Ellington Ridge CC Inviting and Special
Ellington Ridge Country Club, which has hosted numerous important tournaments, is always in superb condition, with the greens fast and true. It is also an easy course to walk or ride, has wide and accommodating fairways, and a golf membership that is truly passionate about the game,
“Every time I show up to play, there are always friendly conversations going on at the range, I can always get a game either by tee time or just by showing up and joining up with people,” says Brad Kidney, a board member and chairman of the membership committee for the club. “A close friend and I always joke that if we knew our time was up, and we had one more round to play we would want to play it at Ellington Ridge.”
Ellington Ridge is what one would consider an old school, traditional country club, a golf club, a pool club, a dining and social club, all rolled into one convenient place. It is where family and friends gather to pursue whatever passion they have at the moment.
Ellington Ridge has completely restructured its membership categories to an a la carte, age-based menu to provide the widest possible flexibility to accommodate a members’ time, budget and family situation. Says Kidney, “They have really thought outside of the box to try to make it feasible for someone to join our private club. The new structure caters to a 25-year-old that can only get out once or twice a week to a retiree who wants to play every day and everything in between.” There are unlimited memberships (even a “national membership” for those that live outside a 50-mile radius from the club), limited play memberships, pool and tennis memberships, and a dining-only membership. The entire structure is priced at dramatically reduced cost for virtually all categories versus the club’s prior structure.
The club has added a Trackman radar analysis machine, one of only two in the area, says Kidney, to help with lessons and club fitting. The club also installed an artificial turf mat that runs the entire length of its practice range. Says Kidney, “We have an enormous real grass range hitting area for practicing, but it is nice to set up on the new mat for some simple warm up swings, when the ground is really wet, or when there is an outside event.”
Ellington Ridge’s signature holes, and the ones most talked about, are 16, 17 and 18, its most picturesque holes, number 7, a par-three over a giant pond, and number 8, a par-four that winds up a hill.
Says Kidney, “My favorite hole would have to be number one. I love standing on the very elevated tee, right next to the range and flanked by the 9th green and practice putting green. The hole is a slight dogleg to the right, and an easy tee shot for most golfers (it requires a slight cut shot). Because of the elevated tee, you get some extra time to watch your first shot of the day float out onto the fairway. Your second shot is to a very wide green that can ultimately be deceiving because of the speed of the green. Nonetheless, it is usually a short iron in. Hit the green and be rewarded with a simple two-putt par or maybe even a birdie. Walking off the green always feels like the start of special round of golf.”