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.» Close