Here's a silly question:
Ever played a round of golf on Cape Cod?
Of course you have! Even if you shank and slice everything off into the woods and couldn't sink a putt if it was a half-inch from the hole, chances are you've gone out on a sunny day with a few friends, played 18 holes and figured out that a bad day of golf beats a good day at the office, any day of the week. The Cape is almost as chock-full of golf courses as it is beaches, and there are courses for every taste. Easy, public par 3s are minutes away from swanky private clubs, and greens fees range from less then dinner for two at Bobby Byrnes to having to take out a second mortgage just to hit a few balls.
Before we start exploring one of our favorites, the Pocasset Golf Club, let's talk about a little bit of golf history. There was a renaissance of interest in the sport in the 1990s and early 2000s, fueled in large part by the popularity of Tiger Woods and the attention he brought to the sport. The sport underwent a building boom, with courses and golf communities popping up all across the country, and the Cape wasn't immune to this boom. Even established courses like Willowbend (built in the late 1980s) and New Seabury (built in the 1960s), underwent extensive renovations and expansions, adding greatly to the "golf living" housing stock in the area. As we said earlier, there's a course for every taste, and each club certainly has its appeal.
Part of Pocasset's appeal is its history. Founded in 1916, the Pocasset Golf Club is one of the Cape's oldest. So old, in fact, that the original Donald Ross designed course was laid out by horse-drawn plows, instead of tractors and modern machinery. The course predates almost every golf innovation - the irrigation system, heavy machinery and man-made water features. The course's rolling hills, doglegs, and layout largely follows the terrain's natural topography. Why? There simply wasn't another way to build it. The course has undergone a layout change since then, with three holes moving locations, but otherwise largely follows the original layout.
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Players originally arrived at the course by train - a small station was adjacent to the sixth hole, and stayed in waterfront hotels near the course. The course itself once ran along the nearby waterfront bluffs, with views Hen Cove of Buzzards Bay on one side and steam trains chugging through the middle of the course on the other. Believe it or not, one of the course's early neighbors was an iron works, something that would never be possible on the Cape today! Eventually, the oceanfront land was sold off and some parts of the course moved to today's somewhat compact layout.
These days, the area around the Pocasset Golf Club is one of the Cape's hidden gems. Stately turn of the century homes (some of them are the course's previous clubhouses) sit side-by-side with more modest homes built from the 1960s through today, and all within a 7 irons stroke of one of the Cape's best golf courses. Located a short drive from the Bourne Bridge and only a couple of minutes off Route 28, Boston-area and South Shore vacationers have valued the area for its convenience as a second home community, and Cape Codders love that it's off the beaten path of many of the tourists.
From a real estate perspective, there's a lot of value here. You get the proximity to golf, and beach, with out the price tag that often comes with it. Add in the amenities (golf, joining the club and gaining dining privileges, close to the beach), and we're wondering why more people don't know about the neighborhood. Unless you're looking at the highest end of the neighborhood, you can get the cliché "lots of house for your money" in the club. If you're looking to "buy and flip", this probably isn't the neighborhood for you. However, buying a home here is a sold long-term investment. Home values rarely dip in this neighborhood, and they've shown a record of consistent, steady growth over the years. If you're buying as a vacation home, the value is hard to match anywhere else on Cape Cod. If you're buying to make it a year-round home, it's definitely a great neighborhood for families with or without children.
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