River Ridge Golf Club
Posted June 25, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Raleigh's newest course, River Ridge, opened to rave reviews eight months ago. When you play it, one of the first things you'll notice is the challenge of the greens.
"We want to give each golfer the chance to enjoy it but at the same time they're pretty fast, " says course pro Ronnie Reitz. "And, of course, if you get above the hole here, you're in trouble especially on this hole."
Hole number 17 is a par 3 that ranges from 145 to 166 yards... a soothing distance for most. But, warns assistant pro Billy Harrell, there's plenty of trouble ahead.
"There's a hazard left, which is a waste hazard. And then there's a small little collection pond that's short right. You've got a big bunker behind the green."
You have to have a deft touch if you're above the hole. No problem for Billy who settles for the par. I avoid the sand, but after my tee shot, I'm a little deep and green.
Billy's advice: "You gotta land it in the high grass and let it just trickle down on to the green."
It'll take 2 putts on these tough but true rolling greens, but finally, I get home for the bogey.
River Ridge will only get better with time, but you can have a blast on it right now for the reasonable cost of $34 to $44.