1. Alex326 Posted: 03/20/19 4:39a Member Since: Nov 20, 2015 From: Monterey, Ca
I took a friend out to Ridge Creek for his first Links style course experience and his first time playing Ridge Creek. Overall conditions aren't bad at all but they are a bit under the normal RC hig... Continue »
I took a friend out to Ridge Creek for his first Links style course experience and his first time playing Ridge Creek. Overall conditions aren't bad at all but they are a bit under the normal RC high standards. Greens were somewhere between a low 7 and high 8 depending on the pin placement. Greens at Ridge Creek are usually soft and receptive to well struck shots (as was the case today). The down side of this is the greens can quickly get riddled with pitch marks.
Some of the greens where the pin was placed in a valley were starting to show some heavy use and in need of aeration and sanding. Others that had the hole on a high peak of the green had little in the way of pitch marks. If Ridge Creek as already done their greens then it might be a long summer. If the maintenance is still to come then the greens will be in phenomenal shape soon as they weren't in that bad of condition today.
Fairways are a mixture of brown dormant grass and nice lush(ish) green grass. Some areas were a little thin but overall still a nice area to hit from if in the fairway.
The two sand traps I was in today both had fairly nice dirt. Predictable to hit out of for sure. Tee boxes were the weak link of the course. Several were torn up bad and just full of divots. Others were a bit lumpy. Still it was one of the best driving days off the tee in a month or two so obviously the tee boxes weren't that bad!
No cart service out but they did have water coolers out every couple of holes. POP was right at 4 hours. We were in the middle of the prime time tee times so we did have to wait here in there as well as have people pushing us.
Here's the thing about Ridge Creek. It's all about keeping it out of the tall nasty rough. get a couple of lost balls in the rough and you can fall behind pace real quick. Conversely if the group in front has a few bad tee shots and you keep it straight then you're the one pushing the pace. Basically you have to accept that at Ridge Creek POP is going to have the accordion effect. You'll be behind pace at some point and standing around waiting on the group in front at some point.
Overall, Ridge Creek is a solid track worth playing when in the Central Valley. I'm sure I'll play it once or twice more before the official GK outing there in June.
2. Alex326 Posted: 10/28/18 4:29a Member Since: Nov 20, 2015 From: Monterey, Ca
Conditions remain steady at Ridge Creek. Fairways are starting to show some weathering from the summer heat in that they are 50/50 green/brown. However, even the brown areas still offer a great p... Continue »
Conditions remain steady at Ridge Creek. Fairways are starting to show some weathering from the summer heat in that they are 50/50 green/brown. However, even the brown areas still offer a great platform to hit from. Greens were rolling medium/fast with a bit more pitch marks than the last time but not nearly as many as from a few months ago.
Tee boxes are a solid 8, nice level and lush with very few divots. Rough is always nasty at Ridge Creek. Anything outside the first cut is game over. Same goes for the long grass around the lips of the bunkers. I lost two balls in bunkers today.
POP was ok. Given it was a weekend, I suppose it wasn't too bad. Ridge Creek is all about keeping it in the fairway and out of the bunkers. Do that and you can set a PR. Start going wide even to the point of hitting the fairway and rolling into rough and your score balloons like crazy.
Customer service is great and I always enjoy when I have the time to eat at the restaurant afterwards.
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We had an outing up there in March, the course is awesome - read the reviews.
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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!
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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.