Review and Rating of River Place Country Club in Austin
River Place is a Texas Outside Favorite and an excellent course - it's very scenic and chiseled into the Austin hills and valleys which provides lots of ups and downs, cliffs, ravines, elevation changes, sloping and rolling fairways, and more. It's a fun and demanding course to play and just driving the cart up and down with all the twists and turns is fun! River Place offers stunning views of the hills, valley, and some huge beautiful homes perched on the hill sides.
In 2014 and 2015 River Place was investing $750,000 to replace the turf on all of the greens to TifEagle and rebuild all of the bunkers and converting some to grass bunkers.
The first hole sets you up for what you are going to experience for the rest of the round. From an elevated tee box, this 402 yard par 4 dogleg left requires an accurate tee shot to stay in the rolling downhill fairway, avoid the bunkers left and right, and not over shoot the fairway and land in the ravine leading to the green. Then the second shot needs to carry the ravine to a downhill green with a left and right side bunker and a false front with significant slope back down to the ravine.
The front nine goes along a creek that cuts across 6 holes which adds to the course difficulty. There is a lot of variety with no two holes the same - lots of dog legs, dramatic elevation changes, uphill and downhill shots, rolling contoured fairways, ravines, hill sides, and plenty of blind shots.
The back nine is equally as fun but seems a little easier. #10 and #18 are great - #10 requires a uphill shot over a ravine and back down to a dog leg left greeen with a tough approach and #18 is a blind shot down a dog leg left fairway to a tight green with a pond in front plus bunkers.
The first time you play River Place be prepared to be surprised and loose some balls. This course demands excellent course managment and club selection skills if you want to score well. If you can keep the ball in play and have some course knowledge, you'll have a fun, but challenging round. Don't bite off more than you can chew because the elevation changes, blind shots, dog legs, ravines, creeks, and narrow fairways will test you.
Course conditions seem to vary a lot at River Place - tradionally it seems a little dry and not as lush as it could be and you'll typically encounter some bare spots. The fairways range from very tight to let-er-rip but don't miss. All of the fairways are contoured and rolling making for lots of uneven lies.
The bunkers are strategically placed and range in shape and size with some being very steep and deep. We we played they were in very good condition with soft thick sand.
The greens at Riverplace were also in very good conditon and about average size and lots of different shapes, Most have some slope and undulation, some are well guarded, and most demand accuracy on the approach. They were rolling a little slow but ture. .
Bottom line - this is a fantastic course and a must play! Fun, demanding, scenic, lots of variety, and unique and interesting holes.
Initiation Fees: $10,001 to $25,000
Monthly Dues: $201 to $400
Service is very good - the pro staff is great, the cart lady shows up on time, and you're met at the parking lot with a cart and returned to your car. The club house is home to a good bar and restaurant with some great 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.