499 Black Point Road,
Maine (ME) 04074,
- +1 207 883 9851
12 miles S of downtown Portland
The Black Point Inn can arrange tee times for guests
Wayne Stiles, Geoff Cornish, Bruce Hepner
Prouts Neck Country Club was originally established in 1907, when a 9-hole course was brought into play. Wayne Stiles, a Boston-based landscape architect, was then asked in 1924 to redesign this layout and add another nine to create the 18-hole course that’s in use today.
In the book The Life and Work of Wayne Stiles by Bob Labbance and Kevin Mendik, the authors wrote: "the course offers upthrust greens playing out of the water, myriad approach and greenside bunkers, false fronts, doglegs and cross hazards while meandering along the coast and lowland forests".
Bruce Hepner, former associate at Renaissance Golf Design, has worked at Prouts Neck in recent years, clearing many of the trees to improve sight lines and assist conditioning, bringing the course back to the look and feel of the layout built almost a century ago.
The blue grass fairways and bent grass greens at one of New England’s best golfing secrets occupy a spectacular property along the north bank of the serpentine Scarborough River, very close to the point at which the river drains into Saco Bay.
Sandy soiled holes are routed through lightly wooded areas, which offer some protection from the coastal breezes at this seaside location. The club is private but it’s accessible to those staying at the Black Point Inn, which has twenty-five bedrooms and suites available to guests.
In terms of the "Golf Course", Prouts is a 4.5 as it has water views, sand soil, and the always sold and underrated Wayne Stiles design. There may not be any "all world" holes at Prouts, but there are 18 very good ones. In terms of "Place", Prouts is just a wonderful place with a wonderful staff. The way it is located out on the peninsula, you feel like you are on the Central Coast of Maine, but you are just a few miles from Portland proper. Add in the eccentric logo, and you may just have the perfect Maine golf spot.
Prouts Neck clubhouse and 1st hole from the Black Point Inn - photo by Michael W Sweeney