Kebo Valley Golf Club has been a must-visit destination for more than a century. Opened in 1888, it is located on Mount Desert Island and borders Acadia National Park. The nature of the layout is constantly changing with the seasons, providing golfers with a unique test depending on the time of year.
But Kebo is not just a golf course. It is a sanctuary, with hundreds of acres of land preserved in their natural state. Among its famous visitors have been President Taft, who once scored 27 on the 17th hole, and golf legend Walter Hagen, who carded a course-record 67 that stood for 50 years.
When Harold Alfond decided to build Belgrade Lakes Golf Club he wanted to create what he called “a country club for the average guy.” The result, thanks to British architect Clive Clark, is a layout that blends into the landscape. Set on a majestic mountaintop, the course is laid out on 240 acres, with rolling fairways lined with brilliantly colored stands of timber, alongside white granite outcroppings.
Named the No. 1 course in Maine and one of the five-best new courses in America in 1999, Belgrade Lakes features beautiful par-3s, diverse par-4s, and devilish par-5s, many with old-style cross bunkering.