Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club



Shelter Harbor Golf Club

Charlestown, RI Private

Overview

Though the late club founder and northeastern financier Finn Caspersen was not an avid golfer, he was intrigued by the idea of building a club near his summer home in Rhode Island. But the property he had was challenging and quite severe in places, strewn with wetlands and studded with huge boulders. He ultimately determined that Hurdzan/Fry was the firm that had the environmental chops and creative juice to make the most of it. Though the holes were limited in where they could go, they achieve a desired “old New England” flavor that mixes well with the more historic courses in the neighborhood and possess a dynamic range of strategic lines, carry options and green sizes. The early 1900s bunkering, crafted by Coore & Crenshaw shaper Jeff Bradley, is icing on the cake.

About

Holes 18
Length 7032
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2004
Designer Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA/Dana Fry, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2019.
2023-'24 ranking: 156th.
Previous ranking: 170th.
Highest ranking: 156th, 2023-'24.

Best in State: Top 5 since 2007.
Previous ranking: 3rd.
2023-'24 ranking: 2nd.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.3133
Character
7.4586
Challenge
7.2346
Layout Variety
7.3584
Fun
7.5299
Aesthetics
7.4508
Conditioning
7.6323

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