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South County in Rhode Island Beckons Golfers this Fall
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 03/10/2005

Rhode Island's South County Beckons Golfers
When the chill winds sweep over northern New England as late October and November roll around, the mild waters of the Atlantic Ocean keep golfers visiting Rhode Island's South County warm deep into the shoulder season.

Indeed, weather permitting, a number of Rhody's golf courses remain open in the winter, closing only when snow falls or ice covers the greens. And autumn is a splendid time of the year to visit this little slice of golfing paradise.

There are 18 daily fee layouts (nine 18-holes and nine nine-holes) located within a short distance of one another in the South County region of the Ocean State. Tourism officials and golf course owners have joined hands to market a "golf course trail," leading from South County to the resort town of Newport in the southeastern corner of the state.

Peter Gardiner, director of marketing for the South County Tourism Council, said the group is always working with local inns and hotels to develop great stay and play golf packages.
"Really, fall is the best time of the year to play golf in South County," said Gardiner. "And, some of the courses will remain open during the winter, weather permitting. We get quite a few people coming down from Massachusetts and northern New England as well as New York and New Jersey this time of the year."

The Council offers golf and/or recreational packages on its website,

There is a high density of very good courses and a scenic route leading into Newport from the west. And once in Newport, there is much to do, whether it's the harbor cruises, gawking at the stately mansions, taking the cliff walk, or fine dinning. And there are the now quiet, sparkling beaches of the Rhode Island coastline.
So, pack your golf clubs, hop into your car and head for Rhode Island's South County this fall and winter.

Here's a look at some courses to play:
Newport National Golf Club-The Orchard Course at Newport National is a modern links design that stretches out to over 7,200 yards. Built to challenge golfers of every skill level, including the best in the world, you will be amazed at the beautiful ocean views as well as the natural mounding and deep fescue rough. The experience will remind you of Ireland. The Orchard Course opened its doors to the public this spring. 401-848-9690.

Fenner Hill Country Club-Rolling hills, water hazards and lush fairways combine to create a challenging golf course in Hope Valley. The course design and panoramic views capture the natural beauty of New England. The rolling hills, wide-open fairways and magnificent 17th century stone walls are part of the course’s unique charm. This par 72, 18-hole layout measures 6636 yards from the back tees. 401-539-8000.
Richmond Country Club-Richmond Country Club is the only public course in Rhode Island rated “Four Stars-plan your vacation your around it” by Golf Digest Magazine’s Places to Play. The 18-hole, par 71, 6515-yard championship layout is sculpted out of a pine forest and gives the feeling of playing at a course in the Carolinas. The lush bent grass fairways and greens are what you would expect at a private club. The clubhouse is nestled between the fairways with panoramic views of the golf course and offer fine dining and banquet facilities perfect for weddings, business meetings or any event. 401-364-9200.
       Foxwoods Golf and Country Club-Foxwoods Golf and Country Club in Richmond is a par-70, 6,004-yard championship golf course. Carved out of the woods of South County, the course is a respectful tribute to the classic New England golf course. Incorporated into the design are dramatic elevation changes offering panoramic views and natural contours of the scenic terrain that surrounds it. Accuracy and course management are required for this layout. Straight shots are more important than length as well as shot selection. Multiple tees accommodate players of every skill level. The elegant clubhouse is home to the popular Fountain View Grille.

Pinehurst Golf Club-One of South County's newest golf clubs, Pinehurst Golf Club in Carolina is a full-length championship nine-hole course is set among the beautiful South County pines. There are three tee boxes on every hole, offering every caliber player a challenge on this par-35, 3,010-yard course. Pinehurst offers rolling fairways and bent grass greens as well as challenging 540-yard par-five to test your skills. 401-364-8600.

       Rose Hill Golf Club-This 9-hole, par-three course in Richmond has multi bent grass tee boxes for every skill-level. Bent grass greens provide the "true roll" all golfers come to expect in a quality course. First class bunkers are strategically placed around the course. This professionally designed and constructed layout provides a unique setting for all levels of golfers. Rose Hill's open vista with rolling mounds and scenic pond provides championship challenges in a family-friendly environment. 401-788-1088.

Beaver River Golf Club-Beaver River Golf Club in Richmond is one of the finest public golf courses in Rhode Island. With beautiful use of the existing terrain, there are spectacular views throughout the layout. With three to four sets of tees on every hole, generous landing areas, greens that have subtle contours, fair but demanding bunker placements, and bentgrass from tee to green, Beaver River offers a private atmosphere for the public golfer. This 18-hole, par-70 course plays 6,006 yards from the back tees and presents a fun test of golf that makes the golfer use a variety of shots. (401) 539-2100.

Laurel Lane Country Club -Situated in the picturesque farmland of South County this course is “Rhode Island’s best kept secret.” Laurel Lane in West Kingston offers visitors pristine golf conditions in a peaceful surrounding on a course that is both challenging and forgiving, appealing to all levels of golfers. The greens and fairways could be the best conditioned in the South County area. Before your tee time, you can hone your game on the driving range and two practice greens. This 18-hole, 6,000-yard par-71 course features rolling terrain, lush fairways and requires skillful shot placement.  401-783-3844.