Designed by Brian Silva and opened for play in 1999, the Links at Outlook Golf Course is, as its name suggests, a links-style layout on a 140-acre property featuring bent grass fairways and greens.
Holes are laid out within two distinct parcels of land: holes #1 to #10 and #18 lie on the clubhouse side of the busy Portland Street highway, with the remaining holes occupying slightly hillier terrain on the other side of the road, connected by an underpass.
Somewhat un-linkslike, water comes into play at three holes, in the form of irrigation lakes at the 1st, 10th and 11th holes. They’re all good holes, actually, especially the 374-yard #10 which has the green tucked behind a rather intimidating water hazard.
The Links at Outlook has two nines the extend out and back to the clubhouse on two completely different pieces of property. The front nine is unique and it gives cause for the name “Links.” Indeed, the course does feel like a links on the front. Large swaths of rolling hills give you the feeling that you are walking amongst the dunes. There is even a blind tee shot on hole 4 to really give you the feel that you are playing links golf. The greens are also fun; many having turtle backs and slippery run offs.
The back is the weaker of the two sides and it plays like a parkland course in the trees which is typical of this area in New England. This is a full and fun 18-hole experience, but it would also be a great course to sneak 9-holes in at as well.
A few years a go I was able to experience a little winter golf at Outlook.
This is a cool course for new england. Not many true links courses around here. The front 9 is a feel like none other. Starting out with a scoreable par 5 leading to a tough uphill par 4 2nd. The back is a typical parkland design. Great views from 17 looking back towards the front 9. The back 9 is sub par in my opinion, tight with a lot of elevation change. You really come here for the front 9 and the sausage peppers and onions at the turn. Worth playing for sure, overall a good track.