June 21, 2010

Rhode Island Country Club - Home of Brown Golf

Rhode Island Country Club


The Brown University men's and women's golf teams recently enjoyed a change of scenery, as the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I., reached an agreement with the Brown University Athletic Department to be the team's official home course.


"Rhode Island Country Club is very excited to be the new home of the Brown University golf teams," said Rhode Island Country Club President David Piccerelli. "Many of our members have ties to the University either as alumni or through affiliations with the medical school. It is truly a privilege to be hosting the golf teams and we look forward to a long successful relationship."


Brown's golf teams will have access to the course and facilities Tuesday through Friday, as well as time on the weekends subject to availability, to practice and play.

"We are very excited to play at the Rhode Island Country Club this year," said head women's golf coach Danielle Griffiths.


"With the lineage of great players that they have produced over the years, including Dana Quigley, Brett Quigley, and Brad Faxon, it just seemed like a natural move for us," said head men's golf coach Mike Hughes. "Playing there will be great for us for recruiting purposes, and we have a lot of Brown alumni at the Rhode Island Country Club, so it's good for us to connect with them as well."


Rhode Island Country Club, a 1911 Donald Ross design course, is a combination of parkland, wooded and seaside holes, with the final four holes located on Narragansett Bay. Consistently ranked as a top classic golf course, it has hosted four USGA championships and is the home of the CVS Charity Classic.


"The course has great greens, and it's right on the water, so you learn how to hit golf shots in the wind," said Hughes. "It's not uncommon to play a round on three straight days and have the wind blowing a different direction on each of the days."


The course may also help Brown's golfers improve their putting game, as the PGA professionals who grew up playing at Rhode Island Country Club have developed outstanding reputations on the green.


"Brad Faxon has been recognized as one of the greatest putters that ever played, and the Quigley's don't take a backseat to him," said Hughes. "It's a great place to learn how to roll your golf ball."


A typical practice will give players time on the driving range and practice greens before going out to play 18 holes. Both coaches believe that the time spent on the course will pay dividends in the team's performance in tournaments throughout the year.


"The challenge of the golf course will help us to prepare for upcoming tournaments, including the Ivy League Championship," said Griffiths. "We are very grateful to practice and play at such an outstanding golf course."