Exeter Country Club

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Played here on a beautiful Friday morning.  9am tee time, and there was no real crowd, parking lot was fairly empty for that time.

The course was in great shape.  Fairways were well trimmed.. rough was tall, but not overly treacherous.  The best quality of this course is that it's fairly wide open.  Wayward shots are not severely penalized, but you can get yourself into serious trouble if you're too far off course.  Greens are fair with respect to speed, and are fairly large and receptive.  Pin placements can be on the tricky side at times.

The most daunting shot is on Hole 16, with a Looooong carry over water, easily 180 yards, or at least it seemed that long.  

The clubhouse was nice, and the pastrami sandwich I got was pretty good.  The starter/cashier guy was this 75 yr old guy who told bad jokes and chastised me for taking an extra couple of scorecards ("there expensive, ya know").

Considering the shape of the course, $36 for 18 was a pretty good price.  One of my favorite courses in RI.

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I love the course layout.. it's one of my favorite courses to play.  However.. I've also experienced the slow play at Exeter, spending almost 6 hours to play 18 holes is not my idea of a good round.

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Living Social had a deal for $55 for 2 rounds of weekend golf + golf cart so I bought it wanting to surprise my husband... Well I feel really bad because it turned out to be a 3.5 hour of torture for 9 holes.

I agree with Chris below, they allow the tee-time to be too close together. There was at least a 5 minute wait between swings, and 10 minute wait at the tee box. I understand everyone wants to golf on a beautiful sunny Saturday. We aren't professional golfers but seriously, 3.5 hour/9 hole pace totally pushed us over. The momentum was gone so we quit after 9 holes.

I played the red tee and it's definitely generous. There were water jugs with triangular paper cups every 3 holes or so. I saw the cart girl maybe once during my 3.5 hour torture. So make sure you bring a snack or 2 and a water bottle before you tee off.

I also agree with Paul P below, the living social deal never mentioned or listed the after 12pm tee time requirement. We got lucky and got a tee time at 11:30am.

Unless you have 6-7 hours to kill during a weekend,... if not, go back only during a week day.

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The skinny:

Exeter Country Club plays 6921 yards from the Back (blue) tees. From the regulation (white) tees, the length is 6406 yards, from the Forward (red) tees, the course plays 5706 yards. Greens are Poa Anna Grass and fairways are Kentucky Blue Grass.

Rates:
Walking - 18 Holes Mon - Thu $36.00; Fri-Sun, Holidays $41.00
Riding - 18 Holes with Drive Cart Mon - Thu $53.00; Fri-Sun, Holidays $58.00

This is one of three course owned by the Hendricks family in Rhode Island (the other two being the New Meadowbrook and Richmond).

Very playable and fair. Greens are generally in very nice condition and the course offers a good test of pretty much every club in the bag.

My only beef would be that the tee times are pretty short spaced which seems to lead to a slow day if you play on the weekend any time after 10:00 a.m. I actually endured a 6 hour round there once last year. And that was not even in a tournament!

A women friendly course in that there are no forced carries from the ladies tees.

Clubhouse is an old remodeled farmhouse. Nice bar area and the food is always decent. Bartenders are always friendly.

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