Since the first swing in 1962, Pine Hill Golf Club & Course has been an oasis of outdoor recreation for golfers to hunt birdies and pars. The 9-hole course actually plays like an 18-hole course due to the two sets of tee boxes on each hole, which present unique approaches and shot-making opportunities when looped twice over. As an 18-hole course, the layout stretches 5,571 yards for a par 72. Golfers of all ages and ability levels delight in the course's numerous opportunities to overcome challenges and wave flagsticks over a conquered green.
Prior to a round, golfers hone swings at the driving range, where all-grass tee boxes mimic the feel of on-course shots. For a better grasp on the game, players can book a lesson with PGA professional Mark Hall, who offers corrective advice to improve swing mechanics, such as how to develop consistent muscle memory or how to maximize drives with a bedazzled scepter. An on-site snack bar refuels hungry golfers and a pro shop carries select equipment and apparel.
Course at a Glance:
Having taught upward of 5,000 golfers—including more than 20 PGA and LPGA touring professionals—Shaun Webb commands an instructional style that improves students’ consistency from tee to green. Shaun wields certifications in golf fitness and swing biomechanics, which can be incorporated into his lessons for both adults and juniors. He also uses high-speed video to capture the swing during individual instruction and will even tag along with golfers on the course to coach course-management decisions, assist in shot selection, and prevent mid-match swims in water hazards.
Fairways cleaved between dense forest groves demand precision and strategic course management. That’s exactly the way Donald Ross wanted it. The nine-hole course at Lucerne Golf Club bears the inimitable stamp of the legendary course architect, designer of the famed Pinehurst No. 2. In 1926. Ross built the course on the eastern shore of Phillips Lake, giving players pause as they drink in the dramatic vistas and mystical lake water, which has been known to turn golf carts into submarines. Trees are omnipresent throughout the 3,270-yard course, looming treacherously over shots as players attempt to solve the par 36 puzzle.
After your round, hang out with other like-minded links lovers at Sugarloaf’s 5,500-square-foot clubhouse to swap swing tips and gab about the latest trends in plaid-based formalwear. The onsite Strokes Bar and Grille is a great place to refuel with a made-to-order breakfast or noon-time beverage while sizing up the 10th and 11th tees, and a putting green allows players to practice their chips, putts, and fores away from the gaze of judgmental birch trees.
There's a lot more to Silverton Sporting Ranch than shotguns and clay pigeons. Three cabins provide a wooded getaway, and summer activities include everything from kayaking to visiting the local farmers' market. In the winter, visitors ice fish and go cross-country skiing. Of course, the sporting clays are still the big draw, and certified instructors make sure even complete beginners can get in on the fun.
The once-private Boothbay Country Club now welcomes the general public to send shots sailing through invigorating ocean breezes that sweep through its verdant acreage. Hilltop vistas, stately pines, and foliage that emblazons the autumnal landscape in bursts of color make playing the course a distinctly Maine experience, marked by the nautical titles of each hole and carts with caddie stowaways. Golfers of all skill levels can play the course from one of the four sets of tees, with the course extending to 6,356 yards from the farthest Gold tees. The par 4 eighth hole—known as Widow's Walk and also the hardest-rated hole—presents beautiful vistas and difficult hazards, with two creeks meandering across the fairway and multiple sand traps guarding the peanut-shaped green. In closing their round on the 18th hole, titled Fiddler’s Green, players have a final shot at birdie, requiring them to avoid the rocky creek that cuts between the split fairway and hit an uphill shot into a green that sells part of its fringe to shag-carpet purists. Course at a Glance: * Par 71 * Four sets of tees * 6,356 yards from the back tees