The Carnegie Abbey Club, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Usa
How would you imagine a typical New England private country club? 
The Carnegie Abbey Club is the answer. Located on Aquidneck Island, on an awesome contest overlooking Narragansett Bay, is one of the finest golf club and best golf course in Rhode Island (Ranked #4 on the 2013-2014 Best Courses in Rhode Island by Golf Digest ).
And my experience has been unforgettable.
I've been lucky to play this Donald Steel designed course joined by Mike, the club's Caddie Master, and caddied by Roger, a great guy. The club had just reopened after the winter closure and we were the only two golfers on the course.

The Carnegie Abbey Club was established in 2000, built on a land rich of history that has been the site of the Battle of Rhode Island back in 1778.
Its name comes from Andrew Carnegie, the scottish-american philanthropist and industrialist, and from the Portsmouth Abbey School, a private prep school owner of the land.
An actual life sized statue of Andrew Carnegie is visible in front of the the majestic Adirondack inspired clubhouse.

The layout of the course follows the light undulation of the local territory, with some great breathtaking views of the area from the highest holes.
Is a true links inspired course, on which the english designer has been able to recreate and transmit to the golfer the sensations and emotions of playing a scottish course. 
On some of the holes really reminded me Castle Stuart and Kingsbarns!!
Challenging and fun to play with revetted pot bunkers (not many but strategically placed), undulated and tricky greens, several elevation changes and a variety of holes, the course is 6675 yds long from the back tees with a 72.7/134 course rating/slope.
The final hole 18th is one of the best and most impressive finishing hole I've ever played. A short risk-reward Par 4, just 280yds from the tips, with a light dogleg right fairway running along the Narragansett Bay on the right side, where two accurate shots are required to reach the small green. 

A great day of golf on a very special place. 
A special thanks to all the staff of The Carnegie Abbey for their kindness and great time they let me had.

The Clubhouse view from the parking lot

Andrew Carnegie Statue
Andrew Carnegie Statue

Inside the Clubhouse
The 35 foot fieldstone fireplace

The Lookout,  between the 3rd and the 4th hole, acts as welcome area for the club

Site of the 1778 Battle of Rhode Island

The Old Colony Railroad where Old Colony trains ran from Newport to Boston

#2 Hole 186 yds Par 3

#4 Hole 410 yds Par 4

#5 Hole 163 yds Par 3

#6 Hole 411 yds Par 4

#8 Hole 233 yds Par 3

#9 Hole 500 yds Par 5

#10 Hole 424 yds Par 4

#11 Hole 225 yds Par 3

#12 Hole 520 yds Par 5

#14 Hole 426 yds Par 4

#14 Hole 426 yds Par 4

#15 Hole 541 yds Par 5

#16 Hole 412 yds Par 4

#16 Hole 412 yds Par 4

#17 Hole 202 yds Par 3

#18 Hole 280 yds Par 4

Me and my caddie Roger on the 18th

#18 Hole 280 yds Par 4

#18 Hole 280 yds Par 4

#18 Hole 280 yds Par 4

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