River Birch Golf Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 73
Length 7080
Slope 116
Rating 72.0
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 73 7080 yards 72.0 116
Blue 73 6785 yards 70.7 113
Blue (W) 74 6785 yards 76.6 129
White 73 6361 yards 68.9 110
White (W) 74 6361 yards 74.2 123
Red 73 5892 yards 66.6 103
Red (W) 74 5892 yards 71.6 118
Gold 73 5610 yards 65.4 99
Gold (W) 74 5610 yards 70.2 114
Scorecard for River Birch Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 71.7/115 510 373 399 160 359 422 359 193 548 3323 531 474 409 216 185 502 420 342 591 3670 6993
Blue M: 69.7/111 481 359 388 149 340 412 346 183 509 3167 518 450 361 189 163 482 385 321 537 3406 6573
White M: 67.2/106 462 342 371 132 284 379 317 171 452 2910 491 419 344 156 149 465 346 302 435 3107 6017
Red M: 64.8/99 W: 69.3/113 440 310 347 111 270 368 283 154 444 2727 451 362 324 115 137 423 268 285 383 2748 5475
Handicap 4 14 8 18 12 6 16 10 2 9 1 11 13 15 7 5 17 3
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 5 4 4 3 3 5 4 4 5 37 73

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
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather

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
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

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