Hidden Meadows Golf Course is a nine-hole course located 10 minutes north of Bangor, Maine.
Hidden Meadows was built in 1997. It was designed by Jeff DuFour and operated by his father, Peter DuFour, until the course was sold in 2004. The current clubhouse was built in 2006.
In 2010, the course was purchased by Joe Perdue, a PGA Class-A professional with 30+ years of experience in the golf industry. He had been the head professional at golf courses in Washington state, Michigan and Wisconsin before moving to Maine.
2012 Course Improvements
The season started early this year, then stalled in late April/early May with a lot of wet weather. Once we got past that, the season was as nice as a person could ever hope for, and the course was in excellent condition.
The new senior tees on #3, #6 and #7 were completed and will be open in the spring of 2013. The new #1 tee was also completed and will also be open in the spring of 2013. The new tee on #3, as well as the new grass driving range tee have presented some challenges, and we will continue to plug away at getting those completed in spring 2013.
Several other projects were completed on the golf course. The culvert and drainage ditch on #7 fairway was completely overhauled, which has helped to significantly dry up the fairway and add some challenge to the hole. Then Hurricane Sandy came along and we got to do it all over again.
A new drainage ditch was added to the right side of #4 fairway and green. The cart path from the men's #5 tee was extended, and new drainage ditches were dug around the #5 green, all of which will help us to open up that part of course a lot earlier in 2013.
Irrigation was added to #5, #6, #7 and #9 tees, which will reduce hand watering and free up more time to work on other projects. We added 7 more Yamaha carts to our fleet, bringing the total on-site to 36. We replaced the gangs that we used to mow the roughs with a 4-wheel drive John Deere 1600 rough mower, purchased a JD 110 tractor with a backhoe, and picked up a fairway mower late in the season. All of this equipment will help us to get the course open more quickly coming out of the winter, and will extend the playing season.
2011 Course Improvements
Mother Nature presented some challenges during 2011, starting the season with 22 days of rain in May, which put every single project behind schedule. The driving range was completed, with the grand opening taking place over Labor Day weekend.
A new spray unit and spreader were purchased to help continue new maintenance practices on the golf course, and the overall course conditions improved tremendously over the summer.
2010 Course Improvements
2010 was a rebuilding year, with the focus on drainage and turf improvement. New drainage was installed along the right side of #3, which took care of 90% of the drainage issues on the course. The greens, fairways and tees were all treated for clover and a variety of other weeds. Course maintenance practices were revised, new equipment was purchased (greens mower and aerifier) and the overall condition of the golf course improved tremendously.
New tees were shaped and roughed in on #1 and #3, along with new senior tees on #3, #6 and #7. Construction began on a driving range behind the 9th green.
While there are no plans to turn the facility into an 18-hole course, with the alternate tees being added, Hidden Meadows will provide a challenging 18-hole experience for all levels of golfers to enjoy.