The 6,976 yard, 18 hole championship golf course designed by Bill Bergin traverses Hillabee Creek, Choccolocco Creek, Cider Lake, a century old rock reservoir, and even a waterfall. With its dramatic topography and bent grass greens, it is one of the southeast's most scenic championship golf courses.
The clubhouse provides striking views of Cider Lake in addition to a restaurant, a fully stocked pro shop, and a practice facility with professional instruction available.
Cider Ridge is contoured to the land, blending in to the natural scenic surroundings with incomparable views. You can now ride the fairways and with many tee layouts and other features, it will be as challenging as most golfers desire and expect in a top quality golf course. Local players are the majority of the golfers at Cider Ridge. However, golfers from all over the nation are saying Cider Ridge is one of the most scenic courses they have ever played. Cider Ridge is catering to the needs and desires of the local population. The club house is open to the public for dining, weddings, social functions, etc.
Cider Ridge is located on the old Mellon Apple Orchard property. The following information was obtained about the Mellon Apple Orchard from Sam Mellon, Jr., the grandson of the orchard's founder, William Edward Mellon, Jr. W. E. Mellon was born in 1850 and established Mellon's Orchard between the end of Friendship Road and Mellon Bridge on Choccolocco Creek in Oxford, Alabama.
Over 100 years ago, the orchard produced from 7,000 to 11,000 bushels of apples each year and at its peak produced 20,000 gallons of apple cider. Hence, the name Cider Ridge evolved. People would come from as far away as Alexander City and Gadsden to purchase their apple cider.
Cider Ridge has many distinguishing characteristics: an almost natural dam on Little Hillabee Creek with a waterfall, a century old rock reservoir that was used with a ram pump producing running water over 100 years ago, massive centuries old trees, and multitudinous varieties of flora and fauna. You can see remains of the old mill from the Mellon Bridge over Choccolocco Creek. The mill was a water-powered grist mill, saw mill, and gin mill. Cider Ridge also has majestic views of the surrounding mountains including Alabama's tallest, Mt. Cheaha.