The Cape Club course nears reopening following reconstruction work


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    The eleventh hole at The Cape Club. Photo: Michael Petrizzo

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    Augusta white-sand has been added to the bunkering, as seen here on the fifteenth. Photo: Michael Petrizzo

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    The green complexes have been expanded and recontoured. Photo: Michael Petrizzo

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    A number of fairways have also been widened. Photo: Michael Petrizzo

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The golf course at The Cape Club in Falmouth, Massachusetts, is to reopen on 3 August following a major project that has seen the reconstruction of the club’s 18 holes.

Formerly named the Ballymeade Country Club, the club was gained new ownership in December 2014 and has since seen heavily investment in its golf facilities.

The original course at Ballymeade opened in 1989 and was co-designed by Jim Fazio and Chi Chi Rodriguez. While the layout remains intact, a team from Troon led by Ron Despain, Troon’s vice president of golf course development, has made a number of important changes to the course.

These include the elevation of tee boxes to enhance views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding area, the widening of fairways throughout the 18 holes, and the expansion and recontouring of green complexes.

More than 200,000 yards of dirt have been moved during the course of the work, while Augusta white-sand has been added to the bunkers.

A new practice facility featuring distance-tracking technology has also been added to the club’s golf offerings, allowing players to accurately monitor ball speed and distance for each shot. 

“The new Cape Club by Troon offers the quality of a private club, but it is open to the public,” said Ryan Payne, director of golf at The Cape Club. “Together with Troon, we’ve created a first-class golf destination designed to enhance a member for the day experience.”