Course Update – March 22, 2016
There have been a number of changes for the 2018 season.
The green on #5 has been completely removed. New 007 Rutgers Bentgrass turf will be installed on a totally redesigned green that will include an S-shaped set of curves on both the upper and lower sides. All new drainage under the green and an update to the sprinklers complete the work.
Behind #5 green will be the biggest surprise for everyone. Over 100 trees were removed to improve airflow. These trees are being processed on a sawmill, so if you want a piece of a tree that you may have once hit with a ball, it’s for sale.
Hole #6 will have a new tee at the top of the hill for those who had difficulty making it up the steep slope. This tee should be ready to play by mid season once the sod takes hold.
Number One green looks great. Thanks to everyone that understood the need for improvement and the time it takes to allow the grass to grow in properly. The steep down slope is being leveled off and more playing surface was added. During the last week of April 2016, 4000 square feet of 007 Rutgers Bentgrass replaced the old number one green. That renovation was a much needed improvement, even though the playing surface was a bit bumpy. The surface is very smooth now, with a few hidden breaks now as well.
One thing is missing at Ridgeview this year from a lot of the course. Dandelions !!! ALL 35 acres of playing area was treated for all types of weeds and things this spring. This treatment will continue in order to eliminate weeds from the fairways, tees, and most rough areas. In the 2018 season, we main target is to eliminate all forms of crabgrass, even in the roughs. During the 2017 season, crabgrass was eliminated in almost every section of fairway.
The area in front of number three green will have some repairs made to the areas that didn’t survive the winter. An area 30 yards wide, 40 yards long, and twelve inches deep was removed from in front of the green and filled in with 100 tons of screened topsoil. This area will be playable all season, yet be roped off as needed to prevent cart ruts as the ground settles.
Number three has a new tee. This box eliminates the dogleg and is a straight 203 yard shot to the green. Sounds too easy, it’s not. You must shoot through a tunnel of tress coming off the tee, so accuracy is critical.
The pond and drainage ditches are going to get an update this summer again on number 7. The small water hazzard is going to become a LARGER water hazard. A bridge will be installed on the right edge of the rough and all cart traffic will be directed into the right rough. The left rough will be closed.
Telephone poles now line the right side of number 4 fairway to prevent golf balls from rolling onto the road. If your ball is against a pole, you may take one club length of relief without penalty. If your ball is over the poles in the high grass, this is out of bounds and you must take a penalty stroke.
Unfortunately, areas of fairways had to be roped off due to golfers who were not willing to drive carts in a safe manner. The safety of our golfers is always #1 on our minds. A close second is to maintain the best conditions for the turf as possible. Some golfers were intentionally damaging turf by driving into wet areas, so those areas were roped off. One belligerent golfer even drove over a green to get around the ropes to access his ball. He was asked to leave and permanently banned from the course. The staff really does not enjoy any confrontations, so we just ask that you follow the instructions on the score card. Please leave the golf course in better condition so that the next person may enjoy their experience.
Despite some rumors that were circulating, Ridgeview opened on April 2, 2010 under the ownership of Donald L. Gilbert, Jr. Donnie is a 1991 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School, 1995 graduate of Muskingum University and 2003 graduate of IUP. Donald worked under the ownership of Don Rehm for approximately 13 years before the course was sold in 1996.
Take a look at the photo gallery to see recent and past photographs of the course. If you have any photos you would like to share, please email me.
There are so many ideas in the works. Some are listed about in the Course News, others will be added here in the months to come.
Just please be patient with the improvements. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will Ridgeview. But hopefully both will last the test of time.