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Posted: July 8th, 2011
Riverside Golf Club

The Facts:

Riverside Golf Club

Address: 24537 Highway 19, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

Phone: (814) 398-4537 ‎

Par: 71 (72 for Women and Seniors)

Yardage: 6334 (Blue), 6028 (White), Senior (5560), Red (5221)

Website: www.riversidegolfclub.com

The Best:
1. The driving range

2. The practice sand trap and pitching range

3. All of the sand traps and other hazards

4. The flat land that is friendly to walkers

5. The Clubhouse/restaurant

6. The scenery

7. The staff

Before/After

1. The Clubhouse/restaurant

2. The driving range

3. The practice sand trap and pitching range

Alcohol

Alcohol can be purchased in the clubhouse. Players cannot bring their own alcohol.

Riverside Golf Club has been open for almost a century, but the current owners have only been in possession of the land for a few years. Patty and Jon Flood, along with friends Linda and Bruce Christiansen, have done well so far in their attempt to take care of the course designed and built by William Baird in 1915.

I’ve noticed that Riverside’s location can deter potential golfers, but it really isn’t far from Erie. All you need to do is head up Peach Street and continue up Route 19 and you’re there.

Riverside is built on a flat piece of land, which is great for people who want to walk. A flat course is usually thought to be less challenging than a hilly course, but Riverside has done everything possible to make a flat course challenging. The course has over 45 sand traps and 6 ponds.

Trees are also a challenge to golfers of any skill level. Riverside is an old course, but the trees are even older. They’ve had decades to grow and form the fairways as well as obstruct the path to the green.

The flat terrain certainly welcomes walkers, but it is also worth mentioning that Riverside has paved cart paths. That’s something most courses in the area can’t say.

Even though the course isn’t the toughest to walk, the owners make sure to have water coolers at every tee box on the hotter days. A restroom is also located amongst the holes for those who drink too much water.

Riverside’s gigantic clubhouse serves as the center point for everything the course has to offer. The Pro Shop is the place to buy green fees and golf supplies and also leads down into the locker rooms. The locker rooms, which even have showers, allow for golfers to clean up and head to the lounge or restaurant after a round.

Riverside’s restaurant, which overlooks the 18th hole, is a place to relax and grab a bite to eat. Even as I talked to owner Patty Flood, people called ahead to order some burgers.

The banquet area conveniently has its own entrance due to the number of events Riverside holds. The room holds a few hundred people, making it ideal for wedding parties and golf outings. Riverside even has special deals with nearby hotels. The people at Riverside will even organize group outings for you. If you’re planning a golfing trip, this is something to take advantage of.

In addition to the golf course, Riverside also has a putting green, driving range, practice sand trap, and chipping range. The putting green is standard; most courses have one. But the driving range is nice because it is rare to find one paired with a public course. Lake Pleasant and Mound Gove, two courses I previously covered, recently closed their driving ranges.

The practice sand trap and chipping range are also nice to have. Riverside is the first course I’ve covered to have either one.

Although Riverside has plenty to offer, the course doesn’t have a hotel associated with it. The course was once associated with the Riverside Inn & Dinner Theatre, but different ownership has separated the two. The course and inn are two separate entities, but they still make a great pairing for those traveling to Cambridge Springs.

I really had no idea what to expect from Riverside Golf Club. I had never been out there for a round of golf. There was much more to the course than I would have thought.

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