In golf, the tee shot is the one constant, the one point on each hole in which the golfer is in total control. With Windmill Hill Golf Course’s nine-hole, par three layout, the tee shot takes on added significance, so players must take full advantage of their ability to position the ball freely, tee it up, or decorate it with glitter-glue before taking aim at the flagstick. The course’s holes range from 116 to 218 yards in length, so golfers need to unsheathe a number of different clubs throughout the round. In addition to its scaled-down course, Windmill Hill offers a grill room with a bar, TVs, and an outdoor deck that overlooks the links.
The course at Touisset Country Club covers a verdant patch of repurposed farmland that still bears many of its original, naturally occurring hazards. In 1959, the then-amateur designers, Raymond Brigham and Richard Weller, built the course by hand. In doing so, they chose to leave the existing boulders in place rather than using them as paperweights for to-scale U.S. maps. And today, more than half a century later, the course balances such rugged features with well-maintained, penncross grass greens.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 35 course * Total length of 3,024 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 111 from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole
Perched along the historic Palmer River, where steamships used to chug along to the ocean’s embrace, the tree-spotted links of Wampanoag Golf Course invite players to swing their way through nine holes designed by golf course architect Aljenon Barney in 1932. Golfers swing their way through the 110 acres of bucolic greenery, where subtle slopes facilitate walking or somersaulting from hole to hole, and gas-powered carts ferry club-swingers who loop the course twice over to play a full 18. Players are challenged with forced carries over water hazards on holes 7, 8, and 9 and must use deft club selections throughout to avoid excessive sunbathing in the course’s populous sand traps. After breaking a sweat, golfers can lounge in the shade of a patio, munching on sandwiches and sipping complimentary coffee before summoning camel transports for a renewed attack on hole six's sandy moat to the green.
When traversing Cole's River Family Fun Center's 18-hole mini golf course, golfers putt past water flowing down a mini rock-strewn mountainside, contoured greens, and rocky outcroppings surrounding the course. Adjacent to the course, guests of all ages can hone their swinging skills at the multi-bay batting cages, or enhance a different set of swing mechanics under covered bays at the on-site driving range. Golfers can unwind with solo practice sessions or enlist the help of a golf instructor during one-on-one lessons and group clinics. The multi-faceted facility also serves up Del's Lemonade, snacks, and lucky colors of mini golf balls.
With a sea of bent grass greens, picturesque ponds, and strategically placed hazards, Rose Hill's immaculate course provides championship-level challenges for putting pilgrims. Whether you’re a seasoned golfing veteran or a neophyte just learning the proper way to wear a plaid monocle, Rose Hill's 1,250-yard, par-3 golf course welcomes all skill levels. Traverse and travail through the challenges with a friend, a loved one, or a pale-eyed stranger that resembles Rutger Hauer. After all, golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres mulligans. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by the enjoyment you get from your partner's three-shot spectacle in the woodsy rough. If golf is your cup of tee, call ahead to schedule your tee time.
Just across a small airport runway next the mighty Narragansett Bay lie the 18 holes of North Kingstown Golf Course. The 6,200-yard layout winds through the landscape's scattered forest groves, with the original design drawn up by architect Walter Johnson, a colleague of the famed Donald Ross. Meanwhile, the coastal winds that whip off the bay add challenge, often bringing misfortune to any errant golf ball that fails to wear a personal flotation device.