The flies, the damn flies...
Other Thoughts: I really wanted to love Porcupine Ridge, but the fly problem made the course unplayable for my visit to the course. The clubhouse and hole design (at least the first few I played and the other few that I ran, literally ran through) were really nice. I was very impressed by the amenities, tee-pads, and course signage (I come from where free d-golf is the norm). There is also a dog who runs out of the clubhouse to greet you at your car door! The first few holes are open, so the wind and direct sunlight presumably keep the flies at bay, but it's on once you get in the woods around Hole 7. Hundreds of flies (not an exaggeration) were swarming me and particularly targeting my head and face. No care from them despite being covered in Deet and Permethrin. I was able to make it through one or two more holes but not one throw without constant distraction. Finally reached my breaking point and felt no other choice but to book it out of there but the huge swarm chased me as I ran through the remaining 9 holes up until I finally reached the top of the hill at 18 basket. Felt like I was in a horror movie running for my life. I don't know if the fly problem is specific to this course, a Maine thing, or a summer problem, but it was unbearable.
It would have been appreciative had the woman in the clubhouse gave me a warning before taking my green fees when I specifically asked was there anything I needed to know about the course or playing in Maine. However, I would probably not have believed her about how bad it could be. It's really too bad that the flies ruined my time. The course itself is probably rated close to a 5, but my experience was particularly bad, so a mid-level rating is as best as I can go. If I happen to be back in Maine for business in the cooler months, I would be inclined to retry the course and edit my review.
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Pros: The white course (short tees) is very well done, the holes are open, mostly clean shots, very enjoyable for players of any level. The fields are well maintained and the fairways are clean. Great use of elevation changes and natural features. Good risk/reward course also.
Cons: The blue course (long tees) will be a great course when finished. The majority of the wooded holes (6-18) need some work to remove overhanging limbs from the ideal flight lines. Many a good drive will be cut down by leaves and branches, leaving players frustrated often. A few unnecessary trees in front of the tee box on holes which are already challenging enough to hit the fairways. The roughs on this course are VERY rough, and a slight kick off the fairway will result in a difficult outshot as you have to negotiate thick shule to save 3 or 4. A good amount of brush clearing would alleviate this problem.
Other Thoughts: All told, this course has a unique and challenging layout, which tests all the shots in your bag. I prefer longer courses, so it's uncharacteristic for me to say this, but I much prefer the short tees on this course because it presents a much more complete course.
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