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Reviewed by: 3-4bravo, Bakersfield, CA
Played 5/22 with JohnnyGK, Nickesquire, and d_sal13. The course was wide open for us and we took our time around the course at about 5 hours POP. As said already, the sanded greens put a damper on our overall experience, but a day of sanded greens beats a day at the office any day in my book. Having never played River Ridge, I was pleasantly surprised by it’s length and general toughness as a course. A lot of long par 4s that play even longer when you have a stiff breeze in your face. While the course layout isn’t necessarily taxing with wide open fairways, the wind always makes you consider club selection and ball flight.
The greens, although sanded, are very deceptive. I can’t imagine them rolling at an 11 or 12 with the undulations and breaks that they have. Once these greens are free of sand and return to their natural form, this is a golf course that will challenge any handicap.
Played my first time with Gk’ers with the invite from JohnnyGK. I got paired with rgm2525 and GDR23 and I had a real good time playing with them.
I don’t remember the last time playing the Vineyard course (probably 6-7 years ago). I remembered some of the holes, but most of them gone, so in someways it was refreshing to play this course. I got punished with OB’s. But that is because of the way I am swinging right now (with no confidence after a dismal back 9 on Saturday at Black Gold). Golf course is wide, but still needing to hit good drives, especially on some of the long par 4 on this course.
As stated on others, we were warned about the greens being sanded. It was tough to putt on the slow greens. The ball didn’t look like it wanted to roll at all! Some of the putts were hammered but it only went 2/3 of the way. The greens rolled well outside of that, so it should be in good shape after a couple of days of watering.
Fairway and rough was in good shape. Couple of the sand traps that I got in were a little on the heavy side but good amount of sand. Tee box was in good shape for the most part. Pace of play was great! Just over 3.5 hours walking, no wait, no body pushing us. We just teed up and played all day.
With the way the course is, it’s a good course to come back. And Lakes looked also good so that should be another one to play soon.