|Point Sebago Resort in Maine
|By Tom Landers |
Maine , Northeast
Point Sebago Golf Resort – A Family Affair
Maine's Point Sebago Golf Resort
The course debuts with three wooded holes including a challenging 500-yard par 5 followed by a short par 3, then a 400-yard par 4 with a pond across the fairway 130 yards prior to the hole. The next four holes are the course’s only wide-open holes surrounded by tall grass, three consecutive par 4s. A small pond protects the 5th green. The 7th hole is a long par 5, which can play over 600 yards from the back tees and is the number 1 ranked handicap hole on the course. The final two holes of the front nine take you back in the woods with a long par 3 and a dogleg right par 4. The back nine start off with a very scenic dogleg left and your drive must carry a 60-yard marsh. The 11th hole is another demanding par 5. The 12th is a straightforward par 4 with sand bunkers on the left, dense forest to the right and a green surrounded by trouble. The 13th and 14th holes are par 4 and 3 respectively and have more water to contend with. Then comes the signature hole, the par 4 15th hole (see attached description). The 16th hole requires a drive over the water and the 17th is a deceivingly difficult uphill par 3. The 18th hole is a very scenic par 5 with a pond defending the green. At just over 500 yards one may be tempted to try to be on in two, but our advice is to lay up in an attempt to be on in three. Great golf without guilt, now there’s a winning twosome. Bring your family to this 775-acre resort on Maine’s second largest lake, and dive into Point Sebago’s top rated course while your kids jump into the resort’s extensive activities program, on par with any Club Med.
Point Sebago is much more than a superb golf course. It is a self-contained resort on Sebago Lake with nearly a mile of sandy beach. The Maine resort has a full service marina with boat rentals and boat slips available, a lakefront restaurant, 10 tennis courts, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, cruise boat tours, fishing, water-skiing, and more. Kids love the organized tournaments and activities offered all day and well into the evening, free of charge – which parents love. The kids are supervised and super happy, so you can focus on your day on the outstanding golf course.
Architects George Sargent and Philip Wogan designed Point Sebago’s golf course, which consistently garners accolades as a top course in New England. Fourteen of the eighteen holes are lined with white birch and pine trees, a magnificent Maine setting. There’s a fair amount of small ponds and streams. Point Sebago has earned a reputation as a scenic but demanding course.
This beautifully maintained par-72 course has an aggressive 135-slope rating and plays a long 7,002 yards from the back tees or a more forgiving slope rating of 117 and 4,866 yard course from the forward most tees – gentler on the golfer’s ego.
Once you play the course, you see that it is challenging but fair, and rarely crowded. For two summers, the Point Sebago course played host to the Maine State Open. Recently world-renowned golf course architect Geoffrey S. Cornish surveyed the course and commented, “To put it conservatively I WAS IMPRESSED. Indeed Point Sebago Golf Club exceeds many fine things I have heard about it in golf circles. Congratulations on a superb creation.”
Point Sebago includes golf cart rentals in all greens fees. Given the size of the course and the distance between some of the holes, you will be delighted you are driving and not walking. We found the best way to enjoy Point Sebago’s course is with an affordable golf packages. According to resort General Manager Don Toms, the resort usually sells out early during the peak summer season of July and August with families coming to spend an entire week’s vacation. “We added the golf course in the mid-90s to our resort in an effort to utilize more of our lodging during the May, June, September and October months. These are four beautiful months to be in Maine and golfers get to enjoy all of our resort amenities,” commented Toms.
Midweek Golf Packages during these months (May, June, September and October) include unlimited greens fees and golf carts, lodging in one of the resort’s Park Homes or Resort Cottages and a continental golfer’s breakfast from only $79 per person per day. Weekend golf packages include 18 holes, greens fees and cart, lodging, full breakfast and dinner in the Lakeview Restaurant from $99 per person. “These golf getaway packages have become extremely popular and offer fabulous vacation value. The resort is now enjoyed by golfers in the spring and fall, when the resort was traditionally underutilized,” commented Toms.
We can heartily recommend Point Sebago Resort for a family vacation or golf getaway. Come with your foursome on a spring or fall golf package, or bring the family to enjoy the lakefront resort. For more information call Point Sebago Resort at 1-888-765-7030 or visit their extensive website at www.pointsebago.com