Beckett Ridge Golf Club: Bringing the Links Back From the Brink

"It's been fulfilling, reviving Beckett Ridge Golf Club and restoring it into something special," says General Manager Zachary Fink.
Beckett Ridge Golf Club: Bringing the Links Back From the Brink
Photography by Kerri Hines

Thanks to a recent $2 million reinvestment, the Beckett Ridge Golf Club, which includes the course and its Ridgeview Pub Clubhouse in West Chester now boasts brand-new cart paths and newly paved parking lots, entryways, exits and circle bag drop. 

The golf course is beautiful once more. And guests love it.

“It took some time and wore us out, but we really turned the place around,” says Beckett Ridge General Manager Zachary Fink.

Fink was managing a Dayton golf course in March 2020 when it was closed due to COVID-19. When asked to resurrect Beckett Ridge in June of that year, he was intrigued by the opportunity.

“The golf course has made a remarkable recovery,” he says.

A remarkable recovery, indeed!

Then and Now

Beckett Ridge Golf Club was a luxurious private club from 1975 until 2010. 

“For 35 years, it was the cat’s meow, complete with a swim club and tennis club,” Fink recalls.

Eventually, it was sold and transformed into a public golf course, which remained under the same ownership for five years. That owner failed to maintain the property, and it gradually deteriorated. According to Fink, the final blow came when the water was left on in the clubhouse, causing flooding and mold damage.

“Essentially, Beckett Ridge Golf Club was left for dead, and its doors closed in October 2019,” Fink recalls. “The golf course was a disaster. It was full of weeds, and all the bunkers were dirt, rocks and grass. But we started taking care of it and slowly turned things around.”

Fink and his colleagues bought all new golf carts and equipment to maintain the course. For 38 months, he and his colleagues operated out of an RV because the property had no running water or restrooms. Two winters ago, they tore down the old clubhouse and built a new one. 

The golf course offers guests spectacular views of southern Butler County and northern Hamilton County. On a clear day, golfers can catch a glimpse of Downtown Cincinnati’s buildings, which are more than 20 miles away.

“Word is spreading that Beckett Ridge is once again a fun, popular golf course with great views,” says Fink. To date this year, the course has hosted 10 leagues, at least a dozen outings and one tournament, and inquiries for future leagues and events continue to pour in. Fink has worked in the golf industry for the past 45 years and has been a golf pro-PGA member for most of that time. 

“It has been fulfilling, reviving Beckett Ridge Golf Club and restoring it into something special,” Fink says. “It has been a lot of work, but I’ve enjoyed every minute.” 

Want to experience the Beckett Ridge Golf Club revival firsthand? Call 513-874-2710 or visit beckettridgegolf.com to learn more.

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