Review: Midville Golf Club

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 Midville 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.

Scorecard:

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

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 yards from the teebox. While the tree is aesthetically pleasing, it sometimes punishes good drives and shouldn’t be there.

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Looking back at the 1st hole – note the tree; PC: Dylan K.

The 2nd hole is one of my favorite short par fours in the state. At just 305 yards, this hole runs straight uphill with numerous 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.

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The par 4 2nd; PC: Dylan K.

The 345 yard 3rd is a dogleg left with an elevated teebox and a forced carry over a pond. Out of bounds lines the left side of this hole, and this green is heavily sloped with a false front.

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The very difficult 3rd green; PC: Dylan K.

Another medium-length hole, the 4th plays 380 yards as another dogleg left. This fairway is tight and the green once again is tiny and undulating.

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The approach on 4; PC: Dylan K.

After a nice solid 165 yard par 3, the 6th hole is the only par 5. At 535 yards, this long three-shotter plays downhill the entire length. This elevated teebox features some surprisingly scenic views of central Rhode Island. Trees line the left while the right is more open but contains a hidden bunker at 245 yards.

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The downhill par 5 6th; PC: Dylan K.

My favorite hole on the course is the 7th, an 160 yard par 3 that requires a carry over a gully. This hole is picturesque and features a shallow green with a bunker directly behind it. The designer Carmine Lombardi has an incredible seven holes-in-ones here.

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The par 3 7th; PC: Dylan K.
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Looking back at the tremendous 7th; PC: Dylan K.

The 8th hole plays 332 yards and features a blind teeshot up a hill. The fairway narrows considerably as you near the green, and the entire fairway slopes right-to-left, yielding awkward lies.

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The blind 8th teeshot; PC: Dylan K.

At just 315 yards, the closing hole is a bit of a letdown after a strong stretch of holes. Relatively flat, this dogleg left features no bunkers but does contain OB on the left side.

General Comments: There’s 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 a fun round that I highly recommend. It is indeed one of the best 9 hole courses in the state.


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