For a 15-20 handicapper like me, this course seemed really challenging. You can't see the flag on most holes, no GPS on carts make it even tougher to visualize where and how to hit your shot. To make matters worse, due to the remote location and thereby limited cell phone signal means that you cannot use your phone apps.
The yardage markers are very confusing and are painted on the grass - so its easy to miss them. I think they should have a prominent 150 yard black and white stake in the middle of the fairway OR red / white / blue stakes along the fringes. For a course without GPS carts, the yardage markers should be more prominent. Come to think of it, even the driving range had just one yellow flag at around 125 yards - no distance markers.
Fortunately, I was playing with some friends who played here before and had some knowledge of the lay of the land.
The mud traps are very different from sand traps - takes a little bit to adjust your stroke.
In my opinion, there are plenty of better alternatives in West Houston - but a few tweaks by management would make this a great place to play. Good luck and happy golfing!!
Very scenic course that offers a great setting for golf outside of Houston. However, for $80 they miss out on something's that other Houston (and Katy courses) offer. River Ridge lacks:
- decent sand traps. Theirs are full of mud/gravel and are unplayable. Other courses are drain well and have white sand
- GPS carts. Although there are plenty of apps that allow for this, having it on your cart is almost standard for $50 courses.
- service is horrible, which makes this their biggest issue. Little things like clubhouse attendants who don't smile, greet or engage customers. This includes the Starter who's attitude borders on absurdly rude for someone who sits on their ass.
All in all, enough of River Ridge. For all of their commercials, they lack the basics needed for a top rated course. I'll stop recommending it and stop patronizing it.
One of the best golf courses west of Houston! They provide 27 holes, a snack bar, practice range & lessons from the pros! Trey Birchum is the head pro and runs the facility very well. The pro shop attire and golf supplies are a little pricy but what pro shop isn't? The greens are always perfect when I come to play. One great benefit for this course is when it's raining in Houston, more than likely there is sunshine on this course. The "river" 9 is a bit challenging and has the most yardage out of the 3 holes. The "parkland" 9 is more narrow with a bunch of trees so be careful. The "ridge" 9 has a more open play. Either way you go this course is the way to go. A quick note, the snack bar ALWAYS closes between 4-5 so make sure you get all the beer and food you want before you leave or turn to another 9 holes.
River Ridge for my money is the best deal out in West Houston. Come on guys this place is fantastic. i live in Cinco Ranch and it's only 25 min drive. You save more than that at other local busy courses by not waiting on the tee. The staff is so nice and a beautiful practice area. 27 holes of beautiful golf no houses on the Brazos.
I will make one slight comment but understand why . They are very slow during the week and the last two times i've been there the snack bar which has delicious bbq is closed. They need our support. Get on their mailing list for specials and discount times of the day.
Very nice, well maintained course.
Not cheap, but worth the $$.
Wasn't crowded the day we played.
They could use a cart that comes out with beer and snacks. Only opportunity was at the turn.
Greens and fairways were both very well groomed and maintained.