Sanctuary at River Strand Golf and Country Club

4.5550823529 4.6 stars from 5 (216)
  • 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

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 216 Reviews
5 stars:
128
4 stars:
72
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

204 out of 211 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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"Tough Wind, Good Time"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hooked up with some very nice people and had a great time. Course in great shape, fun had by all


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun track"


u000003612336's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's a fun layout. Fairways were great, greens weren't in the best shape but Irma had a lot to do with that. Would like to play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

But not allowed to bring your own beer and no cart driving around selling drinks.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/14/2017

You got to hide your beer in your bag prior to arriving, rookie mistake.


"Disappointing"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

River Strand used to be my favorite course in the Bradenton area. I understand end of summer is aeration time in Florida. River Strand always advertised that with 3 nine golf courses, playing in aerated greens wouldn't happen. I guess since it only allows the general public in during the summer its not as important to make sure there are always 18 holes in good shape.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


Jmike4212's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Great layout. Course in really good shape given the recent weather. Greens are always good since they shut down 9 holes at a time during the summer for to punch greens... you never have to worry about playing on bumpy greens, which is probably the best thing about this course.

Downside is pace of play is always extremely slow here. If you go here with less than 4 people they always want to pair you up with others, which at this course can be unbearable. With the forced membership with home purchase in the neighborhood you get a lot of members that took up golf late in life, and unfortunately just aren't familiar with basic means of playing quickly. They are never ready to play their shot when it is their turn, etc. The best thing they can do is hold clinics for their members on how to be ready to hit your shot when it is your turn. This problem is no fault of the course staff, but it would be nice if they helped their members understand how to play faster.

If you're lucky enough to get out to this course on a day when not many members are playing you won't be disappointed at all. It's one of the best courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



rkg12optonline's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



spartan1948's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

had an enjoyable round at River Strand. Only problem was one of the cart/bag boys who threw a fit because I took the cart into the parking lot. Real smart mouth.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



rkg12optonline's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
Previously played 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


"Nice"


Eric8654365's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course needs to be drained properly.

Too wet on the course.

Nice play anyway

Staff very pleasant


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A Jem"


Larrywacko's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a must play. This course is a A+ and at twice the rate it is still a deal. It's not easy but you don't want that anyway..


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


"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



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