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I haven't played Castine but I have been a huge advocate of Maine golfn especially the 9 holers. One of my favorite golf experiences was at Grindstone Neck and I was impressed by what I saw at Blink Bonnie and Abenakee. You could take a trip to Maine, only play 9 hole courses by the water and struggle to spend $250 total. Makes you wonder why people in the Northeast travel across the country to play anywhere else in the Summer...
Just learned recently that Tarrantine, in Dark Harbor, was designed by James Mackrell, who assisted HC Leeds at Palmetto.Not sure if this was common knowledge.
I have also played Grindstone Neck many times and always enjoy it. The "primitive" nature of the experience is part of the charm as well as the incredible water views from all the holes. There is a wooden bench on the rear of the third tee which has a remarkable view of Frenchman's Bay. Modern technology makes some holes too short but if one leaves the heavy metal iin the bag, the shot qualities improve dramatically.For those spending time in Maine I would also recommend the ferry ride from Rockland to the Stiles designed 9 hole course in North Haven with an interesting routing with significant elevation changes. There was a great thread a few years back about this course.These three courses have extemely modest facilities. At Grindstone the pro shop, lockerroom, bag storage and toilets are in a three room cottage with a small sporch out front. At Castine the pro shop is on the second floor of a small white structure with rocking chairs on the narrow porch. Toilet facilites are across the parking lot in the club's main building. North Haven takes the prize as the business part of the facility is one side of a garage.
I will opine on Castine tomorrow.