Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bar Harbor Golf

On July 14, 1894, the local paper, the Bar Harbor Record, noted “A golf club has been formed and links covering one and three fourths miles have been laid out at Kebo Valley...

Indeed today Bar Harbor boasts a golf course within walking distance from its downtown. The Kebo Valley Golf Club was founded in 1888 making it the the 8th oldest golf club in the United States and has challenged the skills of many of the country’s finest players, most influential politicians and leaders of industry. Nestled between Cadillac and Dorr Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine, Kebo is a spectacular 6,131 yard, classic link and parkland golf course. Much of Kebo Valley Golf Course shares its borders with Acadia National Park, in fact at one point on the Park Loop road you pass the course on the left.

As you play on the course keep an eye out for wildlife, including Whitetail Deer, Red Fox, and the famous "mangy coyote" that always appears in the Police Beat. Look up once in a while to spot American Bald Eagles soaring above the links as well as hawks and falcons.

From Kebo management:

"Our championship par 70 course consistently ranks among America’s best public courses. We are rated among the "Top 15" public courses in New England by the New England Journal of Golf, among the "Top 10" classical public golf courses by Golf Digest and received a four star rating in Golf Digest’s Places to Play."

Photo from 1911: President Taft cards a 27 on what was then the "Elbow" hole, which is today's 17th hole. This hole is now commonly referred to as the "Taft" hole.

Note: For less serious golfers and kids, there is always Pirate's Cove mini golf just outside of town on Route 3!


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