Featuring tidal-fed water hazards, strategically-positioned bunkers and bent grass greens, the course at Webhannet Golf Club is an 18-hole Skip Wogan design that lies close to the Atlantic at Kennebunk Beach.
Eugene “Skip” Wogan was the long-time superintendent at Essex County Club – working alongside Donald Ross during the short number of years he spent at the club – and he also designed several other courses, including Tedesco in Marblehead and Blue Hill in Canton.
Webhannet dates back to 1901 and the course in the modern day measures a modest 6,100 yards from the back tees, playing to a par of 71, with only one of the four par five holes (#4 “Long Tree”) extending beyond 500 yards.
Feature holes on the outward half include the left doglegged 307-yard 6th (“Port View”) and water-protected 462-yard 8th (“Hodgkin’s Pond”). On the inward half, the 482-yard 14th (“Uplands”) plays to a severely canted green, while the 290-yard 16th (“Sunset”) offers a great birdie chance before turning for home.
Webhannet is a welcoming walking course and plays longer than the 6100 yards on the scorecard. The 238-yard 3rd, 175-yard 5th, and 215-yard 9th provide plenty of challenge on the front. The 320-yard 2nd and 310-yard 6th are short par 4s that present a birdie opportunity if you can navigate the tricky two-tier greens. The back opens with two challenging par 4s, the uphill 430 yard 10th, and slight dogleg right 415 yard 12th. The closing stretch offers several fun risk-reward holes. The 482-yard 14th and 450-yard 17th are reachable par 5s if you can hit a solid drive. The 290-yard 16th is drivable for longer hitters but has a severely sloped green where being above the pin can lead to a tricky two-putt. A good mix of challenging and fun holes makes Webhannet an enjoyable place to play.