1. 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.
2. Alex326 Posted: 04/01/21 8:38p Member Since: Nov 20, 2015 From: Monterey, Ca
Finally got a chance to tee it up with Cencalgolfer33 in over a year of attempting to coordinate our schedules. We tee’d off at about 8:30 AM in sunny and very warm day with no wind at all. Ridge... Continue »
Finally got a chance to tee it up with Cencalgolfer33 in over a year of attempting to coordinate our schedules. We tee’d off at about 8:30 AM in sunny and very warm day with no wind at all. Ridge Creek remains in great shape and as RGM2525 stated the fairways are starting to green up. Customer service has always been very good to excellent but it just keeps getting better and better. They agreed to order a logo shirt in my size. I told them to pick the color just wanted a logo shirt to show support.
Greens were rolling at a fast pace. It might be due to the mid to high 80’s temperatures lately but the greens were faster than normal (I thought at least). Greens held well struck approach shots but short chips, even decent one’s would run off. Greens at Ridge Creek are large with a few lumps and bumps in them so it can be easy to 3 putt if you are on the wrong part of the green.
Fairways are on their way back from being dormant. Still plenty brown but have a lot of green showing through. No issues hitting from the fairway. A lot of the nasty 12” + tall rough is cut down right now making a stray ball a 50/50 chance in finding it. Once it all grows back to normal foot plus deep it’s lights out for sure on errant shots.
No issues with the tee boxes. I did notice that the tee markers are now getting narrower and more consistent with other courses. In the past the markers were 50’-75’ apart
Sand traps are ok at best. Better than they were a couple years ago but could still use an overhaul. The tall grass around the edges of the bunkers are cut down to manageable (2-4 inches) height.
POP – Well we were behind two sets of fivesomes…. Once we got around the second group on hole 9 the pace picked up with no to very little waiting.
Ridge Creek is always an enjoyable track and as soon as my shirt comes in I’ll head over and play again while there!
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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.