Venetian Golf & River Club

4.7554823529 4.8 stars from 5 (78)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6931 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirts with collars and sleeves, slacks, golf shorts or walking shorts are permitted; Tank tops, tee shirts, fishnet tops, cut-offs, jams, sweat pants, blue jeans, bathing suits or other athletic shorts are not permitted
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
I / Black 72 6931 yards 74.4 129
II / Blue 72 6553 yards 72.3 124
Black Ball 72 6277 yards 70.9 121
III / White 72 6028 yards 69.5 118
IV / Gold 72 5457 yards 72.0 120
Red Ball 72 5259 yards 70.7 118
V / Red (W) 72 5023 yards 69.1 115

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 78 Reviews
5 stars:
56
4 stars:
17
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

75 out of 78 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers entertaining clients locals   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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"Very Nice Facility"


u000001198495's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

If you are looking for a place to work off some of that winter rust, then this is the place. Great meandering layout with very generous fairways to work your game back into shape. A warning though, the greens are undulating and very quick. It takes a few putts to get the hang of the speed. It was a great day at the Venetian Golf and River Club.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very nice layout"


Vantage12's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It takes an hour drive from Ft Meyers to get there but it is definitely worth to do it. Very friendly staff (starter and marshall), challenging course and great shape of the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"great layout"


wmpmphil's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course I would rank it in the top 3 I have played in this area. The traps were in great shape better than most and there is a lot of them and they are well placed. Greens were quick and rolled great, very large and lots of elevation change. Staff was very friendly .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful facilities, great design, good test"


Gary3119545's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played tees that were approximately 6,600 yards, but there were several sets that were shorter. The course is a great design, with a nice combination of short and long par fours. There are significant bunkers on every hole and most are logically placed to make every hold a bit challenging. The greens were slow, but still very difficult. I would guess that they could be somewhat painful if the greens were rolling fast. Almost every green had several levels, and it is extremely important to be on the correct level.

Most of the staff was great, but the started must have either been very stressed out that day, or else is just a complete jerk. Otherwise...an excellent experience.

I am a 5 handicap and found this to be a challenging and enjoyable course. It is absolutely worth playing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Seen it in better shape"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played this course many times. A nice layout. Several tee boxes to choose from. The price was right, just $17 thru GolfNow.

The greens were a little crusty. Hopefully they get them in shape soon. But for the price, how could you complain.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Could easily been rated five stars if..."


Pwilson2049's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is beautiful. The forward tees made the round enjoyable without having a lot of trouble for the ladies in our group.

However, I had made two tee times through this app. One for threesome and one for a twosome. (I had the confirmation numbers and times on my phone.). When we went to check in and pay, they only had the theesome on their starters list. The starter was rude and grumpy but they managed to adjust the schedule to make it work. The cashier at the desk never looked at me directly to apologize for the mix up and we got the feeling that we were an annoyance to the staff since we were non-members.

Since we were new to the course, we arrived early. We got to our carts and headed to the first tee. When we were almost to the tee, the starter stopped us and said "go back". You are way too early. Will call you. Would have been a lot nicer had they given us the protocol at the desk as to how we would be called to the tee.

We enjoyed playing the course, but did not get the "warm fuzzy" feeling from the counter and starter staff. (The gentlemen who handled our bags were very courteous and helpful).

If anyone in our group were contemplating joining the club, the counter staff and starter were not good ambassadors.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course, Amazing Value"


Griffin8285597's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

got an amazing deal with golf now. Course was in really nice condition and was and the price was a steal, $19 for 18 holes and a cart. I'm an average golfer with a terrible lefty slice but Still enjoyed it a lot.

Can be rather challenging, some holes have a lot of water hazards and others are surrounded by bunkers.

Greens have challenging patterns and are rarely flat, makes for some interesting puts/chips.

Golf carts each come with a cooler and ice which is a nice to have on hot Florida days.

Free range balls are provided.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful facility"


Deborah6924948's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very well manicured course. Huge greens. Private course November through May. Great value on Golf now.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A true gem!"


bryansniezek's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

For a Florida course, it had a lot of uldulation; from the fairway to the greens. Some greens were 2 and 3 tiers.

The greens were aerified about 3 weeks ago, and weren't rolling smooth yet. I can only think of 3 holes that the punch marks were a slight issue; the rest had a little bit of sand left on them but rolled perfect.

5 different tee boxes. One of them makes a par 3 over 210 yards from the blue and can be a very tricky shot.

We paid $25 through Golf Now, and honestly felt like they were losing a ton of money. But it was an absolute steal for us.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


Jmac2013's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Would appear that it Might be difficult to get a tee time during the season when everyone is here


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great value"


genejackson's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to play this course which is completely private during the Florida golf season. Staff knew who I was from the time I stepped out of the car. Very impressive! Course was excellent. Fairways and greens were in Tour type condition. Great value, great course, great opportunity.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Members very rude and some staff too."


eyeadventures's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Several members would not talk or acknowledge your presence. Rudest members I have ever encountered by far. Starter and greeters were a little rude too.

Called day before and Pro Shop said course was perfect but when I arrived the greens had been severely verticut. One of the roughest example of this I have ever seen.

The course itself is above average and I enjoyed it well enough. However, this rating of 4.8 is not understandable to me at all. I give the course a 4.0 to 4.1. Much lower if you count how we were treated and misinformed.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Treated poorly. Above average course. Lied to about condition of Greens."


eyeadventures's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Please read my other reviews if you think this review is harsh. I am usually not this way.

1. Called about course conditions and was not told about severe verticutting of greens the day before. Greens looked rough and lost about 20-30 % of their proper roll. I might still have played if they told me but not being told was dishonest and very disappointing after a 90 minute drive.<br/> 2. Treated less than well by the starter and bag receiving personnel. Pro shop staff was amiable.<br/> 3. Treated the poorest I have ever been at any golf course or country club by the members. Many would not even acknowledge your presence or return a hello or wave. Amazing rudeness.<br/> 4. I mildly enjoyed the golf course. Ample fairways, some water but no swamps, not many trees, room to play on most holes. Nice but not visually impressive very often. Have no idea where the 4.8 rating came from. 4.1 in my book. World Woods (Brooksville), Southern Dunes (Haines City) and a dozen high end courses in Orlando are superior in many ways. These places are always worth the trip.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"This course has great features"


zoran8332343's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf course is great, I love to playGolf course is great, I love to play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great golf on VACATION"


Jamie1582767's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Coarse has awesome character, and wonderful challenge for any player. Amazed by the entire coarse, and will be playing again tomorrow


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Fair weather

Reviewed on

Wonderful staff, impressive clubhouse and pro shop. Very good range. Course in perfect shapen and an awesome layout. Getting out to play there was an all around treat. Ten out of ten !


I recommend this course


"Course Condition Could Not Be Better"


johngnow's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Rough, Fairways, Greens were all in excellent condition. Best we've seen this year in the area. Facilities are excellent. Nice chipping area right before 1st tee. Frequent ice and water stations at restrooms throughout the course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Links style course similar to The Club @ Eaglebrooke, Venetian Bay GC, & Mystic Dunes Resort & GC."


extennisnowgolfer's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

1:36 tee time w/ wife & neighbor couple for $22.00 + thru Golfnow. Long drive but well worth the trip. Fun & picturesque course in huge subdivision but gives feeling of being in resort. Nice range of wild life. Well maintained. Range balls free w/ round. Wide tee shot landing areas. Tee boxes plush. Fairways cut tight, producing long rolls for tee shots. Huge elevated undulated greens rolling true & fast. Battery powered carts w/ windshield & rain cover.Will definitely play again when in area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very Nice Course"


beschill's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

This a very nice course, open fairways,fairway bunkers are placed well and the Greens, well, they are great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course knowledge would help"


ScottEmigh's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well groomed course. the greens were fair and fast but course knowledge would have helped. Some of the greens were extremely undulated and large. Two clubs large! Knowing the greens would dictate the approach. Great course though. Risk rewards were awesome. Definitely score better next round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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