Review & Rating of River Bend Golf Club in Floresville, TX
South Texas Golf manages two courses about 20 miles south of San Antonio - Pleasanton Country Club in Pleasanton and River Bend Golf Club in Floresville. We were pleasantly surprised when we played River Bend during a visit to San Antonio. We were expecting a flat, dry, cow pasture (I don't know why) and we found the course fun to play, with an interesting mix of holes, fair conditions, and very reasonable rates.
The front nine is a links-style layout with wide forgiving fairways and huge receptive greens. The back nine is more traditional with some tighter fairways, smaller greens, minor elevation changes, lots of Live Oaks to worry about if you spray the ball, and a meandering creek that crosses the fairway on some holes.
Some of the holes that we liked included:
The greens at River Bend are huge, some are guarded, a few are raised, and all are relatively gentle in terms of slope and contour. When we played they were a tad slow (around an 8 or so), soft, true, and in fair condition.
The River Bend fairways were in rough shape with a mixture of grass, weeds, and dirt. They are very firm and dry which means we got lots of extra roll. There are some minor ups and downs - for example, #17 is a 194-yard par 3 with a steep uphill climb that requires you to club up one or two clubs.
The sand in the 25 bunkers was good - fairly deep and soft. The bunker faces are manageable at 6 to 10 inches tall. The edges could use some TLC.
Rates: $28.00 to $42.00
Full practice facility with an island green as a target. Lew's Patio & Grill has a wide selection of food for lunch and dinner. The pro shop was closed due to Covid-19, so we don't know how much gear it has.
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.