Why is Hickory Ridge Such a Popular Golf Course?
Enjoy Carolinas Golf in Upstate New York…and Improve Your Game…All at the Same Time
At Hickory Ridge, we’re fortunate to get a lot of wonderful comments from all the wonderful golfers to come to Hickory Ridge for daily-fee play, for member play, as part of a group, or with one of our special Park-N-Play programs.
Some golfers who have played in North and South Carolina, two of the greatest golf states in the country, tell us that Hickory Ridge makes them feel like they’re playing in the Carolinas.
Members and regular golfers have told us that playing Hickory Ridge helps them improve. Hickory Ridge is not back-breakingly long but it requires great course management, straight driving, and a good touch around the greens. Playing Hickory Ridge will help you improve your game.
“I credit Hickory Ridge with improving my course management and lowering my handicap.” - Deb Wood, 2009 WRDGA Champion
Hickory Ridge is a par-72 18 hole golf course that plays to around 6,400 from the back tees. The course offers excellent variety; beautiful scenery, open fairways, narrow fairways, and well-manicured greens.
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“We recommend Hickory Ridge, because it’s a very challenging course with some of the most interesting holes in Western/Upstate New York.” - Dona & Craig Hazen
Some of the Best Golf Holes of Any Public-Access Course in the Upstate
Most of the golf course at Hickory Ridge winds through woods and the property has some elevation changes, although it’s a good course to walk. The course is fair but the seriously wayward golfer will visit the woods often. The course has a couple of tight holes, but most holes are fairly open. The greens are large and hold well.
On the first hole, a 470-yard par 5, take a driver off the tee and try to hit the center of the fairway. The strong golfer will hit the green with two shots provided he or she avoids the large bunker on the right side of the fairway. For golfers who can’t hit the green in two shots, make sure that you lay up to 100 yards and use your wedge. For most golfers, the first hole is a good chance for a par or birdie.
That’s not the case on the 17th, the number one handicap hole on the course. It’s a 420 yard par-4, a tough dogleg left. The left side of the fairway is a lateral hazard so cutting the corner brings significant risk. The approach is no picnic either due to hitting your second shot off a downhill lie, over a pond, and to an elevated green. There’s trees to the left and behind the green and trees to the right; it’s a par 5 for the ladies and the third shot plays off a downhill lie.
The best par-5 on the golf course is the 14th. It’s a 506 yard dogleg right. The slightly crowned fairway makes for a difficult drive. Some strong golfers will hit the green in two shots. However, there’s water on the left side of the green so most golfers will want to lay up and fire at the green with a wedge; one additional challenge is the right-to-left slope of the green. However, bailing out to the right of the green means trees, rough, and the cart path.
“A great course for all skill levels.” - C. Ferguson
Hole number six is the best par-3 on the golf course. Water surrounds the green and down the right side but there’s no easy bailout as there’s a bunker on the left along with some trees. No flag hunting on this hole…even low-handicap golfers aim for the middle of the green and take two putts. At 140 yards, it’s not a long hole, but there’s lots of trouble around.
Par the final three holes at Hickory Ridge and you will leave the course with a smile on your face.
Hole number 16 is a long par 4 and even if you hit a strong drive, you will likely have an approach shot of about 150 to 200 yards into the green; the green is thankfully large, but it slopes quite considerably from right to left and back to front.
As described earlier, hole number 17 is the most difficult hole on the golf course. Accuracy is vital here with the lateral hazard left and trees to the right. Somewhat unique, the final hole is a par-3, 150 yards downhill. If the hole is cut in the middle or left of the green, it might yield a final birdie; the right side of the green has plenty of break. Most times during the season, you’ll have golfers on the deck of the clubhouse watching your progress.
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Friendly golfers and friendly staff in a beautiful and peaceful setting.
“The staff is friendly and helpful; they make you feel at home.” -Charlie Panepento
You might be visiting for the day or you might be visiting for a tournament or maybe you’re a member. You will always receive a warm welcome in the golf shop and you’ll find that fellow golfers are friendly. We also play close attention to the conditioning of the golf course. Fairways are Kentucky Blue Grass and we have well-maintained bentgrass greens.
If you have an RV, take advantage of the special Park-N-Play programs. These offer outstanding value. Click here for more information.
We’re very proud of the golf course—mostly because we know how much our golfers enjoy playing it. We know that you’ll enjoy this little slice of the Carolinas in Upstate New York.
Cindy & Kevin Diehl
Owners, Hickory Ridge Golf and Country Club
P.S. Make sure you sign up for free golf. We give away a monthly pass every month, plus we give away a season pass to one lucky golfer.
Click here or call toll-free now (888) 346-5458 for golf, banquet, wedding, or RV reservations. But hurry, because Hickory Ridge is a popular destination that gets booked several months in advance.