The Carnegie Abbey Club was formed at the start of the new millennium and the club’s golf course is laid out on property leased from Portsmouth Abbey School, a Benedictine Boarding Prep School established back in 1926.
A number of fairways are said to lie on land where the Battle of Rhode Island took place in 1778 and this skirmish between opposing American and British forces is commemorated on the course with hole names such as “Bloody Run,” “Patriot’s Stand” and “Hessians' Hole”.
The course actually came to prominence the year after it opened when it featured in a “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” televised match, played between Sam Torrance and Curtis Strange, the non-playing Ryder Cup Captains in 2002. The American won the match by three strokes.Toughest ranked hole on the Carnegie Abbey Club scorecard is the 412-yard 16th (”Coal Miner’s Way”), where the fairway doglegs slightly to a tiered green that’s protected by sand to the front right hand side of the putting surface.
December 10, 2015