The Maine Desert has been a popular tourist attraction in Freeport for nearly 100 years. It’s a quirk in Maine that makes people always ask, “How is there a desert in Maine?”

Technically, it’s not a desert. Yes, it’s sand, but it’s glacial sand that was deposited there during the ice age. This Maine desert history video explains how it was created 27,000 years ago.

Mela and Doug Heestand of Freeport bought the 40 acres of land that is Maine’s desert in 2018 and said they plan to make improvements to the attraction, and one of those changes is a mini- unique 18-hole golf course that tells the story of the Maine desert and is now open.

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

The statue that greets you at the start of “The Hermit’s Adventure Golf” is a perfect likeness of the character in the video above.

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

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

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

It is a modern course but has everything you would expect from a good mini-golf course.

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

As you progress through the course, you’ll learn a little more about the Maine desert with each hole.

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

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

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

Stephen Lenz – Townsquare Media

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