Review and Rating of Riverside Golf Club
Riverside Golf Club is situated along the banks of the Trinity River just south of DFW Airport and it is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the Metroplex. Over the past few years Avid Golfer rated it #20 in the Top Courses in the Metroplex, Top Value Priced Course Under $55, #4 in Value Price Category, and #2 Best Cart Girls. We didn't rate the cart girls, but we sure agree that Riverside is one of the best in the Metroplex and an excellent value.
Each of the holes on this links style course is unique and the holes include plenty of dog legs, water, and bunkers. Club selection and specifically your iron approach shots are critical if you want to score well - water, narrow approaches, island greens, and steep faced bunkers (do whatever you can to avoid these guys or you may be in them for a couple strokes) protect the greens.
When we played, the greens were in above average condition, about average speed, and most had some undulation or gentle slope. The greens vary in size and shape with most of them a little smaller than average. Bump and run is tough because the greens are raised.
The fairways were in excellent shape for the time of year we played. Most of the fairways are flat and some are tight. Strategically placed traps and water, can cause a problem if you can't hit it straight. Use of the GPS can help with club selection
Watch out for the bunkers - most are huge with steep faces (some are so steep there is a graded walk-in walk-out section) and you'll find them in the fairway as well as guarding the greens. The good news is the sand is excellent - soft, thick, and fluffy.
What makes Riverside Golf Club a must play are the variety of fun hole and some enjoyable par 3s. Some of the holes that we really liked included:
Bottom line - a fun course to play and challenging for all skill levels coupled with reasonable rates, good service, and good conditions.
Rates: $20.00 to $49.00
Service is good and when we played on Monday afternoon, there was even a friendly cart lady. The pro shop is well stocked, the practice range is good, and the grill has dogs, pre-made sandwiches, candy and drinks including beer. The staff is friendly and courteous and everything is well maintained.
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.