The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 8
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 8
The par-5 eighth on the Port Course might be the signature hole at The Captains Golf Course, a 36-hole facility in Brewster, Mass. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 2
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 2
The elevated green of the second hole on the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course is tough to hit. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 3
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 3
It's a downhill 173-yard shot to the third green on the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 5
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 5
Don't go long on the par-3 fifth hole of the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course on Cape Cod. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 6
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 6
The par-5 sixth hole is one of the best on the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Mass. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 9
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 9
Three front bunkers protect the ninth green on the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 12
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 12
The 12th hole is the longer of back-to-back par 5s on the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Mass. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 14
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 14
A pond guarding the 14th green is one of just two water hazards on the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course on Cape Cod. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 16
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The Captains Golf Course - Port Course - hole 16
The 16th fairways swoops into this valley before the green on the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Massachusetts. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Sail away on the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course on Cape Cod

BREWSTER, Mass. -- True to its name, the Port Course at The Captains Golf Course starts just to the left of the starter shack.

Ten of its holes were built when original architect Brian Silva returned in 1999 to transform his original routing built in 1985 into two courses. The two municipal golf courses owned by the town of Brewster in lower Cape Cod feel almost like mirror images. Both are memorable for their tree-lined fairways and soft elevation changes. Only a few holes have homes or a road in sight.

The 6,724-yard Port Course might be slightly tougher than the Starboard Course, although both have given up the same course record, a 63. The best hole on the property is no. 8 on the Port, a demanding par 5 with an elevated green protected by a pond.

The Captains Golf Course was named the best new course in the country by Golf Digest when it opened. Nearly three decades later, it's still one of the favorites on the Cape, except now it's times two.

"People don't have a preference of one over the other," Director of Operations Mark O'Brien said. "If our members play one, then they want to do the other one the next time. It is helpful that one isn't in demand over the other. They are similar.

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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