Developers of East River, a 150-acre mixed-use waterfront project, announced plans for the East River 9 links-style short course that will be the only public, nine-hole par-3 within the Houston metro area’s 610 Loop. A natural grass, 300-yard driving range with a downtown skyline backdrop and 12,000-sq. ft social putting green will also be created, and a new Riverhouse Houston restaurant will anchor the course, with space for more than 1,000 patrons. Opening is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.
One of the most highly anticipated developments in Houston has announced new draws for active and food-loving locals, CultureMap Houston reported.
East River, the massive, ambitious, 150-acre waterfront project, is teeing up a new public, nine-hole, par-three golf course, CultureMap Houston reported.
Dubbed the East River 9 , it will be the only public, nine-hole, par-three golf course inside the Houston metro area’s 610 Loop, CultureMap Houston reported. The links-style short course will boast holes that range from 80 to 150 yards; a natural grass, 300-yard driving range with a downtown skyline backdrop; a 12,000 sq. ft, social putting green; and a 1,000 sq. ft. pro shop that will feature merchandise, rental clubs, and refreshments.
Two staggered tee boxes will play into all nine greens and provide players with the ability to play two unique nine-hole rounds, CultureMap Houston reported.
“East River 9 will grow the game by filling a void in the market between the driving range and the full 18-hole experience,” said Clayton Freels, founding partner of the concepts. “It also brings a fun, community-oriented activation that will welcome neighboring residents to a site that has been closed to the public for over 75 years.”
A partnership involving the nearby Phillis Wheatley High School will seek to use the East River 9 course to create an inclusive environment for students and their families, CultureMap Houston reported. The school is even discussing the addition of a golf team to its athletic program once the facilities are complete.
Additionally, Midway, the firm behind the East River development, announced a new family-friendly restaurant and patio bar, Riverhouse Houston, that will anchor the golf course, CultureMap Houston reported. The restaurant will serve a scratch kitchen menu coupled with a well-rounded beer, wine, and spirits selection.
A new concept from DKC Group, the eatery will be housed in a repurposed industrial structure that overlooks the golf course, Buffalo Bayou, and the downtown skyline, CultureMap Houston reported.
Evenings at the restaurant will feature live music and sunset views on an expansive terrace, which will include a kids playscape, outdoor games, and fire pits, CultureMap Houston reported. Riverhouse will accommodate corporate, social, and charity events and can serve more than 1,000 guests and park more than 300 cars.
Construction on the development started in May and the golf course and restaurant are reportedly on schedule to open by the first quarter of 2022, CultureMap Houston reported.