Golf Course Scorecard and Golf Tips
We know you will enjoy the challenges that awaits you on this historic and scenic Maine golf course.
Hole No. 1 ~ 340 yards ~ Par 4 ~ A good opening hole to this golf course allowing you to get the bugs out of the driver. The fairway is wide open. There are three hazards around the green. There are two oaks, one on each side, and a sand bunker to the rear of the green. This is a small green with two levels; the lower level is in the back. Par is an excellent score to take to the next tee. Most people bogey the first hole because the ball rolls to the lower level.
Hole No. 2 ~ 312 yards ~ Par 4 ~ This is a short but challenging hole. One's drive is most important to set up for a flip wedge to the hole. The right of the fairway will leave an over-the-treetop second shot, and left will leave dangerously little green to work with on the approach shot. A straight drive is necessary to take advantage of a birdie opportunity.
Hole No. 3 ~ 395 yards ~ Par 4 ~ This hole requires a long, accurate drive, preferably to the center or just left of the center. The green is in sight with a drive of 240 yards or better; otherwise, you are left with a blind second shot. This is a large green to hit to. There is a grass bunker to the left and sand bunker to the right guarding the green.
Hole No. 4 ~ 422 yards ~ Par 4 ("The Window") The fourth hole looks down on Lower Range Pond. It truly looks as though you were staring out a picture window. Tall pines (80 feet) line the left side, while hardwoods line the right. The tee box is about 75 feet wide, opening to about 150 feet in the landing area. A driving iron or fairway wood is commonly used off the tee. The green is slightly embanked in the rear. It is also a bowl-type green. A high lofted shot that sticks is best for the approach; otherwise a hop, skip, and jump will be over the green. A favorite of Golf Digest.
Hole No. 5 ~ 317 yards ~ Par 4 ~ A most deceiving hole. The tee box is offset to the right side. The left side is wooded, and is commonly found by an errant hook. Driving irons or fairway woods are suggested off the tee. The left side of the small green is embanked eight feet with a large bunker carved into it. The right side has a small bunker, and you can putt out of it to salvage par.
Hole No. 6 ~ 148 yards ~ Par 3 ~ A tricky hole that goes over a pond. A pond is in the foreground and the wind can provide changing conditions. The bunkers are to the left and back of the green. The lake is on the far right. An accurate shot to the green can yield that well-deserved score. Left or right and you can count on a double-bogey.
Hole No. 7 ~ 385 yards ~ Par 4 ~ On this lakeside hole one must drive accurately to set up the approach. Too far right and you will be swimming; too far left and there are 6 pot bunkers spread out evenly and very long rough to greet you. Your best bet is to hit to the directional flag. There are three huge bunkers to the left of the green and a small one below green level on the right. This green is flat.
Hole No. 8 ~ 191 yards ~ Par 3 ~ This is an uphill, somewhat blind shot. You can see the flag, but not the surface of the green. The green is good size and two-tiered. It is high in front and low in back with all its slope to the left. The pot bunkers from the previous hole may come into play with a shot too far to the left. There is also a large hidden sand trap on the front right side of the green. Par this one and smile heading up to the 9th hole.
Hole No. 9 ~ 325yards ~ Par 4 ~ This is an uphill par 4. There are woods to the left, and the 10th fairway is on the right. White pines on the right mark every 100 feet. Elevation changes between 60 and 70 feet tee to green. The green is average size with bunkers right and left. They are both below green level by three feet or so. The green slopes severely back to front.
Hole No. 10 ~ 315 yards ~ Par 4 ~ A picturesque, downhill hole overlooking some of Middle Range and most of Lower Range Pond. This is a fairly easy par 4. Golf drives can go right or left and still have a chance of hitting the green in two shots. The bunkers are below green level; there are two on the left and a huge one (100-by-50 feet) on the right. These can make for an undesirable score.
Hole No. 11 ~ 471 yards ~ Par 5 ~ The drive on this uphill par 5 should be a little left or straight away. The right side has a stand of bamboo and also a small bunker. Never mind your ball if it lands there; you might never be seen again. After a good drive, you can reach the green on your second shot. On your drive caution should be taken not to go to the left towards the 10th fairway. There are nine mounds with long grass to catch and hold your ball. Also to the left of the green there are a medley of moguls and two sand traps awaiting the arrival of an errant shot. Be careful; the golf green is a reverse saddle sloping from back to front. Many people (on the back of the green) on two end up three or four-putting after their first putt rolled off! Land in front, and chip for an eagle.
Hole No. 12 ~ 297 yards ~ Par 4 ~ A nice par 4 with no real trouble. The bunkers on the right and left are both below green level by two feet. The green is bowl-shaped with a slope from left to right.
Hole No. 13 ~ 228 yards ~ Par 3 ~ The yardage says it all. From the front it's a birdie hole; from the back tee, a gorilla hole. The green is kidney-shaped and good size. One bunker to the right is four feet below green surface.
Hole No. 14 ~ 407 yards ~ Par 4 ~ It's time to hit the big one! It's slightly uphill with oaks to the right and white pines to the left. A drive of 250 yards will leave a view of a one-half acre pond on the right side. The green is good size, bunkered right and left below green level. Par is an excellent score and a bogey here is respectable.
Hole No. 15 ~ 442 yards ~ Par 4 ~ O. K., if you didn't broom the driver on 14, you'd better pull one out now. It's a demanding drive even to think of reaching the green in two: out-of-bounds right, white pines left. The approach shot is also demanding. Two bunkers are three feet below the green surface on the left. On the right a bunker runs the length of the green a foot below green level. Score four or under, and you're a player's hero.
Hole No. 16 ~ 531 yards ~ Par 5 ~ This is a fairly easy par 5. There are no great hazards off the tee, unless you push it to the right. Three huge ash trees are on the right side about 220 yards off the tee. The green is reachable in two with a good drive. The second shot is downhill to a green guarded by three bunkers. Hit it too long, and over the green you go; then you're looking at a 15-foot embankment coming back. Don't go over!
Hole No. 17 ~ 295 yards ~ Par 4 ~ This one can be driven by the big hitters; others have a flip wedge second shot to a green that's raised and well-bunkered. The five bunkers range from one foot to four feet below green level. The green slopes back to front, fooling most people; it appears flat.
Hole No. 18 ~ 357 yards ~ Par 4 ~ As you stand on the tee, the remains of the original red maple and its replacement (planted in 1998) are right where you'd like to aim. You must work the drive either right or left of it. The second shot is to a good size green which is not guarded, and there are no hazards. Only people on the terrace of the clubhouse can bring defeat from a poor shot.
19th Hole of our golf course is atop our Pro Shop at Mel's Hilltop Restaurant.