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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 73
Length 7080 yards
Slope 116
Rating 72.0

Course Details

Year Built 2004
Fairways Rye Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season April - October
Architect John Boehm (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed Yes
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.0
3 Reviews (3)
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4.0
Previously Played

Maturing

This course was new when I first played it. It is now maturing nicely with well placed trees growing and making this a more challenging track. Wish they had deals on GolfNow!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

Nice mix of straight forward and challenging holes

I like that a course names River Birch does it's best to get as many of it's trees into play as possible. There are several "shoots" to tee off through or to navigate on the fairway; keeping people wanting to try to take a little too much club honest.

There's not a ton of water on this (fairly uncommon) par 73 track, but much of it is situated so that it can be found by even moderately errant shots. Right out of the gate, the first hole gets you on your toes with not one but two ponds. It's a relatively short (486) par 5 with a corner that can be cut to reduce that a bit; however water awaits any attempt to do so that comes up short. I used a 7 iron off the tee and found myself in perfect position for my layup second shot. From there is was a short (129) wedge shot into the green.

It's not all target golf and exercises in club selection though, the number one handicap hole is a full grown par four. A dog leg right with three ponds stacked in the elbow, my 231 yard drive that cleared only the first one left me with 220 on my second shot. If you avoid the water altogether your driver will wind up in the rough (and you'll be a good 250 out). If you attack the second pond with anything less than 230-235 of carry you will be wet. Though flat as a pancake, this is just a good tough hole to play.

At 6515 from the blues RiverBirch is far from a monster (remember, it is also a par 73, so some of that distance is in the extra par 5). However, it does keep the challenge up by mixing in a few hole which, while not super long, are quite curvy and require either a very long and accurate tee shot, or conservative play. I tried both approaches with mixed results.

The staff in the clubhouse and the folks out on the course were all very nice and just the right amount of engaging. Pace of play was great, we came in in about 3:45 and never had to wait on any of the groups in front of us. Similarly, while we never really lost the group behind us, they were never waiting for us either.

Overall it was a great round of golf (although the Boise summer heat is in full swing and I was sweating profusely by the third hole (and we tee'd up at 7:08), so be prepared for that if you play in July or August.

I was in a chatty group and didn't get many pics today, but will try to get back out there and snap a few more soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Wide Lush Fairways

Played 9 holes with cart. We loved the WIDE Fairways. Greens Fast. Fairways very Lush. Plenty of Rain lately. When the Heat comes ???. Pro Shop staff very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate

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