Ledgemont Country Club to Host Rhode Island Open
Historic Alfred H. Tull Designed Golf Course Set to Challenge Top Players
Ledgemont Country Club, founded in 1924, is considered one of New England’s finest examples of Alfred H. Tull’s classic style of golf course architecture. From August 7th through the 9th, Ledgemont will host the 80th Rhode Island Open and the course will prove to be a tough test for some of the region’s best players.
Tull’s masterpiece, which winds through an unspoiled parkland setting on rolling, wooded terrain, has quietly established the club as a distinguished venue for tournaments and earned Ledgemont a reputation for preserving a traditional golf experience. The par-71, 6,801 yard layout requires sharp shot-making skills and the challenging greens demand a deft touch with the putter. While the course is noted for its beauty and memorable holes, it has teeth and players will have to stay focused or a round could easily slip away.
The first Rhode Island Open was played in 1929 and the champions list includes the names of PGA TOUR standouts, as well as legendary local pros. Charlie Sifford, the first African-American to play on the PGA TOUR and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, won the title in 1956; Dana Quigley registered four victories; Brad Faxon won in 1985 and Billy Andrade captured the 1987 Rhode Island Open; Joe Carr, Johnny Farrell and Jim Turnesa also claimed the trophy.
Ledgemont Country Club last hosted the Rhode Island Open in 2003 and champion Ron Philo tied the course record with a 64 that was established in 2001 by Dana Quigley. Ledgemont member and top amateur, Bobby Leopold, also equaled the record in 2011. Leopold, who was named the 2011 Rhode Island Golf Association’s Player of the Year, made a mark last year at the U.S. Amateur. He is viewed to be a favored contender at this year’s Rhode Island Open.
Ledgemont Country Club has the unique distinction of belonging to both the Rhode Island Golf Association and the Massachusetts Golf Association.