River Place Country Club

4.6593176471 4.7 stars from 5 (158)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6381 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 72.3
  • Layout

  • 4207 River Pl Blvd, Austin, Texas 78730, Travis County
  • (512) 346-1114
  • (512) 346-0527
  • riverplaceclub.com

Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Tom Kite (1994), Roy Bechtol (1994)
Type: Private
Greens: Tif-Eagle Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6381 yards 72.3 136
Members 71 5952 yards 71.0 135
Bronze 71 5859 yards 70.2 134
Green 71 5337 yards 68.1 125
Green (W) 71 5337 yards 71.1 136
Red (W) 71 4347 yards 66.2 113

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 158 Reviews
5 stars:
92
4 stars:
45
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

141 out of 157 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include elevation changes forced carries narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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"Greens punched and sanded on 5/6/19"


BWinTX's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Private club. Green and tees were punched and sanded 5 days prior and balls didn't roll true. Rain in forecast and course had very few players. It did end up raining for most of our round and it was fairly sloppy out there.

This is a very challenging course and local knowledge is a must. You will not want to pull driver very often. Lots of hills and difficult lies, elevated greens and trouble everywhere.

Not the place for a beginner. Bring lots of balls if you spray it even a little.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Solid example of tricky hill country golf"


youngpowell's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

River place is an excellent example of Texas hill country golf. The course is quite tight and there are lots of elevation changes as it snakes around the peaks and troughs of west Austin.

While I played quite well I can see that local knowledge would be very useful here. It’s often the case that driver off the tee for the longer holes is not usually the best choice. With the slopes and tight fairways, position is premium. It’s definitely a thinking mans course.

I thoroughly enjoyed it - we had a $49 green fee deal which made it excellent value.

I was also amused/intrigued by the large imposing clubhouse on the hill that looks like some kind of mausoleum / Arkham Asylum. Perhaps a architectural decision made in the 90s that hasn’t dated well. But it’s all about the golf - and we had a great time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



"A+ from the top down"


MattStub's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Great hospitality from everyone around the club. We were there for a guy's trip and didn't feel too out of place. Service was great, guys in the pro shop were terrific.

Course was in excellent shape, first experience with TIF Eagle greens and we loved it. Very technical course, really need to have a straight shot and know your distances.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not your standard run of the mill golf course. Much better at challenging your skills."


iamtee2green's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One with amazing elevation changes. Challenging fairways where slopes are deadly. Strict use of risk reward thought process will save you in the long run...especially on the front nine.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"CHALLENGING BUT BEAUTIFUL"


davidmadden's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

AH, THE HILL COUNTRY AT ITS BEST AND AT ITS MOST DIFFICULT. LOT'S OF ELEVATION CHANGES.

TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF THE AREA.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"beautiful golf course"


gabrielvallejo's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Crazy beautiful course. It's not as hard as described in my opinion. I shot 2-3 shots more than watch normally do but they where more my mistakes than the course itself. Tip. Don't use your driver outside of the par 5s and you'll do great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good but Very Challenging"


Jgutz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course but extremely challenging. A lot of target golf meaning you really had to pick your spots due to all of the water trouble and tight fairways. If you're struggling with a slice or hook, don't bother playing here or you will not have an enjoyable round and will leave frustrated with your game. I would suggest only to experienced golfers. The greens were sanded recently before my round and were extremely slow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Course- Bring Plenty of Balls"


Victorguerrieri's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I played the course during our trip to Austin. We are both seniors with 22 handicaps. We loved the course in spite of the fact that it is a very tough course. Unless you are a 10 or under handicap, I'd bring an extra sleeve or two of balls. We had two 7 handicaps in our group. We saw them make some great shots, but even they hit more than a few out of bounds. I kept waiting for an easy hole, but one never came. Loved it! There was challenge everywhere. The course is very scenic with lots of elevation changes. There is water along with plenty of hills. It is an classic country club, and I highly recommend it to anyone. The staff was extremely friendly. The course was in great condition. The greens were in excellent shape with plenty of undulations to keep you focused. The carts did not have GPS, so bring your own. It really helps. Hats off to the team at River Place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u025057271's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Views"


larsact's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a play for us when we are in Austin......and close to the best restaurant in Austin, The Oasis on Lake Travis. This is your only chance to play this beautiful private course for an unbelievable price. It is tough so bring some extra balls!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great hill country golf"


davidmadden's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this is a private course. it was in very good shape in the Texas hot summer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




u2762661's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very Scenic & Very Challenging"


GordonATX's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Austin Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I last reviewed this course eight (8) years ago so I figured it was time for another quick write-up. My feelings toward this course haven't changed much.

True or not, I think the two (2) most common attributes about this course in these reviews are "Scenic" and "Challenging." Yes, the views are often very nice; very peaceful. And there are times you forget there are even houses anywhere nearby. It's truly Hill Country golf unlike anything you'll find elsewhere.

It is, however, a hard course when compared to so many other tracks in the area. This is one of those courses that'll beat you up one way or another; it's not really a matter of if but more of how often. There's very little to no forgiveness once you get away from the fairway. Good luck hitting from the scrub, trees, etc. It's just not a scrambler's course. That's okay, we're supposed to be in the fairway to begin with, right!? If only theory could become reality.

You might want to leave that driver in your bag on far more holes than normal. Unless you're really accurate, this course will open you up to far more unfavorable circumstances than you'd like. Stick with whatever club is accurate. Instead of driver-wedge, maybe go with 5-8.

Thinking about going for it 180 yards out with a green surrounded by woods and a forced carry right in front of it!? Is it worth the extra stroke and the lost ball? Or maybe you should just lay up and pitch it over. The latter is probably the better move all around statistically speaking. This really isn't the best time to go for it and hope for the best. Play positive. Play smart.

One up side is that I probably found just as many balls as I lost. Apparently some of the rest of you like to hit it where I do. Thanks for that!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"T-storms in AM, course still played beautiful"


MightyDuggs's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Steady and somewhat heavy rain for three of the four days leading up to the round including thunderstorms that morning, but the pro shop assured me the course drains extremely well and boy were they right. Rarely saw any standing water on the whole 18 and it did not have too much effect on shots. Greens were a bit softer of course but still rolled fast and tricky as ever.

I always enjoy playing here even though I get to maybe once a year due to it being private and typically shoot 5-10 strokes higher than usual. Really challenges you to know your game and judge distances accordingly. Driver should not be used except for a few holes and the par 5s, and the elevated greens/tee boxes are a blast to judge.

Recommend to anyone wanting a well-crafted track or refresh on their short-to-mid iron game. Just wish they opened it up to the public more often!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very Challenging Course with Awesome Views"


u000005300833's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played just about every course in Austin including Austin Country Club, Barton Creek Courses, Spanish Oaks etc etc. This course is an extreme test of your physical and mental golf abilities. If you have never played it you can expect to add 5-10 strokes on a good day. Gotta leave the driver in the bag on many holes. I'd say nearly every green has a inclined approach forcing you to fly the ball much farther than expected to carry. Greens are very difficult to read as well with slopes at times moving away from water. Course is absolutely beautiful and a great value at times on GolfNow. The views are nearly on Par with many private clubs that you can't play without knowing a member. My only complaint is make sure you have had lunch during the week. I was surprised that they only had chips and chocolate bars to eat at a country club of this caliber. All and all this course is highly recommended but expect to be frustrated unless you got a heck of an "A-Game"


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



Jackyl9000's avatar
Age:  35-44

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Layout"


culpcl44's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very fun but challenging course. Not long but really have to make good shots and have strong course management. Beautiful views and very well maintained. Front nine went fast then got stuck behind a five-some on the back that didn't bother to let us play through. But being a nonmember at a private course can't complain too much!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Challenge"


longhornaz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Take time to review course notes. Some holes tricky.Greens were excellent


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing views"


Craig6677952's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course rocks!!! This is a must play course. This course is not about how far u drive the ball. It's about mid distance and right placement.

If ur able to get a good deal on this course. U r crazy not to take it and play it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although the course wasn't in the best shape, it was still an enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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