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 is the variety of fun hole and some enjoyable par 3s. Some of the holes that we really liked included:
#2 is fun 504-yard par 5 with a sharp dog leg left at 250 yards out leading to a raised oblong back to front skinny green guarded by front and left bunkers
#7 is the #1 handicap hole and it's a beaut – 434 yard dog left par 4 with a carry over a natural area off the tee box to a tight fairway with the Trinity River along the left side – a great risk-reward shot if you want to try and carry more the natural area and flirt with the River
#14 requires some precision to par – 3 huge bunkers are waiting for your tee shot and forcing you to play safe left or try to carry them – that's followed by a zig-zag right than back left leading to a green guarded by a left and right side bunker and a hidden bunker off the backside
Bottom line – a fun course to play and challenging for all skill levels coupled with reasonable rates, good service, and good conditions.
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.