Date Played: October 28, 2015
1.0 out of
Well, I played this place again. I guess I wanted to see if, after a summer of "league pounding" events, whether this place could endure. It can't!
The course is in the worse shape I've ever seen. It's now the new “Silver Springs GC”! For those of you ‘locals’ who remember, SSGC was down by the creek. We called it “the swamp”! That was because it was underwater from flooding every couple of years or so. But we still played the place, because it was cheap and had the best greens around.
Well Rich Valley is no value. It’s not only “not cheap” by comparison to other quality courses in the area, it’s poorly maintained, overplayed and just overall bad! At this point, they need to be ‘paying’ the customers to play there instead of the other way around.
It’s really about the maintenance. I was charged $17 to walk nine holes and traverse a landscape that was so poorly ‘aerated’ that I had fertilizer pellets every square inch. The bunkers were hard as concrete, the greens where bumpy with ‘thousands’ of unrepaired balls marks that couldn’t heal because the grass was too short. The owner thinks this is beautiful. Yes, it may look beautiful from the road, but get you ‘boots on the ground’ and you will find this course needs a lot of work. It’s could use some redesign, lengthening a couple of holes, moving a couple of holes and adding two new holes. But most of all, it needs better management and maintenance.
It could be a great place. It has potential. But not at this time. I would stay away until next spring. If it doesn’t improve by next season, I would suggest returning it to its “roots” (i.e., farmland). But for now, it can’t even compete with SSGC – which BTW – went out of business a couple of years ago. It’s now a housing development. I don’t want to see RV follow in its footsteps. But it could happen!