River Oaks Golf Club is a Private, 18 hole golf course located in Grand Island, New York, only minutes away from Buffalo, Tonawanda, Amherst, Niagara Falls.
River Oaks Golf Club first opened for play in 1970. The course was designed by Desmond Muirhead.
This lengthy course features large greens that are undulating, and its fairways are rolling and wide open. Water hazards (ponds) come into play on five holes.
$21 (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 1982 at 3:30 PM
Found this 1982 scorecard in my old travel bag and remembered it being a LPGA 1972/1973 Tournament stop. Staying at the Holiday Inn (now Ramada) across the street, got an $25 weekday deal to play here. With three (3) tees playing Blues at 7,389/75.0 White at 6,588/71.0 and Red at 5,747/72.0 we started Blues and really should have been Reds. The #1 a 371yd Par 4 that’s open and straight away, builds confidence that soon ends. Number 2 a 434yd Par 4 tightens up with RH trees and well placed fairway traps. The 529yd #3 Par 5 tightens up with narrow fairway and traps for those hooked shots. Starting on #4 a Hcp 1 482yd Par 4 we moved to the 432yd Whites, too embarrassed to have played Reds at 384yds. The #5 Par 3 has choices of 224, 176, 130yds and a huge RH Front trap so right side is a good target. Number 6 a straight away 421/371yd Par 4 has a RH trap for those fade tee shots and LH greenside trap. The #7 Par 5 is a Long narrow 612/569/490yd swingers nightmare, if you stray into rough. The Par 3 at #8 is beautiful looking 226/192/160yd hole that has water on complete LH middle side all the way to the gumdrop green. (Reds look good here). Why not finish with another straight 443/406yd Par 4 on #9 to work again on those long 2nd shots. The Back 9 good news is, no 400+ Par 4’s to contend with, but they’re close. The #10 from Whites is a straight away 396yd Par 4 that opens to a smaller raised green. The #11 / 361yd Par 4 starts into the trees with a narrow cut fairway to a three (3) trapped protected green. Number 12 a Par 5 Hcp 4 at 629/587/512yds, introduces you to LH pond from tee to green. Check the larger landing area yardages to play accordingly or uncover that ball retriever, you’re hiding. The #13 Par 4 is a 431/385yds slight dogleg right that has a inside corner trap to catch 200-240yd drives cutting the corner. The #14 174/137yd Par 3 has a large front RH trap so missing LH short is much better. The #15 Par 4 at 404/342yds finds pond complete LH side to green so those that fade can just...hit away. This Par 3 at #16 plays 199/164yds with going long better than short and hitting the two (2) large traps. This #17 Par 5 a 528/481yd dogleg right, plays easy to its Hcp 18 if you stay middle right side fairway to the green. Finishing Par 4 #18 an Hcp 2 hole and being 435/386yds, narrow mowed, tree lined fairway will make Par a memorable finish. Playing here 38 years ago I could see when matured it would be a great course. Ended up shooting 42/39 w/30 putts and Rick 51/52 w/42 putts having flat stick problems. Looking forward to playing here again someday soon.
Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, October 2009 at 2pm
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