The Course 

Portland West Golf Course was built in the early 1980’s and opened in 1985.  Al Zikorus designed the course and was a consultant during the construction process.  The golf course is unique in the way that all the ponds and water ways were man made.  The grounds are a sanctuary for water foul as well as deer, fox, and many other animals.  There are no homes on the golf course which gives the feeling of pure serenity to those who play there.  The golf course is owned by Kevin and Shawn Kelley.  The Kelley brothers both attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  The Kelley’s are not only owners, but are hands on superintendents, overseeing and maintaining the course on a daily basis.  The Pro Shop is managed by Gerry D’Amora, who is a class "A" PGA professional.

Twelve par-3’s and six par-4’s constitute a par 60 on this beautifully designed Al Zikorus layout that opened in 1985.  There are enough elevated trees and greens along with a variant of par-3 distances to ensure a testing round.  A trio of ponds and a series of creeks give Portland West some form of water hazard on at least half the holes.

Yardage ranges from 3,154 for the ladies tees to 4,012 from the tips.  Head Pro Gerry D’Amora, who has been with the course since its opening, insists that, “Players will be impressed with how well the course is maintained.”  Pristine conditions abound throughout every inch of Portland West.  D’Amora also stresses that the shorter yardage and par of 60 should not be underestimated.  “Many players have a hard time shooting their handicaps here.” D’Amora adds that, “Players will be most impressed by the 366-yard par-4 sixth hole.”  Position on the tee shot is vital because there are two ponds that straddle the left side of the fairway.  The approach must carry a creek as well as a pair of bunkers guarding the entrance to this green.  The putting surface is set against a tall crop of hardwoods.  The 376-yard par-4 ninth is possibly the most scenic hole on the course.  The elevated tee shot must find a slender fairway tucked between two large ponds.  The longer the drive, the less one has to flirt with carrying water on the approach.

You may have to blow the cobwebs off your seldom used long irons or utility woods when you tackle the fourteenth and eighteenth holes at Portland.  The former, at 198, includes a creek crossing the target diagonally.  The finish plays every bit of its 215 yards and requires a healthy blow over a pond in order to reach a large double green that also houses the ninth pin.  Tee times may be reserved in advance and carts are available.

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