1. Alex326 Posted: 07/30/21 7:40a Member Since: Nov 20, 2015 From: Monterey, Ca
Course is just in way too nice of shape not to play. Played early morning last week and again in late afternoon yesterday. As mentioned in my last review, the course is in great shape. The fairwa... Continue »
Course is just in way too nice of shape not to play. Played early morning last week and again in late afternoon yesterday. As mentioned in my last review, the course is in great shape. The fairways have lost a tiny bit of their perfect emerald green coloring but are still in fantastic shape. Super lush and offer a good balance between carpet like hitting surface and offering a good amount of roll.
I don't think I've mentioned it before, but most fairways have a small crest in them that if you can carry it you'll catch the small but definitive "speed slot" and get an extra 20+ yards on your drive. Being a flat course it was nice for the designer to put these speed slots in to help with roll given the super lush fairways.
Greens are always in top shape at Ridge Creek and the last two weeks were no exception. The late afternoon round will be prone to footprints leaving indentations but that's normal for most courses. I will say that the greens are trickier than they look at Ridge Creek. Initial observations leaving you thinking they are flat and docile, but almost all have subtle multiple tiers. Just enough to make you pay attention and enough to fool you to prevent a sub 80 round :( Needed another birdie on one of the last 3 holes and had 3 chances in the 12'-15' range. I under read the first one, over read the 2nd and left the third short! arrrgggh!
Tee boxes are level and lush with good coverage throughout, even on the short par 3's.
Sand traps are in need of attention. They are thin at best and just short of hardpacked dirt.
Customer service is Excellent. POP- Last week in the morning it was at around 4 hrs and yesterday it was under 3 hrs. as I only encountered one group that took me 1 hole to get around. it also helped that I hit every fairway(ish) and the one that did miss was on the cart path which is about the only place you can find a stray drive at Ridge Creek .
2. Alex326 Posted: 07/15/21 6:08p Member Since: Nov 20, 2015 From: Monterey, Ca
I’m going to start off this review with a big shout out to the customer service at Ridge Creek. They continue to impress me more and more every time I play there. I had to cancel my early morning te... Continue »
I’m going to start off this review with a big shout out to the customer service at Ridge Creek. They continue to impress me more and more every time I play there. I had to cancel my early morning tee time yesterday due to work and then showed up 8 hours later and they happily accommodated me with no issues at all. They are a super friendly staff.
Next, the course conditions. In short, FANTASTIC! I challenge you to find a better conditioned course at a better rate.
I’ll start with the greens. Being that they recently aerated them, it’s no surprise that they were rolling super smooth and super fast. Greens are soft and easily held well struck approach shots. Heck, I even got back spin on a 4-iron. I played in the late afternoon and didn’t see too many unrepaired ball marks so that’s a good thing. One of my “criticisms” in the past here was that you would encounter a ton of unrepaired pitch marks. That seems to have changed. Greens are fully recovered from the recent aeration.
Fairways were absolutely immaculate. Easily a 9.5, Super lush with 100% coverage and just the most beautiful emerald green color. Tee boxes were great as well. Not quite the same as the fairways but not far behind.
Bunkers were the only thing that needs some love and attention. Most were mainly hard pack with only a sprinkle of loose sand.
Also, all of the tall (12” plus) fescue grass on the edge of the bunkers and fairways are grown in and now it’s pretty much an automatic lost ball. Had one that hit 4-5 feet in the fairway and trickled to the edge. Lost ball. Another one was 3” off the fairway and I was very lucky to find it on the third attempt.
Ridge Creek is always a fun track and the excellent conditions make it a no brainer right now. In fact I was intending on playing here again today but opted to get caught up on rest.
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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.