Grand Ridge Golf Club first opened for play in 1968. The course was designed by Everett Alleman. Willowdale closed in November 2010 and was reopened with new owners as Grand Ridge Golf Club in 2011. According to to public record, the assets of Willowdale Country Club were purchased by the new 2011 owners for $620,908.37.
Carved out of the swamplands of St. Charles Parish, Grand Ridge Golf Club has water hazards that come into play on 10 of the 18 holes. This tree lined course places a premium on accurate tee shots to be well positioned on the fairways. Their Greens are also Bermuda and are well known for a â€œnice roll.â€ The signature hole is #2, a 518-yard, Dog Leg Left, par 5, requiring a tee shot over a pond up a narrow, tree-lined fairway.
Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 6,853 yards. From the foward tees the course plays to 5,517 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 13, a par-5 that plays to 545 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 6, a par-3 that plays to 120 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 5, a 428 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Willowdale Country Club is # 14 a 175 yard par-3.
Four demanding par 5's highlight the Grand Ridge Golf Course. The back nine's signature 15th hole plays over water off the tee, and golfers negotiating the slight dogleg left can reward themselves with birdie possibilities. Blue: yards 6853, rating 73.8, slope 140 White: yards 6368, rating 72.1, slope 136 Gold: yards 5938, rating 70.5, slope 132 Red: yards 5517, rating 73.4, slope 128
$31 (cart included), played on Saturday, March 2013 at 8am
Course should probably be slightly cheaper for the conditions or better maintained for the price. Also would like to see a full driving range to work out the driver before teeing off on a course with as many houses.
Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Tuesday, September 2010 at 10am
Greens were pretty bad, which is odd cause we've had a wet summer. Not sure if they were never aerated or just poorly maintained. However Willowdale is my home course, and when it is in good condition it is the best value in the metro area.
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