Club at New Seabury Golf & Popponesset Inn
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A quintessential cape cod country club, resort, and links golf in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Club at New Seabury in Mashpee, Massachusetts for a short 2-day golf getaway. Located down on beautiful Cape Cod.
If you are looking to experience Cape Cod golf within a resort and country club, this is it.
Club at New Seabury
The Club at New Seabury is a large community with residential homes that are nestled along the main drive once you pass through the gate. Though it is large, there is ample signage pointing you where you need to go.
Once at the clubhouse, drop your golf clubs at the convenient bag drop area before heading to the parking lot. Your golf clubs and cart will be ready for you at the back of the clubhouse where staff members are there to greet and help you.
The club has all the amenities of a resort as well as a private country club in one gated community.
The clubhouse at New Seabury is newly remodeled throughout. The decor is what I like to call modern and sophisticated with a subtle beach and nautical theme.
The interior decor is simple with hues of cool grays, neutrals, and light blue tones from the ocean.
The clubhouse has dining for 19th hole socializing and beautiful views of the golf course and ocean, and an award-winning golf shop with an amazing array of brands in golf apparel, equipment, and accessories to choose from.
The Club at New Seabury offers extra amenities besides golf and dining. They also offer tennis, pickleball, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility as well as 2 beach clubs and poolside access with a cabana pool club.
What more could anyone want?
Golf at the Club at New Seabury
New Seabury has two championship golf courses that are stunning, unique, and challenging. The Ocean Course and the Dunes Course. Both were designed by William Mitchell and redesigned by Bruce Hepner.
The front nine on the Ocean Course is situated along the ocean, complete with ocean breezes, which can have a huge effect on how challenging the course is day to day depending on the weather and the wind.
Our particular day didn’t feel that windy at the clubhouse but once we headed out, I realized that wind was going to be a 2 club factor.
The Dunes course is set inland from the ocean and is shorter in length but beautiful and manageable. In 2019, this course was completely redesigned and renovated to improve playability and ensure more enjoyment of the golf course.
After we parked, we found our way around the back of the clubhouse and were greeted warmly by one of the golf directors, who was extremely helpful. A small world as we shared the same last name and knew each other’s respective families.
I found the entire staff to be extremely welcoming and professional.
A small putting green was available to roll a few putts in before heading to the first tee. The driving range was located up the road as well as a short game area to practice those much needed approach shots.
What really looked fun were the remote control Club Car caddies that can follow you around the course with your golf clubs in tow.
Who knows, maybe this is the future of golf caddies and carts for those who like to walk a course but don’t want to push, pull or ride.
My Experience Playing the Ocean Course at New Seabury
This was very much the tale of 2 golf courses. From the start when you are teeing off on hole #1, though it still didn’t feel all that windy, once I hit my drive, I noticed the wind knocked the ball down once it was airborne. I remember thinking, “oh this is going to be an interesting round”.
I played the front nine extremely well and believe it was because I had to stay as grounded as I could from being blown over by gusts of wind.
Balance was a big thing.
My sun hat was put away for the front nine once it flew off my head a few different times. It was hard to focus on my shot for fear that my hat would blow away into the ocean.
The wind was a huge factor on the front nine. I loved the links-style golf here and enjoyed the experience. Depending on the day, the weather, and the amount of wind, a golfer needs to be ready for any type of golf on a links golf course like this.
Once we made the turn to the 10th tee though and drove to the other side of the clubhouse, it was a completely different golf course.
I almost thought we had gotten mixed up and were playing the Dunes course. From the 10th hole in, the fairways were beautifully manicured with rolling hills and some doglegs.
And no wind or ocean breeze whatsoever.
It was so different that my golf game changed and I ended up not playing the back nine as well as the front.
All my normal habits came back.
All in all, we had a great time and loved the experience of playing golf at New Seabury. It was a very interesting golf course and I liked the two different styles within the one course.
I would very much like to play the Dunes course so I can compare the two. I’d like to see how it compares as well as see how all the new changes play into the course design and playability.
Club at New Seabury Scorecard
From the Black Tees or the tips, the yardage of the Ocean Course was a whopping 7105 yards with a slope rating 76.5/134.
From the Green Tees or the most forward tees, it was still a long track as it plays at 5573 yards. The slope rating from here was 74.3/127 for the women and 68.3/120 for the men.
These were the shortest tees I could play on the Ocean Course which honestly was quite long. I have been playing for quite some time and could handle the longer distance. And if you like a challenge or hit a long ball, the Ocean Course is great.
If you would like to play a shorter course, the Dunes Course Black Tees are at 6041 yards and the forward White Tees are at 5114 yards. Both of which might be more manageable for shorter hitters. However, you would not get the same links-style course play that the Ocean course brings.
Ocean Course Club at Newbury Scorecard
Dunes Course Scorecard – Club at New Seabury
Slope and Rating – Club at New Seabury
Can You Golf at New Seabury If You Are Not a Member?
Yes, the public can actually play golf and use the amenities at New Seabury.
While it is a private country club, there is also a small resort within the club. As a bonus, guests that stay in the cottages and stay overnight are able to access the club, the golf and its amenities.
During the summer months or peak season, there is typically a 3-night minimum stay required.
If you would like to stay here, be sure to reserve early as the Club at New Seabury books up well in advance with all the weddings, special events, and guests who are looking to purchase a home within New Seabury residential community.
The club hosts many special events, as well as charity and golf outings because of its premier location, challenging golf, and beautiful setting.
I actually just signed up for a tournament that is open to the public later this year that will be held at New Seabury and am looking forward to playing the Ocean course again.
How much is a Round of Golf at New Seabury?
If you are staying as a guest, the current cost of an 18 hole round on the Ocean Course is $170, and the Dunes Course is $150. These rates may change from year to year and season to season.
Popponesset Inn at New Seabury
There are five different restaurants to choose from within the Club at New Seabury. Coming off the course for a 19th hole refreshment, you’ll likely go to 95 Shore which is located in the clubhouse.
For casual dining overlooking the beach and Nantucket Sound, be sure to check out the Popponnesset Inn.
We opted to dine after our round at the Popponnesset Inn Restaurant, which provided a lighter fare and some wonderful seafood entrees and dishes. We enjoyed being on the water for dinner that evening, as the restaurant is right off the club’s private beach.
The interior was quiet and had a casual beach setting where we felt relaxed and were able to unwind with friends before heading in for the night.
The cup of clam chowder seemed to be a popular choice and did not disappoint. I was extremely happy with my Salmon Rice Bowl which came with black Thai rice and bok choy. Very light and flavorful.
While eating, a local high school prom was taking place in the Popponnesset Inn’s larger function room. I remember thinking that this would make such a wonderful venue for other special events, like weddings, family gatherings, reunions, or birthday celebrations as the setting is gorgeous right off the beach overlooking Nantucket Sound.
And it can accommodate overnight guests as well as provide the opportunity to play golf or tennis or relax around their pool or private beach.
Definitely a premier choice for a vacation on the water along Cape Cod.
For more information, check out the Club at New Seabury and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.
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