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“Historic Golf Course” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cape Arundel Golf Club

Cape Arundel Golf Club
19 River Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
207-967-3494
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Owner description: Eighteen-hole Scottish-links layout is a challenge due to water on 13 holes, small greens and the presence of sand bunkers at every hole.
Nashua, New Hampshire
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104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Historic Golf Course”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Cape Arundel is not a modern course with all the amenities. There is a small clubhouse and pro shop but there is no food service (at least on the Saturday we were there) and no bar! The 19th hole is usually what I need after the way I play the first 18! However, the course is historic even though it looks a little like a muni course. It's short (par 69) and mostly wide open with very few trees. The course is laid out well though and you don't get a lot of peoiple playing out of the wrong fairway. The course has been around for over 100 years and there's a Who's Who of people who have teed it up. President George H.W. Bush is a member here and has played with President Clinton, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson and of course, his son President George W. Bush. Sam Snead has also played here as well as Fred Couples. Mickelson owns the course record with a 60. I had to play it just due to the history.
The way into the clubhouse is tricky though. The road goes across 5 holes and alongside a par 3. Golfers have to wait for the cars to come and go before hitting. The clubhouse is tucked alongside the 18th fairway and the river that winds down the other side. We teed off at noon and were done at 3:30. I love that pace. The people working there were all extremely pleasant and the course is open to the public. We played the week after Labor Day and the only downside was that they just aerated the greens. That was disappointing but I'd definitely play here again. We paid $70 each with a cart.

Visited September 2012
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Ross, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“golf club”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

It has become a semi-public course. It's a very narrow course so it's often hard to tell where your green is and where the next hole is.

Visited August 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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116 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“short but sweet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Not too challenging, short but excellent grounds and greens. No markers for distance. Nice talk with the pro there who said that we just missed Bush !

Visited August 2011
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New York
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217 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“A great course that is very challenging”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

I am a 9 handicapper and will tell you that you should not be dissuaded from playing this course due to its short yardage. At 5960 yards from the back tees it plays like 6600 with treacherous greens that clearly were built to protect the course! Your putting will be tested to the limits if the greens are in great shape which they typically are. Enjoy.
Also The Ex-Presidents Bush play here and you will feel a clearly Republican bent when you enter the clubhouse which has recently been renamed the "41" Clubhouse! A bit pricey but recommended!

Visited June 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“A unique gem of a course & clubhouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

This links style course is a challenge with the undulating greens and the bunker placement on several of the holes but truly a gem to experience! The historic clubhouse brings you back in time with the old photos of the course, the memorabilia from the Presidential years to the current low round scorecard from record holder Phil Mickelson, along with a great pro shop appealing to every golfer.

Visited May 2012
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