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Critter’s Review of River Oaks Golf Club on 11/4/21

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

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    Date: 11/4/21 Thu Afternoon
    Overall Rating:

    "Worth playing"
    Conditions: Good - normal wear/tear
    Pace: 3 1/2 Hours
    Cost: $37
    Username: Critter
    Profile: Avid Golfer (about once a week)
    Handicap: 8.0
    Today's Score: 79
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    Played here often on 2021. Interesting layout for sure, as it been altered numerous times since first opened. Many of these alterations have ruined the flow of the course. After plating the first 7 holes you’ll think you have found a gem of a course as they are attractive and normal… after that the layout and visuals go downhill fast. Hole #9 has been converted from the original par 3 to a strange par 4. In recent years the new owner has removed thousands of trees (on the holes without houses) and this makes the visuals drastically different than on the holes where he could not. Holes 15 thru 18 now all sorta run together in the low valley near the creek (that floods every couple years). This part of the course in no way resembles the balance of the course. I would have loved to seen the place back when it had the tree lined fairways.
    As for conditions… nice bent grass greens that are very slow in the summer and like kitchen floor fast in the winter. Fairway grass has really improved this year and now is about as good as you’ll find in the area.
    The practice area is also sorta strange as the Range Tee is highly elevated vs the landing areas. No way to judge your distance. Practice green is nice however cramped so no areas to practice chipping.

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  • The greens here have been pretty bad since late July… and for the past two weeks even worse due to punching them to late in the season and the cool weather & low sun angles not promoting the growth need for repair!

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