Sanctuary at River Strand Golf and Country Club

4.5000000000 4.5 stars from 5 (206)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3473 yards
  • Slope: 146
  • Rating: 37.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 36 3473 yards 37.1 146
Blue 36 3290 yards 36.2 138
Combo 36 3142 yards 35.5 133
White 36 3042 yards 35.1 129
Green (W) 36 2784 yards 36.8 130
Green 36 2784 yards 34.0 119
Red (W) 36 2436 yards 34.8 120

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 206 Reviews
5 stars:
122
4 stars:
69
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

195 out of 201 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers playing multiple courses entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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"One of the Best in Bradenton"


Shan3R's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I played this course for the first time and was really impressed with the conditions and layout of the course. The greens rolled true but were a little on the slow side, rated at a 9 that day. My only complaint was that some of the fairway bunkers lacked sand and were pretty solid. You got a free bag of range balls with the round and the practice facility was good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Cart path only is a killer"


Backspiner's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

A lesson learned you do not want to walk Tributary & Estuary in 90 degrees.

The course does not drain well therefor cart path only . I will call prior to going.

I aimed for the cart paths never played liked before and won't again. The greens

On the Trib were nice the Estuary were bumpy. If your a good played you would

be disappointed in the condition of the greens. IMO greens needed longer to

heal after aerifed. I will wait until October when rains will be less and the greens

better for the arrival of snowbirds !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Sanctuary/Tributary"


u000003672193's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Grass on the fairways, Green hold approach shots and rolled consistently and somewhat medium fast to better.

Tributary was the shorter nine, but the hazards were placed more strategically.

Haven't played Estuary, but understand it is the longest of the 3 nines.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Brad1941553's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
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

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great golf course"


uAEHX1070AE's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value as I paid for my tee time through Golf Now. The staff very really friendly and even though the course was busy the pace of play was good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A gem"


George6636961's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a great track! Fairly tight fairways and tough, fast, true greens. Stay below the pin.

This course is not for hackers!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

LOTS OF TROUBLE AROUND THE HOLES AND REQUIRES A PRECISE SHOT INTO MOST GREENS.

ALWAYS A CHALLENGE TO PLAY AND WOULD RECOMMEND THE COURSE TO ANYONE IN THE AREA.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"River strand"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really nice course, I will definitely play again. Tough but fair. Staff were great. Only criticism would be to shave collars around the greens a bit closer in spots so you can putt the ball squarely if up against them, backswing is impeded.


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


"A must play!"


Melvin1004's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition and we played at a good pace for the majority of the time. I believe the course is one of the best in the area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"course way to wet"


peteratkins's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

some of the holes were unplayable


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great greens"


kevin7446238's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here twice this month. One of the best condition courses around. Lots of tees to choose from depending on your skill level. Some of the rough will swallow your ball. Very challenging


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Tough Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good test of golf. Played from blues; long and difficult. Enjoyed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best course played in August"


RRouleau's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played 10 different courses to date in August and River Strand is the best I've played....only one exception, the greens were not at their best but playable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Upscale and beautiful course"


onepunchnelly's avatar
Orlando Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Definitely one of the nicer courses in the area. Very good conditions all around with some of the quickest greens around. It has rained a lot recently and the greens still ran a 10 on the stimp meter. The property is gorgeous, the staff was extremely courteous, friendly and accommodating. The layout reminds me of Esplinade in Lakewood ranch. Mostly wide open off the tee with the bulk of the challenge coming on your approach shots. It seemed like the par 5s were long and most of the par 4s were rather short- some of the greens are even drive-able from the white tees. If I had to find something negative, i would say although the course was beautiful and very well maintained I feel like the layout was a little less than memorable with some of the holes looking similar to others and no really stand out signature holes. But that's just splitting hairs because it really is a wonderful facility with a great practice area and a beautiful clubhouse. If you can get a hot deal jump on it you will be impressed from the minute you arrive!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Steve003's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Layout is wonderful and the course is in pristine condition. Will definitely play there again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good alround"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

God course in great condition and good rates at this time of year.


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


"Picked a good one this time"


u768532636's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course with a really fun layout, not overly challenging off the tee which I prefer as it wasn't super long and the fairways were accessible and plush. Attacking the greens took a little more thought as pin location definitely affected where you wanted to leave yourself so as you'd have a chance at a two put. Some of the more interesting breaks and challenging pin locations I've seen in all of Sarasota Bradenton area. Definitely worth the money and will be back for certain in the summer before the crowds engulf this place in season.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Excellent Greens"


Lloyd2434045's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value for the price. It is challenging from the standpoint that a lot of lies place the ball below the feet for the right handed golf promoting a push fade or slice where a lot of hazards are positioned. You need to be aware of this to avoid big numbers.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great greens"


JIM3931913's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

It sure is nice to see RSGC open to the public again. Every time I play here it's in great condition.Greens,fairways and rough r in great shape. Plan to play again soon. Bad point is, since I'm not a member, they won't let me take a shower after the round. ..I have to drive to different course. ...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Well maintained and solid layout"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course for $30-$40, well worth the money.

Greens are always fast and well manicured.

All 3 nines are fun to play.

Resort style golf (generally open fairways), but also a fun/good layout with character as well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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