River Club, The

3.5064000000 3.5 stars from 5 (391)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7026 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 6600 River Club Blvd, Bradenton, Florida 34202, Manatee County
  • (941) 751-4211
  • (941) 751-4211
  • www.riverclubgc.com
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Year built: 1988
Architect(s): Ron Garl (1988)
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Jones-Dwarf Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees (with GPS)
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7026 yards 74.4 144
Blue 72 6614 yards 72.1 137
White 72 6102 yards 69.6 128
Green 71 5495 yards 66.7 117
Red (W) 72 5056 yards 69.0 120

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 391 Reviews
5 stars:
49
4 stars:
193
3 stars:
81
2 stars:
43
1 stars:
25

recommend this course

307 out of 388 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole specials  

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"Hidden Gem"


cmydockccc's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a nice surprise it was to find this place. First of all let it be know the only reason for not giving a full 5 stars is because they're suffering from no rain as is everyone else. Coming from Michigan this course is very similar to a northern course and it's quite challenging to say the least. It's long and difficult. The greens rolled very nice and were in great shape although in need of water. Staff was very friendly, pricing was a great deal as well. The only downfall was not passing the clubhouse at the turn and not being able to get a hot dog so if you're out on the track you're out there! Enjoy as I'll certainly go back in fact I'm gonna look for a house for sale on that course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/27/2017:

Thank you cmydockccc for your 4-star review and feedback of The River Club. We love hearing about first time golfers to the course and how great your experience was. Please let us know if you ever need anything while you are here and come back and see us again very soon!


jbhhpt's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No cart girl/guy until 15th hole. No food service at the turn. Slow play.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/26/2017:

Thank you jbhhpt for your review and feedback of our golf course. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your comments and we apologize for not being able to get a hold of the beverage cart before hole 15. This is not a regular occurrence and we hope you will come back and see us again very soon.


u000007114274's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



mikepaul's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/24/2017:

Thank you mikepaul for the 4-star review and feedback of our golf course. It is fantastic to see you had such a great time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"Narrow and challenging course, small greens"


zerohat's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very tight course, small greens. Tee boxes were not in great shape. Fairways were in good condition and the course proved very challenging for its length. One downside is that you do not pass the club house at the turn, so be sure to catch the cart girl.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/13/2017:

Thank you zerohat for the 4-star review and feedback of The River Club. It is fantastic to hear you had good time on the course and enjoyed the conditions. Please come back and see us again very soon!

"River"


mmit85's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Slow play. 5 some on the course backed up everything without any response from the staff despite a ranger on the course


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/10/2017:

Thank you mmit85 for your review and feedback of our golf course. We apologize for the slow play as we are always monitoring this on the course. Please come back and see us again very soon as you are sure to have a much faster round!


eekster's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/10/2017:

Thank you eekster for the 4-star review of The River Club here in Bradenton, Florida. We are glad to see you had a good time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"This place has fallen apart"


paul59's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Terrible, terrible, terrible!

The worst of everything. Fairways and greens terrible.

Leaves falling everywhere and grounds not cleaned or kept up to what I remember from two years ago!

Terrible, NEVER AGAIN !!!!!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/10/2017:

Thank you paul59 for your review and feedback of our golf course. We apologize for the conditions of the course as our staff is working hard on getting all aspects of the course back up to par. Please come back and see us again very soon as you are sure to pleasantly surprised!


hlevy1950's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/10/2017:

Thank you hlevy1950 for the review and feedback of our golf club. We apologize for the conditions of the course as we are working hard on getting everything back up to par. Please come back and see us again once all the new changes have settled in.

"Golf course"


harvfrank's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout, good price at twilight rate. Drought has had significant effect on condition of the

course. Greens too slow for my liking. All in all would play again (after some rain)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/04/2017:

Thank you harvfrank for your review and feedback of our golf course. It is fantastic to see you had such a great time on the course and you enjoyed the layout and conditions. Please come back and see us again very soon!

"Small slow greens"


MajorMark's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was $20 on golf now so I can't complain too much. The small greens on most holes and their speed doesn't help you get ready for other Florida courses. Good for a warm up round and that's about it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/10/2017:

Thank you MajorMark for your review and feedback of our golf course. We are very happy you managed to get a great deal on tee times and we hope to see you back again this summer!

"Great layout and courteous staff"


Eagleron's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was very impressed with the staff at the club. They were very friendly and helpful about the course and amenities. The course layout was very good and a little challenging for playing it for the first time. Several holes from the white tees required hitting through a narrow shoot of trees and the island green on 16 really requires a great tee shot and extreme accuracy on your second or third shot if you chose to layup on this par 4. The only drawback that my playing partner and I found was that some of the greens were suffering from the extreme drought conditions and were very burnt out which made putting seem almost impossible, although other holes did not suffer those same problems.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/03/2017:

Thank you Eagleron for your review and feedback of our golf course. We are so happy to hear our staff took such good care of you and you enjoyed the course. Please come back and see us again very soon!

"Good value but could be great"


Beachnut440's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I played this course for the first time in about 5 years. At one time, this was one of the best courses I could play in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. It was thoroughly enjoyable. It has an excellent design with lots of intriguing holes that make you think about your shots. Also at one time it was very well maintained. This time around, it looked in need of some TLC. This is the dry season and the course reflected that, but there was also some weed intrusion in fairways and the margins of the traps looked pretty ragged. However, at this time of year and in this area, this is a great value and one where you can get a tee time. You get to play a lot of very imaginative holes and you are challenged whichever tees you choose. If you are looking for manicured perfection, you won't find it here, but if you can appreciate a good design, definitely give this a try. I just hope the ownership can get it back to former conditions once the rainy season starts.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 04/06/2017:

Thank you Beachnut440 for your review and feedback. We are working hard on getting the conditions back up to par and we hope you will come back and see us once all the new changes have had a chance to settle in.

"Good play for the money."


trimmerts's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A good play for the money. Course is in good shape compared to the public courses in the area, which are priced the same.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 03/27/2017:

Thank you trimmerts for the 4-star review of The River Club. It is great to hear you see the value in golfing here and enjoyed the shape of course. Please come back and see us again very soon!


chickcairo's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 03/24/2017:

Thank you chickcairo for your review and feedback of The River Club. We love to see you had a great golfing experience here in Bradenton, Florida and we hope you will come back and see us again very soon!

"Great layout"


Val7914352's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has a great layout. It just needs some TLC and water to improve fairways and teeboxs


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 03/24/2017:

Thanks Val for the 4-star review of The River Club here in Bradenton. Please let us know if you ever need anything while you are here and come back and see us again very soon!

"Good greens"


tbrd96's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were nice but overall the golf course is tired. Needs some ground maintenance. Layout is challenging with a few surprises such as the island green.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 03/22/2017:

Thank you tbrd96 for the review and feedback of our golf course here in Bradenton, FL. We are thrilled to see you found the layout to be a challenge and we are working hard on getting the conditions back up to par. Please come back and see us again very soon!

"Nice layout with fast but true greens"


Hayesbryan's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I played in the early afternoon on a GolfNow "hot deal". Pro Shop had to drive me out to meet my group on the first green who had been allowed to tee off early. We then got stuck for awhile behind a sixsome. That got sorted out after we called pro shop to complain. Never saw a Marshall or beverage cart all afternoon. This course has a better than average layout. Houses are well set back from the course. Greens were firm but true. Sand traps appear to have been refilled recently and were in good condition. Course conditions were dry but OK given lack of rain this winter. I will go back if I can get a hot deal.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u5798676's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 03/20/2017:

Thank you very much for your review and feedback of our golf course. We are thrilled to hear you had an overall great experience at the course. Please come back and see us again very soon!

"Must have been great back in the day"


hookie25's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course had a great layout, greens were nice just a bit on the slow side, rest of the course conditions were just ok. You could really tell that this course must have been fantastic when everything was totally looked after. Overall was an excellent round of gold with a great pace...played at 1:00 and was done under 4 hours. Really was a nice day...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 03/20/2017:

Thank you hookie25 for your review and feedback of our golf course. We are thrilled to hear you had a great time on the course and enjoyed the layout. Please come back and see us again very soon!


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