Golf in the State of Maine
Maine, nicknamed the "Pine Tree State", the only state to border only one other state, has New Hampshire as its neighbor, as well as Canada's Quebec and New Brunswick. It is known for millions of lobsters and 133 golf courses, including 43 in or near the largest city Portland, 14 each in Bangor and Lewiston, and 9 in capital Augusta.
Geographical features of the Atlantic Ocean coastline, dense forests and low mountains lend themselves to inspiring course design. Va Jo Wa Golf Club is an 18-hole public course located in Island Falls - “difficult but friendly”. Historic Brunswick Golf Club, Brunswick is a walkable 18-hole championship course, yet with reasonable fees. Classic 9-hole Lucerne Golf Club, Dedham, designed by David Ross, has been around since 1926 and is a great course for those wanting a quick round. Nonesuch River Golf Club, Scarborough, designed by Tom Walker is an 18-hole championship public golf course, developed in harmony with the natural wildlife found in the forest and river area of southern Maine, yet is close to the city of Portland. Highly-ranked, idyllic, Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, provides a unique golf experience amidst the beautiful landscape of Central Maine. Limestone Country Club’s new owners want to make the course “fun for golfers of all skill levels.”
In 2002, Jeff Julian, born in Portland, received the Ben Hogan award as the top college golfer. Laurel Kean, from Portland, was named LPGA player of the year in 2007 and, when her playing days ended, became an instructor at La Playa Golf Club, Naples, Florida. Peter Kostis, born in Sanford, became a golf instructor and was for a time an analyst for CBS. He instructed Kevin Costner for the movie “Tin Cup” and operates his namesake Peter Kostis Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona.