1. Alex326 Posted: 11/08/19 2:21a Member Since: Nov 20, 2015 From: Monterey, Ca
Met up with Dconnally at Ridge Creek on 11/7/19 for a perfect day of golf in the valley. Weather could not have been better and the course was in its usual nice shape. We enjoyed the scoring cond... Continue »
Met up with Dconnally at Ridge Creek on 11/7/19 for a perfect day of golf in the valley. Weather could not have been better and the course was in its usual nice shape. We enjoyed the scoring conditions of the course with three birdies on the front 9 between us. Sadly we never saw another birdie after DConnally’s near eagle hole out from 140 yards on the 9th. Fairways are starting to go dormant so they are a mix of light brown and green in color. Regardless of the “color” of the fairways, they still remain pleasurable to hit from maintaining a good balance between lush (good lies) and thin (good roll out).
First cut of rough is manageable but thick enough to present some unpredictability and challenge. Outside of that and it’s game over for locating your ball.
Greens offer a great balance as well between size and undulations to give the golfer a challenge but not enough to be overwhelming. Speed was great; medium-slow up hill and medium-fast downhill. Greens became much fast towards then end as temperatures warmed up. As Dconnally mentioned, the downside to the greens at Ridge Creek are the numerous pitch marks on most greens.
No issues with the tee boxes. Even the short Par 3 boxes had good coverage with limited divots. Customer service was excellent as they accommodated us with an altered tee time when Dconnally was a little late after driving all the way up from Orange County.
Ridge Creek is always a fun and challenging track worth playing. You must keep it between the lines if you want any chance of a decent score.
2. dconnally Posted: 11/07/19 9:17p Member Since: Oct 6, 2003 From: Mission Viejo, CA
I really liked this course. I’m a fan of links-style courses and this one was great – firm fairways with tight but good lies, lots of fairway undulation and runoffs, and rolling, challenging greens. F... Continue »
I really liked this course. I’m a fan of links-style courses and this one was great – firm fairways with tight but good lies, lots of fairway undulation and runoffs, and rolling, challenging greens. First time here, and I was reminded of Links at Summerly (when it was in playable condition) and Angeles National.
Thanks to GKer Alex326 who responded to my Meet-Play post and drove down from Monterey to join me at ~8:30am on Thursday, 11/7/19. Alex is great to play with and we had a relaxed, fun round.
Greens were firm but fairly receptive and rolled well at medium+ speed. Coverage was good and speeds were consistent. Only negative was the large number of old and unrepaired ballmarks on all greens – these impacted the visual appeal of the greens and required some attention before you could execute your line. Fairways had good coverage and, though tight, the ball generally sat up nicely. Rough was brutal – getting in that wet monkey grass was a definite penalty and frequently a lost ball. Tees were flat and very playable – we played White, and a couple of times moved back to where the Blue markers were to conform to the white plate distances. Sand was the one big negative – greenside, I was in one bunker with OK sand, although very thin and firm. Fairway bunkers were more likely to be groomed mud.
I had booked an 8am time and was running late driving up from Orange County. I arrived around 8:15 and the shop was great in working us out ahead of a scheduled shotgun tourney. We wound up playing as a twosome with no one pushing us in ~4 hours. Definitely recommended. Wish I could pick this course up and drop it in SoCal.
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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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.