Will be aerating the Victoria Lakes Course greens 4/23 - 4/26, reopening 4/27.
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1. Alex326 Posted: 03/20/18 6:45a Member Since: Nov 20, 2015 From: Monterey, Ca
This is my first time playing here at River Ridge. JohnnyGK set up the tee time as part of our GK Cup match. What a fun course!! Track is built on a rolling hillside so a number of the holes have fu... Continue »
This is my first time playing here at River Ridge. JohnnyGK set up the tee time as part of our GK Cup match. What a fun course!! Track is built on a rolling hillside so a number of the holes have fun elevation changes. As the name suggests, the course has several lakes that come into play. Including hole 13 which has water on both sides of the narrow fairway. Whereas there aren't any forced carries, the water is definitely in play on 6-8 holes (I put 2 in the drink).
With the exception of the lakes, course is fairly open putting a premium on grip it and rip it. #16 sits on top of the hill offering views of the city below.
As for conditions, greens were in excellent conditon. Rolling smooth, divot free, and offering just enough break to make you think but not feel like your putting on a frozen diamond (aka, Spanish Bay & Blackhorse).
Fairways, were ok. Definitely in winter condition but still very playable. The real downside to the grass conditions of the course was just off the green. There were several "tufts" of live grass 2-3" tall mixed in with patches of dormant grass. This made getting a club on the ball very tough.
Fairway and green side bunkers were both in decent condition, except RAKE Your d%mn bunkers people. I found footprints in every (4) bunker I was in.
POP play was a tad on the slower side but that was mainly due to the sister course being closed for maintainance and the nice weather so everyone was trying to get their round in before the expected rain coming later in the week.
This track doesn't go back by the clubhouse at the turn. There is a snack shop at the turn but it was closed. No beverage cart out, so come prepared with snacks and water.
This course has everything I like in a track; elevation changes, water hazards, great greens and a fun layout !!
There are course that are recommended if in the area and then there are course that are worth the drive. RR is definitely a must play when in the area, and during prime condition it is just below the "worth the drive" mark.
I see myself making this a "stopover" course while traveling down to San Diego next trip.
2. JohnnyGK Posted: 03/20/18 6:15a Member Since: Dec 30, 2002 From: Thousand Oaks
Played River Ridge Golf Club (Victoria Lakes Course) with Alex326, rgm2525 and GDR23 on Monday 3/19. Tons of fun. Teed it up at 11:55am and finished in under 4 ½ hours despite the fact its sister cour... Continue »
Played River Ridge Golf Club (Victoria Lakes Course) with Alex326, rgm2525 and GDR23 on Monday 3/19. Tons of fun. Teed it up at 11:55am and finished in under 4 ½ hours despite the fact its sister course, Vineyard, was closed for aeration so all play was on the Victoria Lakes Course. They always do a great job with pace of play out there.
Greens in excellent condition, smooth, holding shot and moderately fast. Not quite the 11.5 speed stated at the starter but more like a 10.5 … they roll real nice.
Fairways in very good condition considering the time of year. Light green bermunda turf on the thin side with complete coverage yet good padding to make a solid strike. Occasion spots of Poa sprinkled in each fairway that does not affect your lies but detracts a little from a uniform look.
Rough is pretty forgiving IMO as it is only max 3 inches in some spots but mainly around 2 inches. If your ball finds it however it could be sitting up or down. It will however significantly cut down the roll of your shot that would have otherwise been in the fairways.
Bunkers are in good shape. I found a few greenside traps and all of them had adequate sand and well-kept with exception to an occasional fresh footprint I can only blame some of morning play for not raking well.
Tee Boxs in very good shape (played whites). Mostly lush and green. Decently groomed. Some expected divot damage on par 3s.
They are not going aerate the greens on the Victoria Lakes Course until 4/23 – 4/26 so expect the conditions with all this rain and warm temps to level up every week. The course is a pleasure to play as always with a fun challenging layout and some of the most enjoyable putting greens in Southern California. Very friendly staff and excellent service. Highly recommended.
The River Ridge Golf Club is hosting the Oxnard City Net Championships on Saturday and Sunday August 18 and 19, 2012. This year River Ridge elected to play the Open Championship flight (0 – 5 index) a month before the Men’s net, Women’s, and Senior’s events to make the courses more receptive and fa...
The running joke around RR is this is the shortest par 4 in Ventura County.
126 from the whites and just 148 from the blacks and you would think Easy par 3 on paper, but definitely NOT. It plays directly into the wind and being hole 15 Almost always has a stiff ocean breeze blowing straight into your face. The real trouble is The Green. optical illusion makes it look fairly flat, but it slopes severely from right to left, and from back to front. When the pin is red and the greens are running over 12, it's almost impossible to stop a ball coming from the right side, and after you watch a ball roll for ever down that slope, it's almost impossible to get up enough nerve to stroke a ball hard enough to reach the hole going back uphill making this undoubtedly the easiest 3 PUTT on the course. There's virtually no gimmies putting this green. Anything under 3 on this little bear and I walk away with a grin.
Very tricky hole,
This fairway is a side hill fairway that slopes hard left to right, and with the normal ocean breeze blowing left to right to aim at the 150 pole in the middle is good for a draw, but I would say think about where you want your ball to land. And if you hit straight or have a fade it will really tail off right into some fairly long rough and lots of little trees. With a fade you want to aim almost to the left OB stakes. After the tee shot is over, comes a very interesting approach. Whatever you do, do NOT go for the middle of the green, with anything but a wedge. It's downhill and usually a pushing wind with a green that slopes to the back. It is Very easy to go over, and If you go over it will punish you. Aim short and left and let the green take your ball to the pin. Left to right is very pronounced on this green.
I'm looking for a partner to play River Ridge Lakes this Friday, March 23, most likely in the morning; however, I'm flexible.
I don't have a time yet. Anybody want in? I'm using a birthday round, bu...