From Our Editors
Pristine tidwarf greens rest at the end of bermuda fairways at Pleasanton Country Club, whose 18-hole, par-72 layout stretches a total 6,529 yards from the tees to pins. In the course of completing a round, golfers grapple with six ponds that come into play on seven holes. The largest hazard of the six sits in-between the 10th and the 18th hole, giving players a chance to live out their dream of losing a ball on their way out only to have it rise dramatically from the water in the mouth of a turtle as they approach the last fairway. Beyond that watery challenge, the 15th hole features a semi-circular pond wrapped around its green, making tee shots a treacherous proposition.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,529 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
River Bend Golf Club
The expansive Texas topography offers plenty of space at River Bend Golf Club for duffers to test their skills, with tee-set options that range from more than 5,200 yards to more than 7,000 yards. Golfers have to dodge water hazards to reach the bermuda-grass fairways and tidwarf greens, including on one hole with an island green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,030 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 129 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Scorecard