Vista Ridge Golf Club is a higher end public golf course north of Denver. I’ve played the course three times, and each time I’ve been impressed by the course conditions and the courteousness of the staff. This is a good combination. 🙂
The course plays long, you can hit driver on most of the par 4s and all but one of the par 5s. The greens are really hard, and it’s a good idea to land the ball just short or on the front of the green and let it release back to the pin. I find myself chipping with my hybrid from the fringe quite often on this course, as shots just trickle off the green.
The greens are fast and putt very true. Challenging, but rewarding of a good stroke. Unfortunately, if you hit it hard enough to keep it online through the hole and don’t sink the putt, you’ll probably have a good 3-5 feet coming back as the putt rolls out.
There isn’t a lot of water on the course, but the water that is there does come into play. There is a drivable par 4 over water that is always a fun decision.
I expect I’ll play here more than three times next summer.
So I’m still a little green to golf (really only started playing seriously in May). I’m familiar with using a half-swing with a wood to shoot it low to get out from under trees, but I’ve never heard of chipping with a hybrid.
Can you explain the reasoning and which club/loft you’re using?
I’ve got a Sonartec 21 degree hybrid (basically a 3-iron). I can make a putting stroke with the hybrid and the ball jumps over/through the fringe then rolls out like a putt. It’s a lower risk shot than chipping from a tight lie around the greens. Try it sometime.
I’d never thought of that, but I already like it. I will definitely give it a go-round.