Riverwood Golf Course One Of Florida’s Finest
by Scott A. Sumner
Bob Ridge is the Head PGA Professional at Riverwood Golf Course located on Florida’s Gulf coast. Built in 1992 Riverwood has been a top quality golf course rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest for 10 years.
In 2001 it was rated one of the most women friendly courses in America. The golf course plays in a figure eight pattern to see different looks and winds. The front nine winds through pine trees while the back nine
is more through the marsh lands and by the river. The course is 7000 yards in length and is semi private with 365 members and has 53,000 rounds of play per year.
“ Our members are here year round. They play golf Monday through Friday like they used to work and take the weekends off. Our play is mostly in the morning with a double nine start to allow us to ccommadate 240 members a day. During season we are almost at capacity. In July there would be 100 members out with 90 to 95 and as high as 96 degrees with 90 % humidity,” noted Bob Ridge. Green fees during the
summer are $50 and in the wintertime $100. The membership fee is $42,000 and the annual fee is $4700 plus a cart trail fee. “ The golf course is great. You can play this course everyday and never get tired of it. The greens are very green in colour compared to other Florida courses you have seen so far as we use Champion Bermuda which is a great grass. We don’t need to overseed it,” smiled Ridge.“ I played some golf this summer but it is difficult in the winter. January is a great golf month here. We get a lot of Canadians down from Toronto, Windsor and other locations. They own their homes here. ”
The Riverwood Golf course is owned by Centex Home Corporation with some real estate existing and400 new lots coming on stream. They range from $100,000 and up and the house will cost from $200,000 to over $1,000,000.