Like a beacon shining in the northland of New England, Boothbay Harbor Country Club is becoming a must see and must play for both locals and visitors to this special region of Maine.
Always a favorite near the Pine Tree State’s coastline, the owner of BHCC is investing millions of dollars in renovations to the course, a new clubhouse, and additional and enhanced amenities that is turning the club into one of the premier golfing destinations in the Northeast.
The entire course was redesigned by Bruce Hepner, with the initial improvements completed in 2014. The front nine redesign included four entirely new green complexes, on holes 1, 3, 5 and 9. Sand bunkers on the entire course were reshaped and re-sanded with bunkers added in strategic spots. All tee boxes were laser leveled. New air conditioned comfort stations were opened after holes 4, 9, 14 and 17 holes, with complementary bottled water made available to golfers.
In addition, a new practice facility was built with target areas and sand bunkers. The entire practice area was sodded and irrigated and provides beautiful views of the course with a 20-plus-foot ledge wall bordering the entire left side of the facility.
Additional improvements were made this off-season, including the lengthening of the 13th hole with improved views of that green plus views of the 12th and 14th greens. A water feature is being added on the 12th hole, as well as a new covered patio and deck at the turn aptly named, “Over the Ledge,” with an elevated view of the 9th green from the deck.
In October of last year, ground was broken for a new, 28,000-square-foot clubhouse, which will open in May of 2016. Says John Suczynski, the club’s General Manager, “The clubhouse will provide all the amenities a golfer could want, including an expanded pro shop, enclosed cart storage, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and an exquisite dining room and a 19th hole that will be second to none. The views from the elevated terrace will be truly stunning.”
Also, planning for a second phase has begun, which includes a fitness facility, multiple use pools for all ages, a spa and massage facility and tennis and pickle ball courts. Options are also being explored for on-site lodging.
Says Suczynski, “Golfers will experience a high level of service with impeccable golf course conditions and amenities. The surrounding area has some of the best boating available in the state and the miles of coastline provide beautiful vistas. The Botanical Gardens and shops and restaurants of Boothbay Harbor add something for everyone. Ultimately the course and surrounding facilities will provide a vacation resort with something for everyone in the family.”
The club has partnered with a number of superb local hotels to provide stay and play packages. And a stay and play package is available at the renovated and quite remarkable Inn at Cuckold’s Fog and Light Signal, a working lighthouse that has two luxurious suites available for guests, located not far from Boothbay Harbor Country Club.
Boothbay Harbor Country Club has now become a blend of a fresh, new, impeccably maintained playing surface and practice facility, modern and comprehensive amenities and a long and storied past.
In 1918, Wayne Styles and John Van Kleek, famous course architects of the day, were commissioned to build a golf course on the Boothbay Peninsula by a group of wealthy Boston businessmen to help with tourism in the quaint coastal town. Stiles and Van Kleek have a number of notable courses to their credit in the Northeast, including Prout’s Neck in Maine, Nashua Country Club in New Hampshire, and Thorney Lea Golf Club and Duxbury Yacht Club, both in Massachusetts.
Boothbay Region Country Club, as it was known then, opened in 1921 and a number of celebrities and top golfers frequented the area and played a round or two at the club, including the great amateur Francis Ouimet, who it is said broke the course record on a Friday and returned the next day to break it again.
The nine-hole gem designed by the two men expanded to 18 holes in 1999. Successful business owner and philanthropist Paul Coulombe purchased Boothbay Harbor Country Club in 2013 as a way to merge his two loves, golf and the Boothbay Harbor region. He personally financed the reconstruction of the golf course and driving range and is sparing no expense in making the club an unrivaled golfing experience.
Hepner was chosen to undertake the renovation project due to his successful work with famed architect Tom Doak in designing Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand and Streamsong Blue Florida. He also renovated Essex Country Club in Massachusetts, as was as Cape Arundel in Maine.
For more information on this fabulous gem, visit www.BoothbayHarborCC.com.