The Portland Golf Expo, now in its 21st year, gets golfers thinking about greens and fairways even if snowbanks and frigid temperatures are still the rule.

The golf season is approaching and what better time to find that new driver or putter that could shave strokes off your score. The Golf Expo will once again offer clinics, free rounds of golf, putting, chipping and long driving contests along with door-prize giveaways.

The Golf Expo will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland.

Tickets are $12 at the door until 1 p.m. and $10 after that. Discounted tickets are available online at portlandgolfexpo.com.

The Portland Golf Expo will have a silent auction to help support The First Tee of Maine. The First Tee of Maine will also be accepting donations.

For the first time, Golf Expo owners Scott Mayer and Peter McFarland of M&M Events will hold the Mid-Maine Golf Expo on Saturday, March 15 at the New Balance Student Recreational Center on the University of Maine campus at Orono.

The Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 with discounted tickets at www.midmainegolfexpo.com.

“We’ve had success in the Greater Portland area and we wanted to expand our marketing efforts to mid-Maine and northern Maine customers,” said Mayer.

Free parking is available at both locations.

Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough and Point Sebago Resort in Casco are each offering 2,000 rounds of golf. The first 700 paid customers through the door Saturday and the first 300 paid through the door Saturday starting at noon will receive a free round of golf at both courses.

On Sunday, the first 1,000 paid customers will receive a free round of golf at both courses. In addition, a paid admission brings a year’s subscription to Golf Digest or Golf World along with a ticket to the raffle.

At the Mid-Maine Golf Expo, there will be 2,000 rounds of free golf from Point Sebago and Hidden Meadows Golf Club in Old Town. The first 1,000 paid customers will receive two free rounds of golf.

Joe and Leigh’s Discount Golf Shop will once again be at the Portland show.

The clinics at both golf expos will run the gamut from game improvement to getting physically and mentally fit for the opening rounds of the season.

The clinicians at Portland include Lisa Love, a mental skills coach; Dr. John Hayes, a board certified chiropractor and PGA golf profesionals Mike Dugas, Ron Bibeau and Scott Mayer. At the Mid-Maine Golf Expo, PGA pro Rob Jarvis of Bangor Municipal will hold a clinic on how to improve your drive. Love, Dugas, Bibeau and Mayer will also give clinics. For times of the clinics at both locations, check the respective websites.

Tom Chard can be reached at 791-6419 ortchard@pressherald.com

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