For beginner golfers who appreciate an after-golf glass of wine, there’s Wine and Nine. You can sign up for a multi-week session at several Maine golf courses, and some, like Bangor Municipal Golf Course, run their Wine and Nine all season long, so you can jump in whenever. All offer beginner clinics and instruction during the session (and some offer more experienced golfers the chance to play golf and drink wine, but with less instruction). A few of the courses will even supply clubs if you don’t have your own!
It’s a great way to improve your game, meet fellow golfers, and enjoy a well-deserved glass of wine afterward (which I’ve heard also makes your golfing better. So I’m told)!
Bangor Municipal Golf Course
278 Webster Avenue, Bangor
Mondays at 5:30 p.m. through the season
$18 includes nine holes and a wine social after
FMI or to register: www.bangorgc.com/wine-and-nine or 207-941-0232
Join Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Monday evenings fora fun time on the golf course and in the lounge. Wine & Nine is designed to offer participants an opportunity to play some golf in a fun and social atmosphere. Each week will be a scramble format that does not require any experience. Never played? They will join you up with a group that can help you learn. Need instruction? Take a clinics to so you can nail down the basics. Call ahead to let them know you’re coming: 207-941-0232.
Nonesuch River Golf Club
304 Gorham Road, Scarborough
Thursdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 27 to August 24
$150 for the session
Learn the fundamentals of golf in a fun and social atmosphere. Nonesuch’s 2017 Wine & Nine clinics have two distinct levels. Level one will focus more on instruction for the less-experienced student, and level two will have more of an emphasis on playing golf on the course.
ALSO: There’s a Tuesday-night Wine and Nine Golf Series with Institute for Family-Owned Business, which has already started!
Riverside Golf Course
1158 Riverside St, Portland
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 2 to August 30
$200 per session
FMI and to register: www.spectorgolf.com
“The goal of the program is to overcome many of the barriers and fears that women face at a golf facility and on the course. The program will focus on basic fundamentals of golf as well as rules and etiquette. It is a fun and social learning atmosphere.” Register online www.spectorgolf.com
Val Halla Golf and Recreation Center
60 Val Halla Road, Cumberland
Beginners: Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. August 1 to August 29 (rain date September 5) CURRENTLY ON HOLD
Intermediate: Thursdays 1-3 p.m. OR Thursdays 6-8 p.m. July 27 to August 24 (rain date August 31)
Advanced: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. OR Wednesdays 6-8p.m. July 26 to August 23 (rain date August 30)
$109 per session
FMI and to register: valhallagolf.com/wine-and-nine-2013 or 207-829-2225×1
Wine & Nine is a mid-week, after-work program targeted at “occasional women golfers.” You’ll hone your skills through lessons and clinics, play golf with other occasional golfers, and network over a glass of wine. Three levels offered: beginner (new to the game or played a long-time ago), intermediate (some experience but looking for help with an aspect of their golf game), and advanced (independent golfers looking to play with other occasional women golfers). Beginner session includes education and intro night (no clubs the first night), clinic-style instruction, golf, golf cart, and wine. If you do not have golf clubs, they can provide them for you. Intermediate session includes clinic-style instruction, golf, golf cart, and wine. Following each week’s clinic, groups will have the opportunity to play golf until 8 p.m. Advanced session includes nightly/friendly competition golf, cart, and wine. They will provide on-course oversight and support but no instruction.
Dunegrass Golf Club
65 Wild Dunes Way, Old Orchard Beach
Beginners: Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m. August 1 to September 5 (rain date September 12)
Intermediate: Thursdays 5:30-8 p.m. August 3 to September 7 (rain date September 14)
$150 for the session
FMI and to register: dunegrass.com or 207-934-4513
“It’s all about learning something new, networking with other ladies and play a difficult game in a relaxed atmosphere.” Dunegrass offers two levels – beginners (new to the game or played a long-time ago) and intermediate (some experience but looking for help with an aspect of their golf game). The beginner session includes clinic-style instruction, golf, golf cart, and wine. If you do not have golf clubs, they can provide them for you! The intermediate session includes clinic-style instruction to start and friendly competition on the course, golf, golf cart, and wine. After the clinic at the start of each night, on-course instructors will provide over sight and support while you are playing. To register, call Ron or Cooper at 207-934-4513, email Ron at email@example.com or stop by the pro-shop.
[Feature photo courtesy Bangor Municipal Golf Course]