Since great aunts cannot resist pinching dimpled cheeks, the overwhelming number of dimples on a golf ball should confuse their grabby hands—defeating them once and for all. Drive dimpled dandies back into their holes with today's Groupon to River Ridge Golf Club. Choose between two options:
- For $25, you get a round of golf with a cart any day after 11 a.m. (up to a $65 value).
- For $1,325, you get a membership initiation (a $2,650 value).
River Ridge Golf Club's 18-hole, 6,740-yard course is littered with H2O-laden ponds, well-manicured, verdant greens, and pictorial evergreen trees, helping it earn a Bride's Choice Award three years in a row on Wedding Wire.
Golfers can proceed from each hole to the next by way of a cart, which obviates the necessity for uncouth golf course hitchhiking, and strut down neat Bermuda fairways and G-6 bent grass greens, which obviates the necessity for bringing a scythe. Membership to River Ridge Golf Club grants access to sundry amenities in the 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, such as the members lounge, bag storage, and meeting and conference rooms. Multitalented athletes can bone up on their tennis skills or swimming strokes, and hungry athletes can nosh on nutrients at the snack bar, where every snack is always on tap.
River Ridge Golf Club
From the very first tee shot over a lake to the pond protecting the left side of the 18th green, the course at River Ridge Golf Club pits players against the physical and psychological challenges brought by omnipresent water hazards, including the Neuse River that intersects the course on several holes.
Architect Chuck Smith’s 1997 design weaves course play through a 6,740-yard gauntlet furnished with a plush carpet of bermuda-grass fairways and rough that gives way to fast-moving G-6 bent-grass greens. The course's signature 5th hole rewards golfers who keep their tee shots on the fairway with a short-iron approach that must clear a large pond and any caddies sunbathing in the large greenside bunker.
As a semiprivate club, membership at River Ridge unlocks a slew of benefits not available to the general public. Though the practice area—composed of a driving range and putting and chipping greens—is open to everyone, only members may make use of the locker rooms, club storage, and handicap program provided at the clubhouse. Additionally, members are granted access to special events, tournaments, and PGA pro Tim Cockrell’s lessons, which help players calibrate putting strokes and find their swing after a long time away from the game to search for their favorite golf ball that got lost in the Neuse River.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par-72 course
- Total length of 6,740 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 72.2 from the back tees
- Course slope of 138 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole