Donald Ross designed an 18-hole course about 1919 for use as a private course by the John Pickering family. During WW II Cliff Realty Corporation was formed and purchased the course in 1949. At the time the Club stood as one of Maine’s top 18 hole layouts. About 1950, during the Eisenhower Administration, the club encountered financial problems and reluctantly chose to abandon nine holes. For the next 50 years the Club operated as a 9-hole course.
In 1997, the shareholders decided to explore the restoration of the abandoned 9-holes. Because much of the old course was in what today are federally defined “wetlands’, restoration of the old course was not permissable. The Club then engaged course architect, Brian Silva, an avid student of Donald Ross. The design team evaluated nine different course layouts before selecting the course that was built. The team agreed at the onset that the new holes should mimic the old holes and reflect Donald Ross “feel”. In 1999 the reconfigured course opened as a semi-private course to rave reviews. All who have played the course believe we accomplished our goal and the course is one of the most attractive and interesting in Southwestern Maine. Also during the 1998-1999 period of renovation the club installed a new irrigation system, storage ponds and wells thus insuring a green course all of the summer. Finally, during this period the Clubhouse, including the Cape Neddick Pub & Grill, was renovated to its present 6,000 Square Feet.
The Club has approximately 325 golf memberships and approximately 26,000 rounds are played during the Club’s mid-April to early-November season
We believe CNCC offers every level of golfer a challenge to every shot and club in the bag. We have a full practice facility with driving range and two USGA spec putting greens. Our Golf Professionals offer private lessons, clinics, as well as full club fitting and club repair on site. Our staff is inviting, friendly and helpful, and our food and drinks are fun and delicious. We are minutes from two of the finest beach resorts in New England, and yet our atmosphere is quite and feels remote. If you haven’t tried our course, you should because all who do keep coming back.