River Ridge Golf Club shut down Nov. 20. The course will not reopen and stakeholders say they’ve made no determination about the future of the property.
To many employees the closure came as a surprise. Things were just getting back to normal at the 120-acre golf course following Hurricane Harvey recovery.
In addition to the damage and flooding brought about by the hurricane the course has also been struggling to recover from several other floods over the past two years.
“This decision was not made lightly,” said Ronald Cuenod Jr., managing partner with River Ridge Golf Club. “This is something we have been considering for some time now. There were several factors that contributed to the decision; the floods were just one of them.”
Employees are being paid through the end of the year and the greenkeeper is continuing to maintain the course. Members were refunded a portion of their membership.
“We have had great employees for a long time. Trey, Susanne, the part-timers and the marshals … everyone did a great job,” Cuenod said.
The 27-hole course opened on Dec. 13, 1998, two months after a major flood along the Brazos River.
While in operation River Ridge hosted many tournaments. Several of those tournaments were for large businesses and schools outside the Austin County area. Over the years the course was recognized by Golf Digest and The Houston Chronicle for excellence.