Review: Kings Crossing Golf Club

Course Name: Kings Crossing Golf Club* (I played it when it was Woodland Greens and will review it as it was then)

Designer: Geoffrey Cornish (1964)

Location: North Kingstown, Rhode Island

History: Formerly known as “Woodland Greens,” this course was purchased in 2014 by new owners who changed its name and apparently the course is much improved under their ownership…

Conditions: 4/10, many of these fairways were burned out, and the teeboxes weren’t in great shape. The greens, however, rolled pretty well.

Value: 5/10, I think it cost $21 for walking 9 holes, which was not worth it given the conditions. Recently, however, Kings Crossing has set up junior/student/military/senior discounts which are very fair.

Scorecard:

Tee                     Par         Yardage         Rating          Slope

Blue                   35           3023               34.6               122

White                35           2872               34.1               114

Red                    36           2417               34.5               114

Best Score: 44 (Blue Tees), 6/20/2013 with Ryan S.

Hole Descriptions: The design here is very quirky and actually pretty challenging. The opening tree-lined hole is a straightaway 370 yard par 4 with a blind tee shot due to a huge plateau in the fairway. A bunker short right of this elevated green is pretty deep. The 2nd hole is a very short par 5 at 439 yards that curves left for the entire length. Drives over 250 yards will have iron into this green, but OB left and bunkers short of this green make this a difficult shot. The 3rd hole is a long par 3 at 212 yards. Your teeshot here must carry a valley to reach to this back-to-front sloped green. Par is a very good score here as many players have to hit woods. The 4th hole is a tight 522 yard par 5 that requires three straight shots. Fairway bunkers 230 yards from the tee and 100 yards from the green are hard to miss.

The 5th is another par 3 at 158 yards. A huge bunker guards short left of this green. The 6th hole is a funky dogleg left that requires a drive longer than 190 yards to reach this fairway. As soon you hit this fairway, the hole turns sharp left to a well-protected narrow green. The 7th hole only plays 301 yards as a slight downhill dogleg right. A bunker flanks the fairway at 160 yards and bunkers short of this green catch most of the drives going for the green. The longest par 3 at Kings Crossing, the 8th hole plays straightforward at 225 yards. The length alone here makes it a difficult hole to par. The most difficult hole on the course, the 9th, is a 438 yard narrow par 4 with an extremely sloping fairway and tiny green.

Best Par 3: 3rd hole, 212 yards, 11th handicap. The most memorable of three relatively long par 3’s, this hole requires you to carry a valley to a green that slopes heavily back-to-front in true Cornish fashion.

Best Par 4: 9th hole, 438 yards, 1st handicap. A beast of a hole, this straightaway lengthy par 4 is lined by trees on both sides and gets especially tight near the green. Slopes in the fairway and several bunkers provide extra defense.

Best Par 5: 4th hole, 525 yards, 3rd handicap. The 2nd hole is kind of goofy, but this is a strong hole. Bunkers strategically placed off the tee and in the lay-up area require players to think their way around this tight, straightaway par 5.

General Comments: There is no range at Kings Crossing, but there was a pretty nice putting green. Pace of play was fantastic when I played. The new owners have designed a new system of 4 holes, 9 holes, or 18 hole options.

Verdict: I would like to try out this course again with the new owners, and will update this blog when I do. Woodland Greens, however, offered pretty poor value for mediocre conditions.

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