Established in 1888 with play starting 1891, Kebo Valley is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country. The course is situated on Mount Desert Island, bordering Acadia National Park and just five minutes from downtown Bar Harbor. Throughout its long history, notable names including Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen and President Willliam Taft have all played the track. In 1911, President Taft played Kebo and carded a 27 on the 17th hole, which is now affectionately known as the "Taft" hole. In 1922, Walter Hagen played Kebo twice, first carding an even-par 70 before firing a three-under 67, which stood as the course record for 50 years. By modern standards, Kebo is a short course, but it is protected by very small, undulating greens that often roll true and fast. With beautiful views of nearby Cadillac and Dorr Mountain, Kebo is an enjoyable walk and pairs well with a visit to Acadia National Park.
100 Greatest: The course was part of Golf Digest's original 200 Toughest Courses list from 1966-'68.
Best in State: Ranked fourth, 2017-'18. Ranked fifth, 2019-'20. Ranked inside the top 5, 1977-'89, 1999-2001, 2005. Ranked sixth, 2013-'16 & 2023-'24.
Current Ranking: 6th.