Penobscot Valley Country Club

Golf Advisor Icon
Ratings Index
Tooltip Information Icon
3.1
14
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.6
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
60.8%
Recommend this course
8 out of 14 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
4.0
1
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
2.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 1 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
3.4
5
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
2.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.4
80.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 5 reviews
Read Reviews

About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6442
Slope 125
Rating 71.2
Type Semi-Private
Opened in 1924, Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono, known locally as "Penobby," has a classic design created by Donald Ross. Nestled in the rolling hills of central Main, the golf course runs alongside the river that created its namesake valley. The scenic landscape is covered with mature trees, which are concentrated along the undulating fairways. The original design was slightly tweaked in 2001 to make it both more challenging and more playable. The green sizes were reduced and bunkers were shifted or removed. The result was a golf course that is challenging enough for more advanced players but still gentle enough for beginners to approach with confidence. The classic elements of Ross' design still manage to shine though, which has cemented Penobscot Valley Country Club's status as a Maine tradition.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6442 yards 71.2 125
White 72 6280 yards 70.6 124
Green 72 5927 yards 68.7 122
Red (W) 73 5370 yards 70.9 120
Scorecard for Penobscot Valley Country Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 71.3/130 400 412 521 178 354 166 455 374 395 3255 525 390 385 460 147 470 200 339 436 3352 6607
Blue M: 70.4/127 392 399 512 144 346 158 446 350 367 3114 493 382 378 411 144 458 193 321 426 3206 6320
Gold M: 69.3/126 358 392 510 144 346 158 446 336 360 3050 493 382 350 365 144 458 163 316 359 3030 6080
White M: 67.0/123 W: 67.0/123 358 299 458 142 301 150 416 336 310 2770 427 328 350 365 141 430 163 273 359 2836 5606
Green M: 65.0/118 W: 71.8/134 322 296 455 140 294 150 411 332 277 2677 422 312 346 365 140 425 95 224 305 2634 5311
Handicap 10 4 6 18 12 14 8 16 2 5 7 11 3 17 13 9 15 1
Par 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 36 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 16 14 8 18 10 12 6 4 2 7 1 3 17 13 9 15 11 5

Course Details

Year Built 1924
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/15 Closed: 10/15
Architect Donald Ross (1924)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

3.1
14

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 2
Bunkers 1
Thick Rough 1
This course/club is great for:
Locals 1
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 1
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 1
Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Great course, not so great conditions

This is a very cool course, and if you're an architecture aficionado there is a lot to soak in here. There is a lot of movement to the land and the course sits very nicely on it; there really are no bad holes.

The greens were in pretty good shape, although very wet with sprinklers running on a lot of them even during my round. Fairways were spotty with a lot of crab grass and bare patches mixed in.

This is a good golf course that could be great with improved conditions.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor conditions

A drizzly day and the condition of the course kept the crowds away. We had the place to ourselves. Fairway and green conditions were rough even for this time of year. The price-$13.50 with cart- made it worth the trip. Hope it is better in mid-season.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great location and good value

Enjoyed the wide open fairways and large but tricky greens. Lovely hilly location with some interesting holes. Only issues were the cart tracks are in pretty rough shape and more distance markers would have been helpful. Played on a "hot deal" so all in all, amazing value for money!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pen Bay nice Ross layout poor grounds keeper

I paid $10.00 per head for me and a buddy so hard to complain, 18 holes with a cart on hot deal, however the course is a dog track, no fairways like a pasture all basically mowed to the same length. Bare spots everywhere and he greens were poor, bare spots, rot weeds, would not play it again. Bummer because it had a lot of potential. The traps are plenty full but the sand had rocks it it and was inconsistent. Save the 10 bucks and go somewhere else

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It has been let go

This used to be a very nice course with great fast true rolling greens...in places it looks like a war zone, all your putts bounce, it has clearly not been taken care of. Don't play for over $20 for 18

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
PEI
On Prince Edward Island, we make dreams of the perfect golf vacation a reality. With more than 400 fairways, miles of pristine beaches, unlimited fresh seafood, festivals & events and countless ways to relax, come find out why we say, "Play once, remember forever.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Layout! Wonderful Old Donald Ross Course

My wife and I played this course yesterday and enjoyed it so much that we returned and played again today. The course was masterfully conceived. It is fun to play with wide fairways and fairly large greens. There is quite a bit of elevation change. As with most Ross courses, the challenge starts when you arrive at the green. Straight putts are almost non-existent. If you find yourself above the hole, you can only hope that it goes in or your next putt will likely be at least 4 feet coming back up the hill.

If you want a fun and challenging course to play, don't miss Penobscot Valley CC.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointed in condition of the course

This course has been around for quite some time and family friends have been members for years so I was excited to have the opportunity to play it. The tees were a mess, chunked up and rock hard, nearly had to hammer in the tee. The fairways were dry and hard and not pleasant with a cart, drive slow if you don't want back issues and would like to keep your teeth. The greens were rock hard and tough to keep the ball on, when it landed a big dust puff then it rolled out more than expected. They don't use marked range balls so errant practice shots end up on the fairways making it difficult to spot your own ball amongst all the white balls on a couple of fairways near the range.

Compliment on the bunkers, nice sand and steep walls, a challenge to get out of a couple of them.

It appears their watering system is on the blink which is too bad as the course would be more fun to play if not so dried up and dusty. This summer has had more rain than last, why aren't they watering?

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

penobscot valley gc

JJ and mark hall the pro's are great to talk with and make you welcome.The Donald Ross layout is fair and fun to play.The greens can be a challenge . The course is just off I-95 and very easy to find..Nice track.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent

Stay & Play Offers

$174 Starting price
Valid dates: Sep 17, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Staying at Orange Lake Resort and teeing off on any of our four unique golf courses has never been easier.
Course Layout
Now Reading
New Cookie Policy
WE AND OUR PARTNERS USE COOKIES ON THIS SITE TO IMPROVE OUR SERVICE, PERFORM ANALYTICS, PERSONALIZE ADVERTISING, MEASURE ADVERTISING PERFORMANCE, AND REMEMBER WEBSITE PREFERENCES. BY USING THE SITE, YOU CONSENT TO THESE COOKIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COOKIES INCLUDING HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CONSENT VISIT OUR COOKIE POLICY.
CONTINUE