A view of the 18th green at TPC River Highlands
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 70
Length 6841 yards
Slope 131
Rating 73.0

Course Details

Year Built 1928
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Dress code Jeans, bathing attire, T-shirts, gym shorts, coaching shorts, tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, mesh shirts, cutoffs, short shorts, tennis shorts, and other dress of similar nature are inappropriate.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.6
3 Reviews (3)
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 233
Handicap 0-4
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Plays A few times a week
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4.0
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A smile and a head-scratch

TPC River Highlands has evolved considerably over the years, almost entirely for the better. After playing the course for the first time since its 2016 renovations - particularly to look, number and arrangement of the bunkers - I'm left to wonder if the course has taken a small step backwards.

River Highlands continues to be one of the shortest PGA Tour courses (6,841 yards, par 70), but it's still not a pushover...usually. The renovation in 2016 was meant to "modernize" a course by turning the bunkers from scooped-out affairs with sloping sand faces to Golden Age-style ones with steep grass faces and flat sandy surfaces below. Unfortunately, several of these new hazards look overly abrupt and forced onto a land plan that has more gliding shaping. Furthermore, the contemporaneous resurfacing of the greens - and softening of the contours - makes putting less challenging than it used to be, although faster green speeds can now be pursued. It is no wonder that Jim Furyk shot a mind-blowing 58 in the Travelers Championship right after the course reopened. In soft conditions, the course is now more defenseless than it was.

Luckily, TPC River Highland's bones make it one of the strongest Tour courses, thanks to brilliant holes like the short par-4 second, the long par-3 5th, the par-5 13th and the world-class drivable par-4 15th. It's just that the recent cosmetic updates have left a bit to be desired. Don't let these mild criticisms deter you, though - it is well worth playing if you score an invite.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Hartford Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Extremely enjoyable

I had played here a few years ago as part of the Travelers Pro-Am, but was excited to play here after the renovations.

The practice facilities are amazing. A huge driving range, putting green and short game area. A great asset for members. The clubhouse isn't great, but I've heard rumblings they'll be renovating in the near future.

The course conditions were great. The greens are fairways were great, the rough is underrated and the new bunkering is great. A mix of fair, difficult, fun and risk/reward holes. Overall it's a great experience, and a place I may inquire about joining, for the practice facilities alone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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