RIVER RIDGE GOLF CLUB (800-553-7517)
Texas Golf Course Review
River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy, about 35 miles from Houston, is a Jay Riviere championship design that has been awarded 41/2 stars (out of five) by Golf Digest Places to Play. This 27-hole layout opened for play in 1998, and is known as a fair challenge to avid golfers and to novices as well. Lush conditioning from tee to green along a mildly rolling topography, that features a generous number of beautiful pecan trees, makes this an enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels.
There are four sets of tees on each nine that play to slopes rating between 133 and 112 for men and 135 to 119 for women. The Parkland nine is the longest of the three, with tees measuring 3616, 3349, 3097 and 2801 yards. There are 27 sand bunkers and water comes into play on the first and last hole. The Ridge course is the next longest with tees that play to 3585, 3274, 2982 and 2685 yards, and has 23 bunkers and 4 holes with water in play.. The River Layout measures 3330, 3077, 2832 and 2543 yards. There are 3 holes with memorable water features, and this nine has the most sand traps - 43 in total.
All 3 nines are very well marked, with the Kirby marking system (yardages posted every 25 yards from 200 to 75 yards in and 250 on par fives) in place both on the cart paths and on the fairways. There also are color coded stakes near the cart paths at 100, 150, 200 and 250 yards. Pin placement sheets are mounted on each cart, indicating the day's hole locations. The carts also have rear covers to protect clubs and golf bags during inclement weather.
On property is a clubhouse with pro shop plus locker rooms with showers. A snack shop and outdoor patio serving beer & wine plus hot and cold sandwiches is located nearby. There is a full service practice facility featuring a targeted range, short game area with sand bunker plus putting/chipping green. The photos in this review are of the River and Parkland designs.
Golfers will encounter excellent playing conditions along a track in a secluded setting that has no residential development. The 3 nines feature tree lined fairways that usually provide significant landing zones, although there are some fairly tight holes. The green complexes vary, with most of the putting surfaces mildly sloping and raised, and with mounds and bunkers serving as protection. The environment throughout is serene - with aesthetic touches like stone wall bridges that lead players across some of the numerous creek crossings.
Beautiful course, nice facilities, friendly service - a round here is highly recommended! For more info, visit our page for the property, with direct link to their website by clicking here.