Carved out of dense woods in western Maine, Sugarloaf Golf Club is one of the most natural mountain golfing experiences available anywhere, and a fine example of stunning topography working in harmony with the values of the Royal and Ancient game. Developers of the popular ski resort here invited Robert Trent Jones II to add a golf course to complement their winter activities.
A round of golf along the eighteen separate, self-contained fairways at Sugarloaf will take you through stands of pine, oak, maple, and white birch, where you'll encounter the gushing Carrabassett River many times, and might just run into an ambling moose. The 6,922-yard layout features dramatic elevation changes, precisely placed bunkers, and the sights and sounds of whitewater.
The front nine builds drama slowly and finally offers up a glimpse of Sugarloaf Mountain on hole number six. This 402-yard dogleg right rises to a steeply elevated green. Number eight is Maine's version of Augusta National's twelfth hole-a 187-yard par three over water requiring a well-struck shot to a narrow green.
Strategy and patience will pay off on the back nine, which begins with six holes dubbed "the string of pearls." Number ten may play only 334 yards, but six massive bunkers demand an accurate tee shot and a precise approach to a green backed by the roaring river. The eleventh is Sugarloaf's best-known hole-216 yards over the river with a 128-ft elevation drop from tee to green. The eighteenth hole, an uphill journey of 407 yards, is the finale of a walk through the Maine woods that few golfers will forget.