Golf Course

Back Nine

10th green

Hole No. 10 ~ 315 yards ~ Par 4 ~ Another birdie opportunity of only 315 yards from the back tee downhill all the way to a tiny, level green. This hole can be driven by longer hitters, but shots to the left or right of the green are challenging up-and-downs.

11th green

Hole No. 11 ~ 471 yards ~ Par 5 ~ A great short par-5 of only 471 yards, this hole plays steadily upslope to another fabulous Travis green complex. This green slopes severely from back to front, with many dips and contours on the way. The approach MUST be below the hole to leave a good chance at holing the putt, and any approach past the pin is as often a three-putt as not. This is another example of a green that has shrunk over the years. We plan on reclaiming perhaps the most interesting pin position on the entire course, to the back right corner where rough now grows. And don’t forget to look back from the green for another beautiful vista of the Pond and Maine mountains beyond!

Hole No. 12 ~ 297 yards ~ Par 4 ~ A short but deceivingly difficult par four. The rough to the right is very thick, and the fairway slopes from the left. The green has a severe slope from back to the front and right, and any putt from above the hole is difficult to keep close. A smart and well-played approach will be short and right of the hole.

13thHole No. 13 ~ 228 yards ~ Par 3 ~ This is a challenging par three from the front tees and brutally so from the Championship tee at 228 yards. This green has been opened up to nearly the original shape in the back right, creating a great risk-reward pin position close to and over a deep green side bunker. The green is long from front to back, making club selection of prime importance.

14th green

Hole No. 14 ~ 407 yards ~ Par 4 ~ A deceivingly difficult par four, playing slightly uphill and longer than the yardage would indicate. The fairway slopes to the right, and as a result, many approach shots leak to the right, and into the bunker. Although the green appears to be rather flat, there is a pronounced slope to the front and right, with more break than most golfers initially read.

Hole No. 15 ~ 442 yards ~ Par 4 ~ From the back tees the drive on #15 aims toward OB stakes and the Maine Inn on the right. The aim point is often very close to, or over, the pines on the left, especially with a prevailing wind out of the West. The approach shot is to a classic Walter Travis green, with typical mounding framing the target, and complex slopes producing many double breaks on putts. As with many greens at Poland Spring, an approach just short of the green is a safe play, and anything long or into the bunkers guarding left and right makes for a much more difficult recovery shot.

Hole No. 16 ~ 531 yards ~ Par 5 ~ Take dead aim at the directional flag off the tee to the wide fairway. This par five is reachable in two for longer hitters, sloping downhill to a classic Poland Spring green. In firm conditions, the approach can land up to 30 yards short of the green and roll downhill to the surface. As per usual, over the green is a sharp down slope, leaving a blind lob shot from thick rough.

16thHole No. 17 ~ 295 yards ~ Par 4 ~ This par 4 is very short in yardage but uphill to a small, sloping and well-guarded putting surface. This hole can be driven by long hitters, but an errant tee shot can leave a treacherous second shot. The bunkers on #17 are deep, and there are run-offs at the front and right of this hole. Errant approach shots and putts can roll back off the false front, or off the right, leaving a difficult recovery chip shot.

18th green

Hole No. 18 ~ 357 yards ~ Par 4 ~ The finishing hole is a good birdie opportunity, as long as the tee shot avoids the maple in the middle of the fairway. The green is large and relatively flat with a slight slope from back to front, making club selection tricky on the approach.

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