About Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club
Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club is located in the heart of the Central California Valley and opened on Sunday July 13, 2008.
Owned by the City of Dinuba, Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club is surrounded by the Sierra Mountain line and canals reaching an abundance of orchards. Built on land that produced plums and peaches, the 18-hole championship golf course was specifically designed to use reclaimed water from the city and use state-of-the-art science to irrigate the vast native and playing areas.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based John Fought steered the design of the par-72, upscale daily-fee municipal golf course, strategically incorporating natural grasses and bunkers to produce a heathland golf experience as found in the classic courses of England. The facility also includes a clubhouse, Three Finger Jack's, with full service restaurant, and a state-of-the-art 360-degree practice facility featuring one of the largest driving ranges west of the Rockies.
Ridge Creek also offers unique features found nowhere else on the west coast. Hole # 15 is one of the longest Par 5 holes in California measuring out at a massive 653 yards.
What is Heathland Golf?
When golf began to expand in Europe there was a need to build golf inland away from the vaunted ‘linkslands’. Dozens of golf courses were first built on imperious clay soils with very poor results. However, several early designers Willie Park, Jr., Harry Colt, Herbert Fowler and J.F. Abercromby began searching for suitable well drained soils. What they found was ‘heathlands’ which are well-drained, rock free, sandy soils with gently rolling terrain. The land is very similar to linksland except it is generally covered with heather, rhododendrons, scotch fir and pines. At the time many golf purists thought only a fool would build golf on these inland sites. But this discovery was a major step in the further development of golf & golf course architecture.
Thanks to these early pioneers today we count some of these ‘heathland’ courses as some of the world’s best including Sunningdale, Ganton, Wentworth and in the United States; Pine Valley and Pinehurst.
~ John Fought