For some odd reason I try and avoid courses designed as a part of a housing development. Although many of these courses are nice, I prefer a more secluded and natural golfing experience. However, I never turn down the opportunity to play a new course! Unfortunately, I usually have a negative view of these types of courses, even before I play them. I understand why developers sell housing lots near the course; they are simply trying to recoup dollars spent on building the golf course, or for paying a top named architect ala Palmer, Nicklaus or Norman. In this case, I think it was to pad the developer’s pockets and to create an affordable country club, mixed-use activity community for the residents and members.
Yesterday I played Four Bridges Country Club north of Cincinnati, Ohio. This course is approximately 6-7 years old and is the center piece of the Four Bridges housing development, an off shoot of the urban sprawl between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this course. As you may know, I played Pineneedles and Mid Pines last weekend, so any course I played after those two had it’s work cut out for itself. I really enjoyed the layout, the fairness and the conditions of this course. About the only things I would do away with, besides the condos and houses, were the sandy waste areas and speed up the greens a bit. Considering that this course was designed out of a piece of flat farmland, it was really fun. This course sports five sets of tees. There were two great risk reward, short par fours, some tough par threes, at least one reachable par five and a few long par fours where you really had to hit two long shots. The ninth and eighteenth holes were mirror images of each other. These holes are also bordered by a huge lake on one side. The green was a huge, extremely contoured “double green” that created the possibility of a wide variety of pin placements for both the ninth and eighteenth holes
If you have the chance, try and play Four Bridges Country Club.
The Four Bridges course was designed by Robert Cupp. Course specifics are as follows:
Medal Tees – 7241 Slope 135 Rating 74.1
Championship Tees – 6792 Slope 130 Rating 72.0
Member Tees – 6356 Slope 126 Rating 70.0
Intermediate Tees 5886 Slope 123 Rating 68.0
Forward Tees – 5122 Slope 117 Rating 69.3