Course Guide

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As one of Maine's premier golf destinations, the Sugarloaf Golf Course is a must-play for any golfer. This Robert Trent Jones Jr. course is sculpted into the mountain and provides golfers with stunning panoramic mountain views around every corner. Admired for its beauty, this 6,910 yard course is not without its challenges; dramatic elevation changes, winding fairways, unforgiving bunkers, as well as rock-lined streams and greens put a premium on accuracy and precision.

Providing a descriptive breakdown of each hole, photos, aerial visuals, and other strategic tips, the course guide below will help you make the most of your next round at Sugarloaf. Best of all, you can take these pointers out on the course with you, by downloading our new Sugarloaf Golf Club & Resort app for your iPhone or Android.

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 Sugarloaf Golf Club & Resort - Best Approach

Sugarloaf Golf Club & Resort - Best Approach

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Hole 1
Jones Way
4
Par
372
Yards
11
Handicap

A spectacular opening to your round at Sugarloaf, the first tee offers majestic views of the Bigelow Mountain Range, and a tee shot that requires a surprising amount of accuracy. The corner looks shorter than it is, making it difficult to fly the trees. Veer left and you can find yourself in the trees more quickly than you imagined. A good tee shot is rewarded with a straightforward approach, however. It is just 150 yard from the large landing area to the green. Bunkers protect the green on the right an the left.

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Hole 2
The Horn
5
Par
510
Yards
9
Handicap

Your round gets interesting quickly with this double dog leg par 5. Big hitters can easily reach the trees on the far side of the fairway thanks to the elevation drop from the tee box, so clubbing down is recommended. A somewhat hidden brook protecting the right side of the fairway can come into play for anyone attempting to cut the corner. Your second shot requires the length to clear the brook, but still avoid the fairway bunker. Once you clear the corner a straightforward approach awaits, with three bunkers protecting the right side of the green, and a fourth bunker plus the brook protecting the left.

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Hole 3
Ledges
3
Par
168
Yards
3
Handicap

A straightforward par 3 with a large greenside bunker protecting the left side. There is room to bail out on the right, but not much. Prevailing winds can make this hole play shorter than advertised.

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Hole 4
Moose Run
5
Par
466
Yards
4
Handicap

A challenging par 5, the fourth hole can actually be friendlier than it first appears. Keep your tee shot further right than you think, as your ball will naturally kick left towards the green. Trying to cheat left and hug the corner will typically result in a lost ball. With a good tee shot this green is reachable in two, but you'd be well advised to let pin placement determine your second shot. A trio of bunkers surround the green, putting a premium on accuracy.

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Hole 5
Big Buck
4
Par
358
Yards
5
Handicap

Once rated as the most challenging hole on the course, number 5 has undergone renovations in recent years to improve player friendliness. Make no mistake though, this long par 4 still packs a challenge. Keep your drive to the left, as the slope of the fairway will naturally funnel your ball back toward the center. A good drive will leave you with a manageable 150 yard approach, but a slightly elevated green may require an additional club length. The green is protected on the right by a large bunker.

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Hole 6
Panorama
4
Par
337
Yards
3
Handicap

An accurate drive is an absolute must on hole number six, as your second shot will be a blind, uphill shot onto a small green. Keep your drive as far right as possible without attempting to cut the corner. A well-placed drive on the right edge of the landing zone will leave you with about a 150 yard approach, but the elevation change will require at least 2 additional club lengths. Leave your drive left and you’re looking at the equivalent of a 200 yard approach after accounting for elevation. The green is protected in the front and left by 4 bunkers. If you miss, miss long and left as the embankment can naturally funnel your ball down to the green.

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Hole 7
Chardonnay Green
4
Par
331
Yards
13
Handicap

Keep your drive left on this par 4, and you’ll be rewarded with a friendly approach. Select too much club off the tee and you can easily find yourself in the bunker on the far side of the fairway. The seventh green is the most dramatic on the course, with several different levels creating interesting putting scenarios. Pay close attention to flag location.

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Hole 8
Cat-N-Nine Tail
3
Par
153
Yards
17
Handicap

This par three plays at a friendly 150 from the white tees, but a prevailing wind that blows in your face and no margin for error make this hole more challenging than it appears. The pond in front of the green means you can’t leave it short, while a bunker protects the left side. There’s no room to miss on the left, either, as tall grass and trees will quickly swallow your ball.

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Hole 9
Lost Bunker
4
Par
363
Yards
1
Handicap

Though it has become significantly more friendly since its original design, which included a fairway bunker directly in the middle landing zone, number nine still has its challenges. Favor the left side on your drive, and as long as you clear the boulder you’ll have a 125 yard, uphill approach that often requires an additional club length. The green is steeply sloped back to front, so you’ll want to leave your ball short of the pin. Be careful though, a deep bunker protects the front-left side.

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Hole 10
First Pearl
4
Par
255
Yards
18
Handicap

A striking par-four, number ten is one of Sugarloaf’s signature holes and the first in what course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr called “The String of Pearls”. At just 334 yards from the championship tees, big hitters can reach this hole from the tee, but accuracy is imperative. The green is protected by a deep bunker in the front and the Carrabassett River in the back, presenting a high-risk/high-reward proposition for anyone attempting to reach off the tee.

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Hole 11
Precipice
3
Par
166
Yards
12
Handicap

The crown jewel in the String of Pearls, number eleven is Sugarloaf’s most famous hole and one of the most photographed golf holes in all of New England. Dropping an incredible 120 feet from tee to green, this par three is surprisingly reachable despite its length. Golfers will want to club down 2 or more clubs due to the elevation change. The green is protected on the right and back by bunkers, and on the left by the river, putting a premium on accuracy off the tee.

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Hole 12
Carrabassett Corner
5
Par
495
Yards
8
Handicap

The only par five in the String of Pearls, number twelve follows the path of the Carrabassett River and offers up spectacular views of the Bigelow Mountain Range. Despite a slight dogleg, a long, well-placed drive can make this green reachable in two. As usual, this green is well protected, and a wayward second shot is apt to find its way into the river.

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Hole 13
Shimmering Birches
4
Par
359
Yards
14
Handicap

The most straightforward of all the holes in the String of Pearls, number 13 doesn’t demand a long shot off of the tee, but it does demand accuracy, as bunkers line the right side of the fairway. A good tee shot yields a straightforward approach, but with little room to miss, as bunkers again protect the green on the right, while the river protects the left and Sugarloaf’s ball-devouring woods line the back.

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Hole 14
Hurricane Bob
4
Par
333
Yards
4
Handicap

Nicknamed “Hurricane Bob” after the 1992 storm washed away the majority of the green, this hole can be a deceptive score killer. A well-placed drive is a must on this hole, as the second shot will be over the river to reach the green. With river rocks lining the front of the green, leaving the ball short is not an option, while missing to the left will find your ball in a bunker.

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Hole 15
Cobbled Stone
3
Par
132
Yards
16
Handicap

The final hole in the String of Pearls, number 15 features two tee boxes, which provide dramatically different challenges. Played from the white tees, this hole is short and straightforward, but requires a high-degree of accuracy. The championship tees add an additional 30-40 yards to this hole, and change the angle of approach.

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Hole 16
The Loaf
5
Par
548
Yards
10
Handicap

Offering some of the best views of Sugarloaf Mountain, number 16 is a straightforward hole if managed well. Be sure to clear the fairway bunkers with your drive, and resist the temptation to cut the corner and go for the green in two. A nice, relaxed second shot (avoiding the fairway bunkers) will put you within easy striking distance of the green, which is protected by greenside bunkers on the right and in the back.

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Hole 17
Grouse Knoll
4
Par
339
Yards
6
Handicap

Avoid the temptation to hit driver off the tee on this par 4, as your ball can easily end up in an unseen brook on the far side of the fairway. You’ll want an extra club length on your approach, as the green is significantly elevated. Bunkers protect the front and right of the green, but there is room to miss long.

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Hole 18
White Candles
4
Par
351
Yards
2
Handicap

One of the most straightforward holes on the entire course, number 18 is a great opportunity to let it rip with your driver. Stripe it right down the middle and you’ll be left with an easy approach. Bunkers surround much of this undulating green.