Photos: Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course on Cape Cod | Massachusetts Golf
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 17
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 17
The slightly downhill par-3 17th is considered the easiest hole on the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Massachusetts. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 4
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 4
Misses short will be costly on the fourth hole of the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Mass. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 6
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 6
At just 303 yards, the sixth hole on the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course can be attacked. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 7
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 7
It's rare that a par 5 is the No. 1 handicap, but that's the case on the seventh hole of the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Massachusetts. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 10
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 10
The 10th hole on the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course doglegs hard right. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 12
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 12
A tree and bunker collide near the 12th green, creating a tricky approach on the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Mass. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 2
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 2
The setting is sublime on the par-3 second hole of the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Massachusetts. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 14
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 14
Two trees block the 14th green on the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Massachusetts. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 16
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Captains Golf Course - Starboard Course - hole 16
Don't get caught in the tons of traps up the left side of the 16th hole on the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course on Cape Cod. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Brian Silva works his magic on the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course on Cape Cod

BREWSTER, Mass. -- Technically, the Starboard Course can be considered the older of the two layouts at The Captains Golf Course.

The 6,776-yard course is a mix of 10 holes from Brian Silva's original routing that Golf Digest honored as the country's best new course in 1985 and eight more holes built in 1999 when Silva returned to design a second layout. This unique mix of new and old melds seamlessly into one of Cape Cod's best public facilities.

The town of Brewster owns the 36-hole club in the lower Cape, although its Port Course and Starboard Course are kept in much better condition than your average muni. While lacking an "oh wow" hole, the Starboard Course relies on a steady diet of strong holes in a natural, wooded setting to keep golfers coming back.

"What I like about the (club) is there is no development, there's nothing else around," member Pat Eggers said during a round earlier this summer. "I play some of the private courses around here, and I like this one better than most of them.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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Brian Silva works his magic on the Starboard Course at The Captains Golf Course on Cape Cod