Southern Maine is rife with an excellent array of golf facilities. And after yet another harsh Maine winter and a muddy and cold spring, golfers are happy to be back on the links. With that in mind, Current Publishing is presenting a snapshot look at some of the area’s public golf courses:
Bridgton Highlands Country Club
379 Highland Road, Bridgton
Greens fees: 18 holes walking weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day is $36, $30 weekdays. Nine holes walking is $20 everyday. Twilight rates, after 3 p.m. is $20 unlimited play. Carts are $9 per person for nine holes, $17 for 18.
Overview: Bridgton Highlands is a fun and friendly, open-to-the-public golf and tennis facility located in the heart of Maine’s Lakes Region with a range of activities for men, women, couples and youth. The 18-hole layout provides a challenging and enjoyable golf experience in a scenic setting – with views of Pleasant Mountain-Shawnee Peak, New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Mount Washington – where you can leave distractions behind and focus on your game.
Rivermeadow Golf Club
216 Lincoln St., Westbrook
Green fees: Weekend: $20 for nine holes, $30 for 18. Weekday: $16 for nine holes, $26 for 18. Cart rental (per person) is $9 for nine holes and $14 for 18.
Overview: Sitting on 70 acres, the course has a combination of par 3s and 4s with two par 5s featuring varying degrees of difficulties.
Sunset Ridge Golf Links
771 Cumberland St., Westbrook
Greens fees: 18 holes walking everyday is $25. Nine holes walking everyday is $15. Add $10 for cart.
Overview: Reestablished in June 2012, Sunset Ridge Golf Links is home to two courses, a huge driving range, two putting greens, and a miniature golf course. Sunset Ridge is a great place to learn, play, and enjoy the game of golf. The tranquil old New England course maintains the charm of rock walls, rolling hills, wooded areas and streams.
Freeport Country Club
2 Old Country Road, Freeport
Green fees: Daily rates include nine holes walking $20, nine holes with a cart, $28; 18 holes walking, $30; 18 holes with a cart, $45.
Overview: Situated just minutes from the L.L. Bean flagship store as well as the shopping and sites of Freeport, the Freeport Country Club is a fun, popular nine-hole track.
Twin Falls Golf Club
364 Spring St., Westbrook
Green fees: $15 for 9 holes ($20 with cart) and $20 for 18 holes ($25 weekdays/$30 weekends with cart).
Overview: The course offers seven par 4s and two par 3s. Its hilly terrain and doglegs provide a challenge. Tee times are not offered over the phone; they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gorham Country Club
93 McLellan Road, Gorham
Green fees: For adults, prices start at $20 for nine holes and $30 for 18. Senior rates, family deals, weekday and weekend rates, twilight specials and multi-passes are available. Check the website for details. Cart rental (per person) is $11 for nine holes and $16 for 18.
Overview: The course covers 180 acres of state game preserve and features generous fairways and soft greens.
Nonesuch River Golf Club
304 Gorham Road, Scarborough
Green fees: Rates start at $36 on weekends and $32 on weekdays through June 14. Rates increase to $40 on weekends and $36 on weekdays June 15-Sept. 15. Carts start at $12 for 9 holes and $18 for 18 holes.
Overview: Nonesuch River Golf Club features an 18-hole 6,300-yard, par 70 course designed by Tom Walker of Golf Design Studios in Palm Beach, Fla. In addition to the course, Nonesuch features a 2,500 square-foot clubhouse, a practice range, two putting greens and a golf academy.
Willowdale Golf Club
52 Willowdale Road, Scarborough
Green fees: Rates start at $36 for 18 holes walking on weekends, $29 walking on weekdays. Nine holes on weekends walking is $20, $23 weekends. With cart, weekend rates for 18 holes is $52, $33 for nine holes. Weekday rates with cart is $39 for 18, $30 for nine. After 4 p.m. everyday, green fees are $18 for unlimited play ($29 with cart).
Overview: The 6,086-yard, par 70 course has scenic rivers bordering both the front and back nine. The course also features a pro shop, putting green, rental clubs, push and electric carts. Food and beverage is available.
South Portland Municipal Golf Course
155 Wescott Road, South Portland
Overview: This 34.4-acre course has a 2,071-yard par 33 layout. It offers a clubhouse with restrooms, a snack bar and club and $4 hand-cart rentals. Greens fees are $15 Monday-Friday, and $17 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. There are memberships available for residents and non-residents. Inquire at the club house or online for details.
Sable Oaks Golf Club
505 Country Club Drive, South Portland
Green fees: Specials and multi-passes are available. There are a variety of weekday and weekend rates depending on time of year and time of day. Check the website for a full listing. Rates rise from June 12-Sept. 13.
Overview: Tucked in the woods just minutes from The Maine Mall and Portland International Jetport, Sable Oaks offers an escape from all the hustle and bustle with its trees, ponds, soft fairways and rolling greens.
Spring Meadows Golf Club
59 Lewiston Road, Gray
Green fees: The Monday-Thursday rate is $23 for nine holes, $36 for 18, and $26 after 3 p.m. Fees are $26 for nine holes, $44 for 18 holes, and $30 after 3 p.m. on Fridays and the weekend. Cart rental (per person) is $11 for nine holes and $18 for 18. Internet specials are available on the website.
Overview: The course has received high marks from numerous publications. Course designer and golf architect Brad Booth says of the layout, “I wanted to build a course people will enjoy playing, but giving a real stiff challenge from the back tees.”
Frye Island Golf Course
Green fees: Rates start at $35 on weekends and $25 on weekdays. Gas carts are available ($26 for 18 holes and $16 for 9 holes).
Overview: This island golf course, which was built in 1972, only has nine greens, but each hole has two sets of tees that allow golfers to play 18 holes with a different look on each nine. The course, which is only accessible by ferry, has a clubhouse and a pro shop and refreshments are available.
Point Sebago Golf Resort
261 Point Sebago Road – Route 302, Casco
Green fees: From May 19-Oct. 12: 18 holes with cart is $59 on weekdays and $69 on weekends. After 2 p.m., 18 holes midweek is $39 and $49 weekend. Nine holes with cart ranges from $25-$35 midweek and $29-$39 weekend.
Overview: Part of the Point Sebago lakeside resort, the Point Sebago golf course caters to golfers of all levels of experience. Located on 500 acres of birch forest, the par 72 course ranges from just over 7,000 yards from the back tees to 3,200 years from the front tees. Point Sebago also features golf clinics and golf schools with PGA professionals and has an extensive practice center with a driving range and putting greens for practicing putting, chipping, pitching and bunker shots.
Naples Golf and Country Club
Route 114, Naples
www.naplesgolfcourse.com (tee times can also be booked online)
Green fees: From Memorial Day until Oct. 1 Monday-Thursday is $31 for 18 holes, nine holes is $25 any day. Fridays-Sundays and holidays through Oct. 1 for 18 holes is $37. Unlimited play after 3 p.m. is $25. Riding cart rates are $17 for 18 holes and $9 for nine holes.
Overview: The Naples Golf and Country Club, which was established as a nine-hole course in 1921, opened its back nine in 2000. The course is located along Brandy Pond. The club offers lessons as well as a pro shop, equipment repairs, food and beverage and wireless Internet access. Open to the public.
Poland Spring Resort Golf Course
Route 26, Poland
Greens Fees: Monday-Thursday, $35 for 18 holes. Friday-Sundays $40. After 3 p.m. any day is $20. Gas cart is $17 any day. Second rounds are at half-price. Resorts guests play at a discount.
Overview: Poland Spring Golf Course is a Donald Ross-designed 18-hole championship course, par 71 (6,178 yards), slope 124. Fifteen of 18 holes have views of the White Mountains and/or lakes, and in the fall, the colors are spectacular. Velvet bent grass greens, beautiful well-maintained fairways, ponds, and tees for all abilities. It bills itself as “The Oldest Resort Golf Course in America,” and has hosted many famous golfers from Bobby Jones to President William Howard Taft.
Salmon Falls Golf Course
Route 202, Hollis
Green fees: Rates per-person from opening to June 14 and Sept. 15 to the close of season for walking is $17 for nine holes (after 4 p.m. is $12), 18 holes for $23 (after 4 p.m. is $20). Riding is $24 for nine holes and $30 for 18 holes. Summer rates are $25 for 18 walking, $34 riding; nine holes is $17 walking, $25 riding. After 4 p.m., unlimited play is $12. Ten-round and five-round punch cards are also available all season.
Overview: Golfers will enjoy the challenging, picturesque course which slopes back from the riverbanks. Starting times required on weekends and holidays. Leagues are welcome. Memberships available.
Sanford Country Club
588 Country Club Road, ?Sanford
Green fees: Weekend rates are $45 for 18 holes walking, $63 riding. Nine holes anytime is $25. Weekday rates, Monday through Thursday, are $40 for 18 holes waling or $58 riding. Rates lower after 1 p.m. on both weekdays and weekends. Specials are available on the website.
Overview: While semi-private, the course is open to the public. The four sets of tees offer challenges to all skill levels. The well-manicured course sits among pine and birch trees.
Biddeford-Saco Country Club
101 Old Orchard Road, Saco
Green fees: $40 on weekdays and $45 on weekends from May 28 to July 12 and after Labor Day. Prices increase to $50 on weekdays and weekends in the summer.
Overview: The course has water, bunkering and other obstacles to challenge golfers of all levels. The four sets of tees and generous landing areas make it suitable even for beginners.
Dunegrass Golf Course
200 Wild Dunes Way, Old Orchard Beach
www.dunegrass.com (tee times can be booked online)
Green fees: Until June 30 and after Labor Day, rates are $35 on weekdays (Monday-Thursday), $41 Friday through Sunday. During the summer, prices increase to $57 before noon, $50 noon-3 p.m. and $25 after 3 p.m. every day. Cart rentals are $12 for nine holes and $18 for 18 holes.
Overview: An 18-hole course set on the coastal terrain of Old Orchard Beach. Dunegrass features seven holes with water. The seventh hole is rated the toughest on the course and has the length to challenge any golfer as the par 5 is 556 yards long from the back tees.
Deep Brook Golf Course
36 New County Rd (Rte. 5), Saco
Green fees: Range from $15 (walking nine holes) to $23 (walking 18 holes) on weekdays and $19 to $39 on weekends. Carts are available at extra cost.
Overview: Deep Brook, bills itself as “Southern Maine’s best valued 9-hole course,” and the low rates certainly give that claim some validity. The par 36 course features a practice green, cart rental and a full pro shop.
The Ledges Golf Club
1 Ledges Drive, York
Green fees: Off-season rates $60 Monday-Sunday; afternoon rates of $30 starting at 2 p.m.; 9-hole rate $30 anytime. In-season $75 Monday-Sunday; afternoon rates of $37.50 starting at 3 p.m.; 9-hole rate $40 prior to 3 p.m., $30 after. Cart rental $17 per person for 18, $10 for 9. Collared shirts required.
Overview: Named one of the 2012/2013 Best Places You Can Play by Golf Digest, The Ledges features hilly terrain and a course literally carved out of the rock on some fairways.