Martha’s Vineyard is a golfing paradise, with three public golf courses and two private course on island. Whether you’re a novice golfer, just getting into the swing of things, or an expert on greens, the golf courses on Martha’s Vineyard work for all types of golfers! If you’re planning a trip to the Vineyard, you can plan on adding your golf clubs to the list (or not and rent them from the golf course itself!)
Mink Meadows Golf Club
“A traditional seaside golf club nestled in the West Chop area of Martha’s Vineyard. This hidden gem features expansive fairways, beautifully manicured greens, and ocean views.”
Designed by golf architects Wayne Stiles and John Van Kleek, who originally proposed a 27-hole layout, but ultimately was reduced to its current 9-hole design. Rentals are available and the golf club is located in Vineyard Haven. You can apply for membership, but the club is also open to non-members with certain stipulations.
Farm Neck Golf Club
“As you play, you will find yourself traversing a striking variation of topography and vegetation — everything from woodlands, to open meadows, to salt marshes, to stunning overlooks and intimate brushes with the water's edge. Along with its intrinsic beauty, Farm Neck enjoys a widespread reputation for championship caliber golf.”
Located in Oak Bluffs, Farm Neck Golf Club has continually earned a 4 ½ out of 5 star rating in Golf Digest's “Best Places to Play,” and is considered by many to be one of the premiere golfing experiences in the Northeast — and beyond. Designed in 1979 by Geffrey Cornish, Bill Robinson, and Patrick Mulligan, this 18-hole course is sure to delight any golfer.
If you can’t ship your golf clubs, you can rent Callaway Clubs (prices range between $45-65 depending on tee time).
Royal and Ancient Chappaquiddick Links
A toss between private and public, you can become a member for $600 but you may also play without purchasing a membership or making advance arrangements (although we recommend making arrangements as you don’t want to make it all the way to Chappy and not be able to play. The weekday rate is of $50 per person ($25 for kids) and the weekend rate is of $75.
The course history dates back to over a century ago and For the past 30 years, Brad Woodger has tried to maintain and perpetuate the Links while maintaining its unique character and integrity. Golfing at RACL is an outing all on its own, and they are available for events and private parties.
Vineyard Golf Club (private)
Vineyard Golf Club opened in 2002 and was the first new golf course built on island in 30 years. Just two miles outside of historic Edgartown and close to the rural village of West Tisbury, the course is private and one of the few organic golf courses in America. Designed by British architects Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, the course has replaced traditional pesticides with bio-stimulants and composted fertilizers that help protect the island’s single-source aquifer, per Links Magazine.
“Designed as a walking course, the holes flow seamlessly from green to tee and the experience is enhanced by a caddie program that is among the very best in the Northeast. The course has many classic design elements that present varied and fun challenges to both seasoned and novice players. These qualities and characteristics are the work of noted golf course architects Gil Hanse and his design partner, Jim Wagner. A new front nine debuted in 2013 and a completely redesigned back nine followed in 2015. In recognition of their work, GOLF Magazine named Vineyard Golf Club the “Best New Private Course” of 2015.”
Edgartown Golf Club (private)
The Edgartown Golf Club, was founded in 1926 and is a private golf club located in Edgartown. “Known for breathtaking views of the Vineyard Sound and its historic and charming clubhouse, the Edgartown Golf Club is open to its members and their guests year round, weather permitting.” During the summer season it hosts a junior golf program as well as many annual benefit golf tournaments that are open to all.
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