Course Update – April 24, 2016
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 will be much better for 2017. Other greens may to transformed soon.
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.
The area in front of number three green is growing in nicely. An area 30 yards wide, 40 yards long, and twelve inches deep were 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.
And speaking of new tees, number six will have an additional box on the crest of the hill approximately 185 yards from the hole. Par will still be a 4 for the ladies, seniors, and juniors. Par may possibly go to a 3 for the advanced golfers.
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.
The pond and drainage ditches are coming along nicely on number 7. A small water hazard is in place that is currently a free drop as it is considered ground under repair. 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.
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.
The pond for hole seven will be completed this summer. A wall of Versa-Lock stones will be the front face and a small bridge will go on the right hand side. This project was delayed in 2013 due to the sudden need to replace the irrigation tanks behind number 2 green. There is now 7000 gallons of water available for the course. It may seem hard to believe, but when the greens are watered, approximately 6000 gallons of water is used in just an hour and a half. In the years to come, sprinklers are planned for the tee boxes.