risk/reward hole. Eagles are attainable for big hitters off the tee, but not without a challenge. Tee shots that stray right will be welcomed by a man-made pond in a setting that two ospreys—the reason for the course’s name—call home, high above the water.

A strong second shot can get players to the green, but be wary, as a collection of sand traps protect the green along the left side where a tight tree line regularly gobbles up golf balls. Go too far over the green, and golfers will be met with more trees and a slightly elevated back of the dance floor.

Once on the vast green, the 10th hole features a number of slight dips and dives to frustrate golfers looking for a low score.

Rates vary depending on the day and time for the Osprey Course, where reservations are preferred. On Mondays through Thursdays, from opening to noon, rates are $45 for nonresidents and $35 for residents in season. Rates drop $5 from noon to 2 PM and an additional $10 after 2 PM. On Fridays, weekends and holidays rates begin at $60/$55, dropping to $55/$45 from noon to 2 PM and $35/$30 for twilight rates.

The nine-hole Talon Course is walk-in friendly and has flat rates of $30 for residents and $26 for nonresidents in season. Carts can be purchased for an additional fee of $15 for 18 holes and $8 for nine holes. 

Have a golf hole you’d like to see featured? Shoot Bourne/Sandwich Enterprise sports editor Wesley Sykes an email at sykes@capenews.net to get your favorite course featured this summer!

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