Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club
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Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
I have played Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club three times now and loved it all three times. This time by far the most. Thank you to all the GK Review Gurus both local to area and that made the drive from SoCal to play. Have to say, the drive was not that bad from the San Fernando Valley. Just under 3 hours. I little closer actually than San Diego or La Quinta from there. Was totally worth it. Although I would not drive there and back in the same day.
The facilities are excellent with an incredibly large practice area that includes a 100 yard plus wedge area I have rarely seen anywhere. You could spend a couple hours easy, never bored, practicing. The clubhouse has a delicious restaurant, a big tented banquet area, well stocked proshop and very clean.
The layout is fantastic with no homes surrounding the course for a peaceful experience…unless you find some of their treacherous deep faced bunkers – lol. It’s pretty wide open but make a big mistake and pay for it big time with a ball lost in the natural surrounding or in a deep bunker. Green complexes are challenging yet fair with some very undulating greens. Not too many risk reward holes out there if you play the Black or Silver Tees. We played the black…thinking to myself, at almost 7,000 yards, what was I thinking!
Golf course was in fantastic shape. Some of the best Bermuda fairways I have played in long time. Completely lush. Rough was lush as well but visually not as appealing as it could have been because of old grass clippings. Tee boxes very lush but for my tastes would have preferred them mowed down a notch or two. Greens healthy, lush, holding shots and moderately fast. Bunkers…good sand quality, well raked and debris free.
Before the round we had breakfast on the patio overlooking the 9th green. Tasty and great service. Was a perfect way to kick-off the round. I suggest you get there early to enjoy a meal and some of the practice facilities. Highly recommend this course.
Reviewed by: cencalhack, Visalia
Enjoyed a fun round with some GKers, both local and some SoCal guys who came up for the day. Our group may have been a tad slower than I prefer but as we had the course to ourselves I just let myself enjoy the day and after we let a pesky threesome 🙂 play past we cruised around in 4hr-ish.
Overall great design with a lot of undulations and movement created out of flat farmland.
Conditions are very good even during the hot hot hot summer.
Tees – were lush with a few being so lush (not uncut) it was hard to stand the tee upright
Fairways – were actually cut a bit longer than the normal tight firm conditions and were all in good shape
Greens – were all smooth with few to no ball marks depending on hole locations, they are running quite a bit slower than normal due to summer which on these very large greens is a welcomed relief
Bunkers – are DEEP even in the fairways and are plentiful in numbers. On this course they are the one area where conditioning can lack, they can range from firm to soft sometimes within the same bunker and numerous of the nearly 200 bunkers have critter damage -nothing terrible but it does stand out when the rest of the course is top notch.
Being in the center of the Valley farmland, burrowing critters can be a nuisance. You can see their presence in areas. The maintenance crew has done an excellent job keeping them relegated to the edges of the course and kept the playing areas clear so they are more of a visual problem and rarely in play.
More Reviews for Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club
Reviewed by: sixpez, Irvine
Had a great time yesterday up in the Central Valley with a GK Guru group. It was a nice mix of local players and some of us who came up from SoCal. They treated us well with a box lunch, Titleist hats and a commemorative box of 3 logo Pro-V1s. Ron, Johnny and I enjoyed a great breakfast before the round, sitting out on the patio next to the 9th green. I was in a threesome group with rgm2525 and Jerry64. We had a lot of fun despite being stuck behind a pretty slow foursome : ) They ultimately made us play through. Otherwise, there were only a handful of players out on the course and we basically had the place to ourselves. Ron and I even went back around and replayed a number of holes on the back nine (from the deadly tips) while we were waiting for the other guys to finish.
The course was in excellent condition. It really is amazing considering how hot it gets out here and what a value this course is. The tee boxes were nice. The fairways were fantastic. The primary cut of rough was lush and green, even though it was kind of obscured visually by a lot of dead grass clippings. Otherwise, the actual grass was very nicely kept and easy to hit from. Then, there are the deep native areas on the outer edges that you want to avoid at all costs. That stuff is brutal to play from, if you even find your ball at all. The greens were great, rolling at medium speeds. The bunkers were well-kept overall, though I think the greenside ones could use a little more/softer sand. They are deep and demanding!
This was my second time here, but I was eager to come back because last time we only had time to finish 14 holes before dark. Some of the holes we had to skip last time (14 – 16 in particular) ended up being my favorites. Pleasant linksy/heathland layout. Big fairways and greens make it somewhat forgiving, but if you find the bunkers or deep rough you will quick feel the wrath of this course. Definitely one of the Central Valley’s best public golf offerings.