Five hour rounds no ranger no practice facility and a sparse club house makes this beautiful challenging track a nogo.
The conditioning, layout and views make this Rhode Island's finest public track. With multiple tees to accommodate all level of player, scenic routing with occasional bay views, this semi-Links course is worthy of a regular visit. We were told that the course was built on a land trust, and that there's property for a 2nd course, but that no permanent construction can be done until the property is sold. Hence, the temporary trailers for a clubhouse. Once they get past all of this, there's potential for this being a resort destination some day.
This is a great course-- but not for everyone. I would call it a hybrid links style, Not quite a links course but not a parklands course either. Bring your a game and a decent driver. This course can be long with the prevailing island breeze. Fairways are ample but most green complexes are guarded by bunkers and tricky ridges. Play this course often and it will make you a better golfer.
The pro shop is a double wide and you not the place to shop for clubs. They do ccarry a full line of Nike golf apparel. Porch is a good place for a beer after your round.
Not the best place for a high capper. But it might be the best championship style course you can play around.
Fantastic course. Would be 5 stars but no driving range and the clubhouse is temporary trailer. Very challenging course in excellent shape. No real memorable holes is the one negative, but a very good course nonetheless. Fairways and greens undulate and greens are fast. Target golf on many holes with tight fairways. Worth the trip and cost. A 1 hr 15 minute ride from the 128 MA Pike intersection so easily accessible from the Boston area.
Newport National is a beautiful golf course that should prove a challenge for all who play it. The course is always in pristine condition (although they had recently aerated the greens so they weren't in tip top shape this time) and the staff is friendly. It's worth your time to play it at least once, and make sure you 'like' their Facebook page as they sometimes offer reduced greens fees.
What keeps it from getting five stars is that they don't have a driving range (head over to Green Valley if you want to use one) and the clubhouse is still in a temporary, yet permanent looking, structure so they only have a small covered outdoor bar. I remember back in the 90's they were supposed to build two courses (one private, one public) with a swimming pool, etc. It's sad to think of what could have been, but at least they are taking great care of the course that they did end up constructing.