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Riverside Golf Course

November Renovations Complete

Riverside Golf Course (Est. 1929), located in San Antonio, is one of the oldest golf courses in the state of Texas. It is operated by the Alamo City Golf Trail (“ACGT”), a 501c3 non-profit, that has been tasked with managing the City of San Antonio’s golf facilities since 2007. The other ACGT operated courses also include historic Brackenridge Park (Est 1916), Cedar Creek (Est 1989), Mission del Lago (Est 1989), Northern

Hills (Est. 1969), Olmos Basin (Est 1963), San Pedro Par 3 & Driving Range(Est. 1945), and Willow Springs (Est1923). These facilities are renowned golfing destinations in San Antonio and have been a favorite among local golf enthusiasts for years.

Since December of 2022, Riverside has been closed while undergoing a significant renovation aimed at providing an enhanced golfing experience. Relatively untouched since the early 1970’s, The Trail ambitiously embarked on a renovation of both Riversides’ 18-hole and 9-hole par 3 courses to ensure this historic facility would have the structural longevity to provide enjoyment for generations to come. This revitalization project not only brings aesthetic upgrades but also promises to elevate the challenges and delights that golfers seek. Situated just 3 miles South of downtown San Antonio and alongside the picturesque San Antonio River, this course has always been appreciated for its natural backdrop and fun course layout. The architect chosen for the redesign was Jeff Blume, ASGCA, who

was inspired by the work of historic golf course architects CB Macdonald (Chicago Golf Club, Shinnecock Hills), and Seth Raynor (Yale Golf Course). Blume was particularly captivated with many of their famous ‘Template’ hole designs which he has implemented into the updated layout. Jeff’s primary objective of the renovation was to modernize the course while preserving its unique character. This delicate balance between tradition and modernity was achieved by retaining the natural landscape’s integrity and integrating

contemporary golfing standards and course-building techniques. The redesign incorporated

state-of-the-art drainage systems, improved tee boxes, enhanced fairways, redesigned bunkering, and geometric-shaped greens. Blume was also the course architect who redesigned San Antonio’s Olmos Basin Golf Course in 2021. Sustainability was also a

key consideration throughout the renovation process. Environmentally friendly practices were employed, such as the use of drought resistant grass, and the use of effluent (recycled)

water in the ponds and irrigation systems.

The Alamo City Golf Trail aimed to create a course that not only provides an exceptional golfing experience but also demonstrates responsible stewardship of the environment.

Opening in late November, look for changes in elevation, added fairway mounds, strategic bunker placements, and re-imagined water hazards that were designed to challenge golfers of all skill levels. The course now offers a delightful blend of traditional elements and innovative features, ensuring an exciting and engaging round of golf. The Alamo City Golf Trail is committed to providing an outstanding golfing experience, making the renovated Riverside Golf Course a must-visit for any avid golfer. Please check the Alamo City Golf Trail’s website for the most current information at


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