Review: Windmill Hill Golf Course

Course Name: Windmill Hill Golf Course

Designer: Beckman Weremay (2000)

Location: Warren, Rhode Island

History: N/A

Conditions: 6/10, the teeboxes and greens are in good shape but the fairways were either soggy or barren.

Value: 7/10, For $12 at all times, Windmill Hill is much better than a driving range.

Scorecard:

Tee                     Par         Yardage         Rating          Slope

Blue                   27           1381               N/A                N/A

White               27           1162                N/A                N/A

Red                    27           844                N/A                N/A

Best Score: 37 (Blue Tees), 6/15/2013 with two people I met at course

Hole Descriptions: What impressed me the most about Windmill Hill was its design. Most par 3 courses are very short, and some don’t even require you to take out anything more than a 9 iron. With holes ranging from 116 yards to 218 yards, you will be required to use most of the irons in your bag here. While the first two holes are fairly short and straightforward at 116 and 160 yards, the 3rd hole presents a challenge. This strong par three plays 193 yards from the tips and requires a carry most of the way over swampland. This green is small and guarded on the left by two bunkers. Although only 136 yards, the 4th hole is one of the more difficult on the course, as it requires you to carry a pond the entire way. Another hole that stood out to me was the 5th, a 164 yarder. This hole once again features a carry almost the entire way and features a sideways kidney-shaped green. After a short uphill 133 yarder, the 7th hole is by far the most difficult on the course. Although downhill, this hole plays 218 yards and will require a hybrid or more for most players. Trees line both sides of the hole and two large bunkers loom in front of this green. The finishing two holes are rather bland uphill par threes at 133 and 128 yards, respectfully. I recall the finishing hole had a very narrow green, with a large elongated bunker flanking the right side.

Best Par 3: 3rd hole, 193 yards, 1st handicap. With a required carry over marshland and a small, elevated green protected to by bunkers, this difficult par 3 would be a welcome addition to any regulation course. Par is a well-earned score here.

General Comments: While there is no driving range at this par 3 course, there is a well-kept putting and chipping green near the clubhouse. Pace of play was pretty horrendous when I played, as it took over 2.5 hours to walk.

Verdict: While the slow round definitely soured my experience here, Windmill Hill is an affordable, well-designed executive course I recommend checking out if you need some iron practice.

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