Golf in Rhode Island

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The fourth annual Southern New England Golf Expo brings club swingers one step closer to the ever-elusive hole-in-one with live demos, seminars, and booths from more than 50 brands, businesses, and vendors. Visit the 10-bay indoor driving rage to test-swing equipment from the likes of Callaway, Nike Golf, and Taylor Made, or glean tips from seasoned professionals during the "Tune Up With A Pro" seminar, which teaches golfers when to let go of their clubs as they sail into water hazards. Expo-goers can also enter to win myriad golf prizes, and all visitors will receive either a one-year subscription to Golf Digest or a six-month subscription to Golf World. The Southern New England Golf Expo donates its proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Providence, which was founded in 1868 to help fund character-building extracurricular programs for at-risk youth.

1 Sabin Street
Providence,
RI
US

PGA professional instructor Al Vallante diagnoses swing maladies and breaks down proper technique for players of all abilities at his golf school at Harbor Lights Country Club. Rather than asking golfers to completely replace their old swings, he takes into account their body type, skills, and goals in order to fine-tune their whacks. Al’s instruction makes use of pitching and putting greens, a par three course when necessary, and private teaching bays that allow lessons to take place even when it’s raining or the moon is crashing into the Earth.

200 Gray Street
Warwick,
RI
US

At Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment, 60 covered hitting stalls look out onto 11 acres of target areas, a sprawling configuration that helped earn the facility a spot on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 list of top 100 ranges. Golfers can use the driving range's 20 heated stalls to practice during off-season months without worrying about cooler temperatures stiffening their swings, or they can invest in lessons that use digital teaching methods such as computerized swing analysis to lower handicaps. A USGA-rated course tests participants with nine holes of regulation-size golf, while an 18-hole pitch-and-putt short course and two mini-golf courses help golfers calibrate aspects of their short game. The practice mecca also tests swings at 10 batting cages that feed baseballs and softballs at adjustable speeds to suit both little leaguers and professionals fishing for compliments.

1000 New London Ave
Cranston,
RI
US

Along with providing classy urbanites with a pastoral setting of forested hills, treacherous water traps, and the scenic Moosup River, the Foster Country Club offers a full 18-hole, par 72 course for your golf-cart-rampaging pleasure. Players of all skill levels can get in on the action, but every golfer should beware of the approach to the elevated green on hole 6, the double dogleg on hole 12, and the resident troll beneath the covered bridge.

67 Johnson Rd
Foster,
RI
US

Heather Hill Country Club lets players decide their own 18-hole path using a trio of nine-hole layouts that populate this 27-hole country club. Whatever two tracks they choose, golfers bend their shots around dense foliage and over the streams that occasionally babble into the line of play. After the last golf ball emerges from the 18th cup as pure gold trophy, groups can retire to the bar and grille to satisfy hunger with burgers, salads, and wraps on the back patio.

149 W Bacon St.
Plainville,
MA
US

The New England Golf Expo showcases the best aspects of golf, tourism, and the good life throughout New England. Held inside a massive convention center, the expo brings the golfing community together with more than 110 local, regional, and national vendors peddling their golf goods and services?from courses and equipment to restaurants and shopping. While attendees bounce around checking out new clubs, historic memorabilia, and new models of caddie droids, they can also participate in interactive exhibits and competitions such as long drive, closest-to-the-pin, and putting challenges.

100 Twin RIver Rd
Lincoln,
RI
US