Original Article from Golf Advisor
By: Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer
Newport National Remains Rhode Island’s Finest Public Golf Course
MIDDLETOWN, Rhode Island — Opened in 2002, Newport National Golf Club has certainly set the standard when it comes to daily-fee golf in Rhode Island — or New England, for that matter.
Located just outside of historic Newport, architects Arthur Hills and Drew Rogers took 200 acres of a former nursery farm and crafted a championship course that is sort of a hybrid between links and target golf. With the Atlantic Ocean and the Sakonnet Passage as its backdrop, this wonderfully conditioned course has a windswept look with its natural vegetation and fescue outlining wide bentgrass fairways and undulating greens.
At 7,200 yards, it’s certainly a championship test, and when the wind is up — especially with some of the forced carries off the tee — it can be particularly challenging. With four sets of tees, however, it’s playable by all levels, as some of the forced carries are removed from the forward tees.
Newport National is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Jul 19, 2016