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The new ownership group is completing some light course renovations for the 2016 season, with the goal of making some of the holes a little more player friendly. The clubhouse is also undergoing some enhancements, but Crowley says “nothing needs major surgery.”
Course architect Rees Jones, who has designed some 170 golf courses around the world, from Falmouth to Namibia, says everything about the TGC course is special. “In New England there’s a lot of rugged terrain,” says Jones, “and because of the change of terrain, every hole is distinctive.”
When the TGC course was constructed a decade ago, Jones says the greens, pockets and bunkers were built and shaped, but minimal work was done to reshape the site’s rugged terrain. Thus, the course features a lot of range in elevation, he says, and the fairways seem to fit perfectly within the landscape. “Every one of these holes is really ideal for golf,” Jones says. “It’s a classic design. It’s really what a lot of the old golf courses are like.”
Uniquely, the course offers five different tee boxes at all 18 holes to allow flexibility for various skill levels. Once off the tee, though, Jones says golfers will encounter countless challenges and nuances throughout the 72-par, 7,000-yard course; this is really a thinking golfer’s course. “Part of the fun of a good golf course is you have to make a lot of decisions,” says Crowley, “and this course has a lot of that.”
Jones describes it as “a manageable finesse course. I think it’s a wonderful place to play golf, and I think that’s why the group bought it, because they love it so much.” The club’s financial standing, he adds, is “a plus-plus for everybody.”
Speaking of “everybody,’ Passios says the club’s family memberships are now even more “family friendly” than before. One benefit afforded members, Passios says, is if a club member is hosting a visiting family member—say, a son or daughter at home for the weekend from college—they can play at the club for free provided they play with the member.
TGC also hosts golf camps for kids and has an active caddie program with many young people involved. The club also participates in several charitable efforts including sponsoring the TGC Fund, which supports local veterans and active military personnel who face significant personal challenges and financial needs. The club’s annual TGC for the Troops golf tournament will be held this year on Monday, June 27, with a free golf clinic and lunch for veterans and active military service members the previous day (June 26).
Finally, after playing a round, golfers can head to the club’s restaurant, TGC Grille by C Salt, which is overseen by head chef Jonathan Philips, the owner of C Salt Wine Bar & Grille on Falmouth’s Route 28. The restaurant is open to the public daily for lunch, and for dinner by reservation. The cuisine is a mix of modern American with some Asian and French influence, and popular appetizers include pork belly bites, crispy hoisin wings and tuna tartar.
TGC is located at 132 Falmouth Woods Road in East Falmouth. For more information, visit tgcgolf.com, or call 508-457-7200.
Matthew J. Gill is the editor of
Cape Cod LIFE magazine.
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