Pine Ridge Country Club, located just south of Worcester in North Oxford, Ma., is a picturesque, par-71, 6,002-yard layout that provides plenty of challenge despite is overall short total distance.
Pine Ridge is a shot-maker’s delight, with several drivable par-fours, reachable-in-two par-fives, and tough par-threes that demand sound club selection and pinpoint accuracy.
The eclectic mixture of relatively easy and demanding holes can be found right out of the box. The first hole is a 308-yard par-four that is a fun way to start your round. Seems easy on the scorecard but there is a large bunker to the right of the fairway and trees scattered about to catch errant tee shots. And the green is well protected by more bunkers.
Number two is a short, 150-yard par-three that again lulls you into a fall sense of security. Strike your tee shot a bit long and you will find trouble and be looking at a double bogey.
The seventh is another good short par-four that plays around 340 yards from the back markers. It bends slightly to the left and you can take yardage off by risking a tee shot over a tree that guards the left side of the fairway.
There are a number of shortish par-fives that can be attacked here. That includes the finisher, which the club considers its signature hole. It’s kind of a double dogleg that can be penal because of a small pond that sits near the green of the right.
Facilities include a restaurant and banquet area, which are perfect for small or large groups.