Getting on the green

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Hole # 18, River Ridge Golf Course, Ventura, CA

Hole # 18, par 3, White tees, 166 yards

River Ridge GC, the site of my first hole-in-one. One of the most challenging holes is hole # 18, an island green with water all around. If this course isn’t on your bucket list then sign up for a free birthday round.

There are two 18-hole courses here at River Ridge in Ventura, CA. The one that I am featuring today is on the Vineyard Course. Hole # 18 is a tough yardage for most because it requires an accurate 6-iron tee shot over water to a relatively small green. Water does funny things to most golfers causing them to take a longer club . The best thing to do is to trust your swing, keep your head down and hit the ball. Let the club do the work.

I chose a 6-iron and told my ball to close its eyes. My friend Rob would smile at the ball before hitting it, hoping that it will smile back to him when he sees it on the green. Lucky shot for me, I’m putting.

Two balls in the water and two on the green, not bad stats. There is a drop area further down the cart path for the two wet players. It’s fair because they’re left with a wedge shot over water to the green. We’re all safe and we’re all putting. What a great way to finish a round! I walk away with a birdie and a smile.