Montaup Country Club in Portsmouth is a semi-private club just minutes from downtown Newport. The par-5 16th overlooks Mt. Hope Bay and is considered the signature hole. But the opening three holes are what truly make Montaup unique. There is little time to ease into the round as you play what are considered the three most difficult starting holes in the state. The par-5 first is only 414 yards, but it has water in front and to the right of the green, with out-of-bounds guarding the left side. More trouble awaits at the 404-yard par-4 second and the 213-yard par-3 third.