River Club, The

3.5472529412 3.5 stars from 5 (405)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7026 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 405 Reviews
5 stars:
52
4 stars:
199
3 stars:
86
2 stars:
43
1 stars:
25

recommend this course

319 out of 402 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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u323963065's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 08/04/2017:

Thanks for the 4-star review of our golf course. Please let us know if you ever need anything and come back and see us again very soon!

"Good Course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout for us is excellent great staff will go back soon


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 08/04/2017:

Thanks, richiebgoo for the review of our golf course. Please let us know if you ever need anything and come back and see us again very soon!

"Great staff makes up for a lot."


Matt9982852's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played here yesterday, and overall was a decent experience. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Course conditions were nothing like what I am use to, the grass is so spongy, and the greens are ungodly slow.

Worst part though, was the pace of play. Playing as a single, I know I'm gna get behind someone, BUT followed the most rude foursome, that sat there and watched me bake in the sun, and continued to read 2 ft putts as if it were to win The Open. No ranger was ever seen. This made the experience a million times worse. You're gna have a few rude groups, but there was no policing the course. I could have dealt with the conditions, I expected those in July, but to wait 15 mins before hitting a shot, in 95° heat, made the experience a total disappointment.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 07/28/2017:

Thanks, Matt for your 3-star review and feedback of our golf course. We appreciate you taking the time and we apologize for the pace of play as we are always monitoring this out on the course. Thanks for bringing this to our attention and we hope to see you back again very soon.


u429887784's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best layout in Bradenton"


jorr1717's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Let's go over the basics .

1. The layout is atypical to every course you will play in the area. Couple of nice holes where you have to drive through a natural chute. The course is not flat like most Florida courses. Water comes into play a handful of times. There is a good mix of short 4's that require accurate tee and approach shots. But then some par 4's where with a good tee shot you will still have a 160-180 approach. For the most part the par 5 are gettable. Overall pretty fair. A lot of the courses in this area tend to meld together and get forgettable, but I remember quite a few of drives and approaches so that is good.

2. Staff. Was greeted at my car and had a quick convo about the local rules and conditions so that was good. My reservation had no issues and check in and out was seem less.

3. Concessions. The hole layout doesn't bring you back to the clubhouse so just load up at the beginning. The cart guy told me about it so it wasn't an issue at all.

4. Conditions. Easily in the best shape aside from maybe 1 other course in the area. Yeah a tee box or 2 had some bare spots but it wasn't where you were hitting from. The fairways where in nice shape and you could consistently hit from them and not worry about it. The greens were in fantastic shape. I've played around 10 courses in this area in the month of June. Sadly most of them were not up to par condition wise especially on the greens. Not here greens were consistent and rolled true.

Overall. Highly recommebd the course. The price has great value and the layout and conditions merit playing


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 07/05/2017:

Thank you jorr1717 for the great review of The River Club. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your comments and are so proud that you think so highly of us. Please let us know if you ever need anything and come back and see us again very soon!

"Good value overall. Too much housing by the fairways!"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in fair condition considering the recent weather. Interesting holes . Greens a little slow overall and patchy in places. We got a great deal which was good value. Course is pretty much surrounded by housing and it's tricky to change that!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 06/02/2017:

Thank you Peterewen for your 3-star review and feedback of our golf course. We are thrilled you had a good time considering the weather. Please come back and see us again very soon!


pepperon3's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 06/05/2017:

Thank you pepperon3 for your 5-star review and feedback of our golf course. We appreciate you taking the time and hope to see you back again soon.

"Course has great layout."


u764457130's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course has great layout. The finest course I have played in this area. Course maintenance was superb. Every grand had its own character. Would recommend this course to anyone looking for a great golf experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 05/30/2017:

Thanks for the fantastic 5-star review and feedback of The River Club. We appreciate you taking the time it is great to see you enjoyed the layout. Please come back and see us again soon for more of the best golf in Brandenton, Florida.


Mark6048864's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 05/24/2017:

Thank you Mark for your review and feedback of our golf course. We are thrilled you had a good time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!


laurietulk57's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
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

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 05/18/2017:

Thank you laurietulk57 for your review and feedback of our golf course. We are so happy you had a good time on the course and we hope to see you back again very soon!

"Nice Course, but the draught is killing it."


Matthew6997957's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Nice course, somewhat challenging but unfortunately the course is a hayfield.

Not the staffs fault, just a lack of rain.

I would play this course again after many days of straight rain, but not again until then.

Cannot get to clubhouse at the turn and no beer cart. However, can't complain on a Monday at $20 something dollars.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 05/16/2017:

Thank you Matthew for your review of The River Club. We apologize for the dry conditions, but we love to hear you found a great deal online. Please come back and see us again very soon once we get a little better conditions.

Commented on 06/09/2017

Name is Dan, not Matthew?


"Very good condition after a terrible drought."


rockydogz's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a pleasant surprise as I hadn't played this course for several months and given the drought, it was in very good condition. The traps were excellent and well maintained. About half the tees needed some work and perhaps increasing the size and amount of daily watering might help. Greens very hard, put you actually get a little bite with well played shots. Plan on playing again real soon.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 06/09/2017:

Thank you rockydogz for your review and feedback of our golf course. We appreciate your time and are thrilled to hear you found the conditions to be to your liking. Please come back and see us again very soon!


mikemcelvogue's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 05/04/2017:

Thank you for the 4 star review. We appreciate you coming out to see us and we hope to see you again in the near future.

"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!

"rated higher than it should be"


icehouse2828's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Taking this off my list. rated high and I expected a lot more. The lack of rain has taken its toll the fairways and greens are in really rough shape. There are many courses in same or better shape for less money.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from The River Club on 05/19/2017:

Thank you icehouse2828 for your review and feedback of our golf course. We apologize for the course conditions due to the rain and please know our staff is working hard on getting everything back up to par. We hope you will come back and see us again once all the new changes have settled in.

"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!


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