Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Entryway and main building to the course are at the end of a long driveway.

Ultimate Guide to the 5 Best Golf Courses near Newport RI

Take advantage of some of the best golf in the region with these spectacular golf courses near Newport RI. Tee off amidst pristine beaches, beautiful farmlands, and sweeping ocean views. Golfing in New England has much to offer, and the courses near Newport do not disappoint.

This guide is a handpicked list of premier golf courses near Newport RI, each offering unique character and challenge….and each is within driving distance of downtown Newport.

From championship layouts designed by world-class architects to hidden gems, Newport has diverse courses to cater to every golfer’s preferences and skill levels.

I’ll give you an overview of each course, the address, links to tee times, and the scorecards to help you decide. I’ve also linked the course websites, so be sure to check them for special offers.

Flo's Clam Shack in Middletown RI
Legendary Flo’s Clam Shack with the ORIGINAL Jaws from the classic film (far right)

This site combines golf and food in New England, so I’ll also share nearby places to eat (or drink) in the Newport area. There are a variety of restaurants, so every type of food is available. When you are enjoying the best golf courses near Newport RI, you want to enjoy the best local food and drinks.

Newport is home to the Cliff Walk, historic mansions, beaches, and the Navy base. Tourists flock here for sightseeing and golf, so if you want to make a vacation out of it, there are plenty of hotels and inns to extend your stay.  

Golf Courses near Newport RI

Newport National Golf Club

324 Mitchell’s Lane
Middletown, RI 02842

401-848-9690

Book a tee time | Scorecard

Newport National, originally a 200-acre tree and shrub nursery, has undergone a remarkable transformation. New England Golf Monthly recognizes it as the premier public access golf course in New England.

Renowned golf architect Arthur Hills designed the Orchard Course, and it is a challenging 18-hole links-style course spanning over 7,244 yards from the tips.

The course features sloping, narrow fairways requiring accuracy off the tee. It has strategically placed bunkers and marshes that add to its complexity. The greens run true and fast and reward a good handle on your putter.

Newport National Country Club in Middletown, Rhode Island. Newport National is one of the golf courses near Newport RI. Image of a golf hole with a cloudy blue sky.
Newport National Country Club in Middletown, RI

The stunning setting, with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Sakonnet Passage, offers golfers a true test of their skills, with the constant winds from Narragansett Bay adding to the challenge. A nice bonus to help with the challenges of the course are the GPS-equipped golf carts.

The course is open to the public but also has the option to join as a member. Their website has information on becoming a member and enjoying perks like preferred tee times, member outings, and the full-service pro shop.

My recommended local spot for lunch or dinner after the round: Gansett Wraps (510 E Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842)

Jamestown Golf Course

245 Conanicus Ave
Jamestown, RI 02835

401-423-9930

No tee times: click here for league/tournament calendar | Scorecard

A quick ride over the Newport Bridge brings you to this inviting 9-hole course in Jamestown, RI. Whether you are a scratch golfer or a weekend warrior, this course is perfect for you. This links-inspired course originally opened in 1901 and has various environmentally sensitive land management areas.

The course has well-manicured fairways, and the greens offer a challenging yet approachable course. The friendly staff also provides helpful tips and tricks to ensure you play your best round. When you are finished, there is a great 19th hole at the course called “The Caddy Shack” for cold drinks and great food.

The Jamestown Golf Course is a must-visit, whether you are playing a regular game or looking for a new destination for you and your friends while visiting Newport. You won’t be disappointed!

My recommended spot for breakfast or lunch: East Ferry Market & Deli (47 Conanicus Ave a, Jamestown, RI 02835)

Green Valley Country Club

371 Union Street
Portsmouth, RI 02871

401-847-9543

Book a tee time | Scorecard

Green Valley is an 18-hole championship golf course near Newport, RI, in neighboring Portsmouth. It is a semi-private club but is always open to the public.

Located in the middle of Aquidneck Island, it was built on farmlands, and the conditions of the course are exceptional. It has a driving range to prepare for your round and a huge putting green to get a feel for how the ball will roll.

The fairways are wide open but still offer a challenge because of their length, including the epic 600-yard par-5 tenth hole to start the back. The course has a variety of par-4s that alternate from narrow fairways to doglegs to straightaways.

The par-3s are challenging because two are over water, and one plays uphill at over 200 yards. This course is a fun way to test your game and have fun with your friends.

The bar area has an old-school country club feel, and the drinks are reasonably priced. The food menu has an excellent selection for some grub after the round.

Green Valley has a ballroom that can be rented out for weddings and functions, and they host tournaments throughout the golf season. They have a tent and patio area outside to enjoy your drinks and food.

My recommended spot for great sandwiches: Marco’s Subs (2340 RI-114, Portsmouth, RI 02871)

Montaup Country Club

500 Anthony Rd
Portsmouth, RI 02871

401-683-0955

Call to book a tee time | Scorecard

Montaup is located in Portsmouth, RI, at the north end of Aquidneck Island and only minutes from Newport. It is a semi-private course open to the public with 18 well-manicured holes next to the Mt. Hope Bay. Golfweek ranked it the #4 Best Public Course in Rhode Island in 2023, so you know it is worth taking a trip to play.

The scenery of Mount Hope Bay is breathtaking, and the course layout is notable for its resemblance to traditional golf courses, with compact elevated greens and well-placed bunkers.

Despite its modest length of 6375 yards from the Blue Tees, the course presents a challenging test due to changing wind conditions and a demanding set of opening holes.

Montaup Country Club in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Image of a golf flag and putting green near a small pond.
Montaup Country Club in Portsmouth, RI

The signature hole is the 500+ yard par-5 16th, which runs along train tracks on the left and goes towards the bay, so there is always a breeze in your face. It is a challenging hole, but you will feel a sense of accomplishment if you can score par or better.

A large putting green next to the clubhouse helps you get a feel for how the ball will roll on the course. A grass driving range is right next to the bay to hit all your clubs before your round.

The bar/restaurant is steps from the 18th green, so you can easily stop in for a quick bite or drink after your round. There is a patio with tables and chairs adjacent to the 18th green, so you can see others finishing up…and compare yourself to them if you choose!

My recommendation for an ice cold beverage after the round: Ragged Island Brewing Company (54 Bristol Ferry Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871)

Golf Courses in Newport RI

Newport Country Club

280 Harrison Ave
Newport, RI 02840

401-846-0461

Course Ratings

Golfweek ranks the NCC as the #1 private course in Rhode Island and the #55 Classic golf course in the country, so if you can find a member to play with, it is worth whatever they charge you to join them.

The club was founded in 1893 and is one of the five founding member clubs of the United States Golf Association. This course also hosted the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship, which TIGER WOODS won!

If you get to the course before your tee time, take advantage of the amenities available. The driving range is stocked with prov-1 range balls, an all-grass surface, and a chipping green to work on your short game.

Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Entryway and main building to the course are at the end of a long driveway.
Club and entryway to Newport Country Club in Newport, RI

The course resembles a traditional links-style track you have seen from Scotland and Ireland. The fairways have no irrigation, so they are firm and fast during the summer. The bunkers can devastate your score because they are big, steep, and intimidating.

Depending on the time of year, the rough, or fescue, can be two feet tall, and if you can find your ball, it will take a big swing to get it back into play. Don’t let this description scare you, though, because the scenery, the ocean breeze, and the nostalgic feel of the course are mesmerizing.

After your round, you can head inside to the bar for a transfusion, or drink of your choice, then sit in the historic lounge or on the patio looking at the 13th tee box. If you are lucky enough to get an invite to the NCC, please accept it and enjoy the experience.

My recommendation for food and drinks: O’Brien’s Pub (501 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840)

Growing up here, I wanted to highlight my favorite places to golf and eat while sharing what makes New England unique.

And so New England Golf and Grub was created.

If you are new to the community, join the conversation in the Facebook group and share your local favorites or find new places to go.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.