Review: Rose Hill Golf Club

Course Name: Rose Hill Golf Club

Designer: Beckman Weremay (2001)

Location: Wakefield, Rhode Island

History: N/A

Conditions: 7/10, Rose Hill was in impressive shape. The greens were fast and true and the tee boxes were in good shape.

Value: 7/10, For $12, Rose Hill is much more fun than a driving range.

Scorecard:

Tee                     Par         Yardage         Rating          Slope

Mens                  27           1206               N/A                N/A

Ladies                27           981                N/A                N/A

Best Score: 31 (Mens Tees), 8/7/2013 with someone I met at the course

Hole Descriptions: There is a good variety of short and medium length par threes at Rose Hill. The first two holes are similar – 144 and 140 yarders with greens guarded by bunkers on the back left. The opening plays downhill, immediately requiring you to get your distances right. The 3rd hole is the shortest on the course and is definitely verging on too short at 74 yards. After another short 100 yard hole, the 5th hole is their signature hole and arguably their best. At 143 yards, this strong par 3 requires a carry the entire way over water to a tiny green. After short holes to start, Rose Hill finishes with some more challenging par threes like the 168 yard uphill 6th. Water lines the lefthand side of this hole and the green is protected by three bunkers. The 7th hole runs parallel to the 6th but is downhill at 129 yards. The hardest hole on the course is the 8th at 178 yards. This hole features OB down the left side and a small pond guards the right side of this green. In addition to these hazards, there are two deep greenside bunkers. The finishing hole is a 129 yarder that runs straight uphill to a heavily undulating green.

Best Par 3: 6th hole, 168 yards, 2nd handicap. While not as memorable as the 5th, the challenging 6th hole also utilizes a pond to intimidate golfers off the tee. Playing uphill, this hole features a relatively small, sloping green surrounded by two bunkers back left and one on the right.

General Comments: Although there is no driving range at Rose Hill, the putting/chipping green is large and in good shape. Pace of play was pretty fantastic when I played a few summers ago. The worker in the Proshop was also incredibly friendly.

Verdict: It’s hard for me to rank an executive course highly, but make no mistake: Rose Hill is one of the best par 3 courses I’ve ever played. This challenging, well-conditioned course is a fun round and one I can highly recommend to anyone that wants to get some iron practice in.

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