1. cencalhack Posted: 11/20/17 9:59a Member Since: Jan 19, 2015 From: Visalia
Greens are a bit soft but are in very good condition. Lack of play and the perfect fall weather has allowed the course to speed the greens to the point where you really have to pay atte... Continue »
Greens are a bit soft but are in very good condition. Lack of play and the perfect fall weather has allowed the course to speed the greens to the point where you really have to pay attention. The size, undulations and speed make for a challenging day.
Fairways are dormant and have tight firm lies.
First cut of rough is dormant but has been left alone which is helpful for keeping balls out of the native unplayable grass.
Native grass unfortunately continues to thrive and is green thick and nasty. Any ball hit into these areas (which are everywhere) are almost always lost and result in delays and increased pace of play. I realize that for aesthetics and challenge they are necessary, but it would be ok not to continually water them. Allowing them to thin out would be a huge boost to PoP.
Sand as always is very good and the deep bunkers both in the fairway and greenside are challenging.
Tees are level with dormant or semi-dormant coverage and little to no divot damage.
One of the group members pointed out the absurdly low slope rating from the blue tees (116) and we debated if the system was in need of adjustment to not emphasize length as much or if the reviewer never left his cart lol. This course is definitely more challenging from the blues than several other local tracks with higher slopes.
2. JohnnyGK Posted: 07/31/17 8:18a Member Since: Dec 30, 2002 From: Westlake Village
I played some great golf courses on my trip this month to NorCal, but it was my last stop on Sunday, at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club, just outside Fresno, on 7/23 that proved to be the best playing co... Continue »
I played some great golf courses on my trip this month to NorCal, but it was my last stop on Sunday, at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club, just outside Fresno, on 7/23 that proved to be the best playing conditions by far. It was just me and CenCalHack enjoying a GK Guru round, I invited many others but for different reasons none could make it. We teed it up at 10:30am and finished in under 4 hours. I was 100+ degrees but didn’t feel that hot and consequently the course was pretty wide open.
I’m a big fan of this challenging long yet fair layout and always try to schedule a round here if I’m passing through the area. The course is always in great shape, I mean always. They have plenty of water and with pure bent greens combined with pure berumada fairways, you get the picture. This time around, the course was wall to wall thick lush grass. Greens holding shots, moderately fast and smooth. In past experiences, they did not grow the rough long, consequently very poorly hit drives occasionally ran through the rough and into heavy grass/brush. This resulted in long ball searches and much frustration. So with the longer rough now, I mean a 3 to 4 inches, it’s tougher to hit from but it keeps the ball in play and resulting in a faster pace of play.
Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club also has outstanding facilities. An amazing driving range, with multiple dedicated areas for wedge game and short game practice. The clubhouse is clean and well stocked. The restaurant has quality food, beautiful patio onlooking the 9th green and does a great job servicing the surrounding area as well. The enclosed banquet facility is very large to accommodate weddings and golf tournaments. It’s funny, especially the first time, you never expect while driving through the rural area a golf course/facility like this to pop up. I love it. I posted a bunch of photos.
I think of Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club as GK’s hub in the Central Valley. I’m going to be coordinating more GK Guru visits and look into a GK Plays there in 2018. Highly Recommended.
Just wanted to post some specials on behalf of a big supporter of Greenskeeper.org - Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club.
We had an outing up there in March, the course is awesome - read the reviews.
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Ridge Creek will be hosting a 9-hole event the...
Just got off the phone with the one of the Golf Pros there at Dinuba. There is a Yardage Book for sale in the Pro Shop to get the lay of the land. I cannot stress how important a book like this for a course you are unfamiliar. It would be a Great investment!
Essentially there is no rule of thu...
If you can bang it out there at least 230 on the fly, don't layup from the tee. Knock it over the bunker on the right. The hole sets up to be much more receptive to approach shots coming in from the right side and even if you spray it right, there is plenty of open space although you might have some difficult rough to contend with.
Aim just left of bunkers on right. Second shot to trap on right will give you around 100 in. There is a waste area on the left. Kiss your ball good bye if you find yourself in that junk. I did and I was lucky if you want to call it that. The heather will, if you're lucky, only cost you a stroke.