Review: Cranston Country Club

Course Name: Cranston Country Club

Designer: Geoffrey Cornish/Bill Robinson (1974)

Location: Cranston, Rhode Island

History: Designed in 1974 by Geoffrey Cornish and Bill Robinson, Cranston CC has been host to the Cleveland Tour as well as several R.I.G.A. events. The state High School Tournament is held here annually.

Conditions: 7/10, The conditions here were pretty good. The greens were smooth and fast, while the fairways and rough were both in good shape.

Value: 4/10, a bit overpriced, Cranston CC will cost you $59 on a weekday with a cart. Even to walk 9 holes, it is $27 at it’s cheapest. There are also no discounts for twilight, seniors, or juniors.


Tee                     Par         Yardage         Rating          Slope

Black                 71           6914               74.0               131

Blue                   71           6493               72.0               127

White                71           6109               70.0               123

Red                    71           5199               69.8               123

Best Score: N/A

Front 9 Best: 48 (Blue Tees), 6/28/2013 with Ryan S.

Back 9 Best: N/A

Hole Descriptions: I only played the front 9 here, and this is the side that most people favor due to the famous 8th hole. In typical Cornish fashion, Cranston CC is characterized by massive back-to-front sloped greens, and meandering tree-lined par fours.

The opening hole is a long, wide-open straightaway 533 par 5 where you can rip driver. This hole features fairway bunkers on both the left and right sides of the fairway about 230 yards from the tee and a devastating large fairway bunker about 80 yards short of this green. The 2nd hole is a bit more intimidating from the tee. At 365 yards, this slight dogleg right features a large clump of trees on the right side, blocking out any drives that go right. At 390 yards, the 3rd hole is a straightforward par 4 notable for its gigantic green that spans over 50 yards back to front. After a long, unremarkable 215 yard par 3, the 5th hole is one of the hardest holes on the front 9. At 376 yards, this narrow par 4 is lined by trees on both sides. Your drive must carry 200 yards to reach the fairway over water and then again must carry water on the approach.

The 6th hole is a funky 367 yard par 4 with a narrow left-to-right snaking fairway. You can be blocked out by either the right or left trees here and must contend with a tiny pond short left of this green on the approach. The 7th hole is a 366 yard dogleg left which requires either a right-to-left ballflight or a straight drive shorter than 230 yards to avoid running through this fairway. The 8th hole at Cranston CC is one of the most famous in the state. At 150 yards, this hole features a kidney-shaped island green that is very wide but also very shallow. Wind often makes club selection very difficult here, and I put several into the water when I played. The finishing hole is boring but difficult as a straightaway 447 yard par 4. This number 1 handicap hole is fairly generous off the tee, but its prodigious length forces many players to attack this green with wood or long iron.

General Comments: Cranston CC is always at full capacity, and pace of play is generally languid. The putting green and range are both very nice, as is the clubhouse which is used for weddings and other events.

Verdict: Cranston CC is the premier public course in central Rhode Island, but left me underwhelmed. While the conditions are solid, the lackluster Cornish hole designs and high prices have me playing other local public courses.


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