New Story; or at least some little known course history. Ridgewood GC first opened in 1925. It was designed by Sandy Alves, a golf course construction manager for the world-famous Donald Ross. Impressed by his work, Ross recommended Alves to the members at Shaker Heights Country Club. Alves was hired to supervise construction of its Donald Ross course, and when construction was finished he stayed on as the Shaker's first Golf professional. Eight years later, Ross and Alves were chosen to design and build a course for The Masons of Cleveland, and they created Acacia Country Club in 1920. Alves remained as Acacia's professional until his death in 1939.
While at Acacia, alves designed a number of other Cleveland area course, including the two courses at Highland Park in cleveland, The Fairways at Twin Lakes in 1923...(as Twin Lakes Country Club), Madison CC along with Highland Meadows CC in toledo and French Lick Resort in Indiana. I bring up this list because he also designed Ridgewood Golf Course in Parma.
Ridgewood is not only a big part of Parma's history but we share a famous designer in the history of golf as well. Talk about a great family tree...
Something new for the 2016 golf season.
I have had the privilege of meeting many wonderful people over the past two years since I accepted the job at Ridgewood GC. What stands out to me are the many fascinating stories connected to our golf course. So many players have come forward to share their stories with me over the past two years. Since then, I have made it one of my goals to shed light on the history of this golf course and the unique connection we share with the city of Parma, Ohio.
After listening to so many stories, I decided to create a new module on our web site to highlight our history by sharing these stories. But I need your help! I am asking you, the golfers, the city residents and our workers to write down your stories on the form I have included at the bottom of this page. I feel it is important for us to share these stories with all the residents of Parma in order to keep the history alive and well for future generations to enjoy and understand the unique connection this course has provided over the years to all its residents. It goes without saying this course means more to our community than knowing a few famous golfers have walked these fairways over the years. There is a special connection between the golf course and its players that extends back to early childhood memories with so many of our guests and supporters. I think sharing these stories will secure not only our history but the successful future of this establishment for years to come. Thank you for your participation:
Yours for better golf,
General Manager/PGA Professional
Fill out the form below. Include your story, your connection to our golf course. I will pick one story every month and display it on our web-site. If your story is chosen I will award a foursome of golf for your efforts. Understand, not all stories will make our site but if your story is selected I reserve the right to modify your content in order to fit the space provided and edit such content/language to make it appropriate for all of our readers.