Introducing ... The Ridge

A month or so ago Cordova Bay Golf Course hosted a round table discussion with some of our public players and members, both past and present.  We do this every few years to make sure we understand where our guests' desires are and what they would really like to see from us. They are always informative, occasionally lively and universally helpful.  And sometimes they throw up surprises that have all of us looking at each other thinking "why didn't we know that!?"

This year was no exception.  We were completely stunned by how little headway we have made in introducing our own community, never mind the golfing community at large, to that fantastic little facility known as "The Ridge".

Discussions went something like this...

Question: "Can you play 18 holes?"   Answer:" Ummm, yeah.  You're second (or third, or fourth, or...) nine is just $8."

Question: "Why can't you go 'round the putting course more than one time?" Answer: "Ummm, the short game pass lasts all day and not only can you putt as much as you want it includes 2 more full chipping and pitching greens plus bunkers and rough. You can even take a break for lunch and come back." 

Question: "Who looks after the greens up there, anyway?" Answer: "Ummm, it's the same award winning crew that looks after the greens on the main course."

Question: "Why don't you offer kids camps up there?" Answer: "Ummm, We do. Every year.  There are After School, Spring Break and Summer camps."

And on, and on, and on.  It was painfully evident that we had done a terrible job in highlighting what an active and fantastic facility The Ridge really is.

So .... it's time to correct that.  This week we're going to unhide the gem that is The Ridge.

A Little About The Ridge:

The Ridge Course offers spectacular views of Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands, a 9-hole par 3 course, an 18 hole grass putting course and a short game facility offering silica sand bunkers, swales and two very different types of target greens.

Opened in June 1999, the Ridge Course, like her big sister, the Bay Course across the street, was designed by well known golf course architect, Bill Robinson. The Ridge also shares Cordova Bay’s award winning grounds crew - meaning conditions are always the best they can be.

An excellent place for beginners learning their swing or for scratch golfers honing their craft, we are Victoria’s most complete short game facility.

If you click here you can see the rates for playing The Ridge

Stretch Your Dollar at The Ridge

The Ridge Card
Looking to play a few games of golf at the Ridge this year? The Ridge Card allows you to stretch your dollars. For $125, we will load $140 on to a convenience card. This gives you an extra $15 to spend on a round of golf, or 7.5 coffees, or whatever you feel like purchasing with your extra dollars.

Annual Short Game Pass

Having a good short game is the quickest way to shave strokes off of your score. Stop by the Ridge Pro Shop and pick up your full access Short Game Area Pass. Good until March 1st, 2013, these passes will give you access to our professionally manicured 18 hole putting course, chipping and pitching greens, and bunkers.
Public - $125
Members - $95

Ladies Night at The Ridge

Calling all Ladies! We’re back at it for another great season. Building off of the success of last year, we will be hosting our 4 “Majors” on the last Wednesday of every month, along with a regular weekly play in between.

 Golf, prizes and a BBQ dinner for $29
2012 Schedule
May 30
June 27
July 25
Aug 29
Registration starts May 1st.

For more information, please contact

For the Kids (even the really little ones)

Ridge Junior Players Club
The Ridge Junior Players Club is a membership that is brand new to the Cordova Bay lineup in 2012. It gives beginner and intermediate juniors a very affordable way to play golf with professional supervision.
Price: $30 initiation Fee
Membership runs until May 1st of the following year
For ages 14 and under
·         Discounted Green Fees
·         Eligible to play on “Play Golf” days
·         Ridge Handicapping
·         45 minute orientation and facility tour
·         Free monthly junior clinics by PGA of Canada Professionals
·         Personalized Bag Tags
·         Advanced entry to tournaments
·         Eligible for order of merit
·         Weekly “Play Golf” juniors only time
·         Professionally supervised “Practice Golf” sessions twice weekly
·         Golf club trade in program available
·         CN Future Links membership (
$7 Green fee (Discounted from $11)
$5 Second 9
$7 “Play Golf” Green fee
$4 “Practice Golf”
Optional Convenience Cards
Play/Practice Golf Cards—$50/100/150/200
Practice area seasons pass $59 (reg. $125)

Sign up in person @ The Ridge pro shop.

Junior Summer Camps

For four consecutive days, juniors will meet each morning at 8:30, learn new golf skills, compete in fun daily contests, enjoy healthy snacks, and play the Ridge Course. Ice Cream and Mini golf on Wednesdays is always exciting! Camps begin on Mondays all summer long. Maximum 12 juniors for 2 CPGA Professionals

2012 Future Links Junior Summer Camp Schedule
Level 1
July 2-5                Monday – Thurs 8:30 AM – 12:30PM
July 9-12              Monday – Thurs 8:30 AM – 12:30PM
July 16-19            Monday – Thurs 8:30 AM – 12:30PM
July 30—Aug 3    Monday – Thurs 8:30 AM – 12:30PM
August 7-10        Tuesday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Level II
July 23-26          Monday – Thurs 8:30 AM – 12:30PM
August 13-16     Monday – Thurs 8:30 AM – 12:30PM
August 20-23     Monday – Thurs 8:30 AM – 12:30PM
August 27-30     Monday – Thurs 8:30 AM – 12:30PM

For more information, please contact

SNAG Golf for Kids aged 4 to 7

$119 +HST
Looking for a fun way to get your junior involved in golf? The SNAG to JR/JR is an after school program designed as an 8 week introduction to golf. We start using oversized SNAG clubs and balls for the half, then move into real golf equipment for the second half.

Instructional Component:
·Learn to Putt
·Learn to Chip & Pitch
·Full Swing Fundamentals
·How to play in a group
·Basic Etiquette

Please contact for more dates and information.

Short Game Instruction at The Ridge

Click for Details Short Game University

It is no secret that the bulk of the shots we lose on the course are from within 60 yards of the green. The curriculum laid out by our faculty of PGA of Canada coaches will set you on the right track with tutorials on Putting, Chipping, Pitching, Bunker Play, and short game strategies.



Pin placement indicators on the Ridge course

I and my regular weekly Ridge group have asked the staff about this repeatedly and are generally told that the staff member will ask someone else about it. We've never received an answer. The issue is the lack of indicators on the flag sticks as to the placement of the hole for the day. On a number of holes the cup can be placed so that you cannot see whether the hole is at the front, middle or back or where it is in relationship to the ridges. Is there a reason for resisting adding a distance indicator flag to the flag stick so that we can have a better chance of judging distance from the tee box?

Pin placement indicators at the Ridge

My goodness, this course is 900 yards long, the greens are small and I might be wrong, but the PGA Tour has yet to schedule an event there.  What ever happened to USING YOUR EYES to judge distance?  While every flagstick is not visible from the tee box, it is visible from another vantage point on the course. Look at the pin on #3 when you are on the first green, look at the pin on #4 when you are on the first tee, look at the pin on #7 when you are on the 5th green, and look at the pin on #8 when you are on the 7th green. The rest of the pins are quite visible from the tee box. In my opinion this little course is an absolute gem, perfectly manicured, well managed, and a great asset to the golfing community.

Pin placements

You must be taller than I am, "Old golfer", if you can see the other pins from the tee boxes, and you're obviously not golfing first thing in the morning when they are moving the pins around as you play. I certainly appreciate your suggestion about "USING YOUR EYES"; I'd probably never thought of that without your gentle guidance. We do enjoy the course each week, and most of the people are very nice there.

The Ridge

One of the best short courses around & like it's big Bay sister, just as beautiful.

Glad to see this wonderful place getting some well deserved extra recognition.

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The Ridge

What are the 2012 prices for the Ridge. The current blog lists rates for 2011.

Ridge Rates for 2012

Thanks for pointing that out.  The rates have stayed the same but I didn't update the year on the web page.