Some of the best views from a golf course in the Delaware River Corridor, superb conditions, a welcoming atmosphere and, oh yes, some of the most challenging, well designed holes you’ll find anywhere are reasons enough to visit Riverview Country Club in Easton, Pa.
Riverview has established itself as one of the region’s top public golf facilities. This year, ownership added a glass-enclosed Villa on the Green that overlooks the course’s 11th green and picturesque lake, making it an ideal spot for special events and weddings. Tasteful architecture, including a stone fireplace and solid wood beams, only adds to the ambiance of the Villa on Green.
The Jim Blaukovitch design, which opened in the fall of 2004, is widely considered one of the best daily fee tracks in the Eastern Pennsylvania/Western New Jersey area and a true test of playing ability. Although demanding for the best players from the 6,505-yard back tees, the course is eminently playable for all skill levels on three other sets of markers.
The course, which has some rather dramatic elevation changes on the back side, combines an “American links” front nine with a more traditional Northeast woodland second nine.
Riverview has 76 bunkers and five ponds, including an island green complex on the par 4, 17th hole. Another unique feature of Riverview is its primary bent grass fairways surrounded by a secondary bluegrass fairway, giving the course a pleasing look and clear-cut target areas off the tees.
The course has any number of great holes.Number five is a 375-yard par-four that has no fewer than 10 bunkers scattered about in the fairway and near the green. The fairway bunkers tighten an already small landing area that must be hit in order to set up an unfettered approach to a double-tiered putting surface.
The 435-yard par-four ninth is the number one handicap hole. Again, there are bunkers on the sides of the fairway landing area and a large bunker wrapping around the green to its right and rear.
The 11th is a great, short par-four playing 370 yards from the tips. You’ll need a tee shot of between 200 to 225 yards to lay up safely in front of a pond that must be cleared on the second shot to the green.
The 13th is a beastly, 580-yard par-five that doglegs to the left. Out-of-bunds lurks both right and left off the tee and you will need a nerves-of-steel layup to put your golf ball to around the 100-yard marker in order to set up a third shot into a green that is fronted by a stream and a waste area.
The 17th is another nice par-four that plays around 385 yards from the championship markers. The fairway landing area abuts a pond that must be cleared on the second shot. Both the fairway landing area and putting surface are protected by bunkers left and right.
Number 18 is a solid finisher. The 520-yard, par-five has water protecting the landing area, and the drive must be precise to find a proper position to attack the green on this slightly dogleg right hole.
Riverview has an expanded practice facility with plans in the works for a full-scale practice range. There’s also a fully-stocked golf shop on premises, with the best and newest equipment from top manufacturers available. And, for after après round, the Sand Trap Pub is a perfect place to enjoy a casual meal with your buddies or family.
Riverview has played host to a number of local professional and amateur events including the Philadelphia Section PGA GALV Lehigh Valley Open.
Rates are a bargain, $75 peak on weekends and holidays and $50 weekdays.
Riverview is located in Forks Township just north of downtown Easton, only minutes away from all major highways, Route 22, Route 33 and Interstate 78.
Riverview Country Club