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North Ridge members vote to renovate greens and bunkers

North Ridge Country Club’s membership has voted to spend $3.7 million to renovate the 60-year-old golf course’s greens and bunkers.
North Ridge Country Club’s membership has voted to spend $3.7 million to renovate the 60-year-old golf course’s greens and bunkers. Special to The Bee

North Ridge Country Club’s membership has voted to spend $3.7 million to renovate the 60-year-old golf course’s greens and bunkers.

Short term, the decision is going to lessen the quality of the golfing experience and probably cost the Fair Oaks club some members. Long term, it’s going to make North Ridge a better course and a more desirable option in the competitive private-club market.

“We’re going to have a track that will be hard to compete with when we’re done,” general manager Rink Sanford said.

Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects was selected to do the renovation. Nine proposals were submitted. It will be paid for by a $60-a-month capital improvement fee for 15 years.

The vote was 63 percent in favor. While pro and con sides had staunch advocates, Sanford said all is well.

“These things are always a little contentious,” he said. “But even the architect said, from what he’s used to, it was a pretty sane process.”

Construction is expected to commence in March. Three high-quality temporary greens at a time will be built until all 18 holes have temporary greens by fall. The plan is to have the course back to championship caliber by the spring of 2018.

“Our goal is to stay open the entire time and provide greens that members can enjoy and even post a score on,” Sanford said.

North Ridge’s original pushup greens, their root structure deteriorating, didn’t recover well after last year’s fall aerification, prompting the club to act. The club’s bunkers have been a concern among members for years, Sanford said.

We’re going to have a track that will be hard to compete with when we’re done.

Rink Sanford, North Ridge general manager

Plans call for less slope in the new putting surfaces so green speeds can be increased, Sanford said. They will be bent grass.

On to NorCals

Granite Bay High School’s girls cruised to victory in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament.

Sophomore Hailey Reitz shot a 3-under-par 69 at the Reserve at Spanos Park and was the medalist to lead the Grizzlies into next week’s Northern California championship in Salinas. Vanessa Richani had a 71 and Sienna Lyford a 75 for Granite Bay.

Oak Ridge, which has played second fiddle to Granite Bay all season, also advanced. Lexi Perry, Emma Sand and Caleigh Clark shot 77s for the Trojans.

St. Francis advanced as the third-place team.

Davis’ Marie Dean (70), Vista del Lago’s Noor Ahmed (72) and Christian Brothers’ Beah Cruz (73) advanced as individuals.

Auburn Valley for sale

Auburn Valley Golf Club is for sale. Asking price: $3.2 million.

Leisure Investment Properties Group has been retained to market the sale of the course, which has been bank-owned since a 2009 foreclosure.

Auburn Valley opened in 1960. It includes 175 acres and a 12,000 square-foot club house.

69 Hailey Reitz’s medalist score for Granite Bay High School at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament

Et cetera

▪ Sacramento’s Kim Welch has advanced through the first two stages of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament. She will compete for a spot on the 2017 LPGA Tour in the final qualifying stage later this month in Daytona Beach, Fla.

▪ With two international events and the season-ending LPGA Tour championship left in the 2016 season, Folsom’s Briana Mao is 129th on the money list with $35,892 in 14 tournaments. The tour rookie is headed back to the qualifying tournament.

▪ Mike Williams and Scott Bubany won the Sacramento County 4-Ball at Mather, beating Juan Gonzalez and Peter Mason 2 up in the title match. Williams and Bubany also won in 2013.

▪ Chuck Richesin, 67, who plays out of Woodbridge Country Club, won the Northern California Golf Association Super Senior Championship at Valley Hi.

Steve Pajak: 916-326-5526, @Steve_Pajak

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