Rhode Island

Rhode Island, the Ocean State, or Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, as the state is formally known, has the city of Providence as the state capital. Providence was so named by religious exile Roger Williams because he considered the area a heavenly place to settle way back in the early 17th century. Rhode Island is not only New England’s smallest state but also the most diminutive of the USA’s fifty states.

But, considering its modest size and cold climate, Rhode Island packs a powerful golfing punch. With nearly fifty clubs affiliated to the Rhode Island Golf Association and numerous Golden Age classics – many designed by Donald Ross.The travelling golf course aficionado should overlook Rhode Island at their peril.

In Rumford you’ll find one of Donald Ross’s favourite New England designs at Wannamoisett Country Club. Routed across a compact site with only one par five on the card, Wannamoisett is the quintessential classic but arguably the best golf course Rhode Island can offer is located at Newport. Newport Country Club was inaugurated in 1894 and was one of the original five founding member clubs of the United States Golf Association.

Our Rhode Island Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Rhode Island

Newport Country Club

1st Rhode Island - Best in Area

Newport Country Club is private, exclusive and also one of the original five founding member clubs of the United States Golf Association.

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Shelter Harbor

2nd Rhode Island - Best in Area

The Shelter Harbor Golf Club course was unveiled in 2005 and this modern layout is a Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry production that’s characterised by its rough-edged, bearded bunkers.

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Wannamoisett

3rd Rhode Island - Best in Area

Wannamoisett Country Club is home to a classical Donald Ross jewel set in the middle of New England. Considered to be one of Ross’s favourite designs, the par 69 layout is routed across a meagre 104 acres.

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Rhode Island

4th Rhode Island - Best in Area

Host to the 2011 US Women’s Amateur, Rhode Island Country Club is routed across a diverse landscape of parkland, woodland and wetlands, ending with four holes that wind around Narragansett Bay.

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Newport National (Orchard)

5th Rhode Island - Best in Area

Arthur Hills and his associate Drew Rogers tamed close to 200 acres of trees and shrubs when routing the Orchard course at Newport National Golf Club through a former nursery.

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Sakonnet

6th Rhode Island - Best in Area

The 18-hole layout at Sakonnet Golf Club dates back to 1922 when Donald Ross added nine new holes to nine that already existed. A Gil Hanse renovation in 2004 added more than 400 yards in length.

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Misquamicut

7th Rhode Island - Best in Area

With several fairways routed close to tidal ponds next to the Atlantic shoreline, the 18 holes at The Misquamicut Club extend to only 6,214 yards, making this a short, but very sweet, Donald Ross golf course.

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Warwick

8th Rhode Island - Best in Area

Established in 1924, Warwick Country Club lies on the shores of Narragansett Bay, with views of the estuary available from every single hole on the scorecard.

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Wanumetonomy

9th Rhode Island - Best in Area

Founded in 1922 and designed by Seth Raynor, Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club is set close to Narragansett Bay and it’s one of only a few courses in the US with a view of the ocean from every hole.

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Carnegie Abbey

10th Rhode Island - Best in Area

A Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie design, the Carnegie Abbey Club is routed across wetlands where the Battle of Rhode Island was fought. Constructed with a light touch, it contains few sand traps and four holes are bunkerless.

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