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There are ways to play at private golf courses

You could linger for decades on a waiting list before becoming a member at Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket. At Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster, the initiation fee reportedly exceeds the annual salary of most Americans. And for many golfers, the eye-catching views at New Seabury’s Ocean Course might as well be a mirage they will never be able to savor.

Walter Hagen, the famously flamboyant Hall of Fame golfer of the early 20th century, once said, “I never wanted to be a millionaire. I just wanted to live like one.” Few public golfers may know it, but Hagen’s philosophy can become their reality — if only for a day.

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