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Guide play fore the love of golf THESE BEAUTIFUL COURSES ARE ON PAR WITH THE BEST IN THE WORLD. by melanie lieberman Cape Cod National Golf Club O vernight guests at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club have the opportunity to play at this 6,954- yard, par-72, 18-hole course, designed by Brian Silva. Private lessons are available with a golf pro, starting at $80 for 45 minutes. 174 S. Orleans Road, Brewster, 508-240-6800; The Golf Club at Equinox A s tunning view of the Green Mountains is the backdrop to the number one par-71 golf course in Vermont. Opt for the Unlimited Golf Package, which includes the greens fee and cart, starting at $249. There is also a weekly golf league through Columbus Day. 3567 Main St. (Rte. 7A), Manchester Village, VT, 802-362- 7870; Farm Neck Golf Club T ake advantage of the twilight rates at this Martha's Vineyard course. A favorite of Presidents Clinton and Obama, the club offers a par-72 course at dusk for $85. In season, play 18 holes for $150 a day, including an electric cart. Ladies can take an instruc- tion clinic every Friday morning. 1 Farm Neck Way, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3057; Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills S running up to 400 feet deep. Catch a view of Boston's skyline, the Harbor Islands, or The Blue Hills Reservation as you play 27 holes at this par-72 course. Range balls and cart are included in the $125 tee fee. 100 Quarry Hills Dr., Quincy, 617- 689-1900; The Mansion at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club E njoy a round of golf at this resort's Nicklaus Design course, the only one on Cape Cod. Bring the family—kids who golf with an adult after 4 pm play for free. New this year is Six at Six, a six-hole loop that starts at 6 pm outside the clubhouse. The rate is $50 per adult with cart; kids are welcome. 2907 Main St., Brewster, 508-896-9000; Newport National Golf Club T his semiprivate, resort-style club has a modern, par-72 links course with elevated greens that is ranked eight among the top links courses in the US by the PGA. Non-members can pay a daily fee beginning at $55 for admittance. 324 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown, RI, 401-848-9690; Pinehills Golf Club T ituated above former granite quarries, this links-style, three- course club features water hazards 140 his five-star club is open to the public and offers more than 700 acres between two courses, one designed by Rees Jones and the other by Nicklaus Design. A full 18 holes of golf, with a cart and range balls, starts at $100. Stop in after 4 pm for a round of Super Twilight golf for only $45. 54 Clubhouse Dr., Plymouth, 508-209-3000; Renaissance T his private club, the first-ever Brian Silva Signature Course, has a focus on all members of the family and offers ladies-only clinics on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hole 3 is the longest hole on the course and will test even the best golfer's skill at 589 yards and par five. 377 Kenoza St., Haverhill, 978- 556-0900; TPC Boston W etlands and bent-grass greens are natural features of this par-72 course, designed by Arnold Palmer and renovated by Gil Hanse in 2007. The course is home to one of four PGA Tour playoff events. 400 Arnold Palmer Blvd., Norton, 508-285-3200; Willowbend N ewly acquired by Southworth Development, the club now offers three levels of membership: one for golfers, one for tennis players, and one for those who just want to use the spa and fitness facilities. While the clubhouse area will be refurbished, the course itself will remained nearly untouched, and golfers will be able to choose from one of five 18-hole routings. 130 Willowbend Dr., Mashpee, 508-539-5000; BC What is the most difficult part of the course? Holes 11, 12, and 13. it's a long par four, followed by a par four with a forced carry, and then a long par three. if you get through those three holes you are doing well. Best part of the course? the peaceful setting. We don't have houses on the course, so it is serene when you get out there. Is the club hosting any tournaments this year? We are honored to host this year's senior amateur championship in september. Enjoy the serenity of Cape Cod National Golf Club. Tee Time general manager michael Walker shares the inside scoop on cape cod national golf club. Watch one of the PGA Tour playoff events at TPC Boston.

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