Course Name: Midville Golf Club
Designer: Carmine Lombardi (1962)
Location: West Warwick, Rhode Island
History: Designed on farmland by the Lombardi brothers in 1962, Midville is still a family-run operation. Famous for its fine conditioning, this course is rated as one of the top 9-hole courses in the state.
Conditions: 8/10, Midville is one of the best conditioned public courses in the state. The greens are fast, the fairways manicured, and the rough thick.
Value: 4/10, One of the biggest complaints about this course from many people is that it’s not cheap. $25 to walk this short 9 hole course during the week is a tad bit overpriced.
Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 35 2905 33.5 118
Yellow 35 2750 32.8 115
White 35 2540 32.5 116
Blue 35 2190 32.2 106
Best Score: 40 (Black Tees), 7/9/2013 by myself, 5/21/2014 with Ryan S.
Hole Descriptions: Midville is on the short side but it does not lack challenges. This is immediately evident on the 1st hole, a straightaway 355 yard par 4. Fences line OB on the left side and a huge tree blocks the middle of the fairway about 160 from the teebox. While the tree is aesthetically beautiful, it sometimes punishes good drives and shouldn’t be there. The 2nd hole is one of my favorite short par 4’s in the state. At 296 yards, this hole runs straight uphill with several fairway bunkers. A large pond flanks the right fairway and catches anything that slices. The green on this hole is also extremely tiny, with OB on the left and behind. The 3rd hole is a dogleg left where the teebox is elevated and you are forced to carry your drive over a pond. Out of bounds lines the left side of this hole, and this green is heavily sloped. Another shorter hole, the 4th plays 367 yards as another dogleg left. This fairway is tight and the green once again is tiny and undulating.
After a good solid 165 yard par 3, the 6th hole is their only par 5. At 531 yards, this long hole plays downhill its entire length. The 6th teebox has to be one of the highest hills in the town, as you can see for miles from it. My favorite hole on the course is the 7th, a 160 yard par 3 that requires a carry over a gully. This hole is really just beautiful and features a tough green with a bunker directly behind it. The 8th plays at 332 yards and features a blind teeshot up a hill. The fairway narrows considerably as you get closer to the green, and the entire fairway slopes left giving players awkward lies. At 315 yards, the finishing hole is a bit of a letdown after a good set of holes. Relatively flat, this dogleg left features no bunkers but does have OB on the left side.
Best Par 3: 7th Hole, 160 yards, 17th handicap. Midville’s signature hole, this downhill par 3 requires a carry over a valley to a back-to-front sloped green guarded behind by a bunker. The designer Carmine Lombardi has seven holes-in-ones here.
Best Par 4: 3rd Hole, 345 yards, 7th handicap. From an elevated teebox, you must carry a pond directly in front of you to a wide fairway on this dogleg left. There are no bunkers on this hole, but this elevated green is sloped on all sides, leaving some tough chips.
Best Par 5: 6th Hole, 535 yards, 1st handicap. Playing downhill the entire way, this elevated teebox features some surprisingly fantastic views of central Rhode Island. Trees line the entire lefthand side while the right is more open but contains a hidden bunker 245 yards off the tee.
General Comments: There is no driving range at Midville, and pace of play has varied quite considerably. Usually pretty empty, I made the mistake of getting stuck behind a league one time and waited on every tee.
Verdict: Centrally located in Rhode Island, the short but challenging Midville offers an extremely fun round that I highly recommend. It is indeed one of the best 9 hole courses in the state.