Roundup GK Guru Visit
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Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
I played some great golf courses on my trip this month to NorCal, but it was my last stop on Sunday, at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club, just outside Fresno, on 7/23 that proved to be the best playing conditions by far. It was just me and CenCalHack enjoying a GK Guru round, I invited many others but for different reasons none could make it. We teed it up at 10:30am and finished in under 4 hours. I was 100+ degrees but didn’t feel that hot and consequently the course was pretty wide open.
I’m a big fan of this challenging long yet fair layout and always try to schedule a round here if I’m passing through the area. The course is always in great shape, I mean always. They have plenty of water and with pure bent greens combined with pure berumada fairways, you get the picture. This time around, the course was wall to wall thick lush grass. Greens holding shots, moderately fast and smooth. In past experiences, they did not grow the rough long, consequently very poorly hit drives occasionally ran through the rough and into heavy grass/brush. This resulted in long ball searches and much frustration. So with the longer rough now, I mean a 3 to 4 inches, it’s tougher to hit from but it keeps the ball in play and resulting in a faster pace of play.
Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club also has outstanding facilities. An amazing driving range, with multiple dedicated areas for wedge game and short game practice. The clubhouse is clean and well stocked. The restaurant has quality food, beautiful patio onlooking the 9th green and does a great job servicing the surrounding area as well. The enclosed banquet facility is very large to accommodate weddings and golf tournaments. It’s funny, especially the first time, you never expect while driving through the rural area a golf course/facility like this to pop up. I love it. I posted a bunch of photos.
I think of Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club as GK’s hub in the Central Valley. I’m going to be coordinating more GK Guru visits and look into a GK Plays there in 2018. Highly Recommended.
Reviewed by: cencalhack, Visalia
GK Guru outing (well there were two of us–come on CenCal guys)
The course is very lush right now. Those of you that have played here before know that the course is normally setup to imitate a very hard fast links style.
Greens were softer than normal and were holding shots well and allowing for some pull back on well struck shots. They were rolling smooth and slower than normal at medium speed. The speed is actually a good thing because these greens are huge with many slopes and swales. The only damage was from neglectful golfers (how can we educate the non avid players?) and it was only in areas where people tend to hit more shots on the surfaces.
Tees all lush, green, level and very few areas with any divots.
Bunkers unlike most Cen Cal tracks have sand and it is consistent throughout and very playable. The depth of the bunkers is very challenging, anything from chest high to one where I was standing 10′ above Johnny. The fairway bunkers are not much shallower and most of the time hitting into one is a blast out with a sw and is equivalent to a penalty with no real chance to advance.
Fairways are very different than in the past. Before they were very firm and fast with lots of rollout. Now they are longer and softer and make the course play much longer but also keep shots from going off into the nasty fescue. Great coverage all around.
Rough in the past was non existent until you reached the heavy fescue areas where even finding the ball is a coin flip. Now there is an intermediate cut that helps keep balls in playable areas.
The longer cut in the fairways combined with the new cut of rough is an excellent move by the course. First- in the past many well hit balls would end up in bad areas because there was nothing to stop them from going off the sloped edges. Second the pace of play has improved noticeably due to far fewer searches for balls because the fairway and first cut of rough keep them out of the nasty stuff, where as previously mentioned, even finding them is luck.