In 1895, the founding members of Misquamicut Golf Club engaged Tom Bendelow to fashion their original golf facility. Over the next couple of decades, it’s said that both Willie Anderson and Seth Reynor made modifications to this rudimentary layout before the purchase of additional land enabled Donald Ross to completely redesign the course in 1923.
The front nine is set out on undulating terrain, with most of the back nine occupying much flatter ground. The par threes at the long 3rd and short 8th are excellent one-shot holes on the outward half but the round really comes to life on the way home, with the strong par fours at holes 13 and 14 of particular merit. A long, uphill par three ends a round here in somewhat unconventional style at the 18th hole.A number of the fairways at Misquamicut are routed close to tidal inlets that run along the Atlantic coastline, weaving in and out of wetland areas teeming with all sorts of wildlife. The course extends to a very modest 6,214 yards from the back markers so Misquamicut can certainly be described as a short, but very sweet, Donald Ross classic.
Many people describe the course as schizophrenic due to the substantial differences between the front 9 and back 9. The front has wild, rolling terrain, which I found unique and fun. The back is on the water and is completely flat. The course finishes on a rare par 3, but it is a strong uphill shot back on the side of the course with elevation changes.