Established in 2000, the Isao Aoki layout was the third course to open at the impressive Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club facility, four years before Aoki became the first Japanese male golfer to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
As everyone knows, Isao Aoki developed an unorthodox toe-in-the-air putting style, but this idiosyncratic technique worked and he is remembered for being an excellent putter. Therefore, it will come as no surprise to hear that his course at Eagle Ridge is largely about putting.
Unlike the rest of the course, which is lightly bunkered, with wide fairways, little rough and is relatively flat (in comparison to the other three courses), the Aoki greens are devilish. Some are shallow, while others are narrow, but many are elevated, canted and tricky to read.
The Aoki course was fashioned for the casual golfer to get from tee to green relatively easily but then to be tested on the dance floor, especially if the ball ends up on the wrong side of the flagstick.The clubhouse is designed in the Japanese style, where there’s sushi on offer after a relaxing soak in a Japanese bath.
The par 4 285-yard 5th is very short with a sharp dogleg to the left. You can see all the challenges and possibilities from an elevated tee. 12 bunkers line the fairway. The tee shot is over a ravine & the bunkers to cut off the dogleg, and needs a carry of 220 yards to reach the fairway. Long hitters can reach the green in 1 shot but must be prepared to pay the price as the front and left sides of the green border the ravine. The green is elevated and slopes steeply to the left. The par 4 460-yard 18th consists of a long, dogleg to the left. Water extends from the fairway to the green on the left and an OB line on the right also awaits your errant shot, which requires both distance and accuracy on the tee and second shots. A carry of 220 yards is needed to clear a bunker on the left. A small bunker on the front left of the green and a large bunker on the right side of the green are strategically placed. To read more about the Isao Aoki Course at Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club, click here to visit my website.