Golfers in Victoria can wrap themselves in the Red, White and Blue. Those are the names of the three 9-hole courses that comprise the 27-hole Riverside Golf Course, the only municipal course in the city.
Riverside Golf Course History
Riverside began as a traditional 18-hole, par-72 course, built shortly after World War II. The original layout consisted of what is now known as the Red and White courses. The Blue course was added in 1953.
The 9-hole courses can be played in any combination. The Red course is the longest at 3,332 yards from the back tees. The White course checks in at 3,274 yards, while the Blue course is only 3,157 yards. So a Red/White combination is nearly 200 yards longer than the White/Blue combo, proving different tests for golfers of various skill levels.
All three courses are similar in design, with flat terrain and enough trees and other obstacles to provide for some challenging shot-making. In addition, all of the par-5s are more than 500 yards in length from the back tees.
While the Blue course is the shortest and easiest of the three layouts, it also contains what Riverside officials consider to be the facility’s signature hole. That would be No. 5, a 204-yard par-3 with an intimidating tee shot over water.
The course is open year-round, and you can play 18 holes without a cart for less than $20.
Victoria Country Clubs
Golf also is available in Victoria in two country club settings. The semi-private Colony Creek Country Club has a 6,413-yard, par-71 course that was built in 1985. Sand, water and rough come into play on nearly every hole.
A round at Colony Creek ends with perhaps the most challenging hole on the course. No. 18 is a 488-yard par-5 with water hazards and thick brush running almost the entire length of the fairway, leading to a green that has water on one side and a bunker on the other.
Rates for non-members can range from $26 for nine holes during the week to more than $50 for 18 holes on the weekend. Special packages are available that combine a round of golf with a hunting or fishing trip.
The course at the private Victoria Country Club began in 1924 as a nine-holer and was later expanded to its current 18-hole layout. The 6,870-yard course has played host to several professional and amateur tournaments over the years, and in 2010 was the site of the National Golf Association’s inaugural Victoria Texas Open.
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