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Best golf courses near Newport, RI

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Newport, RI. There are 23 courses within a 15-mile radius of Newport, 13 of which are public courses and 9 are private courses. There are 15 18-hole courses and 8 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Newport Country Club
Private
Newport Country Club
Newport, RI
History was made here in 1894 when the nine-hole Newport Country Club, one of five founding members of the USGA, became America’s first championship venue, hosting both the inaugural U.S. Amateur and, in the fall of 1895, the inaugural stroke-play U.S. Open Championship. In 1899, Davis added the club's second nine on the property's lower section, stretching it out to the Atlantic shoreline. A.W. Tillinghast remodeled the course in the 1920s, resulting in the most authentic links experience Tilly ever created, or perhaps, more accurately, co-created. Over the past 20 years, consulting architect Ron Forse has faithfully restored many Tillinghast greens and bunkers lost over time. Newport is the rare nationally-ranked course that’s never had a fairway irrigation system. Weather dictates how firm and fast it plays.
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Sakonnet Golf Club
Private
Sakonnet Golf Club
Little Compton, RI
4.6
23 Panelists
Sakonnet Golf Club in Little Compton is one of the best courses in Rhode Island. Discover our experts’ reviews and where Sakonnet Golf Club sits in our rankings.
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Warwick Country Club
Private
Warwick Country Club
Warwick, RI
4.2
33 Panelists
Warwick Country Club might be the second best par 69 course in the U.S., behind only Wannamoisett Country Club, which is just 17 miles away on the other side of Providence. Both courses were designed by Donald Ross—Ross laid out the first nine holes at Warwick in the early 1920s—with the latter property situated on the shore of Narragansett Bay. Geoffrey Cornish added the second nine in the early 1950s, what is now most of today's second nine. The clubhouse and pool occupy the most coveted views and real estate, but the expansive bay is visible from much of the course, including the original eighth and ninth holes with their greens set next to the water.
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The Aquidneck Club
Private
The Aquidneck Club
Portsmouth, RI
4
16 Panelists
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Point Judith Country Club: Point Judith
Private
Point Judith Country Club: Point Judith
Narragansett, RI
3.9
11 Panelists
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Newport National Golf Club: Orchard Course
3.9
36 Panelists
In a state filled with excellent private clubs—including Newport CC, Shelter Harbor, Wannamoisett and Misquamicut—Newport National is the best public option in Rhode Island. The Arthur Hills design is fairly flat and given the course is about a mile from the ocean, wind can play a significant factor. Holes are lined with thick, gnarly fescue which create links-style visuals at Newport National.
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Quidnessett Country Club: Quidnessett
Private
Quidnessett Country Club: Quidnessett
North Kingstown, RI
3.8
10 Panelists
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Harbor Lights
Public
Harbor Lights
Warwick, RI
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