Another state in the New England region, Rhode Island is known for its sandy shores and seaside Colonial towns. Rhode Island is known for its sailing as well as its “Gilded Age” mansions such The Breakers in the town of Newport. While touring the 70 bedroom summer cottage of Cornelius Vanderbilt you can take in the incredible cliffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Providence, the capital, is home to Ivy League school Brown University. Ten miles offshore is Block Island which can be reached by ferry and is worth a day trip when visiting this small state. Although small in size, Rhode Island offers more than what meets the eye; golf is no exception.
Not to be outdone by its scenic coastline, Rhode Island offers plenty of quality public courses. Often lost among the long list of country clubs, Rhode Island public courses are designed to create a joyful yet challenging test to golfers. One such course is at Newport National, the Orchard course is a links-style course that will take your breath away with its beautiful vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sakonnet Passage. Accompanied by a bar&grille that serves cocktails like the Southern John Daly (Jesse James Tennessee Bourbon, Lemonade, Iced Tea with lemon slice garnish), Newport National is a great experience on and off the course. Donald Ross designed and constructed a number of world class golf courses in Rhode Island, however, Triggs Memorial is the only true public course designed by Ross. Typical of a Donald Ross design; Triggs has long par 4’s, “reachable” par 5’s, challenging par 3’s, and quick greens. Other public courses worth visiting in Rhode Island include Montaup Golf Club and Exeter.
Don’t let its size fool you, Rhode Island is a great state with plenty of activities from sailing scenic coastlines accompanied by lighthouses to visiting historic mansions located on cliffs overlooking the ocean. This state’s fantastic golf courses can get lost among its beauty, so on your next trip to New England don’t forget your clubs and Rhode Island.