Cranberry Valley Golf Course

Cranberry Valley Golf Course, one of many municipal-owned on Cape Cod, is an 18-hole Geoffrey Cornish-design offering a varity of holes to challenge players of every ability while providing an enjoyable golfing experience at the same time.

HARWICH, Mass – Geoffrey Cornish was a prolific golf course designer who created over 200 courses including Cranberry Valley Golf Course in the charming Cape Cod town of Harwich.

His courses are challenging but even high handicappers can enjoy playing a round at a Cornish-designed layout. Each hole has four sets of tees, so play the tees that are best suited to your game.

When you arrive at Cranberry Valley be sure to allow time to warm up a bit before the round. The range has plenty of room to groove your swing, and roll a few putts while you’re at it. The practice green is a full 10,000 square feet so you can practice your putts from every angle possible.

Cranberry Valley starts with a gentle dogleg right playing a modest 375-yards from the tips. A large bunker guards the corner so you can try and let it fly, or hit an iron or fairway metal and aim a bit left of the bunker. The Par 5 second hole plays 509-yards from the tips and there is a sneaky little bunker on the left side. If you can bash it like the big hitters you can fly the bunker and make an attempt at getting home in two.

Cranberry Valley Golf Course features a large practice facility, including a putting green, and two chipping/pitching greens, as well as practice bunkers,as well as af ull service restaurant and has hosted several state and national golf tournament qualifiers and championships.

The bunkers are few but strategically placed to catch an errant shot. It is the classic risk and reward scenario on every hole. Plenty of fairway for the high handicapper but there is always the option to smash a tee shot and possibly bag a few birdies along the way.

On number 10 you are confronted by a short par 4 playing only 369-yards from the gold tees, but a small pond squeezes the fairway about 100 yards from the green. But hey, you are warmed up by now so don’t let a little water bother you. Cranberry Valley is well conditioned and is a favorite of local golfers and visitors to Cape Cod.

One of the more interesting holes is No. 18 – a 575-yard par 5. It is a double dogleg right and there are six bunkers on the entire hole so grip it and rip it. Cranberry Valley Golf Course is owned and operated by the town of Harwich.

After your round you can enjoy some food and a beverage on a large deck that overlooks the tenth tee. The staff are very accommodating and make you feel welcome. Harwich is centrally located on the Cape so you are surrounded by pristine beaches and plenty of restaurants serving some of the best seafood you can buy.

Jim got his start in golf writing with a gig at a Connecticut-based golf magazine, where he interviewed Ernie Els, among others. Since then, he’s covered tournaments for the LPGA, PGA Tour, Champions Tour and many amateur events. His work has been published in a number of magazines including GolfBoston Travel & Leisure, Southern New England Golf, New England Golf Monthly and Rhode Island Monthly. Jim ‘s favorite golf courses are Kebo Valley in Bar Harbor, Maine, Pebble Beach and Furry Creek in Vancouver B.C. and almost any Donald Ross course. Jim can be reached by email at

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