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 to get your favorite course featured this summer!

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.