Mountain Ridge Hole Number 1
A straight-away par four. The tees are aligned to the right, so be careful to aim yourself correctly. The approach to the green can be difficult, depending upon the pin position. With water left and bunkers to the right and behind the green, it is advisable to play to the front part of the green.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 2
A green which is well-protected by bunkers and water adds to the challenge of this short but difficult par three. The green is 45 paces deep and pinches in at the center, so club selection is at a premium.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 3
A dog leg right par four gives you plenty of room for the tee shot. The water on the left is farther than it looks. A good tee shot can carry the trees on the right, setting up a short approach. The green has two tiers and is very wide.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 4
A medium length par four which has a hidden waste bunker on the right side of the fairway. Aim the tee shot to the right of the grass bunker, which will be a good position to approach the green. A very deep green slopes from back to front.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 5
When you finish admiring the view from the top of this par three, be aware that the elevation change does affect your club selection. You might hit one club less than normal. Playing to the right side of this green might be the best way to go, as it avoids the many bunkers on the back and left sides.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 6
A long par five which requires a tee shot to the right side of the fairway. This allows you a nice angle for the second shot. The green has many swales which require an accurate iron shot. Be careful of the waste bunker which encompasses much of the green. This green can be speedy in some positions.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 7
A very difficult driving hole which doesn't allow for much error. You can carry the bunker on the right which opens up the driving area a bit. The approach is to a narrow green which falls off both sides. Any shot to the left will find the waste bunker at the bottom of the slope.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 8
One of the shortest par fours calls for an accurate tee shot with grass bunkers to the left and a sand bunker to the right. For many people, a fairway wood or long iron off the tee is the way to go. The green is very large and has subtle rolls, which sometimes makes putting tricky.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 9
A dog leg left, three-shot par five which has trouble everywhere. Two bunkers guard the right side of the fairway. Water on the right and a bunker on the left make the lay up look tighter than it really is. The largest green on the golf course requires a shot that might have to carry water and sand. The green is 50 paces deep, so take that into consideration when making club selection.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 10
A slight dogleg right which requires a tee shot away from the bunker on the right side, favoring the left side as much as possible. The approach shot is very deceiving, as the green is larger than it appears. It is a much easier up and down from the right side of the green than from the sand and grass bunkers on the left.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 11
The second longest par four on the course requires a long tee shot to a very wide landing area. The waste bunker on the right awaits any errant tee shots. The green is deep and narrow and slopes from back to front. This will require one of your best approach shots of the day.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 12
A very difficult par three. The grass bunker fronting the green makes it appear that the hole is not as long as the scorecard reads. You might even want to take an extra club to make sure you carry this bunker. A waste bunker and sand bunker will catch any balls hit to the right side.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 13
The most difficult hole on the golf course is also the longest par four. The driving area is very narrow with a waste bunker on the left and a large beech tree which infringes on the right side. You must keep the teed ball towards the left side to be able to hit to the green. The fun doesn't stop as you try to knock it on the green. A big sand bunker on the left protects any pin positions in the back corner, and the green falls off on the right side, making it a very tough shot.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 14
It gets a little easier on this par five, with the possibility of knocking it on in two for many players. The driving area is fairly wide, so you can let it rip. If you lay up, make sure not to lay up in the bunker on the left. The green slopes from back to front and can get slick in spots. By the way, any shots to the right of the green will kick even farther right.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 15
Yes, there is a fairway amidst the sand. A large waste bunker travels the entire left side of the fairway, while a small bunker protects the right. This is a very deep green, which makes club selection important. Missing the green to the left or right will offer you a challenge to get the ball up and down.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 16
After a breathtaking cart ride, you are on Crystal's signature hole. A sharp dogleg right forces a tee shot to be carved from left to right. If you move the ball from right to left or hit it straight, it might go through the corner into the woods. The uphill approach shot requires additional club in order to reach the green. The green is very severe and slopes from back to front.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 17
A beautiful par three which plays shorter than its yardage due to the elevation change. The green actually slopes away from the golfer, making it difficult to stop the tee shot on the green.
Mountain Ridge Hole Number 18
For most golfers, a three-shot par five. Bunkers on the left side of the fairway make the right side more desirable; however, a stand of trees will make the lay up difficult if you are too far right. The green complex is tricky. Sand and grass bunkers make the approach intimidating and the green is very fast and firm.