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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Program - A World Class Golf Course on the Banks of Nauset Marsh

Ouimet & Jones at Cedar Banks
Francis Ouimet (L) and Bobby Jones (R) at Cedar Banks

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News Release Date: September 11, 2013
Contact: Sue Haley, District Interpreter, 508-255-3421

Described in 1928 by the Boston Evening Transcript as "one of the finest natural layouts in the world," the Cedar Banks Links, on the northern shore of Nauset Marsh in Eastham, catered to some of the premier golf pros of the time including Bobby Jones and Francis Ouimet. Join Mark McGrath with special guest Don Sparrow for a free, one-hour presentation about the fascinating history of the Cedar Banks Links golf course, at 2 PM on Saturday, September 28 at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.

Avid golfer and history buff, Mark McGrath will present an illustrated talk on the course. Additionally, the program will include remarks from special guest, Don Sparrow, who grew up next to the course and caddied for both Ouimet and Jones, while his father served as course superintendent and his mother was caddymaster. Learn where the holes were located, what happened to the course, and what happened when a group of golfers tried to play the course in 2012. An optional walk through part of the land that was once part of the historic course will be offered to those who are interested after the talk.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles, apparel, and games. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.

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