PARMA, Ohio—The birth of our nation is not the only big celebration this weekend. A golf course that some call the best kept secret in northeast Ohio is marking a milestone.
“We have a proclamation in recognition of the 90th anniversary of Ridgewood Golf Course in our wonderful city of Parma,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.
Ridgewood Golf Course: a majestic piece of land nestled in the center of the city of Parma.
“Ridgewood Golf Course was built in 1925 to basically draw people from Cleveland to the outer suburbia and help develop Parma as we see it today,” said Dave Chuba, General Manager and PGA Golf Pro at Ridgewood Golf Course.
Ridgewood is a public course, but started out as a semi-private club before going totally private in the 1950s.
“Ridgewood Golf Course is such a great asset to the city of Parma,” DeGeeter said.
In 1969, the city officially bought the golf course and this weekend, Ridgewood celebrates its 90th birthday. On Friday, the club held a golf outing to celebrate with 144 golfers who took their best shot to break par and celebrate.
“This golf course pretty much just symbolizes everything that Parma is about,” Luke Toth of Parma said.
“It’s a hidden gem in the city of Parma. Parma is great. I’m on a Wednesday night league here,” said Kathee Obrien of Parma.
Ridgewood Golf Course has changed quite a bit in 90 years, but one thing that has remained constant is its history, a rich one at that.
“When you play golf here, there’s a chance that you stepped where Walter Hagen played, that you made a putt where Palmer played and you’re not going to find that at every golf course,” Chuba said.
This course has more than just the history, it has a lifetime of memories that many won’t soon forget.
“I’ve been playing here for about 55 years,” said golfer John Maddox. “I used to caddy here at this golf course a long time ago when it was semi-private country club and that’s very unique to me.”
Happy Birthday Ridgewood.