Maine

The Pine Tree State of Maine lies in the northeast corner of United States and, as the vast majority of its landscape is heavily forested, it’s one of the least densely populated states in the country. Tourism and outdoor pursuits play a large part in Maine’s economy and it promotes itself as a major destination for those who want to get away from it all – hunting, fishing, skiing and camping are all popular activities along the rugged Atlantic coastline or within the state’s wooded interior.

On the golfing front, eight clubs founded the Maine State Golf Association back in 1917 and it’s grown down the years to a position where it now oversees the golfing activities of amateur golfers in 130 clubs throughout the state. There are also a couple of women’s associations that provide a corresponding service for female golfers in Maine.

Founded in 1895, Portland Country Club is one of the oldest clubs in the country and its seaside course is an attractive, if rather short, Donald Ross layout that dates back to 1923. A couple of spectacular Robert Trent Jones Jnr courses – Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley and Sunday River in Newry – are recognised as two of the best public access courses in New England. Don’t expect an easy game at either location though because both resort courses are demanding layouts.

Our Maine Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Maine

Portland Country Club

1st Maine - Best in Area

Founded in 1895, Portland Country Club moved to its present coastal location twenty years after its formation. Shortly after, Donald Ross designed an 18-hole layout for the club and this relatively short course is still in play.

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Belgrade Lakes

2nd Maine - Best in Area

Belgrade Lakes Golf Club is Clive Clark's first US design. With its eighteen unique holes this course has been labelled "a gem in the wilderness".

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Sunday River

3rd Maine - Best in Area

Situated on a hillside close to the state border with New Hampshire, the forested mountain course at Sunday River Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr design that first opened for public play in 2004.

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Sugarloaf

4th Maine - Best in Area

The Robert Trent Jones Jnr course at Sugarloaf Golf Club has been rated one of the top tracks in Maine ever since it debuted in 1985. A demanding layout that throws up some spectacular, plunging holes.

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Kebo Valley

5th Maine - Best in Area

Situated on Mount Desert Island, the historic old layout at Kebo Valley Golf Club has been described as “one of those rare courses that seems both state-of-the-art and turn-of-the-century”.

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Woodlands Club

6th Maine - Best in Area

Formed in 1988, The Woodlands Club has hosted a number of New England amateur and professional events on its George and Jim Fazio-designed golf course.

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Fox Ridge

7th Maine - Best in Area

The course at Fox Ridge Golf Club features a wonderful downhill par three signature hole at the 5th, played to a peninsula green that juts out into a lake.

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Ledges Golf Club

8th Maine - Best in Area

Brad Booth designed the course at The Ledges Golf Club and he set the holes out on a hilly landscape where fairways rise and fall with regularity.

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Samoset

9th Maine - Best in Area

A golf course has been in play at Samoset Resort since 1902 when fairways were set out on a rocky headland overlooking Penobscot Bay. Local architect Brad Booth has upgraded the layout in recent times...

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Falmouth Country Club

10th Maine - Best in Area

Laid out within a massive 425-acre property on the coast of Maine, the course at Falmouth Country Club is a Geoff Cornish and Brian Silva creation.

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