The 10 Best Golf Courses in Maine – Rated By Real Players

Golfers are spoilt for choice when playing golf in Maine. With over 100 courses available, including traditional, links, resort, and public and private clubs, we recommend you take the opportunity to play as many of the best golf courses in Maine as possible.

Selecting the 10 best golf courses in Maine, can depend on the type of courses that appeal to various players.

Always subjective, but the courses listed are well worth the ranking.

This task has been eased with a collaboration with TheGrint, our favorite mobile app that helps golfers track their handicap and stats. They have collected golf course reviews from millions of real golf rounds from real golfers.

Ranking in order 1 to 10

  1. Belgrade Lakes Golf Club| Belgrade Lakes
  2. Samoset Resort Golf Course
  3. Fox Ridge Golf Club
  4. Ledges Golf Club
  5. The Links at Outlook
  6. Sunday River Golf Club
  7. Point Sebago Golf Resort
  8. Val Halla Golf Course
  9. Spring Meadows Golf Club| Spring Meadows
  10. Nonesuch River Golf Club

1. Belgrade Lakes Golf Club| Belgrade Lakes

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Belgrade Lakes, Maine.
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,145 meters off the Tips and 5,305 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 96.8
Fun Rating: 96.8
Shape Rating: 96.8

4 tees options available.

Signature Hole – The 159-meter par 3 5th is my choice of signature hole and is a picturesque hole.

It plays across water to a bunker protected green that is surrounded by tall trees.

The shadows can make it difficult to get the distance to the pin correct.

Elevation changes flow through the layout but the clever design only offers 1 uphill tee shot.

The main hazards are not water, but boulders and rocky outcrops that line the fairways.

The tricky, contoured greens can be approached via the aerial route or a bump and run shot.

2. Samoset Resort Golf Course

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Rockport, Maine.
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5,985 meters off the Tips and 5,138 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 92.7
Fun Rating: 95.1
Shape Rating: 90.3

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The course thrives with signature holes, but my choice is the 4th and 14th holes that play down towards the ocean.

These par 5s will test your strategy and the views are immaculate.

The course overlooks Penobscot Bay and a few upgrades and complete hole changes have increased the challenge and difficulty.

The scenic beauty makes up for the lack of variety through the layout, but the tree-lined fairways demand accuracy from the tee.

3. Fox Ridge Golf Club

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Auburn, Maine.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,229 meters off the Tips and 5,331 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 90.8
Fun Rating: 94.5
Shape Rating: 87

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 185-meter par 3 5th hole is the signature hole.

It plays downhill to a peninsula green that is positioned into a lake.

Club selection the challenge,

Fox Ridge offers a mixture of challenging and not so challenging holes which makes it a fun and entertaining course for a round with friends and family.

Water hazards come into play throughout the round with some woodland-lined fairways requiring accuracy.

Good shot-placement is rewarded and required to score well.

4. Ledges Golf Club

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  • Site Link
  • Location: York, Maine.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,381 meters off the Tips and 5,448 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 90.5
Fun Rating: 93.5
Shape Rating: 87.5

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 201-meter par 3 8th is the signature hole, but many holes rival it.

Played from an elevated tee downhill to a multi-tiered green, water surrounds the green but for the right side where bunkers come into play.

Tall pine trees flank the holes which have been carved out of the rugged terrain to offer an outstanding layout that will test all the clubs in your bag.

Good strategy off the tee will set up some attacking opportunities on fantastic par 4s but beware of the water which comes into play frequently.

A thinking-golfers track.

5. The Links at Outlook

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  • Site Link
  • Location: South Berwick, Maine.
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 5,870 meters off the Tips and 5,020 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 90
Fun Rating: 92.1
Shape Rating: 87.9

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The final par 4 18th is the signature hole, with a wide-open fairway to let the “big dog out”.

Playing at 324-meters it is a short iron approach that opens up birdie opportunities.

The Links at Outlook is two golf courses in one, offering the first 10 holes as links-style, and the last 8 holes a NEW England-style.

The rough, bunkers and marshes are ever-present and the last few holes require some stamina to take on the hills and undulations, not to mention the trees!

Blind shots will keep your concentration levels up, but get the distance correct to score well and enjoy this track.

6. Sunday River Golf Club

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Newry, Maine.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,517 meters off the Tips and 4,576 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 88.9
Fun Rating: 93.2
Shape Rating: 84.7

4 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 195-meter par 3 14th is the signature hole and has a forced carry over a sandy waste area.

The sloping, angled green will test the skill level with the putter and a 2 putt can be considered good.

A real mountain course set beneath the peaks of the Mahoosuc Range, the layout runs in the Sunday River Valley, surrounded by hardwood forest.

The fairways have been built-up to negate some of the slopes, but are fairly wide and present a good target.

Solid golf is rewarded and accuracy off the tee will set the tone of the round.

7. Point Sebago Golf Resort

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Casco, Maine.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,400 meters off the Tips and 5,160 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 86.8
Fun Rating: 87.5
Shape Rating: 86.1

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 185-meter par 3 17th is the signature hole and plays uphill to a green embedded in a grassy hollow.

Pot bunkers guard the left side, with another bunker in the front.

Get the distance right!

Point Sebago golf course runs through a white birch forest and can be extremely challenging off the back tees, but very playable off the front.

A good variety of holes will keep the interest and not too many water hazards to complicate the round.

8. Val Halla Golf Course

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Cumberland, Maine.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,892 meters off the Tips and 5,590 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 86.3
Fun Rating: 89.3
Shape Rating: 83.4

5 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 140-meter par 3 2nd hole is the signature hole and plays over water to a small sloping green.

Distance control is the key to making birdie or par.

A traditional-style course with tree-lined fairways that reward accuracy throughout the round.

Strategically placed greenside and fairway bunkers lurk for the stray shot.

Some holes have wide fairways, but the narrow fairway holes are the score wreckers.

Hit it straight!

9. Spring Meadows Golf Club

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Gray, Maine.
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,067 meters off the Tips and 4,990 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 85.6
Fun Rating: 85
Shape Rating: 86.2

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 395-meter par 4 8th hole is my choice of signature hole.

Water flanks the fairway up to the green, which is guarded by bunkers on the right.

Trees surround the left and back of the green.

A target golf course that requires accuracy and placement to score well.

The fairways are defined by bunkers, ponds, streams, and picturesque treelines.

Doglegs both ways will encourage the proficient golfer to attack the course but beware the hazards.

10. Nonesuch River Golf Club

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Scarborough, Maine.
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5,781 meters off the Tips and 5,129 meters off the Front.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 85.6
Fun Rating: 86.2
Shape Rating: 85.1

3 tee options available.

Signature Hole – The 158-meter par 3 6th is my choice of signature hole and plays slightly downhill over water.

Bunkers protect the green, but the distance control from the tee will set up a par.

A well-designed challenge for all skill levels and is a truly natural environment layout.

The Nonesuch River runs through the property and provides wetlands and wildlife in abundance.

Some of the holes are cut back into the woods and are enjoyable.

If you hit the ball straight a good score can be recorded.

Other courses outside the top 10

1. Dunegrass Golf Club

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  • Site Link
  • Location: Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 85
Fun Rating: 87.7
Shape Rating: 82.3

Narrow tree-lined fairways and the course weaves through a housing development.

Plenty of OB, so hit it straight.

2. Sable Oaks Golf Club

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PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 82.9
Fun Rating: 81.2
Shape Rating: 84.5

A public golf course built in 1989 but now destined to close and replaced with a housing development.

3. Old Marsh Country Club

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PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 82.3
Fun Rating: 82.5
Shape Rating: 82

A solid 18-hole layout that is fun yet challenging.

Sloped greens, marshes, sand, and water hazards will test everyone’s skill level.

Final Thoughts

Golfing in Maine presents many varied courses to test the skill levels of any golfer.

The biggest problem will be the choice.

Traditional, links, resort courses are in abundance, but pleasure will be derived from all.

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