Review of River Crossing Club
Wow, this is truly a hidden gem in the Texas Hill Country in Spring Branch! It's a great layout, excellent greens, fun yet demanding, scenic, and in excellent condition - plus country friendly service - it's hard to beat all of that. Their website sums it up well - "Always considered one of the best-maintained courses in this part of Texas, River Crossing Club is also known for being one of the most playable courses. It's a perfect balance of challenge and forgiveness that provides one enjoyable round after another."
River Crossing Club has received a number of other accolades over the years, some of which include:
Here are some of the reasons why we love this course which offers some of everything that makes golf fun, challenging, frustrating, and expensive (I lost three balls!):
Don't let any of that discourage you from playing this fantastic course - there are 5 sets of tees boxes but don't bite off more than you can chew, focus on club selection and course management, and study your putts carefully. River Crossing is very fair but demanding, puts a premium on accuracy over distance, and the greens are huge! You can't help but love this course and want to play it again, and again, and again.
Some of the holes that we loved included:
When we played the fairways were in very good condition and a real joy to hit out of. That wasn't the case with the rough - great shape but thick and challenging to hit from and in some cases it swallowed your ball. The fairways at River Crossing Club ranged from tight and twisting to some wide open let-er-rip shots off the tee box. Most of the fairways are tree lined, rolling and contoured, and have plenty of mounding. Miss the fairway and rough, which is not that hard to do, and you're blocked by trees or in the natural area and most likely lost. A few homes are scattered in the trees and set well back off the fairway. Keep an eye out for deer and other wildlife.
The greens at River Crossing were also in near perfect condition. They were soft and held the ball well and ran at a good speed around 10. They are huge with plenty of slope and some undulation with very subtle breaks that are hard to see. Three putts - thanks to the breaks and huge size of the greens - were common. Practice putting before you head out! The greens on the front average are larger averaging 41 yards deep while the back average 35 yards deep.
The River Crossing Club bunkers ranged from small pot bunkers to some huge monsters, a couple of which were big enough to have a couple trees in the middle of them. They ranged from very steep and deep to about average and the sand ranged from perfect (soft, fine, thick) to a little firm and gritty.
Initiation Fees: Under $10,000
Monthly Dues: $401 to $600
Service was outstanding - outgoing, friendly, and helpful. The pro shop is well stocked. The practice facilities are good and includes free range balls. There is water and ice on the course and restrooms are clean. And the grill at the turn has great hot dogs and sandwiches at very reasonable prices. The clubhouse has a good bar and very good food.
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.