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A Maine Trifecta of Golf Courses
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John Torsiello
 
By John Torsiello
Published on 06/11/2008
 


Here’s a Trifecta That Can’t Be Missed!
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Everyone loves hitting a sweet trifecta. In Maine, that means staying at the fabled Poland Spring Resort and playing three great courses.


The resort is again offering its popular Maine Trifecta golf package. Check this out: $259 gets you three great courses for the price of one—Poland Spring, as well as Spring Meadows and Fox Ridge golf clubs, two nights at the Poland Spring Resort, four all-your-can-eat buffet meals, and range balls at two courses.


And these aren’t your average run-of-the-mill vacation tracks. Poland Spring is considered one of the oldest courses in the country. It was designed by Arthur Fenn in 1895 and Donald Ross added another nine holes and refurbished the existing nine in 1912. It’s listed on several publications’ must play lists.


Fox Ridge Golf Club is rated among Maine’s most challenging layouts and is home to the Maine Open. Spring Meadows Golf Club, designed by noted Maine architect Brad Booth, features lush fairways and superb greens. Fox Ridge and Spring Meadows are newer tracks.


“This is the second season we’re offering the package and the first time we are really marketing it,” said Cyndi Robbins, owner of Poland Spring Resort. “We have had quite a few golf groups take advantage of the deal, and this year we aren’t placing any restrictions on how many people you need to sign up for the package.”


  Poland Spring Resort is located about 35 miles north of Portland, Me. and within easy driving distance of the Greater Boston area, indeed, all of upper and middle New England.
“We really think this is a great offer,” added Robbins. “You stay at a great resort and play three very different golf courses for a very reasonable rate.”


Poland Spring Resort has three inns and 11 cottages that surround the property’s golf course. All meals are served at the Maine Inn, which also contains Rick’s Pub, a library and nightly entertainment. The Presidential Inn was built in 1912 and fully renovated in 1982. It houses the resort’s fitness center. The Motor Inn is located on the 12th hole of the golf course and a nature trail leads to the Maine Inn.


Poland Spring Golf Course is a classic resort track, short (6,116 yards), but a layout that places a premium on accuracy and wise club selection. The course features a number of short par-fours that set up risk-reward tee shots and a few, such as the beastly, 447-yard 15th, that will test the stamina of even the best players.


  The 6,637-yard, par-71 Spring Meadows is a somewhat open layout that was routed through wetlands and gently rolling terrain. Proper club selection is also key here, as a number of shots must clear wetlands or waste areas. The 190-yard par-three fourth hole demands a nerves-of-steel long iron to find a green that seems to sit like an oasis of green among native areas.
The 14th hole, a 355-yard par-four that begs the big hitters to get close to the green from the tee. A good drive on this dogleg left will leave you a shot chip to the putting surface.


  The par-72 Fox Ridge Golf Club plays around 6,814 yards from the tips and presets an interesting, challenging test of golf. It features a blend of rolling hills lined with native fescue, brooks, stone walls, stone bridges and an island green. The course has a great finishing hole. It’s almost 400 yards from the tips and doglegs to the right. The second shot is downhill and must carry water with the well bunkered green.
  For more information or to sign up for the package, call 207-998-4351 or visit www.polandspringresort.com.