Buzzy East River destination opens new 9-hole golf course and restaurant with a view
Local golfers have a new place to play a quick round, and the Fifth Ward has a new, family friendly restaurant with a view of the action. East River 9 and Riverhouse Houston have recently opened their doors.
As its name implies, East River 9 is a nine-hole, par-three golf course with a companion driving range, putting green, and pro shop. The course offers holes that run between 80 and 150 yards with two staggered tee boxes per hole. Touted as the only public, nine-hole, par-three course inside the 610 loop, East River 9 also has stadium lights that allow for evening play.
In addition to playing the course, customers may practice their swings on a 300-yard driving range that looks toward downtown and work on their short game on the 12,000-square-foot putting green. The attached pro shop offers rentals, equipment, and food and drink.
Six pickleball courts keep the facility up to date with the latest sports trend. They’re allocated on a first-come-first-served basis with paddles and balls available for rent.
“We are thrilled to welcome the community to East River to experience a casual, family-friendly setting that overlooks Buffalo Bayou and downtown Houston,” founding partner Clayton Freels said in a statement. “The concepts complement one another and create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for all to enjoy – regardless of your age or skillset.”
Turning to the restaurant, Riverhouse offers a menu of classic American fare in a family friendly environment. Operated by Otto’s BBQ owner DKC Group, Riverhouse serves wings, queso, burgers, salads, and tacos. Located in a repurposed industrial building, the patio offers a view of the golf course, Buffalo Bayou, and the downtown skyline. Families will enjoy a kids play area, outdoor games, and a kids menu.
East River 9 and Riverhouse are the first new concepts to open at East River, real estate developer Midway’s massive mixed-use development that's currently under construction along Buffalo Bayou near the intersection of Jensen Drive and Clinton Drive in Fifth Ward. Ultimately, the project will include more than 150 acres of residential, office spaces, retail, restaurants, and more. In 2023, phase one will open with tenants such as Austin’s Lick Honest Ice Creams, El Condor Coffee Roaster, and Broham Fine Soul Food & Groceries, a grocery store from former Indigo chef Johnny Rhodes.