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.
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
Brunswick Golf Club dates itself back to the late 19th Century, when a couple of Bowdoin College kids and a college professor went out in search of an open field to play. As it turns out, they landed on what is now the club's back nine. Today, the venerable 18-hole championship course challenges players with holes that have become historic in their own right. The sixth hole, for instance, is far and away the toughest test with a lengthy dog leg that makes even a bogey tough to achieve. Still, the tree-lined fairways and picturesque midcoast views make it a bit easier to swallow higher scores. In fact, Brunswick is recognized as one of the easiest walking courses in the state, meaning you don't have to rent a cart or turn your bag into a jetpack just to get around.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,601 yards * Four sets of tees per hole * Click here to view the scorecard.