At only 1,545 square miles, this is a tiny state in land area. Therefore, close
to sixty Rhode Island golf courses in this small area is a relatively large
number. You can, in fact, enjoy golf in Rhode Island just about anywhere you
find yourself. The majority of these are located in close proximity to the state's
many attractions, so
you can be out on the links, and non-golfing members of your group will find
plenty of other things
As with camping venues, you'll find that most golf courses in Rhode Island are in South County. This comprises the western edge of Narragansett Bay and the entire coastline all the way to Misquamicut and Westerly on the state's western border with Connecticut. Rhode Island golf in this region provides the best variety of the sport, including public town and municipal courses, some Rhode Island golf courses on fabulous oceanfront properties, and some golf courses in Rhode Island at country clubs within a mile of the beautiful southern beaches and marinas offering deep sea fishing charters.
Rhode Island golf in Newport County, which encompasses the lovely mansions
in the town of Newport
and the other towns and islands of Narragansett Bay, includes probably the best
golf in Rhode Island on the most prestigious properties. Perhaps the oldest
and most prestigious of Rhode Island golf courses is to be found at the Newport
Country Club. It was founded in 1893 by a group of the same wealthy elite who
built the town's opulent "summer cottages," including an Astor and three members
of the Vanderbilt family. This was during the time when the sport was truly
elite and played nearly entirely by the wealthy. The clubhouse itself is one
of the town's mansions, a former Vanderbilt home. This 18-hole Rhode Island
golf course hosted the 1895 U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur Championship. It is still
a venue for international competitions, hosting such champions as Tiger Woods.
In Providence is the
Louisquisset Golf Club, which also has vacation
rentals. Opened in 1922, the Winnapaug Golf and Country Club is located
in Westerly, near the town of Misquamicut and the Connecticut border. Golf in
Rhode Island here places you only about a mile from the beautiful beaches of
South County. It was designed by renowned course architect Donald Ross, whose
more than 400 award-winning courses are spread from California to Florida, and
even in the country of Cuba. Both of these country clubs also have fine dining
venues. There are several other prestigious golf courses in Rhode Island along
the beaches, and many of these are some of the state's resorts.
One of the state's luxury hotels and vacation rental properties is located in the town of Portsmouth, just outside of Newport. This is probably the most exclusive of the Rhode Island golf courses with it's own yacht marina, equestrian center, tennis courts, and wonderful views of Narragansett Bay. It's also one of the full-service spas in the state, boasts a fine restaurant, and is a venue for weddings. Presidents and royalty have played on its Scottish-style links.