Agawam Hunt Club's golf course has changed since Willie Park Junior originally pegged out a 9-holer for the club in 1895.
The club's first comprehensive 18-hole course was laid out by Donald Ross in 1920 over the top of Metacomet's original Rumford layout. Geoff Cornish carried out a renovation in the 1960s and Gil Hanse was involved in a recent restoration project.
The most memorable feature at Agawam is the trip from the 7th green to the 8th tee. It requires the golfer to walk through the garage of a two-family house that borders the property. It turns out to be a twofer as the golfer retraces her/his steps through the garage on the way back to the 15th tee. The second most memorable feature is the huge tree that sits in the middle of the 14th fairway………..just about where a well-struck drive would land.
Unfortunately, the rest of the course is less memorable. Considering the architects who’ve worked here—Willie Park, Donald Ross, Geoffrey Cornish and Gil Hanse—one might expect more. Agawam is not at all a bad course, it’s just that there are a dozen others in Rhode Island (including three within five miles) I’d rather play.