One of several golf facilities operated by HF Golf Management, the course at Fox Ridge Golf Club features a wonderful downhill par three signature hole at the 5th, played to a peninsula green that juts out into a lake.
This is an extremely fun course. Definitely worth the trip. A great mix of holes, some challenging, some scoreable. The signature 5th hole a par 3 with a penisula green. Dont miss left or you will be wet. Tons of undulation on the greens so you better dial in your speed. Playing this course in the fall makes it well worth the trip. Who would of thought Auburn Maine would have such a gem of a course.
Although some golf rankings focus on the exclusive, historic courses of New England, many other accessible designs built in recent decades are providing the public with excellent opportunities to test their game. Some examples that come to mind include Fox Hopyard in Connecticut, Meadowbrook in Rhode Island, and The Ranch in Massachusetts. Fox Ridge Golf Club in Auburn, Maine, also belongs in this category.
Laid out between a blend of open meadows and dense forest, Fox Ridge lives up to the variety it advertises. With mixed-width fairways and doglegs that twist over sharp angles, Fox Ridge is an “every club and every shot shape" type of course.
One thing that is consistent about Fox Ridge, however, is the stern test it provides from the first tee to the eighteenth green. Some of the most challenging aspects of the course include:
• Target tee shots: even on the wider fairways, players must shape their ball-flight and stick the landing. On most holes, aerial shots are needed to hold shots on rugged contours in the prime landing zones.
• Precise approaches: although many holes at Fox Ridge have broad corridors, almost all of the greens are small to medium in size. Most were also raised in elevation from the fairway, especially on the two long three-shot holes on the back nine. An extra club is almost always a necessity. It is also worth mentioning that the course features an island green measuring 202 yards from the tips; by comparison, the 17th at TPC Sawgrass is about 140 yards.
• Steeply shelved greens: Fox Ridge is not a course where one can safely play to the center of the putting surface. Most greens have at least two distinct layers, and finding the incorrect tier can easily lead to a three putt.
Lower handicappers will no doubt love the challenge of Fox Ridge, and I suspect the course will produce many strong players in the years to come. Even so, with its large practice facility and dedicated staff, Fox Ridge is also a great place to learn the game and hone critical skills.