Ridgefield Golf Course Review
Located right on the border of New York and Connecticut sits a relatively small and quiet place to play golf, Ridgefield Golf Course. If you were driving on the main road you might even miss the small white sign which lets you know you have reached your destination. Regardless of the sign, this course is in an ideal location for anyone in Northern Westchester, The Hudson Valley or in the Danbury, Connecticut region.
The best way to describe this course is first time friendly. It's not a very long course, playing only 6,444 from the tips but requires accuracy and decision making along the way. I also describe it this way because it's straight forward. You won't find many blind shots on this course which is always good for a first time player.
The rating and slope from the tips is 71.8/129, a good challenge for most golfers but also very fair. A long accurate hitter can be rewarded with some good drives but hitting an iron or 3-wood will leave you a short iron into the hole most of the time. The greens were very well manicured and had some undulation to them so your Green In Regulation could easily become a three putt.
Three Favorite Holes At Ridgefield Golf Course
3. Hole #1: Par 4, 408 yards: I think this is a great opening hole. Teeing off next to the clubhouse and the starters hut, you have a great look at this downhill par 4 from the moment you arrive. For the most part it's a wide open hole but a slight bend from left to right in the fairway and an elevation change from fairway to green make this one interesting. It's a good way to start your round and don't be afraid to let your approach shot land short and roll up.
2. Hole #7: Par 4, 412 yards: I'm not sure what it is about this hole that draws me in but I liked it. A straight forward par 4 after a challenging uphill par 5 is just what I needed to keep me on track. The entire left side of this hole is OB and a fairly narrow green add some challenge. A good tee shot could leaves you with a short iron in and a birdie opportunity. The house along the left side adds something special too.
1. Hole #15: Par 4, 420 yards: It's the number one handicap hole and with good reason. You tee off from an elevated tee with water along the right and woods along the left. It's a narrow hole (see first picture above) that leaves very little room for error. The only real reward is a reasonably flat green but you have to get to it first. A great looking golf hole and a great challenge.
What drew me to this course in the first place was a weekday policy of no tee times from 7:00am to 8:30am during the week. You arrive and put your name in which is perfect if your a solo golfer or decide last minute to get in 18 holes. It's not the most challenging course but you will be required to hit a few shots and smart plays are often rewarded with birdie opportunities. The par 3's are short, with two of them tied for the longest at 163 yards.
If you're looking for a good course at a reasonable price in the Westchester or Fairfield County area you will be happy with Ridgefield. Expect a simple course in good conditions and you won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't and I will return.
Who: Ridgefield Golf Course (Designed by George and Tom Fazio)
Where: Ridgefield, CT
Cost: $45-$60 (non resident)
Play Again: Yes
Practice Area: Small practice green. Website says driving range but I didn't see it.
My Score: 80 (39-41)
Website: Ridgefield Golf Course