There are special golf courses that define and embody a region. Pebble Beach reflects the stunning beauty of the Monterey Peninsula. Augusta National sums up the charm and grace of the South. Bethpage Black embodies the tumult and challenge of New York City.
Tucked into the western mountain region of Maine is a course that brilliantly captures the awesome natural beauty of northern New England: Sugarloaf Golf Club.
One of the most scenic and challenging golf courses to be found anywhere, the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. wonder has six holes on the back side where the crystal clear Carabassett River comes into play, including the simply incredible, 216-yard par-three 11th. The tee shot is from a dramatically elevated area that offers a one-of-kind view of the blue-tinged mountains and plays across the Carabassett to a large green.
The 401-yard 14th and the 178-yard 15th also play across the Carabassett River. It’s no wonder this stretch of holes as been called “The String of Pearls.”
The course is consistently ranked the best in Maine and New England and among the top 100 courses in the country by various publications and rating services.
“Jones, Jr. created a mountain course unlike any other, one which he called, ‘One of the most spectacular courses I’ve ever been associated with,’” says Ethan Austin, communications manager for the resort. “The course offers challenge to golfers of all abilities, and shot value at Sugarloaf is extremely high, rewarding golfers for good shots on each hole.”
It’s no wonder individuals make annual treks to the resort during the summer and early fall to not only enjoy the course but also sample the multitude of recreational offerings the area has to offer.
“Many of our guests make annual visits, frequently for the autumn months during foliage season, and have long standing relationships with our course staff, most of whom have been here for many years,” says Austin.
It’s difficult not to be impressed and inspired by Sugarloaf. Golfers say the views and scenery, as well as the pure playing experience derived from The String of Pearls, is worth the price of the greens fees alone.
“Most guests remark that the course is unlike any other they have played in Maine or even New England,” says Austin.
The resort serves as an ideal base camp for all kinds of outdoor fun and frolic beyond great golf. The property has pristine views and access to the Maine wilderness, while the resort’s many lodging offerings provide a comfortable place to relax at night.
Says Austin, “Our stay and play packages make golf trips convenient and easy for both serious and casual golfers. Guest service at Sugarloaf is consistently rated among the best in the industry, ensuring an enjoyable stay for all our guests.”
The resort is offering some great packages for the summer months, starting at $129 per person per night. That includes lodging, 18 holes with cart and a complimentary clinic at the Sugarloaf Golf School.
During the fall, beginning Sept. 1, the resort will offer a Fall Foliage Special, which will be available for as little as $99 per person, per night mid-week. The package includes lodging, 18 holes with cart and a complimentary clinic.
“The latter is one of the most popular packages, as foliage season is a spectacular time of the year at Sugarloaf,” says Austin.
Sugarloaf Resort and Golf Club
Carabassett Valley, Me.