Sand Ridge Golf Club

Sand Ridge Golf Club

Infobox Golf Facility
golf_facility_name = Sand Ridge Golf Club

location = Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio flagicon|USA
establishment = 1998
type = Private
owner =
operator =
holes = 18
tournaments =
website = []
course1 =
designer1 = Tom Fazio
par1 = 72
length1 = 7207
rating1 = 75.3
record1 = 65
course2 =

Sand Ridge Golf Club, was designed by Tom Fazio and is located in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio, near Chardon. Construction on the course started in late 1995 and opened for its private members on May 18, 1998. The course was built on 370 acres of woods, pastures and wetlands located next to the Fairmount Minerals sandstone quarry in Chardon. It also contains the headwaters of both the Chagrin and Cuyahoga rivers.

Sand Ridge plays an average of 12,000 rounds a year and is currently ranked 60th in Golf Digest's 2007-08 top 100 courses in the United States (was ranked 52nd in 2005-06) and the sixth best course in Ohio. Sand Ridge ranked 31st on Golf Digest’s list of the 50 Greatest Private Retreats. Sand Ridge was the first course in Ohio, and one of a select few in the world, to be designated as a Certified Audubon International Signature Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sand Ridge merged with The Mayfield Country Club in 2006, and is now half of The Mayfield Sand Ridge Club. Having two courses available to the members has made the combination especially desirable in the Eastern Cleveland Private Club market.


The course has hosted numerous events including:

*1999 U.S. Open Regional Qualifier
*2000 USGA Senior Amateur Qualifier
*2001 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Qualifier
*2006 NCAA Regional qualifier
**Won by eventual national champion Oklahoma State

Course Information

* 110 bunkers
* 7 water hazards
* 18 holes
* 55 tees driving range
* Greens Grass: Bent Grass
* Fairways Grass: Bent Grass
* Par 72 (36-36)
* Rules of USGA Govern all play


*DD denotes Double Diamond (Championship Tees)
*D denotes Diamond Tees (Men's Tees)
*S denotes Square Tees (Senior Tees)
*C denotes Cirles Tees (Women's Tees)
*The slope rating of a golf course, typically in the US, is a measure of its difficulty for bogey golfers.
*The course rating is the sum of the total pars of the played holes.


"Hole #1: Overture"

Par 4, Handicap 15
*Championship Tee: 383
*Members Tee: 363
*Seniors Tee: 290
*Ladies Tee: 252
*The opening hole is a short par 4 with a right dog leg. The most important shot on this hole is the first.

"Hole #2: Plateau"

Par 4, Handicap 7
*Championship Tee: 421
*Members Tee: 383
*Seniors Tee: 351
*Ladies Tee: 310
*A patch of wetlands to the right of the tee is a harbinger. This hole has a generous landing zone for the drive, but the second shot is challenged by a two-tiered elevated green.

"Hole #3: Craters"

Par 5, Handicap 1
*Championship Tee: 575
*Members Tee: 545
*Seniors Tee: 511
*Ladies Tee: 402
*The course's #1 handicap hole is a long, uphill par 5, protected by 24 bunkers. Only two small bunkers are visible from the tee-box, all are visible from the second and third shot, and NONE are seen from the green when looking back at the tee-box.

"Hole #4: Vista"

Par 3, Handicap 13
*Championship Tee: 223
*Members Tee: 186
*Seniors Tee: 157
*Ladies Tee: 121
*A long par 3 at 223 yards from the tip. Requires a carry over tall fescue and bunkers onto a narrow green. This one plays long.

"Hole #5: Twin"

Par 4, Handicap 3
*Championship Tee: 438
*Members Tee: 407
*Seniors Tee: 376
*Ladies Tee: 333
*With two separate greens, this hole features a fascinating strategy contrast. When the pin is on the left green, a monster bunker protects the hole and the player will need to fight through dense rough. The right green is open, but has a long right dog leg.

"Hole #6: Ledge"

Par 5, Handicap 11
*Championship Tee: 527
*Members Tee: 485
*Seniors Tee: 450
*Ladies Tee: 407
*This is a medium Par 5, requiring a drive between flanking bunkers. The player has to account for a prevailing headwind on the difficult third shot to a plateau green.

"Hole #7: Draw"

Par 4, Handicap 5
*Championship Tee: 444
*Members Tee: 419
*Seniors Tee: 386
*Ladies Tee: 339
*A downhill Par 4 that will reward a sweeping draw from the tee.

"Hole #8: Orphan"

Par 3, Handicap 17
*Championship Tee: 168
*Members Tee: 142
*Seniors Tee: 122
*Ladies Tee: 103
*The hole of this picturesque par 3 is protected by a front facing pond and wetlands behind. A steep face bunker is located in front of the green."Hole #9: Snake"

Par 4, Handicap 9
*Championship Tee: 406
*Members Tee: 374
*Seniors Tee: 343
*Ladies Tee: 300
*This hole has a generous landing zone for a tee shot. The green is defended by a pond to the left and multiple traps to the right, making for a daunting second shot.

"Hole #10: Pulpit"

Par 4, Handicap 10
*Championship Tee: 401
*Members Tee: 370
*Seniors Tee: 340
*Ladies Tee: 294
*Blind, uphill tee shot. The second shot requires a long carry over water to a narrow green.

"Hole #11: Redan"

Par 4, Handicap 4
*Championship Tee: 483
*Members Tee: 433
*Seniors Tee: 376
*Ladies Tee: 301
*A fade is favored from the tee. However, too much is punished by trees.

"Hole #12: Rockside"

Par 3, Handicap 18
*Championship Tee: 177
*Members Tee: 150
*Seniors Tee: 121
*Ladies Tee: 110
*The green is heavily tiered. Involves high punishment for errant tee shots and high reward for accuracy.

"Hole #13: Falls"

Par 4, Handicap 2
*Championship Tee: 466
*Members Tee: 444
*Seniors Tee: 424
*Ladies Tee: 325
*One of many visually impressive holes on the course. A waterfall adjacent to the tee sets the stage for the long par 4. Length and accuracy are required from the tee and into the well-protected green. Par is an excellent score.

"Hole #14: Dilemma"

Par 5, Handicap 8
*Championship Tee: 540
*Members Tee: 511
*Seniors Tee: 480
*Ladies Tee: 441
*The dilemma is to attempt to carry the wasteland on the second shot or lay-up to the right on this par 5. This is a high risk, high reward Fazio classic with eagle possibilities.

"Hole #15: Quarry"

Par 4, Handicap 16
*Championship Tee: 341
*Members Tee: 311
*Seniors Tee: 291
*Ladies Tee: 257
*A short par 4. It looks innocent, but the green requires an adroit player, as it is the toughest on the course.

"Hole #16: Cape"

Par 4, Handicap 6
*Championship Tee: 404
*Members Tee: 385
*Seniors Tee: 343
*Ladies Tee: 286
*A dramatic cape hole. Fraught with hazards; the second shot will require pinpoint accuracy.

"Hole #17: Headwaters"

Par 3, Handicap 14
*Championship Tee: 230
*Members Tee: 200
*Seniors Tee: 180
*Ladies Tee: 80
*A beautiful, wetlands-traversing hole that requires a 200 yard carry.

"Hole #18: Split"

Par 5, Handicap 12
*Championship Tee: 555
*Members Tee: 531
*Seniors Tee: 490
*Ladies Tee: 445
*Majestic finishing hole with cross bunkers that split the fairway. Choose from two fairways for your approach, depending on the pin placement. The wetlands frame a generous green, while hawks that often circle the green and surrounding wetlands add a touch of nature to the experience.

External links

* [ Course Site]
* [ 100 Greatest Courses in America]
* [ Pictures and comments on the course]

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