2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Woodsy and shady, good for escaping the sun during hot southern summers. Challenging tight course that will keep you on your toes. Plenty of birdies to lower your score if the longer holes eat you up. Benches on just about every hole. Elevation comes into play on many of the holes, not extreme elevation but enough that you'll notice it's not flat. Concrete tee pads on all but 5 or 6 holes. Nice hike through a forest.
Cons: -only one set of tees
-birdie holes feel repetitive, seems like there are 6 or 7 holes out there that are mid-range slight turnovers.
-navigation can be an issue. After hole 7 there is a long winding trail to hole 8, pay close attention to small arrows on trees.
-some tee signs are missing
-a couple of the concrete tee pads are too short
Other Thoughts: I hope this course gets re-designed sometime in the future, as there is potentially a 4.5 star course out there with the terrain. There are so many trees that would need to be removed though that it would be quite an endeavor. The dense trees are why so many of the holes on Howler Ridge are short, it was a lot of work just cutting the small holes out of these thick woods.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Surgeons need only apply
Pros: - Bag holders on most holes - a couple in disrepair.
- Benches on most holes
- Garbage cans on some holes
- Most signage helpful (see below)
- Laid back ambience, less crowded than the front 18
- Scenic walk through the woods
- Will stress your finesse; a tight, technical course
Cons: - Signage/navigation unclear/difficult on some holes (see below)
- Can be a bit buggy, but then again so can a lot of courses
- No nearby restrooms
- A little cramped, unless you're a surgeon, prepare for firing some tree-seeking missiles
- Can get repetitive, no gripper'n'rippers, save perhaps hole 15
Other Thoughts: New Ridge brings Chickasabogey up to 36 holes - a great place for a fun full day of DG. A lot of holes have conrete tees, and I think the rest will be filled in eventually, the course is still a work in progress but has come a long way in the last year.
A glaring issue is navigation - most of the signage comes from laminated sheets of paper left up after the last tournament, and while there are some arrows on trees pointing you to next tees, some of the holes can get really confusing, to wit: From hole 7 go straight past the basket, through the woods, over the "bridge" and up the hill to get to tee 8; To get to T-10 from 9 follow the middle trail - the one with no yellow or red paint on the trees.
15 is my favorite hole, just because it's the most open (Not saying much) and it's the longest.
Either don't wear sandals or pay attention to where you're stepping because there are lots of little stumps sticking out of the ground here looking to break a toe, it really is a hike of a course.
All in all I've enjoyed the New Ridge, but it's debatable as to which 18 at Chickasabogey is better. The front 18 is a little less cramped and has at least a couple nice open shots. New Ridge can get cramped and repetitive. If you're looking to stress your finesse and test your control, have fun! but if you're looking for a nice and easy 18, try the front 18, or for that matter a different course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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