Category Archives: Cape Cod News

Golf Course By Nauset Marsh On Cape Cod.

Did you know that there used to be a golf course near the Eastham Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh? You can see the old cement roller for the greens in the grass by the marsh. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

I hadn’t seen it in a couple of years and presumed it had washed away, but it re-appeared a while ago covered in sea grass and barnacles.

The course was created by Quincy Adams Shaw in the 1920s and described by a Boston newspaper as “one of the finest natural layouts in the world.”

“Shaw was a Boston Brahman whose fortune came from Michigan copper mines. The Harvard graduate suffered a nervous breakdown in his 40s and after a long confinement, his doctors recommended he find something to occupy his time. He turned to building a golf course on family land. Using local laborers, a horse and an earth scoop, it took three years and in 1928, Cedar Bank was ready for play.” Cedar Bank was essentially an estate course for family outings and friends.

“The Eastham Historical Society has photographs and maps of the 18-hole design. The course played 6,490 yards to a par 70 and was in operation until the late 1940s. Among the best holes were the 140-yard par-3 11th over the pond. Players had to cross the hazard on a small barge with a rope and pulley. The 310-yard 17th around the inlet was memorable and the green reachable, but the challenge was how much of the marsh could be carried with a driver.”

Its always so much fun to learn about new things where you live and what it used to be like back in the day. I certainly learned  a lot researching this cool golf course!

New Entrance To Nauset Beach On Cape Cod.

The sign is up for the new entrance to Nauset Beach. This entrance will have a new 218-car parking lot which will be linked to the old parking lot. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

You can see the new shack to collect fees at the entrance with a larger building behind it that will be used for offices.

The “iconic” old entrance will be the new exit to better the flow of traffic. We hadn’t been down there for a few weeks, so were quite surprised at all of the work that has been completed! Wow!

Breaking News At Coast Guard Beach On Cape Cod!

They’re back! Those adorable little summer-resident Piping Plovers are back at Coast Guard Beach. It was such a treat to see 3 of them scurrying along the water’s edge looking for their food of small insects and invertebrates. (Click on blog link for other photos.)

The ironic part was that I had just looked up on the “Checklist of Birds on Cape Cod” on the drive over to Coast Guard Beach to see when they would arrive. It said “late March or April,” so I had my fingers crossed.

Adorable little guys, don’t you think? They should be here till the end of September, so you have lots of time to see them!