|9/22/2006||This favorite of many Waggle staffers just keeps on getting better. Head Pro Bob Baldassari has earned multiple koudos in his profession and they are certainly apparent in Cannon Ridge. Still without a clubhouse, the course has the design and conditioning of a top notch high end course. At the same time it appears to be well connected to the community with its involvement with First Tee, EWGA, and North Stafford HS. At a recent booster club tourney for NSHS, the new tent provided a fine interim structure for the post round party. This entire Celebrate Virginia complex impresses us with every visit. Ayce|
|10/6/2005||After weeks of dry weather most courses in the Mid Atlantic are parched. Drives roll forever and putts bump along washboard greens. But, at a recent outing at Cannon Ridge it appeared as if rain had blessed the course daily. The course was in the best shape of any in the area. A new entrance parkway replaced the old entrance to the course-a welcome addition. The treatment given to the golfers was first rate (again kudos to Dean Cloy.) With much of the fairways far from trees, I suspect this would be a good fall track to play. No need for the "leaf rule." Ayce|
|12/24/2004||Made it over to Fredericksburg and took the opportunity to play Cannon Ridge Golf Club. And an opportunity it was. Just two guys on the course all day - 38 degrees for a high and 20 mile winds. Not too pleasant but it was worth playing the course in spite of the weather. The course is relatively new and the clubhouse is temporary but if they put the effort into it as they have the course, it should be great. The course is a real tester. The wide fairways looked benign enough and easy to hit but you really had to put the ball in position to score well. And some of the carries on the drive had to clear some extensive environmental sensitive areas. The course is in great shape with nice, true greens. Dean Beman is the course architect and it does look like something you'd see on TV. It wouldn't be surprising if that happens some day. It would be wonderful to play it again now that there's a little familiarity (of course the temperature will have to be a little higher.) This course should be played!
First assistant pro Dean Gloy was working the pro shop and did a nice job in welcoming us and describing the course - even though he probably thought we were nuts considering the weather. Didn't get to see the head pro, Bob Baldassari. Bob was the head pro at River Run down here on the Eastern Shore, across the street from Ocean Pines. He was renowned for his work with children's golf and he seems to have carried that to Cannon Ridge. It's a very, very good golf experience, I hope I get to go back. Steve - Year of Golf Winner
|9/28/2003||A couple of miles off I-95 at Exit 133 lies one of the best new courses in Northern Virginia, Cannon Ridge. Led by Head Pro Bob Baldassari who brought River Run to prominence, Cannon Ridge is a Deane Beman designed par 71 with varying degrees of difficulty thanks to multiple tee boxes and a friendly layout. Several holes require 180 yard carries when playing from the back 3 sets of tees, but wider than average landing areas make this a very playable course. The clubhouse has not been built but that is the only sign of newness as the course itself is in great shape - unusual for courses in our area! Parts of the back nine are dotted with interesting historical markers adding a nice local flavor to this Fredericksburg area gem. The price is right even for weekend play so take advantage of this newbie before the crowds arrive. Ayce|