Brunswick driving range gets facelift under new ownership

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 1:00pm

    The driving range formerly known as Longshot Golf Center is under new management. The lease has been taken over by the new ownership and management group that is operating The Bath Golf Club and Chip’s On The Green Restaurant at Wawenock Golf Club. The driving range and mini golf center, located at 305 Bath Rd. in Brunswick, was most recently operated as Chad Hopkins Golf Center. The group will renovate and reintroduce itself as “Sandbaggers Driving Range and Mini Golf.”

    “The opportunity presented itself and we jumped on it,” said Sean McCarthy, general manager. “The location fit into our group incredibly well, and will provide an additional space for our golf professional staff for fittings, lessons, clinics, and really getting people excited about the game of golf.”

    “Our staff is excited to put on clinics for players of all skill levels,” said Director of Golf Leon Oliver. “The range is the perfect place for us to get people working on their game before they come over to The Bath Golf Club to play a round with us.”

    Not only will the company focus on providing an additional amenity and driving range space, but take part in the much needed renovation of a nostalgic Midcoast Maine favorite.

    “Sandbaggers is going to bring back a great piece of Midcoast Maine golf history,” said Ryan Atwood, media manager for the company. “Everyone grew up playing here. We all hit countless  balls, played round after round of mini-golf, and we are excited to bring our company’s touch to the property. This will give us a new avenue to promote and grow the game while providing a fun atmosphere for everyone involved.”

    The company has hired Johnny Johnston of Bath, Maine, formerly the general manager of Freeport Country Club, to run the property. Johnny is a certified teaching professional with years of experience in the golf industry, including a run in which he was the general manager at the driving range.

    “I’m excited to come back to Sandbaggers. I always loved the property and I know its potential,” said Johnston. “I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to making Sandbaggers a fantastic location for everyday golfers, families looking for a day or night of affordable entertainment, birthday parties and events, or adults looking to come out and enjoy a beverage and play in one of our night leagues or events.”

    Sandbaggers Driving Range and Mini Golf will be open to the public beginning April 17. It will hold a grand opening celebration and open house the weekend of May 27-28. To contact Sandbaggers with any questions or to make reservations, call (207) 844-8057 or email Johnny Johnston at

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