Another Upscale Club Slated for Rhode Island

Following on the heels of the exclusive Carnegie Abbey on Aquidneck Island, the backers of a new private club in the Watch Hill-Misquamicut-Narragansett area of Rhode Island are expecting great things. After receiving approval from the planning boards in the towns of Westerly and Charlestown in late-April 2002, the backers of Shelter Harbor Golf Club are only a state permit away from beginning work on the project.

Michael Hurzdan of Hurzdan-Fry Design of Columbus, Ohio, has come up with a 7,100-yard, par-71 layout for the course, which will occupy a portion of a 490-acre parcel just north of Route 1 across from the Shelter Harbor Inn. Part of the property once housed a drive-in theater. Most of the course will be in Westerly, with the remainder in Charlestown. Bordering the site is the Woody Hill Wildlife Management Area.

The $25-million project is being backed by a consortium of private investors, including Finn M.W. Caspersen, H. James Atwood, Frederick C. Maynard III, Robert McCormack, Stephen M. Peet, Charles M. Royne and Frederick B. Whittemore. The project manager is Dick Anthony.

The course will be an integral part of the first private club in Washington County. Also planned for Shelter Harbor are a nine-hole par-3 course, three practice holes, a driving range, exercise facility, five guest cottages, and a clubhouse. A second phase could involve offices. Before work can begin, the founders need final approval from the state Department of Environmental Management. If all goes well, construction permits will arrive in September '02.

The club is being tailored to wealthy individuals from the southern part of the state. Even though there is no golf course as yet, Shelter Harbor memberships have been hot commodities for over a year. To date, 214 members have joined. The founding memberships cost $100,000; right now, that tariff has risen to $125,000. Dues are expected to run about $7,000 a year. The plan is to limit the number of memberships to 250, with 40 “junior” (age 42 or younger) memberships available at a reduced rate.

For more information, contact Dick Anthony at 401/322-0600.