Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club Course Review
Wanumetonomy Golf and CC is located in Middletown Rhode Island 5 mile away from Newport. The course was established in 1922 and Seth Raynor is the architect on record as designing the course. Wanumetonomy has recently undergone a renovation to bring back many of the Raynor features lost over time. The course has wonderful views of Narragansett Bay on several holes and the wind often plays a factor here. Wanumetonomy is a 6400 yds in length par 70 course. From a golf perspective Wanumetonomy is a challenging course especially if your approach shots are off target as deep bunkers await you at a good portion of the greens. There are five holes under 350 yds which makes for a very enjoyable round as as you’ll have lots of birdie chances if you can keep your drives out of trouble. Another unique feature about Wanumetonomy is that it only has one par 5 and its only reachable for the longest of hitters. You’ll have a enjoyable round if you ever play here.
1st Hole 318 yds Par 4 – The first hole at Wanumetonomy sets your round up at 318 yds long its not the longest of holes but it gets the golfer started their round out with a fairly easy hole. Your drive here should be down the right side of the fairway using the cart path as the line off the tee. You don’t need a driver here as there are three bunkers at the end of the fairway approximately 250 yds off the tee. Your second shot is to a narrow green that is surrounded on all sides by three long bunkers that are 4 ft below the green surface. The green slopes from left to right so aim to the left of the pin on your shot in.
2nd Hole 313 yds Par 4 – The second hole is another short par 4 the accuracy of your drive is more important than the length of your tee shot here. The hole has a gentle dogleg to the left, your line here is to aim at the right bunker, if your drive happens to go left you may be blocked out by the tall bushy tree on the corner of the dogleg. Your second shot is to a smallish green protected by two bunkers left and right that are again a few ft below the putting surface.
3rd Hole 451 yds Par 4 – The 3rd hole at Wanumetonomy is the longest par 4 on the golf course. You will need two good shots in order to reach the green, blast your tee shot as far as you can down the fairway towards the creek 300 yds off the tee. You’ll most likely have a longer club in your hand for your second shot here the best approach is directly up the middle of the green as there are four bunkers guarding the corners of this green to catch any stray shots.
4th Hole 392 yds Par 4 – This medium length par 4 is slightly down hill, there aren’t any bunkers in the fairway and the hole is wide open off the tee. The second shot here is one of the more difficult approaches to a green at Wanumetonomy Golf and CC, short of the green there is a small drainage ditch on both side that is marked with a yellow stake. There are deep bunker right of the green to catch shots right and if you miss the green left you will have to contend with a recovery shot where you won’t be able to see the green surface. The green surface is fairly level here and you shouldn’t have trouble putting.
5th Hole 149 yds Par 3 – This downhill par 3 is intimidating from the tee, you have water on the left and a bunker on the right to catch any way ward shots. The green looks fairly large from the tee and the safe shot would be a fade off the bunker towards the middle of the green. The green itself slopes from back to front.
6th Hole 416 yds Par 4 – This hole is a medium length par 4, you have ample space on the left for you drive here as going down the right you risk going in the three fairway bunkers or even worse is the OB over the hedge. The fairway also has a gentle slope from left to right so aim left down the left side has many advantages here. The green on your second shot here is angled to have a shot approach from the left side of the fairway. There is one bunker 50 yds from the green on the left and 3 bunkers that guard the green two left and one right. The green has minimal undulation around the edges and is mostly flat around the middle.
7th Hole 301 yds Par 4 – With a straight drive the longer hitters may be able to reach the green, for all other players a drive over 200 yds will give you a good look at the pin. You can hit driver here but you must avoid hitting into the trees on the left and the three trees on the right. The green is guarded by 4 bunkers two left and right that are 3-4ft below the putting surface. The green is flat for the most part with a small slope running towards the two right bunkers.
8th Hole 389 yds Par 4 – This hole is straight away and slightly uphill. Their are three bunkers on the left side of the fairway that pinches in to the fairway. Your second shot is again uphill to a green that is by 5 bunkers left and right of the green. There is a small bunker left 25yds before of the green to catch any shots landing short. The green has a reverse bowl shape at the front portion, the middle is fairly flat and the back portion has a gentle slope towards the middle of the green.
9th Hole 369 yds Par 4 – The ninth hole at Wanumetonomy is uphill all the way to the green and doglegs from right to left. Your aim point here is the last large stump in the right rough and either fade or hit a nice draw depending on which side of the ball your on. Your second shot will need at least an extra club to get up to the green level. The green is guarded by a bunker on the left and two on the right.
10th Hole 392 yds Par 4 – The tenth hole is straight away, there are two bunkers left that can catch your drives. The right side of the hole is OB all the way to the green so avoiding the right side is mandatory. The second shot into the green is elevated about 5ft above the fairway. The green has two very deep bunkers on the corners of the front of the green that have to be avoided if a par is in going to be made. The green is fairly flat so there is a good chance at making your par or birdie.
11th Hole 404 yds Par 4 – This downhill par 4 has wonder views of Narragansett Bay in the distance. This straight away hole the has two bunkers that pinch in the fairway at 260 yds off the tee. The second shot into the green here is guarded by two large bunkers left and right. The green is square shaped and in the back portion has been elevated about the ground so if you miss your second shot long or to the side you will have a pitch back up to the green surface. The green is relatively flat with some undulation depending where you are putting from.
12th Hole 173 yds Par 3 – As you look at this hole from the tee the first thing that catches your eye is the deep bunkers left and right of the green giving the hole an island feeling. The green is open in the left portion of the green if your shot doesn’t carry onto the green. A right pin on this hole make it very challenging, if you happen to go in the bunker on the right you’ll be anywhere from 3ft to 5ft below the putting surface. The green has lots of gentle undulations depending on where you are and where the pin is to add to the flavor of the the hole. It’s definitely a shot makers hole that requires a precise shot into the green.
13th Hole347 yds Par 4 – This short dogleg right hole is a birdie opportunity as long as you can find the fairway off the tee. Your aim point here is between the two fairway bunkers on the left side of the fairway. The longer hitters can take it over the tree on the corner of the dogleg leaving them with a pitch to the green. If your tee shot finds the right side you’ll have to contend with going over the corner of the bunker guarding the right side of the green. The shot into the green here looks like another island green that has been elevated above the contours of the land, on the left side there are two bunkers and a steep slope back up to the green and on the right is a bunker starting at 4ft below the putting surface. The green has lots of contour and generally slopes from back to front. This hole is a great example of a short par 4 where its par is defended at the green.
14th Hole 334 yds Par 4 – A birdie can be made on this short of if your course management is strong. Lay up short of the bunkers 120 yds from the tee or you can challenge them and either go over or between them. Your second shot will be a short chip to a green that is elevated but doesn’t have any bunkers on it. The green is shaped like a square and has undulation around the corners. A birdie chance is a definite possibility on this hole.
15th Hole 408 yds Par 4 – This hole is straight and a gentle uphill grade to it, the fairway is generous enough for all players. There are two bunkers that narrow the fairway around 250yds off the tee that must be avoided. If your tee shot finds one of these bunkers you’ll have to contend with a nice sized lip. Your second shot is uphill and into a green guarded on all sides by bunkers, the green also is tiered so that adds to the excitement on this hole.
16th Hole 556 yds Par 5 – The longest hole at Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club and only par 5 on the course. Your tee shot is slightly downhill until your reach the end of the trees on the right. Hit your drive down the right side of the fairway here to avoid the left fairway bunker. Your second shot is straight away but you must avoid the bunkers 100yds from the green and the lake that runs to the end of green on your right. The green is protected by 5 deep bunkers that surround the green on all sides leaving you with only one option to hit the green. The green has undulation is sections here and depending where your ball is you may have a nice breaking putt.
17th Hole 206 yds Par 3 – The last par 3 is the longest on the course and perhaps the best and most challenging, keep your tee ball to the right or your run the risk of going into the green side bunker or the bunker 30 yds short of the green. Even if your in the rough on the right you still have a good chance at saving your par. The green is fairly flat here and putts all make-able from all locations. Just remember left is dead here right is safe.
18th Hole 391 yds Par 4 – The 18th hole at Wanumetonomy is slightly uphill all the way to the green. Your tee shot must avoid the two fairway bunkers left purposely placed there because the fairway slopes from left to right. Your second shot to the green here is guarded by two bunkers short of the green on the right side and two bunkers at the green left and back. The green itself is on the small side so and accurate shot is needed in order to hit this green.