Courtesy of Jon Cavalier
Built on just 89 acres, barely room for 18 holes, no room for even a small practice range, with lots of bunkers and tiny greens, the Donald Ross-designed Wannamoisett has long held the reputation of the Sugar Ray Leonard of golf courses, compact but carrying plenty of punch. The course has received a number of renovations over the decades, that latest by Andrew Green in 2021 that included green and fairway expansions, the rebuilding of the bunkers in a more authentic Ross style (based on the architect's field notes and sketches) and the continuation of an existing tree clearing program. A long-time host to one of amateur golf’s premier events, the Northeast Amateur Invitational, Wannamoisett is considered today the best par 69 layout in the land.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013.
2023-'24 ranking: 163rd.
Previous ranking: 166th.
100 Greatest: Ranked 1966 and 1975 through 2004.
Highest ranking: 35th, 2001-'02
Best in State: Top 5 in state since 1977, ranked 1st in state 1985-2011, ranked 2nd in state 2013.
Previous ranking: Second.
2023-'24 ranking: Third.