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New England Golf Life by Katharine Dyson

Fabulous Fall Golf at the Turn

Autumn in the Northeast is all about color where peak play is enhanced by neon-bright crimson, orange and yellow-clad trees, brilliant cobalt skies and crisp freshly-laundered air. Leaves drift down hiding your ball, crunch under your soft spikes. Kids are back in school and prices have dropped both on and off the fairways. It starts around mid-September and hangs in there until the last leaf has dropped nudged by the first big news of frost usually by early November. is is a cool time to pack up your clubs and camera and head out for some of the best golf of the season. Here are some places where you can extend your golfing season with spectacular golf on some of New England's best courses.

Cape Es-Cape South of Boston stuck out there like a giant fishhook in the ocean Cape Cod's weather is moderated by the Gulf Stream so you can play golf almost all year long. With more than 40 courses in a relatively small area, you can stay in one place and play a different course each day — good courses with carries over salt marshes, elevations, and ponds not to mention magnificent vistas burnished by the golden late afternoon sun and a bronzed seascape. Prices are relatively inexpensive with comfortable accommodations and golf starting as low as $50 – often half the rate in high season. Great packages are available at Heritage House through

For local color Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich runs through — not surprisingly — cranberry bogs along with kettle holes, wetlands and woods. Designed by the legendary team of Cornish and Robinson, this is pure classic golf. www.cranberrygolfcourse.comhe While you're there, catch the colorful Cranberry Harvest which take place through October. e Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association has created a cranberry harvest trail guide to describing where and when.

In Yarmouth you can play the two Cape Cod Sisters Bass River and Bayberry Hills designed by Silvia and Cornish, two great courses with a rich history. Just down the road Sandwich Hollows Golf Club offers great golf with views of Cape Cod Bay great packages are available through the Clarion Inn at

Another classic with roll-up greens and undulating but gentle terrain, Bay Pointe Country Club at Buzzards Bay, was built in the 60s. Its most well known hole is #7, a par three with an island green. Several luxury homes lie on the perimeter of the fairways softened by tall birches making for good fall color. Fall fees of $19$30 (down from $27-$37) represent a great deal.

Wetlands turn bronze and late afternoon shadows play across the fairways at Farm Neck Golf Club four miles out to sea in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.

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