Eagle Ridge Golf Course
|Blue M: 72.1/132||396||549||373||183||423||537||154||374||403||3392||414||374||204||432||559||349||506||148||394||3380||6772|
|White M: 69.7/128||371||513||361||154||391||503||138||353||370||3154||382||342||175||397||524||328||486||123||383||3140||6294|
|Gold M: 66.9/121 W: 71.2/123||310||465||333||141||339||425||138||348||322||2821||325||292||141||340||490||316||475||110||314||2803||5624|
|Red W: 70.3/119||305||460||285||108||334||420||116||308||317||2653||320||287||113||335||441||263||396||103||309||2567||5220|
Fourteen Scenic Holes, Four So-So
Eagle Ridge golf course is playable for all skill levels, having tees ranging from 6,772 yards down to 4,000 yards. The fairways are exceptionally wide and the rough is just high enough to obscure the ball while still letting you get a club on it. The only problem is that dense woods line almost every fairway, so if you do go astray you can count on losing a stroke or a ball or both. The fairways have a great deal of variety, some relatively flat and others rolling, while still others have significant elevation changes. Greens are moderately fast and roll true, and most of them slope quite a bit from back to front so you definitely don’t want to be putting from above the hole. The first fourteen holes on the course are truly scenic, so take a moment on the tee to take in the view before hitting your shot. One example is the par 3 fourth hole, 154 yards from the middle (white) men’s tees. Looking down from an elevated tee you’ll see a large green framed by bunkers on the left and a steep drop-off on the right. A large solitary specimen evergreen overlooks the green from the back left and should be out of play. On the sixth hole, a 503 yard dogleg left par 5, the spectacular view comes on the approach shot. A steep drop-off looks over the green flanked by a pond on the right and a lateral hazard on the left. Choose your club carefully to account for the downhill shot and the fairly deep green. As you approach the tee box for the 14th hole, be sure to take in the view of Trout Lake. This view can be a distraction from the two longer tees, but your tee shot on this 559 yard (from the back tees) par 5 must be well struck in order to reach the green in regulation. After playing the first fourteen holes on this course, the last four were a definite let-down. Holes 15 through 18 are routed away from the woods and around the driving/practice area, a wide open, fairly flat piece of ground with no trees to speak of. It seemed somewhat anticlimactic. The course management might consider switching the nines so that these holes come more in the middle of the round so that the golf experience begins and ends on a high note. Other than that, I really enjoyed playing the course and would highly recommend it.