“Seggy”, as it is referred to by its members, is a tough course for your average female golfer. This Geoffrey Cornish design is long from the forward tees… measuring 5,521 yards, features five par-5s with most over 400 yards and par-3s that many require a driver to reach in regulation. There are water hazards on eight of the eighteen holes demanding forced carries and layup shots. So, what is it that is so appealing about this club that attracts ladies to join?
I posed this question to club Pro, Rob Baxter, who got feedback directly from his lady members: “You never get tired of playing this course…each round brings new challenges…the diversity of holes give the course character”; “Challenging but beautiful with its natural settings, wildlife, wildflowers”; “SCC is female-friendly starting with it’s membership structure of “family” vs. “AB”; “Women can play any time of the day without gender restrictions. Seggy offers ladies “skins games” four days a week allowing them to come out and play without having to make up their own foursome”; “Many social opportunities are offered, like the couples Friday nt. Scotch Games twice a month and the ladies organization provides many tournament opportunities throughout the season.”
So what can be said about the playability of the course for women? Although Segregansett is a long course for ladies it offers a peaceful setting with many scenic wonders and surprise vistas along the way, such as the babbling waterfall on the 2nd hole, hidden brooks intersecting many fairways, marshes and environmentally protected areas that harbor unique wildlife…yes, my friend and I saw the club’s blue heron! Challenging water hazards that require forced carries off the tee and lay-up shots, add equally to the ambiance. The wide, tree-lined fairways are mostly flat, well groomed and easy to hit off. The “quirky” back-and-forth design layout on some holes (#3-5) made it tough for us newcomers to navigate without a visual course layout. Especially true for hole #5 , which requires a blind tee shot over water through trees that lead to a fairway (we had no idea where it was) that doglegs right to a small green tucked away behind a bunker. Memorable holes…this was one of many on the course. Lucky for us, we befriended Michael, a lone golfer who turned out to be a “godsend”, as he helped us navigate the doglegs, blind shots, and upcoming hidden hazards on the remaining holes. The diverse layout and varied green shapes and contours made playing this course intriguing. Segregansett is a shotmaker’s course that poses plenty of risks and rewards forcing thoughtful planning and precision in executing shots. So many beautiful holes on this course, but hole #17 takes the prize…a short par 3 that demands all carry over marshland to a small green surrounded by bunkers.
Other club amenities include a magnificent driving range and short-game practice areas. The clubhouse has a welcoming atmosphere with a banquet hall, back-to-back bars offering members a cozy more formal dining or light and airy snack bar setting that opens up to outdoor patio seating. The ladies’ locker room welcomes with a cozy, at-home feel complete with comfortable furniture, refreshing toiletries and snacks.
“Member for a Day” tee times are available 7 days a week for only $40 weekdays and $50 weekends. Also, new membership special at one low price Fall 2014 — Summer 2016: Single $2950/Family $3200 and other age group specials available. www.segregansett.com