Maine is known for its diverse landscape, beautiful beaches, lighthouses and food. Nicknamed Vacationland for a reason, it is a great place to spend time during the summer months. While there Seawall Beach is a must see, it is one of the more visually stunning beaches in the United States. The beach can only be reached by a two mile hike and parking is limited, giving a secluded feel to the environment. Maine also provides visitors a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of pre-Civil War America at the Victoria Mansion in Portland. But don’t forget the food here!! Not counting golf the number one reason to visit Maine is the food! Lobster here is world famous and comes in every variety from lobster rolls to deep fried lobster tail. The state also has a sweet side, wild blueberries; Maine produces 99% of the United States wild blueberries.
Vacationland should consider being renamed Golfland, the state has some of the most scenic seaside golf and the best fall leaf colors in the U.S. Both Bush presidents, father George H.W. and son George W., spend time in Maine during the summer practicing their swings at the semi-private Cape Arundel G.C. in Kennebunkport. Kebo Valley in Bar Harbor hosted another President, William Taft, who took 27 strokes to finish the 17th. Both Cape Arundel and Kebo Valley are great courses and must plays. Sugarloaf and Samoset are both fantastic stay and play options and two totally different venues. Sugarloaf’s course cuts through the mountains of Maine while Samoset is positioned along West Penobscot Bay, two different styles yet two great experiences. A must play not just in Maine but in the New England region is Sunday River, designed by All Square partner Robert Trent Jones Jr. The 18-hole championship course winds through the Maine woods in a truly spectacular mountain setting overlooking the Sunday River Valley and Mahoosuc Range. The course follows the natural topography of the landscape taking advantage of natural features and elevation changes with a design strikes the perfect balance between challenge and playability.
These are just a few of the great courses offered in Vacationland. Visit Maine to get your fill of lobster and golf at some of the best courses in the New England region!