Decent Little Local 9-Holer
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Pros: From the sign on the entry station: "This course was put together with enormous effort by many community members. Please treat and enjoy it as a great recreational resource."
With that in mind, this is a pleasant little 9-hole course through a heavily wooded plot of land. Short and technical are the key words here, and you can leave your drivers in the car. This is putter and mid-range country. I wouldn't call it a good beginners course because it is fairly tight, but it is a great place to practice driving with a putter!
Hole lengths range from 143' to 308', averaging just 246' from the long tees, and 218' from the shorts.
Overall the woods are tight, with a good mix of straight, gently curving and doglegged holes. The bends were well distributed to both the right and left.
The big challenge on this course is hitting gaps and shaping lines. You'll need both FH and BH to navigate the bends, and be prepared to do some scrambling when you kick off of trees.
I found that the course played completely flat, so changed the designation from Moderately Hilly to Mostly Flat.
Cons: I am a big fan of pay-to-play, and if you are staying in Maine for the summer you'd better be too!! But this rough little 9-hole course doesn't seem worth the $5 price of admission. Even playing rounds from both tees get you 18 so-so holes, and no particular desire to go around again or return.
Baskets are Innova Sport baskets which I don't expect to see installed into permanent courses. With a single row of light chains you should expect a few cut-throughs and chain-outs. I had a couple in one quick round.
Tee pads are mulch with logs defining the front and sides. Quite small, and somewhat rough with lumps and bumps hiding in the mulch. I decided to just stand-and-deliver as most holes are very short.
While the course advertises two tees per hole many of them are very close together. Hole 1 for instance can't have more than 15' of separation between the two, and the hole distance varies by just 3' so you're not going to get 18 different looks out here.
The tees blend in very well with the ground, so finding them can require a bit of sniffing around.
This is a tight wooded course, and in some cases the fairways are a little bit too tight to be fair. Removal of a few more trees here and there would clear up this issue.
Other Thoughts: If I encountered a course like this in most any other part of the country I'd congratulate the local community for installing a decent little 9-hole course and think little else of it.
But here in Maine the norm is for courses to be pay-to-play. And when you encounter a mediocre course with only basic mulch tee pads and cheap Innova Sport baskets, you don't expect to pay pretty much the same ($5) as you do at the more polished, professional courses. There are much better 18 holes courses in the area for essentially the same price.
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