Newport National Golf Club - Orchard Course

3.9117647059 3.9 stars from 5 (10)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7244 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 324 Mitchells Ln, Middletown, Rhode Island 02842, Newport County
  • (401) 848-9690
  • (401) 848-2657
  • www.newportnational.com

Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Arthur Hills (2002), Drew Rogers (2002), Wadsworth Golf Construction (2002)
Type: Semi-Private
Style: Links
Greens: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Newport National Golf Club does not allow jeans, tee shirts, tank tops, swimwear, cutoffs, warm up suits, sweat pants and hard spikes.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7244 yards 74.4 138
Gold 72 6553 yards 71.9 130
Green 72 6017 yards 68.6 125
Red 71 5217 yards 68.8 119

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 10 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
5
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

9 out of 10 reviews


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"Excellent Course, Great Staff!"


u000005855237's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

This is a really fun links course. It is kind of hidden from the road---I drove right past it thinking that my GPS had to be wrong. The fairways and greens were spiked, but it was awhile ago and it did not impact play. The layout is good and well designed. It also seems to drain well. Carts are electric, which I prefer. Chilly Saturday morning in May with a very light drizzle, and I had a blast at this course. The entire staff--from the check-in at the clubhouse to the grill to the starter--were all very friendly and helpful. Excellent breakfast burrito from the grill. Note that the clubhouse is small with no indoor eating area (just a covered porch with a heater and clear plastic coverings that can be rolled down to keep out wind, rain and cold). In spite of this, the restrooms are good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course!"


u726402700's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Had a great experience today playing at Newport National. Though they have recently aerated the greens and fairways, the course played smooth and fast. The greens had some difficulties but still were fast. The views were amazing. The clubhouse leaves some to be desired but the course itself couldn’t have been a better layout!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Very good course"


mmcc29's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played this course on a Thursday morning. Arrived early as I was a single to see if I could get out earlier then my scheduled tee time. There was no starter to be found. I saw groups of 2 and 3 go out but still no starter. My 4some we're finally able to find the starter and ask if we could go out early (since no groups had teed off for a good 20 minutes). When we finally teed off we found the course great. Nice doglegs and some interesting forced carrys. Fairways were in great shape. Greens were challenging but not tricked up. Really enjoyed the course and would come back. Overall course was challenging yet playable for a mid range handicapper like myself. Clubhouse was a trailer but they had all the basics. Found the price of $125 little high for whole experience but had a great time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Golf Course"


morourke24's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Excellent golf course, great layout, course conditions are generally above average to excellent. On a windy day, avoid it though or you will not enjoy it.

Staff and organization could be a little improved. It's overpriced at $150 on a weekend but they get the out of town Newport crowds for weddings, etc. so it's always jammed and pace of play is not monitored well enough to warrant the cost.

If you've never played, you have to try it out, but I wouldn't frequent regularly for the cost.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Absolutely Amazing"


u555560654's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Being a NYC Golfer, my options are pretty limited and I tend to play where there is a deal. I'm a high handicapper and have only been playing for 3 years, but I'm absolutely addicted and cash in on every opportunity to hit golf balls.

When I found out I'd be in RI on work this week, I figured I'd treat myself and play their highest rated course. I made sure to get there for the twighlight rate and didn't expect much. I was in for a surprise.

The staff was amazing and very pleasant, and I couldn't believe how beautiful that course was. The tee boxes were immaculate, the greens were fast and the fairways were hard to hit. I didn't score well, but this was the first time I actually enjoyed the just being on the course. Even the gravel car paths were cool, I was pretty much drifting around the course.

I'm going to make it a point to get out and see more courses, this course has spoiled me.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"WAY TOO EXPENSIVE..!!!!!"


William5715312's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Used to be able to play 45$ riding.. Now they want 80$ Feb,Mar,Apr.... They CRAZZZZY...!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Gem of gems!"


James2701648's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Newport National is what I call a "gem of gems"! A little over an hours drive from Boston, this is track totally worth coming to! Layout and conditions are some of the best you'll find and for the value of your money. Some of the best views of Aquidneck Island with its links style play, I'm always excited when I get to tee of here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course Shame about the Pace."


BlameMe's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course is good but could be great! Fun course with good risk reward holes. The wind is the defense for this place, all the holes I thought were fair apart from the 10th with its second shot over the hazard way to long, other than that the layout was good with every hole being different and not just straight up and down. I've never seen a rectangular green (the 8th) with 90 degree corners until the day I played.

Fairways and greens were in very good condition, some of the best I've played this year. Greens were fast and consistent so no complaints with that, first cut was fair too.

Newport National is OK for its price point, could be an excellent course if the management got on top of the pace of play as everything is good to go. Layout of the course with 2 par 3's next to each other does not help pace neither does the lack of rangers or concern from the staff.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"The Wind Calls All of the Shots"


NoonanSmails's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Massachusetts Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2013
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Newport National was going to be part of a grand plan a dozen years ago. The plan fizzled with the economy, leaving a really great 18 hole course, with no second course and a "clubhouse" that is still a temporary double wide trailer. That's all okay because the golf course IS the star of the show. It is a eclectic mixture of challenging golf holes, in and around natural marshes. The bulk of the challenge comes from the usual steady wind off the bay that affects most of your shots. You must control your ball flight or you will be in hazards, jungle rough or strategic bunkers all day. The 5th is a drivable par 4, but the wind may cause to rethink that and to play safely out to the right. The 17th is a beast of a par 4, that you must hit it down the right side off the tee to avoid the deadly fairway bunker on the left. NN has a wide variety of tee selections from 7000+ on down. Let the wind remind you to play it forward, as the back 2 sets of tees would crush most golfers. This course is fun to play and easy to appreciate it. Arthur Hills did a great job on this project and one can only imagine what the 36 hole concept, complete with clubhouse, would have been like. However if that did get built, we the golfing public would have never been able to play it. Check out NN if you are golfing your way through Rhode Island.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Newport National is perennially voted the “#1 Course You Can Play in New England,” and was named by PGA.com as #8 in it’s listing of the Best American"


MattAdamsGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2013
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Newport National sits upon the highest point of Aquidneck Island, surrounded by the Sakonnet Passage, Narraganset Bay and the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, providing for beautiful views. The Arthur Hills and associate Drew Rogers designed course was not built to play like a links course, but sometimes golf courses have a way of writing their own story. Pristine seaside creeping bent from tee to green, the shale base and gentle slope of the land, augmented by fescue that dances in the ocean breezes like a horse’s mane, combine to confound your senses, having you believe you are on the far side of the Atlantic water hazard, perhaps someplace on the coast of Ireland? The downside is the course’s lack of a clubhouse (construction trailers serve the part) and practice facilities, however, as Newport National is perennially voted the “#1 Course You Can Play in New England,” and was named by PGA.com as #8 in it’s listing of the Best American Links, it is clear why golfers love it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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