Fairfield, ME
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Uploaded By: nstraz Hole #17 (Taken 6/2010)
4 / 382ft.   4 / --   4 / --   4 / -- Par / Distance:
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Good mix of wooded and open shots

1    7/21/2012   7/30/2012
Review By: headbangerdiscus
Played: 4  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 2.7 Years
This review was updated on 8/3/2012
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: easily navigated
Hole layout markers
Fun holes
not a million trees to shoot through on every hole
friendly owner
Bug spray and sunscreen provided at hole 1
plenty of benches to rest and refuel
good variety of hole layouts
Cons: not all tees are concrete pad but not really an issue for me
no clubhouse (but rentals are available outside if needed)
bugs! Swim in bug spray first!
Other Thoughts: Mostly through the woods but more open grassy spaces and not as many trees as other courses I've played=less frustrating doinks off a tree on your drive. I was feeling good about myself on front 9, but back 9 knocked me back down to earth and remember I'm a beginner. Split evenly between 6 lefts, 6 straight, and six rights. Each basket has an arrow pointing to next hole. Owner greeted us and gave us a quick walk through of the course, nice guy. He does want to open clubhouse in the future. Each tee marker gives distance/par/ and direction so you know where to aim. Unique holes include shooting past ancient big tree, basket on top of big mound, basket on hill top, multiple 500' + holes and a 632'. Lots of gnomes, tree faces, animal cutouts along the way. Had fun and was worth the hour drive to check out a new course.

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1    11/21/2011   12/8/2011
Review By: seano2222
Played: 53  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 3.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice, long spread out course - Nothing crammed-in about it. The holes lengths are split evenly with six each of par 3's, 4's and 5's. This really provides a lot of range and variety to work with. A handful of holes have some fun elevation change in play. After the first few holes, the course plays in somewhat of a secluded loop which must help keep down the distraction and air traffic from other holes. There are some white pines of epic size worked into the course, making for some memorable views. Decent amount of drainage work, wood chipping and landscaping were obvious. It seemed like course maintenance was generally being sustained - There were no downed trees, for instance, that hadn't been attended to. The tree art is a quirky and appreciated identifying touch.
Cons: Many of the holes were graded, stump free and occasionally seeded with grass, however, there were a some that really needed work. Holes 14 & 15, for example, are difficult to find any level footing to even throw from stationary on the fairways.

We enjoyed a morning round in mid November, so it was just cold enough the night before that the ground had firmed up. You could tell though that some of the fairways were suffering from some persistent seasonal wetness.
Other Thoughts: For the most part the tree obstacles were cleverly laid out for an enjoyable technical feature. Branches were often trimmed to keep the trunks as the main feature to work around. The thick trees that line the fairways were at times a notable challenge to contend with, either from fading or ricocheting into them.

Some fairway tree obstacles weren't a good fit for me, some a little too tight out of the box or too far from the box to be that tight. I'm kidding myself if I think I wouldn't take the shot at going through every time anyways, but a smarter player might choose to throw short to get a better line or lay up before the longer ones.

There were some awkward distances and unusually placed turns, I thought. No doubt more familiarization would work some of that out. For instance, hole 8 was one that I'm not sure there was height to get a hyzer all the way around the dog leg corner?

Signage is serviceable and baskets have arrows directing to next tee. Not much detail for the first time through. I've recently come to realize that all I really want out of signage on my first visit is to be able to navigate between holes successfully and know which way to point my drive. No signage will ever really have enough detail to make my first round score worth writing home about.

I like the gravel tee boxes, but it had been a while since some of them had been leveled.

The owner, who presumably lives on sight, came out to greet us and tell us the lay of the land a little - Always appreciated.

The best improvement opportunities would be work on drainage and some leveling work on the roughest of the fairways.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


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