Hole Spotlight: No. 18 at River Club

The finishing hole at any golf course is typically one of the most memorable, if not the most memorable, golf holes of your round. The 18th at River Club is certainly no exception.

Measuring 518 yards from the tips, No. 18 at River Club is a very reachable par 5 with a tee shot that sets up everything. From the tee box the golfer is presented with a choice: play it safe and plan on three shots to get the green, or “grip and rip” and cut the corner of this dramatic dogleg left for your shot at an eagle.

The fairway glides from right to left, offering more than 500 yards worth of fairway for a golfer to play it as safe as they could possibly want to. But we all know one of a golfer’s favorite things to do is roll the dice. Tom Jackson, the designer of River Club, clearly wanted golfers on the 18th hole to end their round with a big decision. Whether you go for it all or play it safely, you get to choose your own adventure.

The lake that separates you and your eagle bid is a big one, but it is conquerable. One beautiful swing with a driver is all it takes to give yourself a short iron into this par 5, but don’t miss or you will be hitting three from the same spot.

The green complex is no cakewalk, however. With a bulkhead fronting the green, water lurks all around. Going long is safe, but you’ll find yourself most likely in one of the many bunkers just beyond the edges of a very flat and simple green.

The 18th Hole at River Club has everything you could ask for in a finishing hole, and then some!