Course Name: Button Hole Short Course
Designer: P.B. Dye/Brad Faxon/Ron Pritchard (2000)
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
History: Founded by legendary Rhode Island golfer Ed Mauro, Button Hole was founded in 2000 to introduce inner city Providence kids to golf. The program has been a resounding success and has produced several elite players. Notably, an infamous murder was committed on the course in 2000.
Conditions: 7/10, despite the third teebox being a mat, this course is in very good shape. Greens are fast and smooth and tee boxes are generally very lush.
Value: 9/10, just $10 for adults, Button Hole offers all kinds of discounts, most impressive a $1 deal to “Button Hole Kids.”
Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 27 972 25.5 N/A
White 27 651 24.3 N/A
Best Score: 28 (Blue Tees), 7/29/2013 with Natasha T.
Hole Descriptions: Most of these holes require nothing more than a wedge, but I will point to several highlights. The 2nd hole is the second longest on the course at 134 yards and is next to the driving range. Despite a large net, many balls still find their way onto this hole making it both dangerous and hard to find your ball. The 3rd hole is notable for its mat teebox as well as a carry over wasteland. The 7th hole plays straight downhill at 110 yards while the 8th is the best on the course. At 140 yards, this hole is both the longest and most scenic, requiring a well struck iron over water on the right side of the green.
Best Par 3: 8th hole, 142 yards, 1st handicap. The signature hole at Button Hole, this hole is both the longest and most difficult. Playing downhill over a water, this par 3 would be a solid addition to any regulation course.
General Comments: Button Hole is also a Teaching Center and has great practice facilities. The green is large and allows chipping and the range is arguably the best in Providence. The pace of play was good when I played, and should be good given how short the course is.
Verdict: I can’t rank Button Hole highly because it is a short course, but I will point out that it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. As an affordable, well-kept urban course, Button Hole has provided many kids the joy of golf and has a wonderful track record. If you are learning how to play golf, I highly recommend Button Hole but this is probably not a course for serious golfers.