Walter Hagen-Arnold Palmer-Babe Zaharias
90 years of history! Who's Next?
Nestled in the heart of Parma, Ohio, Ridgewood Golf Course is one of the Best Kept Secrets amongst Cleveland golf facilities. Although the course has seen many changes over the years it has always been termed by the golf writers of Cleveland, the ideal golf layout because it is possible for the average golfer to score well and yet the scratch players never, burn up the course. The old saying goes "do not judge a book by its cover"; in this case its scorecard.
The course currently measures just over 6100 yards. However, the front nine par 3's range from the 182 yard third hole, 220 yard fourth hole and finishes with the eighth hole at 218 yards. Measuring 451 yards, the eleventh hole made the "Elite 18" created by George Sweda, sports writer for the Plain Dealer. The 13th hole is to say the least a monster par 5 which measures a staggering 615 yards uphill dogleg right. Finally, most greens, originally designed back in 1925, are sloped from back to front when the average putter loft was eleven degrees.
The course has entertained many local, district and state championships and one national championship. The USGA Public Links, a national event, was hosted by Ridgewood back in 1927. Not a day goes by without someone recalling a story handed down mentioning some of the golfing elite that have played Ridgewood. Names like Walter Hagen, Billy Burke, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Babe Zaharias are among some of the popular golfer stories discussed on a weekly basis. Even Arnold Palmer walked these grounds when stationed here back in the day. In the end, Ridgewood Golf Course is a scorecard full of history.
The 18-hole course at the Ridgewood Golf Course facility in Parma, Ohio features 6,074 yards of golf from the championship tees with a par of 70.The course rating is 68.6 and it has a slope rating of 114 on Blue grass. Designed by Sandy Alves, better known as the original foreman for Donald Ross, the fun and challenging Ridgewood golf course was built in 1924 and officially opened on July 4, 1925.
There are generous landing zones in the fairways. Most greens are good size but some have some tilt and are elevated so be careful not to go long. Water hazards (creeks) come into play on six holes. There are a few well-placed bunkers. The back nine is tighter than the front nine.Watch out for #13, a 615 yard par 5 (from the back tees) featuring a sharp dogleg right with an approach shot downhill to a big green.
The clubhouse (office) at Ridgewood is open ALL Year Round (weather permitting). The Clubhouse has a full bar, snack bar, as well as, banquet facilities. The golf shop and bar typically are open from March 1st until Mid-December depending on weather. Except for private parties the bar will close with the course at the end of the season. We are open most holidays but close Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Hours of operation vary throughout the season so call for details.