BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – There were no golf courses in Maine and only seven in the United States before the Kebo Valley Golf Club was founded in 1888, nestled between downtown Bar Harbor and the shadow of Cadillac Mountain.
“It’s a great piece of history,” said Kebo PGA Professional Pieter DeVos. “It is an absolute gem. Eighth oldest in the country, oldest in the state. And to be consistently in the ranking, usually among the top 100 in the country, is a great honor. “
With history come legendary stories from the past.
“President Taft is famous for making a 27 on our 17th hole,” said DeVos. “Walter Hagen set the first course record in the twenties.”
The field for this year’s Maine Amateur consists of 132 players representing forty golf clubs in eleven Maine counties. Two-time defending champions Cole Anderson of Camden will be out of the field next week, but four other former champions will.
And Kebo has some talented members of their own.
“Jake Willis, Brent Barker, Wyman Tapley, our club champion, and the original course record holder – Eric Morris at 64 – are also in the field. They have a lot of rounds behind them so they have a small edge this week and they are all playing well so I hope they can continue. “
This is the eighth time Kebo Valley has hosted the Maine Amateur, and the first since 2010. Preparations began a year ago, and Maine’s oldest golf course is now ready to host Maine’s premier golf tournament, and possibly add another legendary story. a story that’s already full of it.
“The memberships behind it,” said DeVos. “We were excited. It will be a showcase for us, for the players, and a real test for these guys. We are very excited to show them a great tournament and to give them three very challenging days of golf.”
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