PRO’S TOUR: Nottawasaga’s Ridge Course offers worthy test for any golfer:’Difficult … not demoralizing’ is fair assessment of Alliston venue


    Preserve your golf ball in play and good scores ought to observe.

    CURSE OF THE COURSE: Nothing like a beast to begin your spherical.

    A difficult par-5 opening gap can set the tone for your spherical. A clear uphill second shot is key to taming this 494-yard test.

    A superb rating is an excellent omen however you continue to have to be sharp to navigate undulating and sloping fairways that tighten nearer to the inexperienced.

    “It’s a troublesome begin that doesn’t provide you with a lot,” mentioned Jamie Sheppard, now in his third season as director of golf. “It’s a brute when it’s the primary gap of the day.”

    The seventh gap is a mini-version of the primary with a twist of a dogleg nestled in a good ring of foliage defending a tiered inexperienced.

    GIMME A LIFE MEMBERSHIP: The well-groomed Ridge is not overbearing in phrases of problem, together with its massive and receptive greens. By the identical token, this 6,355-yard facility is no pushover.

    “It’s tough however not demoralizing to play.”

    Runner-up: Lots of nice views of the course and surrounding countryside as you make your trek by the Nottawasaga Valley structure.

    CLUB-TOSSING TIME: Troublesome roughs play havoc with pictures that stray past fairway boundaries.

    PANEL’S PICK: Our Mr. Wiggedy Whack has a weak point for uphill par-3s. No shock, then, he would swoon over No. 10.

    It’s a 140 yards of ascent to a saddle-shaped inexperienced. Off the tee, lacking proper is a lot most well-liked than the heavy bushes and brush awaiting for pictures that leak left.

    THE PRO’S VIEW: “It’s a course that takes maintain of you proper from the beginning,” mentioned Sheppard. “It’s a championship course but it surely’s additionally a gamers’ course. Some holes you’ll be able to lay again and hit a hybrid off the tee and play for positioning.”

    GENERAL INFO: Half of a 45-hole Nottawasaga resort complicated that features three nine-hole resort fashion programs … Designed by Dave Moote/Ron Harris, the Ridge Course opened in 1998.

    LOCATION: C.W. Leach Street, Alliston … Roughly three minutes west of most important resort, south off Hwy. 89 … Tel: 705-435-5506 … Web site:

    * The Professional’s Tour is a have a look at golf programs in and close to York Area showing frequently on-line and in York Area Media Group newspapers.




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