Review of River Bend Golf Course in Brownsville
Wow, what a pleasant surprise and after playing, we were not surprised that River Bend Golf Course was named by Golf Digest as a "Best Places To Play" in 2008/2009. River Bend Golf Course plays along a bend of the Rio Grande River and through River Bend Resort which is a very nice, well manicured and landscaped resort community of RV rentals lots, town homes, and residential property. The course is open to the public and a must play if you're in the Valley.
Here's some of the reasons why we liked River Bend Golf Course:
A few of the holes that we really liked included:
The fairways range from tree lined to lined by a mixture of natural areas, water, or residences - all of which can come into play. The fairways are very tight and favor accuracy over distance. The back nine seemed a little more open and forgiving. The fairways are dry and firm with some bare spots and rough ranges from a tad thick to thin and playable. The rough also has several brown/bare/dirt spots.
The greens ranged from on the small side to about average. Some are raised, most are relatively flat but you will encounter some fairly significant slope and some undulation that can cause a three putt if you're not careful. They were in good condition, firm but held the ball well, and ran at a good speed.
You can leave your sand wedge at home, River Bend doesn't have any sand unless you really spray the ball in the Rio Grande or into some farm land.
Bottom line - well worth playing thanks to reasonable rates, fun and challenging holes, and fair conditions.
Rates: $21.00 to $35.00
The pro shop has very limited golf gear and snacks and drinks only. The practice facilites are ok. The staff is very friendly.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.