in Maine is a spectacular visual feast as the trees are decked out in colors louder than a pair of Ian Poulter’s trousers. The splendid foliage lures golfers from across the country and enchants players of all abilities. The leaves also offer a measure of forgiveness once they are on the ground as you can tell your opponents you deserve a free drop if you believe your errant shot lies beneath them.
In mid-September the leaves in some parts of the more northern and wooded parts of the state are already approaching peak color and the hues will continue to drift to the south and the days get shorter. The state even has an official website for tracking the leaves - www.maine.gov/doc/foliage - and you can use it to plan a golf trip where the colors will be most vibrant. You can also e-mail Maine’s Golf Concierge at firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions on where to find the most dramatic vistas on courses that line up with your budget and handicap.
Not only are the leaves worth a trip to Maine in the fall, the golf courses tend to experience their best conditions of the season. Fewer golfers once Labor Day passes means faster rounds, often at reduced prices. Take advantage of afternoon or twilight rates at many Maine courses right through the month of October and even beyond in many cases. Sure, you might need a sweater,
but it’s a small price to pay to experience some of the nation’s best golf values and array of courses. Along with nationally recognized tracks like Sugarloaf, Belgrade Lakes, Samoset and Sunday River, Maine has dozens of lesser known gems from York to Presque Isle and a Golf Concierge who will happily steer you as you plot your fall golf journey.
The Golf Maine website – www.golfme.com - is packed with the latest in specials and stay and play offers like the incredible $179 special that gets you a round at both Belgrade Lakes and Sugarloaf as well as a night’s lodging at Sugarloaf’s Grand Summit Hotel. Purchased individually, the golf alone would cost upwards of $250 so you’re essentially getting paid to golf two courses on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. Start planning your own Maine fall golf classic today!