Courses: The Causeway Club, a nine hole gem in Maine

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Maine is one of the most beautiful states in the country with its several water views and lighthouses. It also has a lot of great golf courses such as Sugarloaf and Sunday River.

There is also a terrific nine-hole course located in Southwest Harbour that features an amazing combination of water, mountain and forest views. Right away, you’ll feel that the Causeway Club is one of the most beautiful nine-hole courses in America.

The club also has a swimming pool and tennis courts to complement its gem of a golf course. The routing of the course is one of the most interesting you’ll ever see. The first five holes of the Alonzo Yates design are all par-4s and the final four are all par-3s.

Even more fascinating, is that there are only five bunkers on the entire course. Your round starts off with the longest hole on the track.



Hole 1, 393 yard par-4:

The first hole at the Causeway is long, but its fairway is fairly wide. If you have a little pop off the tee, you can leave yourself with a short iron from the fairway. If you have PGA Tour like power, you can leave yourself with a pitch shot.

There are no bunkers to worry about so it’s all about accuracy and power. Mostly accuracy, as you don’t want to end up in Causeway’s pesky rough.

In short, tee it high and let it fly on this fun first hole.

Hole 2, 277 yard par-4:

Ironically, you go from the longest hole on the course to the shortest par-4. At 236 yards, it is possible to drive this hole if you put a little extra hot sauce on your driver or wood.

Short par-4s are always among the best hole designs in golf because of the options. Are you going to put all of your power into it with the driver or are you going to go light with a long iron?

If you think you have enough power off the tee, then go for it. Just keep in mind that there’s some water that you’ll have to carry, which adds to the intrigue of this hole.

Otherwise, going with a 3-iron might be the safest bet. You’ll then have a pitch shot over the water to the green, depending on how far you hit your long iron off the tee.

Either way, it’s an exciting hole that provides a strategic and heroic element. Just don’t let the hazard give you wet nightmares.

Hole 3, 304 yard par-4:

The third hole isn’t as difficult as the second but features a very narrow fairway so your window of accuracy has shrunk. Like many of the other holes, however, there are no bunkers to worry about.

More than ever, this hole requires pure accuracy. The green is small to compliment the skinny fairway. In fact, no other hole at Causeway demands accuracy as much as this one.

Gripping lightly and going with a wood off the tee may be the best play. You’ll be putting for birdie in no time once you hit the fairway….maybe.

Hole 4, 255 yard par-4:

The second shortest hole on the course gives us our first look into Causeway Club’s bunkers (gasp!). Although it’s very short, it is arguably the toughest hole on the course.

Like with the previous holes, hitting it right down the pipe of the fairway is key. If you hit it too far to the left, you can kiss your ball goodbye as it gets swallowed up by Norwood Cove.

Your approach shot will be tricky, with two sneaky bunkers protecting each side of the green. If you hit a long, straight tee shot, then you’ll be able to leave yourself with a short pitch shot to the green, avoiding the bunkers.

However, if you try to play it safe off the tee, you may leave yourself with a longer approach shot, one that’s long enough for the Maine winds to grab onto your ball. To be fair, I’d rather hit out of the bunker instead of teeing up my shot again because I hit my shot far left into Norwood Cove.

This is just another fun hole that presents many challenges. It very well could be Causeway’s best.

Hole 5, 392 yard par-4:

The final par-4 at the Causeway Club is another long one. Although it’s shorter than the first hole, it’s fairway isn’t as generous (and just to think that it’s almost Christmas…pfft).

It starts small, then gets a little wider, and finally, shrinks dramatically towards the hole. Fortunately, the green is fairly large, so your approach has a chance to be a good one.

Hit a solid tee shot, then take advantage of the green. You’ll give yourself a good chance at dropping a birdie.

Hole 6, 142 yard par-3:

The first par-3 on the course has two greenside bunkers and a large green. It’s a short, fun par-3 that gets you to think off the tee.

Your best bet may be to aim more towards the right side of the green as the bunker isn’t as close o the putting surface. In short, the room for error is bigger in that regard.

Pull out your iron and enjoy the track’s first par-3.

Hole 7, 232 yard par-3:

The longest par-3 at Causeway will test your iron power off the tee. At nearly 200 yards, it can sort of reminding you of the famed eighth hole at Oakmont which goes out to nearly 300 yards. Obviously, there’s a difference since Causeway’s par-3 is 100 yards less, but for the average golfer, it may play like the Oakmont hole.

No bunkers here, just press that “deadeye” button on your iron and give it a good swing. Land your ball on the green and you’ll be cooking with gas.

Due to its length, par is a good score here. It could be easy to come short of the green or overshoot it because it may be difficult to judge the power. But, if you get on in regulation, you’ll be in excellent position for par or even birdie.

Hole 8, 175 yard par-3:

This is a hole that you can lick your chops on at the Causeway Club. This longish par-3 features the biggest green on the golf course, so there is plenty of spots to target.

Not only that this is another bunkerless hole. Despite its fairly long length, the eighth is arguably the easiest hole on the course.

In short, breath a sigh of relief, as you near the end of your round with an easy par-3. Have fun.

Hole 9, 142 yard par-3:

Sorry to poop on the easy parade, but the finishing hole at the Causeway Club is not as friendly as the eighth. In fact, it’s probably the second or third toughest hole on the course.

Other than that, it’s a gem of a par-3. It features a large green with the course’s biggest bunker guarding the front side of it.

On the ninth, it’s all about carrying that bunker. If you don’t, you may need to put on your best beachwear to hit out of this tricky sand trap.

Carry the bunker, and the large green should grab your ball. Just be prepare to two or three putt though, especially if your ball lands on the far end of the green.

It’s just a matter of mentally eliminating the bunker. Once you do that, you’ll find the ninth to be easier than expected. Otherwise, it’s a game of club choosing.

Finishing up:

Maine is probably one of the more underrated golf destinations in the country but beautiful designs such as the Causeway Club make it an excellent place to enjoy nine-hole rounds. There are quite a few solid nine-hole tracks in Maine, and Causeway is a leader in that category.

 

With its perfect blend of bunkered and bunkerless holes, the course has a great deal of design variation. Because of this, the Causeway Club is a must play on your nine-hole golf course journey.

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