Review of Riverside Golf Course in San Antonio
Riverside Golf Course, just south of downtown San Antonio, is one of San Antonio's oldest golf courses. The front nine opened in 1929 and the back nine was added in 1961. The San Antonio Rivers splits the two nines and thanks to being built at two different times by two different architects, each nine offers you a little different experience. The front nine is an "old school" very traditional layout that's a little shorter than the back and has tight tree lined fairways - spray the ball and you'll be in some trouble. The back nine is easier with wide open fairways, a lot less trees and trouble, and more birdie opportunities. Riverside is also home to a nine hole par 3 course. Riverside Golf Course is one of seven courses on the Alamo Golf Trail - click on the link to read our reviews of all of the courses on the Alamo Golf Trail.
In January 2013 we visited Riverside but at tee time it was 28 degrees without the wind chill, so we decided to go drink some hot toddies and play it on another day when it was warmer. Some of the comments in the review are from the head pro, the pictures are from the course website, and our rating is based on talking to some people and what we saw when we visited the course. We hope to play Riverside within the next few months, so please come back.
Here are some comments from the website: the first hole is a challenging par 5 that entices many golfers to "go for it in two", however the green is guarded by a large pond down in a valley, hidden from the fairway. One of Riverside's signature holes is the par 5 #16 - a double dogleg with a large water hazard. Overall, the course is very forgiving for beginner golfers and makes for a fun day of golf.
Rates: $25.00 to $43.00
Service is ok, the pro shop has a limited supply of the basics, and food is limited to microwave burgers, premade sandwiches, dogs, and snacks. There is a putting green and par 3 nine hole course but no driving range.
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.