Golf is more than a game in Kennebunkport, Maine. It’s a scenic, historic experience: a way vacationers can combine outdoor fun and a step back in time. So, pack your clubs for your stay at Kennebunkport’s Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club. Whether you decide to play 18 at one of the coast’s distinguished golf courses or to practice your swing at a nearby driving range, you’ll always remember the feel of golfing in the crisp, clean Maine air.
At least once in your life, you should play a golf course that is so revered, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll have your chance when you golf at Kennebunkport, Maine’s picture-perfect Cape Arundel Golf Club. Established in 1896, this 18-hole, par 69 course has been played by four U.S. presidents and by sports legends including baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth, golf great Arnold Palmer and PGA pro and course record-holder Phil Mickelson. The same Kennebunk River you woke up admiring at the Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club is your nemesis here: a dramatic water hazard. Our concierge is happy to book a tee time for you at this semi-private course.
19 River Road, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-2222
It’s golf at its old-school, exhilarating best. Webhannet, founded in 1901, is a classic, 18-hole Maine golf course where the dress code is enforced, and the game is played with respect. It’s also just a block from Kennebunk Beach, so you’ll feel energized by saltwater breezes as you face a course that has challenged generations of golfers. This is a semi-private club, but you’re invited to play from mid-April through mid-October. Ask our concierge to reserve your tee time. Known for its tidal water hazards and undulating Kentucky blue fairways, this par 71 golf course with tricky holes like Needle’s Eye will leave you wanting to play another round.
26 Golf Club Drive, Kennebunk, Maine, 207-967-2061
Didn’t bring your golf gear to Maine? New to the sport? You can borrow clubs free of charge at this golf facility featuring a driving range and par 3 mini pitch and putt course. It’s the perfect option for casual or golfers or beginners. And there’s historic lore here, too. Golfers have been trying to hit the driving range’s “Free Pail” sign for more than 50 years.
77 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, Maine, 207-967-4661
You’ll find this driving range and its adjacent par 3 golf course in the midst of a 200-year-old working berry farm in nearby Wells, Maine. Bring cash for your bag of golf balls if you’re headed to the driving range. Reward your exertion with a slice of berry pie at the Merriland Farm Cafe.
533 Coles Hill Road, Wells, Maine, 207-646-0508