9 Helpful / 1 Not
A Hidden Gem.
Pros: Has some of the most beautiful technical woods holes you will ever see. It has more "epic" holes than your average course.
#1 is an amazing tunnel.
#2 has a door you have to hit from about 150'.
#7 has the basket up on the side of a steep hill guarded by a large tree.
#10 has you throwing up a steep hill to a basket under a cliff.
#11 is 125' and aceable, just don't hit a tree or one of the giant rocks surrounding the basket.
#12 may be some kind of cruel joke. It is a 405' pinball hole. There's no way through with one throw.
On #17 you have to hit a door from about 200' that takes you down to the basket placed in a dry creek.
Cons: No tee pads, just dirt.
No signs. The few signs that are there are not accurate because they are from before the course was re-designed to accomodate a new playscape.
If you don't bring a map from the course links page you will never be able to find your way through this course. Most people from Austin come up here without a map and try it and give up after hole #6 without ever having seen some of the more beautiful holes and they never come back because it it so diffucult to navigate. If you have a map it's a breeze.
Due to the ruggedness of the landscape and narrowness of the fairways they almost never mow this course. They will come through with weedeaters occasionally but in the summer the grass gets high enough to hide an elephant. The rest of the year it's fine. Just keep an eye out for poison ivy.
Other Thoughts: The lack of signs and difficult navigation has made this course a hidden gem. I am lucky to have another great John Houck designed course as one of my home courses.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The park has recently undergone some construction and the course has been rearranged, so if you haven't played there in the last 2-3 years, you will find an entirely different course.
The Rivery is a pretty tough course. It plays down by the San Gabe river, so the holes are mostly short and heavily wooded. Accuracy is a must because many of the holes don't even have a fairway...you can just see the pin across the forest from where you are standing.
Cons: The back half of the course can be difficult to find because you need to go under the bridge.
Don't try to go barefoot or anything, I can guarantee you will be trooping through some brush.
Other Thoughts: Other than having some difficult to find holes, the Rivery is a pretty good course. Just don't expect to make very many long throws.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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