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Eagle Ridge: Public Play in Ft. Myers

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(July, 2010) Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Fort Myers, FL is an 18-hole, public golf course that opened in 1984. This championship course plays to a par of 72 and was designed by Gordon Lewis. Eagle Ridge Golf Club measures 6538 yards from the longest tees and has a course rating of 71.5 and a slope of 123. There are 4 sets of tees making the course player friendly for golfers of all abilities.

EagleRidgeMany holes on Eagle Ridge are framed by cypress trees and native pines. The layout is dotted with lakes and waterways. In fact, water comes into play on 17 of 18 holes in one form or another; or both. With the exception of a few opening holes, landing areas are fairly wide open; hit the landing area off the tee and you will nearly always find an even lie. Once you get off the tee, you will most always find that your approach shots are wide open with little trouble other than sand. The greens tend to be flat or feature very subtle undulation. The greens are approachable; any mounding around them is off either the side or back.

There is no reason to get to Eagle Ridge much ahead of your tee time as there is no driving range. There is a short game area with a practice bunker and a large putting green. Eagle Ridge’s contention is that short game practice is the key ingredient to a low score; I say “grip it and rip it.”
The clubhouse at Eagle Ridge features a full liquor bar, golf pro shop with apparel and accessories, and a snack bar.

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Tee Yards Rating Slope
Blue 6538 71.0 126
White 6020 68.6 120
Gold 5447 65.8 110
Red 4897 68.3 114

Memorable Holes:
Number 1: Par 4, 345 yards. Beware of the woods on the right side; even the slightest of slices can render a new golf ball lost or among the trees. Number one is a slight dogleg left; the sand on the left side off the tee is easily carried. A good drive will reach the dogleg and leave an approach shot of less than 150 yards to a slightly elevated green guarded on either side by a large bunker. Par is a good way to start.

Number 2: Par 4, 415 yards. This is the number one handicap and with good reason. The water on the left off the tee should be avoided at all costs; it takes a well struck ball to clear it and, if you do, you will need to avoid the two bunkers just past the trap. Water on the right makes the landing area very narrow. Should you successfully navigate your tee shot, you will most likely have a long second shot to a fairly flat green again protected on both sides by sand.

Number 3: Par 5, 480 yards. Number 3 is a straight par 5 where a good drive will give you a shot at getting on in two. The preferred shot off the tee would be a long draw around the two fairway traps. From there you can have a go at it but be careful; water and sand surround the green. Although a good score can be had on this hole, a par is nothing to be ashamed of.

Number 5: Par 3, 190 yards. This long par 3 has water all down the right side. There are no traps on this hole, just plenty of water; keep it left or pay the price.

Number 9: Par 4, 397 yards. Number 9 is another hole that requires an accurate tee shot; water on both sides has claimed many a golfer’s ball. Avoid the fairway bunker on the left off the tee and you’re half way home. Your approach shot is to an odd shaped green that is almost totally surrounded by sand. You’ll most likely need to take the aerial route to the green as the sand prohibits any type of bump and run.

Number 11: Par 4, 477 yards. This somewhat short par 5 can easily be reached in two, however the key is to not only hit a great tee shot but to avoid the fairway bunker on the right. The water on the right off the tee can easily be carried. If you are in position to go for the green in two, you are probably better off playing a fade to the green and taking the water on the left side out of play. Sand and water both come into play up by the green, making this par 5 an enjoyable birdie opportunity.

Number 12: Par 4, 367 yards. Hit your tee shot up the right side of this straight par 4. The water on the left should not come into play; at least not off the tee. Your approach shot is a different story however as water wraps around on the left side and behind the green. To make matters worse, sand traps surround the green.
Number 18: Par 4, 362 yards. The preferred shot off this tee is a draw which can really shorten this dogleg left. If you do hit it straight, have no fear. You will only have about 150 yards to a slightly elevated green surrounded by a trio of bunkers. The finishing hole does present a good opportunity for birdie. Take a par if you have to and head for the 19th hole.

Last Word: Eagle Ridge gets a lot of water and is not the best draining course in Ft. Myers, so if you plan on playing during the rainy season (June – November, but mostly in June) call ahead and find out what shape the course is in.
As the slope indicates, Eagle Ridge is a player friendly course, despite the fact that water comes into play in some shape or form on 17 holes. Thankfully most of these hazards are on the perimeter. The greens are fairly flat and don’t take a lot of reading so it’s a good time to work on speed control with the flat stick.
If you’re planning a visit to the Ft. Myers area, Eagle Ridge is worth a look. Tee times can be booked online or found on a number of online tee sheets. You can visit them on the web at www.playeagleridge.com or give them a call at (239) 768-1888. General Manager Brad Davis will see to it that you enjoy your golf experience at Eagle Ridge. If you have recently enjoyed a round at Eagle Ridge email them about your experience at comments@playeagleridge.com.