Predator Ridge – ‘The Ridge Course’ is a spectacular mountain design with huge elevation changes and panoramic views. Every tee shot seems to start from an elevated plateau offering numerous photo opportunities. The only uphill drive you will find is in your power cart heading up to the next tee block. Sir Isaac Newton could have been playing The Ridge when he was quoted as saying “What goes up must go down”. The fairways are well tree-lined that are mounded like a stadium that typically funnel your errant shots back to the short stuff.
The first hole used to be the 10th on the original ‘The Predator Course’ but that is where the resemblance ends, and the sibling rivalry begins. From there on you are in for a roller coaster ride.
In my opinion you would be prudent to leave the driver in your bag for the first five holes since accuracy is more important than distance to begin your round.
One of my most memorable holes is #5, a downhill 229-yard par 3 with the Okanagan Lake in the background. Spectacular view. The advantage is that the power carts come equipped with GPS, with readings to the pin. But the most unique bonus is that all sprinkler heads are marked to account for the slope change. As well all the 150 yards poles have stripes on them to indicate the pin depth. The disadvantage is that you now have all the information you need to eliminate any excuses you may have for making a bad shot.
The 6th is my favourite hole. An elevated tee shot on this par 4 gives you an amazing vista of the lake on the right with the mountains in the background to an elevated green. #8 is a par 3 190 yards where the best chance is to hit your tee shot right, off the side hill and watch it funnel to the green.
#10 is the only uphill hole on the course. You still drive from an elevated block over a valley but are faced with an uphill approach to a difficult green. Play you drive down the left of this dog leg left for best angle at this well bunkered green.
#17 is a great par 4 dogleg left with water down the entire left side. Bite off only as much as you can chew.
This course is visually stunning, with large fast greens and consistent white silica sand bunkers. Certainly, worthy of being #33 in the Top 100 Courses in Canada.
Date: July 30, 2020