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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6574 yards
Slope 137
Rating 70.7

Formerly known as Buffalo Shoals National Golf Club.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6574 yards 70.7 137
Green 72 6064 yards 68.1 126
Gold 72 5316 yards 65.1 111
Red (W) 72 4363 yards 61.8 105
Scorecard for River Oaks
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.1/137 325 544 393 503 188 404 124 405 355 3241 346 192 529 388 392 412 332 208 534 3333 6574
Green M: 69.8/131 290 521 371 468 179 390 108 320 326 2973 326 168 514 355 377 353 311 195 492 3091 6064
Gold M: 66.9/119 W: 71.5/131 216 444 345 439 119 351 92 307 296 2609 304 163 408 321 332 326 234 162 457 2707 5316
Red M: 63.1/108 W: 66.7/116 181 421 251 369 92 291 84 213 220 2122 158 144 379 277 281 295 217 111 379 2241 4363
Handicap 17 12 3 14 10 4 15 2 6 8 7 16 11 5 1 18 13 9
Par 4 5 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Lennie Younce Gene Bates (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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4.1
54 Reviews (54)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 19
Bunkers 14
Water Hazards 14
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 12
Locals 11
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 15

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Awesome, great condition, great layout

I used to play here years ago and always loved the challenging layout. Lots of unique holes with great elevation changes. I had not been here in 4 years and was pleasently surprised to find a top notch clubhouse and A1 course conditions. Even though you could still see signs of aeration on the greens, they rolled fast, smooth, and true. And balls checked good too. They've taken out a lot of trees and it's in the best shape ever. Fairways are plush. If I had to nitpick anything negative, it's only that they didn't have water coolers out on the course. This is my favorite golf course of all time and I'm glad to see someone has put some money and effort to make it as great as it could be.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

The hidden jewel

I played this course last year in the Spring and just yesterday. The transformation that was starting last year has accelerated The course's conditions will be peaking in a week or two. The owner is sinking money into the course and you can tell. There are several blind shots that requires thinking about what to hit and sometimes hitting less than the driver on several of the par fours. The greens are beautiful and can get quite fast. Well placed approach shots and pitches are a requirement to keeping the score down. Many long shots to the green end up with a pitch from the bottom of the hill. Challenging and fair.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Awesome course

This course was very challenging, although from what I'm told it is much easier now since they have taken out some trees. Fairly long course and in great shape for the time of year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent outing!

This was my second opportunity to enjoy a fantastic round of golf. The course is equally as beautiful as it is challenging. Staff is always very welcoming and also very informative. Looking forward to my next visit already! GOLO or Go Home!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Course is in great shape

Haven't been there for a couple of years. Fantastic transformation with the shape the course is in. Fairways, greens, emenities were all very nice. Well worth the price to play!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Not for beginners

Ever have one of those days when you should have stayed home to do the honey do list instead of golf? Well I did here. Everything else was great but my game that day. I was horrendous. Could have used a little help, but you don't get any on this course. If it's not on the fairway that ball is gone. Course was in good shape and I will go back there another day and give it another shot.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

tight squeeze

18 holes of golf, fit into a 16 hole sight, The course winds along the side of hills, with a creek/stream following with you for most holes. An good course to play forward on your first visit, (shot makers) I played with some senior regulars who showed me the way, I can't imagine how many balls would have gone away, had I play it back. Greens were just punched, but they did it with play in mind, used some kind of sand injection that kept them playable. They were fast and undulated, good fun.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Fun course in good condition. I enjoy this place.

I've played here 3 or 4 times now, and I've got to say this is one of my favorite courses in the area. It has a great mix of holes and challenges, it's in great shape even though we've been in such a drought, and it's got some great views, too... plus, the price is very competitive. It takes me 25 minutes to drive there, and it is well worth the drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Accuracy really pays off here

Course in the best shape in years - better than most courses within 25 miles. Greens roll extremely well yet many have tiers and lots of subtle breaks. Hit to the wrong part of the green and you'll likely 3 putt. Very friendly staff. Great layout except for #1 hole, which the owner intends to change back to the original design. While fairways are generous, if you miss them, there will be a price to pay. Miss the green to the wrong side and you will also loose a stroke recovering.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

A phoenix has risen.

It has been several years since I played River Oaks (after playing its previous incarnations for a decade and a half). The last time that I was on this course, it was in horrible condition.
Well, the owner has spent a considerable amount of money and time to refurbish the course. What a success -- this course has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. The course was in very good shape, particularly compared to many local courses in the Charlotte to Hickory region. Greens -- very good and true, fairly fast, and extremely consistent (a couple with minor issues, but nothing that affects play). Fairways -- very good. Tee boxes -- good, some a little sparse, but they are juggling the tees to promote growth. Bunkers -- okay, maybe a little inconsistent (some compacted, and needing more sand). Clubhouse -- very nice, such an improvement on the previous trailer. Restaurant/bar -- again, very nice. Practice facilities -- a work in progress. Driving range provides an aerobic workout just to access it -- could use a way to drive down closer to it. Practice green is very good, and representative of the greens on the course.
This layout has always been quite challenging, particularly with elevation changes, some moguls, strategically placed bunkers, and a few blind shots. A long hitter can overpower some of the course by flying some of the trouble spots, while the normal golfer has to be more strategic. In some respects, it feels like a mountain course.
This course is definitely worth the drive to get to it (about 45 min. from Huntersville/Cornelius). The owner is really to be commended -- his labor of love has made this a course that is once again a great place and great value to play. I highly recommend that you give this course a try.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Great Course.. Be Careful if it Rains

Very challenging and enjoyable course to play. If riding in a cart and the weather is a little wet, be very careful on the hills. No. 10 is a very steep down hill slope, making it very difficult to control the cart under wet conditions. Be aware and check the weather before playing.

Staff very friendly, and the course is in very good condition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Good course at a very reasonable price

Last played at the course over 3 years ago when it was declining - it is now a very well maintained course (greens were excellent) in a very pleasant place to play - the course rewards good shots without penalizing you too much for poor ones - will be back there soon!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

River Oaks

Course in great condition. Have made a lot of improvements since I last played the course. Will be back again soon. You won't be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Value

Tony Henderson has a great piece of property for a golf course. Rolling hills and pretty trees. Great value!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Significant Upgrade in Past Couple of Years

Had first tee time and arrived early. Started round at 6:35 AM and finished in 2 hours and 40 minutes as a single. Given the significant amount of winter kill around Charlotte courses, the turf conditions were very good. Bunkers had drained well from the rains the day before and sand was overall pretty soft. Only complaint is the greens were severely ball marked and pretty slow. Course has started an aggressive tree removal program (on-going it appears) which has provided improved sight lines, more sunlight and therefore dryer turf. For rack rate of $33 on a holiday morning this is a great deal.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

This course will be a top contender in the near future!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

What a find

About 10 miles out 40 off of 77. Our course had been aerated so we looked for somewhere different to play. Greens were near perfect, fairways were great and bunkers properly maintained. Lots of blind shots, elevation, dog legs and winding creeks to keep you on your toes. You'll definitely improve by many stokes after your first time there. Beautiful private setting on par with some of the best in the charlotte area. Great value for the money and they actually appreciate your business. We played during drought conditions but the course showed no signs of it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice Course, Friendly Staff. Great Greens. Great Value. Overall, great course.

Played on a Friday morning. Had 1 1/2 " rain night before. But course held up nicely. Its a $25 course all day long. Great value. Would not pay more but that goes for any course. Overall it was a great experience. Last time I played the course, it was North Carolina National and it was ok. The owner was great and the grill staff (not sure her name but pretty sure she was manager) was extremely nice and very outgoing. It was a little slow pace of play because we had a twosome infront of us that rather talk than play golf. Not the course to blame. That happens everywhere. But my biggest complaint is that this course has a lot of blind shots. Very challenging to say the least. First time playing the course is almost impossible since there are not yardage marked for layups. Would be nice if on the tee box they would tell you the distance to layup areas. It may take several rounds before you figure it out. Did almost get hit on one hole. But again that was because the twosome in front of us were too busy on their phones and the twosome behind us were not paying attention. But again overall, a great course and layout. Will definitely play again as long as the price doesnt increase. I'm cheap.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice Surprise

River Oaks was in the best shape I have seen it in a number of years. we were able to play early in the morning and finish around promptly.they are doing some improvements to the course including taking out a number of trees and if you can overlook those I think you will really enjoy your round there. kudos to the staff for being very friendly and helpful.we were very pleased with the condition of the Greens some of the best we've seen this time of year.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Charlotte Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great course!!

Not sure about the recent reviews calling this place the worst course ever. I thought it was a great course. There are elevation changes on almost every hole, so proper club selection is a key. The greens were excellent, and the fairways were in great shape. Tee boxes were hit or miss; those in secluded spots were a little bare. This is not a walking course. There was some evidence of recent tree removal, but nothing that affected play. The course wasn't overly busy on a Sunday morning, but it seemed like all of the groups were in the same spot. The ranger did his best to keep everyone moving. I will definitely come back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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