Mansion Ridge Golf Course Review
Located about just over an hour from New York City in Monroe, New York, Mansion Ridge Golf Course (or The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge as their formal name) offers a great golf course and challenge to anyone willing give it a try.
If you're looking for an easy course, look elsewhere. Mansion Ridge does an excellent job using the rolling terrain (that's code for hills), woods, and marshes to create a challenge from every tee box on the course. The perfectly manicured greens and fairways offer a great reward for anyone who keeps the ball in play while the rough and placement of the trees make for a tough round if you're wild off the tee.
In my opinion, Mansion Ridge is a narrow golf course. The fairways are not overly wide and as I mentioned above, missing usually means you're in the trees. We played from "TOUR" tees which played at almost 6,900 yards. While it wasn't overly long, tee shots required accuracy through narrow passages.
What We Loved About The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge
If I'm paying $129for a round of golf, it has to really impress me if I'm going to come back. The first thing I pay attention to are the conditions. The greens and fairways were kept in excellent shape. It wasn't a thrill playing out of the rough but it was also well manicured.
I also enjoyed the layout. Despite being hilly and narrow, the Jack Nicklaus designed course offered plenty of risk reward holes. Whether it was hitting driver off the tee on a short par 4 (see hole 8) or deciding whether to lay up on the 9th hole, a par 5 with carry from fairway to green, the opportunity for risk reward is evident throughout the course.
My Three Favorite Holes at The Golf Club at Manstion Ridge
The 8th Hole (picture above): Speaking of risk rewards, the 8th hole offers it. Teeing off from an elevated box, this short par 4 (356 yards) provides players the opportunity to go for it and leave a chip shot to the green for their approach. Hitting driver also brings out of bounds into play on the right and the woods on the left. I hit driver and made double. Next time, I'll probably do the same thing.
The 12th Hole: A 167 yard downhill par 3 with water guarding the front and right. There's more, out of bounds comes into play if you're long. Where do you sign up? It's not a long par 3 but there is little room for error. Even the bunker in the front doesn't offer much relief because of how deep it is. Choose your club wisely, hit the center of the green and escape with par.
The 18th Hole: An outstanding finishing hole. The 478 yard par 4 is downhill the entire way. Houses and OB line the right side while woods and a large bunker guard the left. A good lie is important as a pond guards the front of the green. Missing right isn't a prize on your approach but it's the friendliest area to bail out.
I only have two negative comments about this course, the driving range and the bunkers. The range is irons only (which I don't mind) but their should be some flags indicating distance. Right now it looks like they set up some mats on a dirt patch so people could hit balls. They do have an area to chip though.
The bunkers need work and I think they are working to improve it. There was little consistency from bunker to bunker and a few were under repair. It's bad enough when you're in the bunker on a tough course but when they are in bad shape, it can be cruel.
For $129 on the weekend it can be on the expensive side but it's a challenging Jack Nicklaus designed course so I think it's worth giving it a shot.
Who: The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge
Where: Monroe, New York
Driving Range: Irons only and a chipping area (but it's included in your round)
Play Again: Yes although I'll do my best to make it during the week.
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