It’s hard to believe that there’s much room for golf courses in the smallest state in the Union. But there is. And some of them are absolutely iconic.
I haven’t played any of them personally, as I’ve never even set foot in the state. But I know just from being a golf nut that the above statement is true. Courses like Newport Country Club (the oldest in the nation), The Carnegie Abbey Club, and Warwick Country Club are just a few tracks that have histories going back almost two centuries. Unfortunately, most of us won’t ever step foot on these courses because they’re private.
The good news is there are plenty of great public tracks that are accessible to everyone. How do I know? Because our readers told me so.
Before I waste any more time, let’s have a closer look.
Triggs Memorial Golf Course
If you happen to find yourself in the historic city of Providence, you need to play Triggs Memorial.
The course is set on some 140 acres of what was formerly the Obadiah Brown Farm. To this day, many of the original trees still line the fairways and place a premium on accuracy.
The layout is classic old school New England. Some holes run parallel, but the course lacks nothing in character. The greens are small, sloped, and well protected by overhanging trees and gaping bunkers.
One of the best rounds in the state at a reasonable price.
Green Valley Country Club
Just because this facility has the words “country” and “club” in its name, doesn’t mean it’s off limits to everyone. Actually, quite the opposite. While it’s semi-private, the public is welcome with open arms.
This is a popular track with better players as it’s a stern test. A true ball striker’s paradise, you’ll have to hit all the shots out here. That means left and right, high and low.
If you’ve never played night golf, you just might have the chance when you come to Green Valley. On certain nights during the summer, you can really have some fun after the sun goes down.
Agawam Hunt Golf Course
When it comes to golf in the community of Rumford, Agawam Hunt is the crown jewel.
Dating all the way back to 1897, this track has too much history to get into in a short guide.
Located on 130 acres of beautiful riverfront land, Agawam Hunt was the vision of Donald Ross, after the original nine holes were designed by Willie Parks.
To this day, the layout features rolling hills, native fescue lined fairways, and some of the toughest greens in Rhode Island.
This course is always in spectacular shape and a treat to play.
Louisquisset Golf Club
Another semi private facility of note is Louisquisset Golf Club.
Located in the town of North Providence, this Ken Venturi design is both challenging for the discerning player, and enjoyable for the newcomer. The course is especially known for being playable for women.
The layout meanders through natural wetlands, wooded areas, and rolling hills. Mature oak trees border the fairways, framing them perfectly while providing plenty of rooms to land tee shots.
For a private club experience at a public price, play Louisquisset.
Valley Country Club
The motto at Valley Country Club is “Everyone Welcome”. That seems to be the truth according to what I’ve been told.
The course itself is one of the more picturesque in the area. Views of the surrounding countryside can be seen from almost every hole.
The greens are a challenge here. Even though they’re on the smaller side, they’re notoriously quick and undulating. Being above the hole isn’t any fun.
Another traditional design that will test every club in your bag, Valley Country Club comes highly recommended.
Even though the Ocean State is known for water and winter sports more than anything, it has a rich and diverse history of great golf. While much of the lore is steeped in private clubs, there’s plenty of great public golf that anyone can play.
As always, my heartfelt thanks go out to everyone that helped make this guide possible. Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.