Riverside Golf: Outstanding History, Value

Austin’s Riverside Golf Course is loaded with history. Its hallowed grounds marked the location of Austin Country Club for over 30 years where Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite honed their games under the watchful eyes of Harvey Penick. Mr. Penick lived beh nd the fifth tee box and spent his days teaching and caring for his club members. This great golf course was designed by Perry Maxwell, the renowned architect whose designs include Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth and Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. Its historic fairways are lined with stately oak, pecan and maple trees with fairways that roll through the hilly terrain just minutes southeast of downtown Austin. When the course came under the ownership of Austin Community College in 1987, it was modified to make room for the ACC Riverside campus, but still contains 13 of the original holes.

Riverside is now operated by Austin based, OnCourse Strategies and since taking over operations in late 2005, the company has made many improvements. The first hole now plays as a par-4 on weekends with a warm up station added behind the new first tee. Several other tee boxes have been reconstructed and leveled. Course conditions continue to improve along with the clubhouse operations at Riverside which caters to daily fee players of all skill levels as well as event groups. The Tin Cup Grill offers the perfect place to enjoy a burger and beverage after your round. So come out to Riverside to take in the history and pat yourself on the back for finding the Austin area’s best golf value.


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