Cape Cod is home to more than two dozen public golf courses, where golfers of every skill level will find picturesque, challenging and affordable options. The variety of captivating layouts begins the moment you cross over the Sagamore and Bourne bridges and extends into the Lower Cape towns of Wellfleet and Truro.

Whether you’re seeking a laid-back experience or simply hoping to sneak in a quick nine before heading to the ocean, the Cape offers courses that will quench your golf thirst without flattening your wallet.

Here is an insider’s guide to some of the best golf values on Cape Cod.

The savings begin not long after reaching the Cape. If you cross over the Bourne Bridge, it’s a short drive to the Falmouth Country Club. Greens fees are only $43 during the week in the summer and $60 on weekends. The course has undergone a dramatic renovation over the past decade, adding nine holes to completely overhaul the 18-hole layout. The new holes, placed in the middle of the original nine, feature tighter fairways, rolling terrain, elevated greens and ample bunkering. There’s also a nine-hole course for those looking for a game of golf on the go. (

If you travel over the Sagamore Bridge, a great place to tee it up first is Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds in Marstons Mills. Located across the street from a grass-field airport, Olde Barnstable is always in superb condition. The course is flat, which makes for a stress-free walk, and you don’t need to hit the ball miles off the tee to score. Although not long, it can be plenty testing from the championship tees. The white tees, at 6,113 yards, are ideal for juniors, seniors and even beginners, who won’t be faced with forced carries over hazards. (

If you’re staying in or around Hyannis, Twin Brooks Golf Course is one of the Cape’s best values. This par 54 course is tucked behind the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center, which offers stay & play packages that include preferred tee times and lunch. The tree-lined fairways and picturesque ponds create a pleasant, casual atmosphere, and the price is right at $35 during the week and $40 on the weekend. (

Blue Rock Golf Course in South Yarmouth is another great option if you’re looking to play in less than three hours - there are also options to stay & play at the adjacent Blue Rock Golf Resort. Blue Rock has been rated one of the top 10 par-3 courses in the country and features a succession of beautifully designed holes that are both scenic and demanding. With superb bunkering and creative landscaping, along with ever-present wildlife roaming the premises, it will test your short game on every hole. The club offers a number of specials to entice visitors, including a breakfast club package that offers nine holes, a pull cart and a full breakfast for $38 if you tee off before 8 a.m. (

Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich is another public layout that exudes a private-club ambiance. The course winds through cranberry bogs and features a memorable closing stretch of holes, including a double-dogleg par 5 finishing hole. The town spent more than $1.2 million in renovations on the course in recent years, redesigning all 55 bunkers and building a new state-of-the-art practice facility that is second to none. (

The Captains Golf Course in Brewster is home to two 18-hole championship courses. Both courses feature a classic Cape Cod feel, with tree-lined fairways, relatively flat terrain and a fair, straightforward test of golf. The Port layout includes a number of demanding doglegs, while the Starboard requires accuracy off the tee. (

Over at Chatham Seaside Links, you’ll find a decidedly more informal experience. A par 68 course, it plays less than 5,000 yards, with no holes measuring more than 350. In a town known for its affluence, this is a wonderful bargain at $31 for 18 holes and $20 for nine. Be forewarned that the course does not offer tee times; it’s strictly first-come, first-serve. (

At the nine-hole Highland Links Golf Course in North Truro, you’ll walk in the footsteps of history at the Cape’s oldest course, all for a greens fee of $35 for nine holes. Opened in 1892, the course will transport you to Scotland as you traverse rock-hard fairways framed by heather, gorse, fescue and scrubby pine. There are also eye-popping oceans views from windswept bluffs and a par 3 hole that plays toward historic Cape Cod Light. (

Your last golf stop before reaching the tip of the peninsula in Provincetown is located in the scenic fishing village of Wellfleet. Chequessett Yacht & Country Club is not nearly as fancy as the name implies, but it’s an enjoyable, easygoing course at a reasonable price. The nine-hole layout features dazzling views of Wellfleet Harbor and costs only $55 for 18 holes during the height of summer. (