: Bangor, ME
: Interstate 95
: Castine Backshore Public Beach
: Castine Golf Course
Car: not necessary
Castine, Maine is one of the most historic and well preserved coastal villages on the entire US East Coast, originally settled in the 1600's.
The Castine area is host to theater, summer concerts at Kneisel Hall (30 min. away), quality shops, art galleries, antiques, Maine Maritime Academy and fine restaurants. Centrally located between Camden and Bar Harbor (1-1/4 hr. to each), the town offers a quiet and convenient place to stay.
In Castine, we have one of the oldest nine hole golf courses in the country, a tennis club (clay courts), yacht club, Dyce Head Lighthouse and many historic walking trails. Working fishing villages, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Camden, and Isle au Haut are all lovely day trips accessible from the town.
The local waters are favorite cruising spots for yachts and the Maine windjammer fleet. The area offers several excursion boats, hiking, and sea kayaking. There is a rocky beach just across the road, or 1/2 mile away is a sandy public beach.
Other Activities: Maine Maritime Academy pool and fitness rooms nearby, open on limited basis, with user fee.
Golf: The Castine Golf Course is a challenging and beautifully maintained 9-hole par 35 course. Scottish golf course designer, Willie Park Jr. laid out the current nine holes in 1921, which offers stunning views of Castine Harbor and Blue Hill.
Considered 'one of the greatest golf architects of all time;' Park said the Castine course was one of his best. Park's design presets nine holes on Windmill Hill across from the Revolutionary War era Fort George and overlooking Castine Harbor and Blue Hill in the distance. Not only was Willie a deft putter, but he was the man to beat in golf club and course design.