We recently had the opportunity to play King’s Ridge Golf Course in Clermont, FL. After passing through a security gate for this 55+ community, the pro shop is located less than 100 yards down the road. There is ample parking despite sharing a parking lot with the banquet facility.
The driving range is wide open and allows a player to get ready with minimal effort. There is plenty of room on the driving range if there was an outing everyone would have a spot to warm up.
Located on the driving range were a couple sets of flags denoting 100, 150, and 200 yards. We were able to hit of a grass surface. From our observation, the practice tee boxes were moved frequently as we didn’t see any bare or dirt spots.
After loosening up, a player can move to the chipping and sand shot area. This is a large area and allows for many players to hot shots from all sides of the green. Adjacent to this green is a large sand practice bunker.
The practice putting green is disappointingly small. There are only 3 flags in an area that would not be able to accommodate more than 2 or 3 players. Also, the small practice putting area does not prepare a player for the course as many greens on the course are quite large and undulated.
Players can play the tips or Emerald tees at 6,269 yards or any other tee including Ruby that measures 4,564 yards. For the most part, tee boxes were well maintained but did have a few bare spots. Whether a player likes to draw or fade a shot, there is ample room to put your tee in the ground.
On most holes, the fairways are wide and receptive. The 12th hole provides the player with what visually appears to be a small driving area with trees on the left and houses along the right. Once in the fairway, however, players will see a landing area is the same as other holes. Fairways are tree lined but landing areas are ample.
In all situations, a player is able to hit a tee shot and be rewarded with quality grass in the fairway. There is no need to roll the ball to get a better lie. Rough is not an issue since the fairways are wide and not very thick. The course has a wide variety of Par 3 holes, One is short (139 yards from the tips) and another is 205 yards from the tips. Hole 8 is reachable off the tee for longer hitters as the tee box is elevated.
We found the greens to be receptive to shots. The greens are very undulated and, sometimes, players may have difficulty seeing subtle breaks. From our experience, don’t get above the hole as balls will roll forever once past the hole. The green speed is consistent throughout the course. They are well maintained. There are a few false fronts but, overall, pitched at an angle towards the fairway.
Dads Say So Kings Ridge Golf Course is a fun course to play especially for players visiting from the north during the winter. The staff was really nice and welcoming to even the non-residents. We didn’t see a beverage cart attendant out there but there were not a lot of players on the course and we played very quickly. To book your tee time go to kingsridgegc.com and book your next round now.