Highland Green, Topsham Living | Set on more than 650 acres, Highland Green is set amidst a rich ecological environment where residents enjoy an extensive network of hiking trails, an Ecology Center, a variety of on-site activities and the proximity of the Androscoggin River, Merrymeeting Bay and the ocean. Classic New England-style homes range from 1,400 to more than 3,000 square feet and feature two bedrooms, a finished lower level for guest rooms or hobby areas, a lofted second floor, study, fireplaces, crown molding, sun rooms and screened porches. Prices are in the $300,000s to $400,000s.
Playing A highly rated “shotmaker’s” course, this tree-lined nine-hole track fits comfortably into the rugged terrain of Midcoast Maine where rock outcroppings and ridge lines have been incorporated into the plan. Doglegs, carries over native areas, elevations, roll-up greens and water hazards create interest and challenge. Facilities include a lodge-style clubhouse, putting green and golf shop.
Off Track | A third of Highland’s 635 acres is preserved as conservation land. Residents can walk the trails and canoe and kayak the waterways that wind through the property. Nearby Portland and the college town of Brunswick, offer a variety of cultural and educational opportunities.
Dunegrass, Old Orchard Beach Living | Dunegrass set on the south coast of Maine 30 minutes from Portland is biking distance to beautiful Old Orchard Beach. Nestled into the pines, homes overlook the rolling Dunegrass Golf Course fairways. Sandy Meadows at Dunegrass offers seven home styles ranging from a two-bedroom bungalow with sun room and porch to a four-bedroom home. Recent listings included a 2,000 square foot three bedroom home for $400,000 and a two bedroom, two-bath condo at $199,000.
Playing | Dunegrass Golf Course, a Dan Maples- designed track, occupies more than 300 acres of forests and sandy dunes punctuated by hills, rock formations and creeks. At 6,644 yards, with four sets of tees and wide landing areas, this course is a good play for all levels.
Off track | Bike to the beach, walk the many nature trails, go whale watching, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, and birding. Visit lighthouses and attend pro baseball and hockey games.
The Bay Club at Mattapoisett Living | The private Bay Club at Mattapoisett, located on 625 acres near Buzzards Bay on the South Shore is one of just two Certified Audubon Silver Sanctuary golf communities in the state. A third of its land is dedicated open space while handsome New England-style residences are in six villages. Residents enjoy a variety of activities including cooking demos from celebrity chefs and classes in their 10,000 square foot Sports and Activities Center. Lots are priced from $187,000 to $395,000 while homes start around $550,000.
Playing | Designed by Brad Faxon and Brad Booth, Bay Club fairways are defined by tall stands of trees. Playing more than 7,000 yards from the tips, with six sets of tees, the course is designed for all levels of players. Well maintained with bent grass fairways and greens, plenty of well-positioned bunkers and waving native grasses, this is a track you will want to play again and again. There is a 10-acre golf practice area as well as an indoor winter practice facility.
Off Track | The Bay Club is just minutes from the rolling dunes and great seafood restaurants of the Cape, along with other Cape courses like Bayberry Hills, Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds and historic Highland Links in Truro. Water-oriented pleasures such as yachting, whale watching, fishing and beaches are all nearby.
Farm Neck Golf Club and Estates, Martha’s Vineyard Living | Farm Neck Golf Club and Farm Neck Estates on Martha’s Vineyard, a 20-mile long island in the Atlantic is but a short ferry ride from Cape Cod. Primarily known as an affluent summer colony, Farm Neck Estates is a neighborhood of beautifully situated residences in the historic town of Oak Bluffs. The Estates border a treasured Vineyard golf course favored by U.S. presidents and golfers of all skill levels.
Playing | Set on a peninsula (or “neck”) of rolling farmland overlooking Nantucket Sound with views of the Sengekontacket Pond and beaches, Farm Neck was established as a semi private club in 1979 and is open to the public from April until December. Designed by Geoffrey Cornish, Bill Robinsons and Patrick Mulligan, this is a classic beauty running through woodlands and salt marshes and open meadows.
Off Track | If you like the outdoors, biking, kayaking, sailing, beach combing, this is a great choice. Visit the lighthouses, go on a whale watching trip and bike along the winding paths. And be sure to catch the sunsets on Menemsha Beach.
New Seabury, Mashpee Living | On Cape Cod facing Martha’s Vineyard, New Seabury affords its affluent residents a comfortably low key but luxurious lifestyle with golf on two fine golf courses, Ocean and Dunes, tennis courts, a beach and pool club, fitness center, marina and miles of white sand beach. This is a large community on about 2,000 acres with more than 1,300 homes clustered in 13 neighborhoods with a wide selection of styles and prices from fractional ownerships to multi million dollar estate homes with beach rights.
Playing | The Country Club at New Seabury, a private club, has two acclaimed golf courses, The Ocean Course designed by William Mitchell revealing spectacular views of Nantucket Sound and Martha’s Vineyard. Opening in 1962, it has been called, “The Pebble Beach of the East.” Ocean has some magnificent tests like hole #4 where you’re hitting from a tee tucked behind tall marsh grasses with a long carry over a salt pond. The Dunes Course redesigned by M. Armstrong and has also received rave reviews.
Off Course | Indulge in some great seafood in local Cape restaurants and clam shacks, go whale watching or take a dunes tour. Hike miles of trails, charter a boat and go deep-sea fishing or just lie back with a cool drink and enjoy the views of the sea.
The Pinehills, Plymouth
Living | Situated in the world’s third largest pine ecosystem,out of 3,174 acres, 2,200 acres in The Pinehills have been preserved as natural and recreational open space. Named “Best Master Planned Community in the Nation” (2003 National Association of Homebuilders), Pinehills is home to about 1,800 families. who live in small organic neighborhoods that conserve open space, trees and wildlife habitats. Architectural styles include town homes, cottages, custom single-famiy homes, luxury apartments and grand estates. Savored views include Great Island Pond, golf fairways and Plymouth Bay. Next door Old Sandwich Golf Club Homes in an exclusive gated enclave, border the fairways of a stunning private track.
Playing | Located on the Pinehills land are two no-slouch courses open to the public, one designed by Rees Jones, the other by Jack Nicklaus rated in the Top Ten Courses you can Play by GolfWeek. Courses ride up and down rolling hills punctuated by dramatic, glacially carved kettles and kames. The Old Sandwich Golf Club, a Coore & Crenshaw design, ranked 28th in the U.S. and 68th in the world, is a private club located in an historic area along the oldest unpaved continuously operated road in the United States -Old Sandwich Road.
Off Track | Crave a latté or just want to get in some retail therapy, then head to the Village Green where there are more than two dozen shops, restaurants and services. Also find 10 miles of walking trails, lovely beaches and a number of historic museums like Plymouth Plantation and the replica of Mayflower II.
The Carnegie Abbey Club, Portsmouth Living | The 400 acre Carnegie Abbey Club celebrates grand living within view of Narragansett Bay. Close to Newport with its extraordinary yachts and estates once the summer pads of America’s first families like the Vanderbilts and the Astors, this is the place where “Cottage” is an understatement —where gilded mansions like The Breakers and Miramar were once called “cottages.”
Playing | The renowned British architect, Donald Steel, who well understood the importance of celebrating the spectacular setting, designed the Scottish-style links course at Carnegie Abbey. Running along the water, the course flows naturally over the landscape and is characterized by sod-sided bunkers, nonstop views of the Bay, wetlands, woodlands and stonewalls. “Why mess around with something God created,” says Steel.
Off Track | The sporting life here incorporates leisurely pursuits like tennis, biking, swimming, yachting and riding. There is a European Spa, game room for the younger set, fitness equipment and an Equestrian Center, an indoor ring and riding trails. The Lookout acts as the welcome area for the Club and houses the Pro Study, showers and changing rooms. Nearby explore the historic estates of Newport.