Honorable Mention, Carnegie Abbey, Portsmouth, RI (5th)
Known to the members as "Bloody Run" the par-3 third at Carnegie Abbey is a short par-3 with water all along the left and a classic test of accuracy with the irons.
The water is a must-to-avoid, but the shot missing the green to the right will leave an awkward recovery onto a slippery green. The carefully placed tee shot will be on the right half of the green.
Fast Fact: The Donald Steel-designed golf course is a jewel of the community, as is the the Carnegie Yacht Club, gathering place for members who sail, fish, and cruise the Narragansett Bay waters. Vessels up to 200 feet can dock there, with a professional staff to clean, cater and provision at a member’s request. Click here for more information about Carnegie Abbey!
Honorable Mention, The Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA (10th)
This short, dogleg-left par-4 saves its water peril for the second shot, tucking a handsome pond to the left of the green, which is guarded on the right by a deep bunker.
If you're one of those golfers who clubs yourself wisely, instead of hitting driver off every par-4 and par-5, you've got an advantage over the bombers. Try a four-wood tee shot toward the left-center of the fairway--from there your approach will be able to angle away from the pond.
Fast Fact: While technically not a waterview community, The Bay Club’s cheek-by-jowel proximity to historic and beautiful Buzzard's Bay, in one of America's oldest seafaring regions, demands a look. From the club you can take to the waters for day sails, regattas and prime Atlantic sportfishing. Click here for more information about The Bay Club!