Review: East Greenwich Golf Club

Course Name: East Greenwich Golf Club

Designer: Michael Kroian (1963)

Location: East Greenwich, Rhode Island

History: Family owned since 1963, EG Golf Club is the only course in East Greenwich. Financial difficulties have set the course back in recent years, but new owners invested in it in 2017.

Conditions: 4/10, while the greens here are decent, many of these holes can get swampy and burnt out. Goose droppings also accompany you on every hole.

Value: 4/10, for $19 to walk on weekdays and $24 to walk on weekends, this course does not offer great value.


Tee                     Par         Yardage         Rating          Slope

Blue                  36            3315                35.4               126

White                36           3125                34.6               123

Red                    36           2875               35.9                125

Hole Descriptions: Don’t be fooled, EGGC is a tricky little 9-hole course as evidenced by its 126 slope. The opening hole is pretty innocuous as a 375 tree-lined par 4, but the 2nd is much more difficult. This sharp dogleg right requires a drive of about 220 yards for a straight uphill approach shot. OB lines the right side of this hole, making cutting the corner not really a possibility. The 3rd hole is a very intimidating 520 yard par 5 that would be a great hole if it weren’t so swampy. A tee shot from an elevated tee box is claustrophobic with OB lining the left side of the entire hole. A creek runs through the fairway about 130 yards short of the green so many players have lengthy approach shots in.

At 390 yards, the 4th hole is a straightforward par 4 with two bunkers flanking the sides of this green, while the 5th is my favorite hole on the course. At 405 yards, this hole features a pond/river running through the fairway about 280 yards out. Approaches will have to carry this water to a tiny green in the woods. The first par 3, the 6th is a pretty straightforward medium length hole at 180 yards. A giant bunker guards short of this green. The 7th hole provides the best scoring opportunity on the course as a 500 yard downhill par 5. The drive on this hole is the most difficult part as trees line the left side and drives down the right will have to contend with the pond from 6. The signature hole, the 8th, is a solid 400 yard dogleg left par 4 whose fairway runs out about 250 yards from the tee. Drives will have to stay short of this water, and completely carry the water to get to this green. At 200 yards, the closing hole is a challenging par 3 that requires a carry over a valley to an elevated green. There are few greens I’ve played that are as severely sloped as back-to-front as this one. The parking lot is directly behind this hole, making me wonder how many windshields have been broken by overzealous golfers with driver in hand.

General Comments: There is no range here, and pace of play has been terrible when I’ve played. The restaurant attached Bistro 9 is fantastic though.

Verdict: While East Greenwich packs a punch few 9 hole courses in the area can, poor conditioning and overpricing make East Greenwich a course to avoid.

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