Course Name: Mulligan’s Island – Par 3 Course
Designer: Gemini Partners (2002)
Location: Cranston, Rhode Island
History: Built in 2002, Mulligan’s Island is an expansive complex with 2 mini-golf courses, a driving range, batting cages, a nine-hole executive course, and nine-hole pitch & putt course.
Conditions: 3/10, Burnt out fairways, and slow, bumpy greens full of barren patches characterize this course.
Value: 3/10, For $15, you are much better off spending your money at the driving range or pitch and putt.
Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Blue . 27 1370 N/A N/A
White 27 1140 N/A N/A
Hole Descriptions: The first two holes at Mulligan’s Island are short straightaway par threes, but the 3rd hole is a very good design. At 210 yards from the back tees, this hole features the driving range net on the left side and a pond on the right side of the hole. A narrow chute of fairway runs in between but for the most part this hole requires a carry to the green. Unfortunately, the unsightly barbed wire fence from a prison directly behind this green kills any aesthetic value here.
The 4th hole plays only 110 yards but forces you to go over the pond again to an elevated green. This hole features one of the few bunkers on the course – a tiny one just left of the green. Holes 5-7 are very similar 140 yard holes that add some trees to the mix. The 8th hole is the number 1 handicap and indeed the hardest hole on the course at 225 yards. This tree-lined hole is fairly tight and requires a wood for most players. At 160 yards, the finishing hole is lined with trees on the left side and features a pretty decent uphill gradient to a large green.
Best Par 3: 4th hole, 110 yards, 5th handicap. This short but sweet hole requires a carry the entire way over water and reeds. This green is also a bit elevated and features a rare bunker on the left.
General Comments: As I mentioned above, Mulligan’s Island has fantastic practice facilities that have been ranked in the top 100 nationally. There is also a small chipping/putting green near the Par 3 entrance. Since many golfers here are beginners, play can get backed up, but this course hasn’t been very busy either time I’ve played. It was early in the season, but there were no tee-markers when I played and finding each of the holes was very difficult without a GPS.
Verdict: The driving range and mini-golf courses are some of the best in the state and I highly recommend them. The nine-hole executive course is a good course for beginners to learn, but I can’t recommend it for any skilled golfers.