RIVERSIDE GOLF COURSE (512-386-7077)
Texas Golf Course Review
Riverside Golf Course is a Perry Maxwell design featuring a hilly terrain with fairways that are lined with stately oak, pecan and maple trees. Originally built as the Austin Country Club, the course served as a training ground for Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw, under the tutelage of Harvey Pennick, whose residence was situated behind the 5th tee box. It later came under the ownership of Austin community College, and was modified to make room for the ACC Riverside Campus.
Since the course was taken over by OnCourse Strategies in late 2005, significant improvements have occurred. Several tee boxes have been raised and reconstructed, and course conditioning and clubhouse operations have also been revamped and continue to improve. The facility includes the Tin Cup Grill - which offers a nice environment for a quick beverage or burger after a round. Breakfast and lunch items re offered daily. One of its best attributes - reasonable green fees, with prices including cart topping out at under $40 prime time in 2007.
There is no range on property, but a hitting net with 3 stations is provided, and there also is a practice green for putting and chipping. On course yardage markers are posted at 100, 150 and 200 yards with 150 stakes on all par fours and fives. Color coded flags provide indications of front, middle or back hole locations.
There are three sets of tees that play to distances and slopes measuring 6349 yards/123 slope, 5744 yards/123 slope for men and 127 for women, an 4877 yards with a slope of 105 for men and 112 for ladies hitting from the forward tees. As these ratings indicate, this is a player friendly design for each of the tee areas. Golfers will encounter some carries of ravines or creeks, and the small round green complexes will require some accurate approaches.
Some of the mildly sloping greens are slightly raised, and most have one or two sand traps protecting the sides. Altogether 46 bunkers are located near the landing zones on the wide, tree lined fairways, or situated greenside. Water comes into play on four holes, adding challenge and aesthetic beauty in particular, to the par three third and fifth holes. A pond also affects the strategy on the approach shot to the elevated green complex on the par five 13th.
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