North Anson’s Diadema Golf Club, which opened in early June last year, is ready for its first full season.

“Saturdays and Sundays are pretty busy,” Diadema pro Scott Hoisington said. “The golf course is in excellent condition.”

Diadema made its debut last summer after owner Phil Mattingly built the nine hole course on 85 acres of land he owns off the New Portland Road. The course opened for the 2015 season on May 1. Each weekend day has averaged between 60 and 65 golfers, Hoisington said.

“It seems like a lot of first timers are coming,” Hoisington said. “We’re getting a lot of repeat business, too.”

The grass held up well over the winter and, now in its second year, is in great shape, Hoisington said.

This year, Diadema added black tees to each hole, adding length to the par 36 course. It also gives golfers who want to play 18 holes the chance to give each hole a different look when playing the second nine.


“We the found the weekend golfer, they love (the black tees),” Hoisington said. “It adds more length. For the better golfer, it challenges them.”

A unique characteristic of Diadema is the eighth hole, which has two greens. Each one is 150 yards. One plays with water behind the green, and the other plays with the water in front.

“With the water in front, it takes a pretty precise shot,” Hoisington said.

The extra green on hole eight is another way for golfers to mix it up if they choose to play 18 holes, and it also plays into Diadema’s future. Hoisington said Mattingly’s plan is to expand by adding two more holes. With the two greens on eight, that will make Diadema a 12 hole course.

Diadema greens fees are $34 with a cart to play nine holes, $25 without a cart. Greens fees for 18 holes are $58 with a cart, $44 without. Last year, Diadema sold 10 club memberships. This year, the new club has sold 55 memberships so far.

“We’re hoping to grow that a little bit each year,” Hoisington said.


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The First Tee of Maine and the Augusta Country Club are teaming up to host youth golf clinics throughout the summer.

The clinics will be on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and run for eight weeks beginning on June 23. The final session of the summer will be Thursday, Aug. 13. The cost is $80 for the summer.

The First Tee is a youth development program founded in 1987 by the USGA, the PGA Tour, The Masters, Shell Oil, and the LPGA as a way to promote golf and sportsmanship to younger players. The First Tee came to Maine in 2005 at Riverside Golf Course in Portland, and now has 11 locations throughout the state.

For more information on the Augusta clinics, please contact Ron Bibeau at [email protected]

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The Maine State Golf Association Club Team Championship tournament will be on Sunday at Belgrade Lakes. The tournament features four-person teams from golf clubs across the state competing against each other. Last season, Auburn’s Martindale Country Club won the title with a 12-under in the best two of four format. The Martindale team of Brian Bilodeau, Will Kannegieser, Andrew Slattery and Andrew Stonehouse is back to defend its title.

Fifteen courses are scheduled to be represented, with nine sending multiple teams. Central Maine will be represented by Belgrade Lakes (Alexie McCarthy, Dominic McCarthy, Alfie Michaud, Mike Roddy), and Augusta Country Club (Thomas Bean, Jason MacDonald, Mark Plummer, Jim Quinn). Belgrade Lakes will open the day with a 7 a.m. tee time. Augusta will tee off at 7:50 a.m.

The MSGA Senior Club Championship will be held on Monday, also at Belgrade Lakes. Defending champion is Augusta. The team of Bean, Plummer, Quinn and Mark Curtis won last year with a nine-under 133. Augusta starts this year’s tourney with a 7 a.m. tee time, with Glenn Furth replacing Quinn.

The Waterville Country Club team of Dale Brown, Jim Lucas, Dan Proulx and Bob Roy will tee off at 7:10 a.m.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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Twitter: @TLazarczykMTM

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