River Ridge Golf Club,
Review by GolfTop18
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Year Last Reviewed: 2019
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River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Overview: Built on an old landfill, the Vineyard golf course retained most of the old golf course holes when the River Ridge complex split into two courses. This adjustment also added a few holes on top of the new hill on the property, which add another dimension to the golf course, before spending the last few holes between the houses on the back nine. The most difficult and/or fun golf holes are reviewed below:
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 4: This par four doglegs to the right and has good views of the ocean and most of Ventura on a clear day. The green complex is fairly troublesome as there are bunkers and steep hills on all sides surrounding, with back-right pin placements being very difficult to access.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 5: This short par five can be easily reached in two as it is downhill and usually down or cross wind. There is death via OB left all the way down the hole, but right is safe. The green is very shallow with fronting bunkers, so going for it in two will require a very high, soft, accurate shot to hold the green. On a clear day, the views of Ventura and the distant ocean are quite nice.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 7: This solid par 3 requires a good shot to avoid the deep bunker short right and also the slope left of the green that will kick shots towards the OB.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 8: A brutally long golf hole that has a well-placed fairway bunker left of the fairway, and the Ventura River left of that. The approach is daunting at best over a deep rough gully from which par will most likely not be possible. The green is also tiered and really narrow.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 10: Another very long and difficult par four, this one has the Ventura river again to its left the entire way and bunkers on both sides of the landing area. The green's main feature is a bit tier separating the front from the back half.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 13: The theme of the first two shots is: don't go left. With a row of vacation condos and OB left, there is no reason to flirt with that side at all. Going right on the drive, however, leaves a lie with the ball above the feet, begging the section shot to be pulled into trouble. After those shots are managed, the third is over a lake to an elevated green that will reject shots hit just short and roll them back towards the water. Most putts break a lot as the pitch is strong back to front.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 14: This par four is the toughest on the back nine with OB on both sides. The slight dogleg right is long and drives must avoid the fairway bunkers along with a couple of more greenside to have success.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 15: A good dogleg left par 5 with a wide fairway for the drive. The perfect shot will hug the left side and leave a long, gutsy shot over the lake to the green. This is a risky proposition, however, as the lake wraps around the green both left and right. A sloping green will still challenge the player that plays it as a three shot hole.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 16: This par four is not long but the drive does need to clear the water, avoid the big sand trap and, really avoid the huge trees and OB on either side. Frankly, the fairway is wide enough to accomplish all of this and, from there, the approach to the green really only must avoid the deep bunker to the right of the green to set up a good scoring chance.
River Ridge Golf Club, Vineyard Course Hole 18: A very long island par 3, that usually plays into a prevailing wind. Fortunately, the island is relatively large with a puttable green, but for the last hole of the day, nerves may play a factor if a good score is on the line.