Oct. 26, 2016
North Ridge CC to Renovate Greens and Bunkers
Membership of North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks recently voted overwhelmingly to renovate their greens and bunkers and have retained the world-renowned architecture firm of Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) to develop the designs.
North Ridge, founded in 1952, was originally designed by William Francis Bell and his son, Billy Jr.
“We are very excited about working on a Billy Bell-designed course. North Ridge is a wonderful parkland golf course and we intend to respect its routing,” said Bruce Charlton, President and Chief Design Officer for RTJ II. “Furthermore, because of the elevation changes in the natural terrain, we will be able to shape the greens and bunkers to take advantage of its varying topography in distinct ways that were not possible many years ago. This is a very good golf course today, and soon it will be outstanding.”
Members voted to start the renovation immediately and expect the $3.7 million dollar project to take about seven months to complete once construction begins.
General Manager Rink Sanford noted, “Our members deserve a lot of credit for wanting to invest in their course for now and for the future. Due to the Club’s strong financial position, we were able to obtain favorable financing terms, allowing members to pay for the cost of renovation with a monthly dues increase that keeps it below comparable country clubs,” North Ridge GM Rick Sanford said.
Sanford added that even during the construction timeframe, he expects considerable interest from potential new members, particularly since initiation prices may rise in the future.
The golf course will remain open and playable during construction.
“Quality temporary bentgrass sod greens will be created to keep the course interesting and challenging. We’ve found a lot of fun locations for temporary greens, and we think members will enjoy their golf experiences during the construction process,” Charlton said.
Senior Project Architect, Mike Gorman, was raised in Sacramento and grew up playing the course: “This is like home to us. We travel all around the world, and having a project near our offices in Palo Alto, with Mike’s family still living in Sacramento, makes this extra special,” Charlton said.
When Bell Sr. designed the original private course, it was during the same era when he collaborated with Ben Hogan to build Tamarisk in Palm Springs, with George Thomas to build Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club, and later designed Torrey Pines and Tilden Park among others.