Welcome to the Great Chebeague Golf Club
Playing golf on this 95-year-old nine-hole links style island course is reminiscent of the sport’s earliest days. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in July, 2015, the Great Chebeague Golf Club is one of a few dozen American golf courses and one of only five in Maine on the National Register. Enhancing its historic character is the clubhouse, built between 1790 and 1807, making it one of the oldest active clubhouses in America. This nine-hole course in Casco Bay is not only historic; it is scenic, too. It’s the only course in Maine with views of the ocean from every hole.
Chebeague’s signature 7th hole has changed little since the Boston Globe described it in 1924 as “unequalled on the Maine coast.” Golfers still hit their tee shot from a tee box on the Stone Wharf where lobster boats and the Chebeague ferry land and must cross a tidal inlet to a steeply pitched green 110 yards away, while avoiding a deep bunker guarding the green on the front right, woods and vegetation on the back and sides and bayside cliffs facing the tee. Despite its challenges, the 7th still offers the best chance for a hole-in-one on the course.
Chebeague’s well-kept greens are truly Green, because no chemicals are used on the course. This is designed to protect lobsters, clams, mussels and fish harvested around Chebeague. Most are available at the historic Chebeague Island Inn that overlooks the course. A special arrangement is made for guests at the 1920s inn who wish to play at the 1920s golf club.
Just a Boat Ride Away…
The golf club house is 200 yards from the Stone Wharf where the ferry lands and where boaters can tie up, pick up a mooring or anchor. There are 10 ferries a day, a 15-minute ride, to the island. See Getting Here.