A golf course has been in play at Samoset Resort ever since 1902 when a 9-hole course was established on a rocky headland overlooking Penobscot Bay. Expanded to an 18-hole layout in the early 1970s, the course was modified a couple of decades later by Geoff Cornish.
Water comes into play on five occasions during a round here, though not, as you might expect, at any of the seven Oceanside holes. Instead, ponds of various sizes and shapes at holes 1, 10, 11, 13 and 18 form the inland aquatic hazards that golfers have to avoid.Local architect Brad Booth was tasked with implementing further improvements in 2000, when he rebuilt holes 4, 5, 14 and 18, and this renovation has added more bite to the challenge and strengthened Samoset’s reputation as a testing championship course.
It doesn't get much better than summer in Maine: Lobster, mild temperatures, and beautiful Atlantic coastline. The golf course at the Samoset is a pleasant complement to all of this. The Samoset is a beautiful resort with a relaxed vibe and is located in the picturesque Mid-Coast Maine town of Rockport. The golf is not world class, but the course is worth a play simply due to how scenic it is. The ocean holes at the Samoset are truly jaw dropping. Holes such as as the reachable par 5 4th that plays on level with the ocean are what make this course testing and enjoyable. Unfortunately, most of the course doesn't feature these breathtaking views, and the architecture is quite basic. From the 6th hole up until the finishing holes, the golf is made up of typical tree-lined holes with minimal shot variation. Although the finishing holes do add a little bit of pizzazz, the course falls well short of greatness.