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.
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.
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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.
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.
In 1967, William J. Cuddigan began tilling and transforming his farmland using natural grasses and wooded barriers, slowly building what has since grown into a family fun center replete with a miniature golf course, batting cages, and a 52-stall driving range. The Cuddigan family still tends to the landscape, honoring William's original design while updating the facility with modern amenities. Covered and heated hitting stalls line the driving range, enabling players to practice in a natural setting throughout the year. The 18-hole miniature golf course has also seen many renovations but, like a recurring dream, many of its original features—windmill, lighthouse, and sinister clown nose hole—have been faithfully preserved.
Lombardi's Hillside Country Club's nine-hole, par 36 layout caters to players of all abilities with its relatively short length of 2,956 yards. The recently renovated course takes golfers careening across tree-lined fairways and past burbling water hazards that come into play on five holes. Yardage markers once used for golf-cart-jousting tournaments are stationed throughout the course and are measured with the precision of a laser, allowing clubbers to swing with confidence in pinpoint approaches to the greens.
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Club members, golfers, and casual diners congregate in LeBaron Hills Country Club's 45,000-square-foot Cape Cod–style clubhouse nestled amid verdant fairways. As members luxuriate in steam rooms and bulk up in the health club, visitors chat in the fireside lounge while waiting on dining reservations. Inside Lilly's restaurant, patrons gaze on the golf course's 18th green while dining on a seasonal menu of sandwiches, steaks, and seafood and discussing whether jumbo shrimp or fried calamari would be easier to drive down the fairway.