One of the best public golf courses in Newport, RI is the Newport National Golf Club. This orchard course offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, making it a true local favorite. This par 72 course is known to challenge even the most experienced golfers.
1. Newport National Golf Club
2. Jamestown Country ClubLocated only a short 10-minute drive from downtown Newport is the Jamestown Country Club. While this course only offers 9 holes, it is a fun and affordable place to work on your swing and your putting skills.
3. Green Valley Country ClubHop in the car for 15 minutes and you will arrive at Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth. This 18 hole, par 71 course is an affordable and challenging option. Arrive early before your tee time to hit the driving range.
Not all of the best Newport RI public golf courses are right within Newport. If you're willing to drive for 30 minutes, you will want to check out the Exeter Country Club. This par 72 course costs just $25 to $30 a round, and also offers a driving range and a restaurant.
4. Exeter Country Club
5. Rolling GreensIf you're looking for a casual place to play 9 holes during your trip to Newport, check out Rolling Greens. Located in North Kingstown, about 25 minutes from Newport, Rolling Greens is an affordable par 35.
6. Montaup Golf ClubSome of the Newport RI public golf courses also belong on the list of best courses in the state. Montaup Golf Club is one of them. Located in Portsmouth about 20 minutes from Newport, this par 71 course is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
7. Rose Hill Golf ClubAnother great 9-hole option is the Rose Hill Golf Club, located in South Kingstown. Just because this course isn't a full 18 doesn't mean it isn't full of challenges. This professionally-designed course is a favorite for serious golfers looking for a light day of golf.
8. Pocasset Country ClubYet another 9-hole option is Pocasset Country Club, located 20 minutes from Newport in Portsmouth. If you're looking to play some golf for under $20, these 9-hole public courses are the way to go.
Some beginner golfers might be curious about the difference between public and private courses. All of these public courses are open to the public. This means that you don't need to be a member or a guest of a member to play. All you need to do is arrange a tee time in advance. Rhode Island is also home to several private courses, but you must be a member or the guest of a member to play. While some of these courses are desirable, these public courses are all well-maintained and offer challenging golf to players of all skill levels. With all being located within a short drive from your beach rental in Newport, a golf vacation in Rhode Island will be easy to plan.