Diamond Ridge Report – 09/03/2010

A Friday off prior to Labor day gave me the opportunity to get back to a course that I hadn’t played in years!  (See prior review dated 04/30/2004)  I looked forward to another good experience on this playable and inexpensive track but alas – sometimes our expectations are not  met.  Don’t get me wrong, this course is definitely playable and offers a nice layout but after being very pleasantly surprised last time it wasn’t quite the same this go-round.  Initially, when I paid, I did not realize that making a tee time would cost me an additional $5…OK, my bad for not reading the fine print.  The price was also a little more than anticipated but again – I guess I should have looked prior.  On to the course which as mentioned offers a fine layout.  As per the last review at that time, the conditions were at the upper end of what I refer to as “muni” but this time, unfortunately it’s back in “regular muni” status.  In particular many of the greens had several bare spots and some even had roped off areas under repair…maybe I just hit it at a bad time?  Many tee boxes were lacking much grass at all and #18 tee was roped off entirely and we were forced to play the forward tees making it a very easy (and too short) par 5.  As mentioned previously, the course does have a nice layout and several holes will challenge your shot making ability.  My opinion is that this track is meant to be more of a muni and players who perhaps don’t golf as much will enjoy it as evidenced by a once-in-a-lifetime (at least I hope so) experience which occurred to me.  I hit a drive on #9 which is a par 5 toward the clubhouse.  I watched my ball settle into the left rough.  As I’m sitting in the cart in the right rough while my playing partner is hitting his second shot, a golfer(?) from an adjacent hole hurriedly drives across our fairway and up to my ball and prepares to hit it.  Hey, “Wait a minute, that’s my ball, I shouted”.  He hesitates for a second and says, “No, it’s the brand I’m playing (Titleist) and immediately hits it back to his fairway and hurriedly rushes off”.  It happened so fast – I just sat there in disbelief!  Later that hole at the green – which was fairly close to the green he was on, I again asked him why did he hit my ball?  He said his ball was a Titleist Pro V1 and asks me, “did yours have a red mark on it?”  Mine did- but I did not mention that to him prior as he was hitting my ball.  He played it off well and looked at my ball in his hand and says, “No – this one doesn’t have a red mark on it”,  which confirmed to me that he was actually looking at my ball WITH the red mark on it.  I guess I should have asked to see it myself!  Looking back on it – it’s pretty funny but the lessons learned were (1) “always ensure the safety of your ball(s)” and (2) this IS a course for occasional golfers and those just looking to have fun (vs. the more avid golfers)!  The clubhouse is shared w/ the Woodlands and certainly offers nice post-round beverages.  Baltimore County offers a card (for a small fee) which can help avoid some of the charges I mentioned earlier and Diamond Ridge is normally pretty busy so obviously a lot of folks like this course.  I wait a while for my next review at Diamond Ridge but in the meantime, go ahead and check it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts.  Lefty86

0 thoughts on “Diamond Ridge Report – 09/03/2010”

  1. I lived thru everything you have mmentioned all summer , especially slow greens. But by early Oct everything was back but 18th tee. Greens were mowed shorter, its back.

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