The Desert of Maine has been a popular tourist attraction in Freeport for almost 100 years. It's an oddity in Maine that has people always asking, "How is there a desert in Maine?"

Technically, it's not a desert. Yes, it's sand, but it's glacial sand deposited there during the Ice Age. This video on the history of the Desert of Maine explains how it was created starting 27,000 years ago.

Mela and Doug Heestand of Freeport purchased the 40 acres of land that is The Desert of Maine in 2018 and said they had plans to make some improvements to the attraction, and one of those changes is a unique 18-hole mini-golf course that tells the story of the Desert of Maine and it's now open.

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The statue that greets you at the beginning of "The Hermit's Adventure Golf" course is a spot-on likeness of the character in the video above.

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To answer the burning question, no. The mini-golf course is not in the actual desert part of the Desert of Maine. That would be silly as it would be one giant sand trap and no fun to play.

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It's a modern course but has everything you'd expect in a good mini-golf layout.

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As you make your way through the course you learn a little more about the Desert of Maine at each hole.

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Mini-gold tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for kids 12 and under with some discounts. like 50% off when playing again the same day, 10% off for seniors 65 and older and active duty military, and 25% off for groups of 12 or more.

 

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If you want to learn more about the Desert of Maine or become a member, hit the link below.

 

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