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10 Must-Play Golf Courses in Maine

Bring your clubs along for the ride the next time you visit Maine. Across the state, you'll find impressive and challenging courses ideal for skill levels. South Portland is home to Sable Oaks, while Waterville yields easy access to Pine Ridge. 

1. Natanis Golf Course

Arguably one of Augusta's premier golf experiences, Natanis Golf Course can be found just to the northwest of downtown along Webber Pond Road, directly across from the actual Webber Pond. A public course, Natanis is unique due to its 36-hole layout. Book a tee time now and choose between the Tomahawk Course or the Arrowhead Course. Natanis is family owned and has been since it opened in 1965. 

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2. Sugarloaf Ski & Golf Resort

This destination is popular year-round. Spring and summer visitors to nearby Waterville enjoy the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course, while fall and winter visitors come for the skiing. Once rated as Maine's number one golf course by Golf Digest, Sugarloaf is 18 impressive holes playing to a par of 72. 

3. Belgrade Lakes Golf Club

Found in the town of Belgrade Lake, the aptly named Belgrade Lakes Golf Club yields excellent golf adventures for all skill levels. Water hazards abound at Belgrade Lakes – Great Pond and Long Pond mean you'll need to keep your drive straight off the tee. 

4. Kebo Valley Golf Club

Along Maine's coast, only minutes from Bar Harbor, be sure to book a tee time for the Kebo Valley Golf Club. Playing perfectly into the natural landscape of Acadia National Park's foothills, Kebo Valley GC opened in 1888, making it one of the oldest courses in the state, and features a par of 70. It plays to 6,131 yards, and was designed by Herbert C. Leeds.

5. Penobscot Valley Golf Course

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Maine Features a Wealth of Excellent Golf Courses

Found in Orono, the Penobscot Valley Golf Course is one of the truly must-play courses in the state. From the back tees, you'll play 6,445 yards at this impressive par-72 course. You can access this course easily from Highway 2, a quick drive in from nearby Bangor.

6. Pine Ridge Golf Course

Another favorite course among Waterville residents, the Pine Ridge Golf Course opened in 1972, and is one of the finest executive courses in the state. With only nine holes, you'll be able to breeze through a round with plenty of time left over for lunch. Many golfers enjoy playing through twice for a full 18. 

7. Brunswick Golf Club

When your visit to Maine has you in Brunswick, be sure to book your tee time at the Brunswick Golf Club. 18 holes playing to a max distance of 6,543 yards, Brunswick GC has a slope rating of 129, and has been enticing golfers since it opened in 1915. Brunswick is a public course and features a par of 72.

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8. Toddy Brook Golf Club

Freeport golfers know the ideal place to play a round this spring or summer is at Toddy Brook Golf Course. Found west of downtown Freeport, Toddy Brook GC is tough, but rewarding, 18 holes which play to a par of 71. Designed by Robert Anderson, Toddy Brook GC opened for play in 2002 – call now to book a tee time. 

9. Sable Oaks Golf Club

Make the most of your stay in South Portland this spring and check out the highly rated Sable Oaks Golf Club. Found along Interstate 95, and just west of Portland International Jetport, Sable Oaks GC weaves through thick Maine forest land, challenging golfers to find the narrow fairways. It's a par-70 course with 6,359 yards in distance.

10. The Ledges Golf Club

One of southwestern Maine's top courses is The Ledges Golf Club. Plan your next visit to York and book yourself a tee time. Warm up with a bucket of balls at their 20-stall driving range, then get on out there. 18 holes, a par of 72, all across 6,981 yards of regulation play. 


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Plus Augusta Civic Center Inn

110 Community Drive, Augusta ME 04330-8009
Phone: +1 207-622-4751  |  Fax: (207) 622-3108  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western White House Inn

155 Littlefield Avenue, Bangor ME 04401-7206
Phone: +1 207-862-3737  |  Fax: (207) 862-3737  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Acadia Park Inn

452 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor ME 04609-7213
Phone: +1 207-288-5823  |  Fax: (207) 288-9827  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Brunswick Bath

71 Gurnet Road, Brunswick ME 04011-9328
Phone: +1 207-725-5251  |  Fax: (207) 798-5867  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Freeport Inn

31 US Route 1, Freeport ME 04032-7000
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Best Western Merry Manor Inn

700 Main Street, South Portland ME 04106-5402
Phone: +1 207-774-6151  |  Fax: (207) 871-0537  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Waterville Grand Hotel

375 Main Street, Waterville ME 04901-4924
Phone: +1 207-873-0111  |  Fax: (207) 872-2310  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western York Inn

2 Brickyard Ln, York ME 03909-1600
Phone: +1 207-363-8903  |  Fax: (207) 363-1130  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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