Popular Cape Cod Boating Destinations

Managing partner of Laidlaw & Company in New York City, James (Jim or Jimmy) Ahern raises capital for public and private organizations with a concentration in the healthcare sector. When he isn’t busy at Laidlaw, James Ahern is an avid boating enthusiast who enjoys exploring the waters around Cape Cod along the coast of Massachusetts.

One of the most popular of Cape Cod’s attached waterways is Bass River. Boaters can access this large and scenic river from the south-central coast of Cape Cod in order to experience its copious sheltering coves and wealth of wildlife. However, because it attracts so many boaters and fisherman, the Bass River and its resources are now under stress.

Alternative boating destinations in the Cape Cod area include the picturesque working port of Menemsha Harbor, the sandy public beach at Tarpaulin Cove, and the Massachusetts Audubon-managed long barrier island known as Dead Neck. Boaters looking to dock to enjoy shopping and dining on shore should consider the many amenities of Vineyard Haven.

Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Massachusetts

Old Sandwich Golf Club pic

Old Sandwich Golf Club
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James Ahern is an experienced investment banker who, since 2010, has helped grow Laidlaw & Company into a nationally recognized firm with offices in major United States cities, such as New York, Boston, and San Francisco. When he isn’t raising capital for Laidlaw’s health care investments, Massachusetts native James Ahern enjoys playing golf.

Each year, Golf Digest releases its rankings of the top 100 courses in the United States. In doing so, the popular publication also puts together a list of the best courses in each state. The following are its top three courses in Massachusetts.

1. The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel). Originally designed as a nine-hole course by Willie Campbell in 1895, this course ranks 16th on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Courses list. It hosted the 1963 and 1988 U.S. Open Tournaments and, more recently, was the site of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Open.

2. Old Sandwich Golf Club. Based in Plymouth, Old Sandwich is a 6,908-yard, par-71 course that was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in 2004. Although it’s a relatively new course, it has a traditional layout that might remind patrons of National Golf Links, Pine Valley, or Baltusrol.

3. Kittansett Club. A 6,811-yard, par-71 course located in Marion, Kittansett ranks 67th on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Courses list. It was designed by William Flynn in 1922 and has since been restored and revamped by popular architects Stephen Kay and Gil Hanse.