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4.1
454 Reviews (454)
5 Stars
204
4 Stars
191
3 Stars
41
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.3
90.3%
Recommend this course
421 out of 454 reviews
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4.2
16 Reviews (16)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.7
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.3
87.5%
Recommend this course
14 out of 16 reviews
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4.1
65 Reviews (65)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
89.2%
Recommend this course
58 out of 65 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7001 yards
Slope 133
Rating 75.4
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River Islands Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Champion 72 7001 yards 75.4 133
Player 72 6594 yards 74.3 132
Member 72 6223 yards 72.0 129
River 72 5775 yards 68.1 117
Island (W) 72 4873 yards 69.4 118
Scorecard for River Islands Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Champion M: 74.3/146 386 401 195 579 186 639 440 221 550 3597 402 379 363 383 548 202 529 170 428 3404 7001
Player M: 72.5/142 375 389 175 553 174 490 415 199 527 3297 391 367 355 369 532 180 514 166 423 3297 6594
Member M: 70.9/137 365 353 160 547 160 475 408 180 519 3167 380 342 338 357 512 150 435 142 400 3056 6223
River M: 68.5/129 331 330 145 511 131 450 395 157 502 2952 367 303 305 340 490 135 416 117 350 2823 5775
Island W: 64.4/120 305 279 65 476 80 416 341 134 450 2546 300 260 184 245 467 107 363 84 317 2327 4873
Handicap 17 13 9 1 15 5 7 11 3 12 10 16 14 2 8 6 18 4
Par 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 3 5 36 4 4 4 4 5 3 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 11 17 1 15 5 7 13 3 8 10 16 12 2 14 6 18 4

Course Details

Year Built 1991
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arthur Hills (1991)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Shirts must have collars and shorts must be Bermuda length. Tank tops, t-shirts and denim are not permitted.

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Reviews

4.1
454 Reviews (454)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 70
Bunkers 51
Undulating Greens 48
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 57
Advanced Golfers 38
Locals 33
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 61
Convenient to the City 27
Near Local Attractions 22

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Challenging course and great price. Surprisingly dry considering all the recent rains

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Could be a gem!

Really enjoyed the layout and course was set up nicely throughout the river with some fun holes. Unfortunately the bunkers were more like craters with large rocks that damage your clubs when not removed. The greens were in descent condition considering time of year but need some tlc in areas. This course could be a gem with some small investments from management! Sand in bunkers would be a major improvement for course and golfers hitting from them like us hackers do. Hopefully its still available on my next trip to town and improvements are seen

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Awesome layout.

Unfortunately, the area has suffered from some flooding. With the course being on the river it was still a little wet and damaged. Nevertheless, I could see what the course is. Hope one day to make it back when everything is dried up and repaired. Enjoyed my round despite the conditions that the course had no control over.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

MAKE RIVER ISLANDS GREAT AGAIN..

This review is not meant to rip on this course, but I feel this will be the next course that will follow the fate of Royal Oaks.
I remember years ago this was a jewel to play. Always in tip top shape. Now I understand this is the off season, but what golf course do you play that you can't buy, a bag of tees, a sleeve of balls, a glove? The owners have no interest in making this a good course to play.
The parking lot sits with a mound of sand sitting in it while the course has nothing but mated down dirt in the bunkers. But I can understand because the superintendent is behind the counter. The owners should step up and help out so he could do his job. With Sevierville just up the road you have to do something to bring the people in, but as often as we have played River Island it's obvious that they aren't interested in bringing people in. So I say play it while you can, and if the owners read this get off your can and make this place what it's capable of being. There is a reason Sevierville's parking lot is packed like yours once was. MAKE RIVER ISLANDS GREAT AGAIN.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Excellent time

For the price this course is hard to beat. Challenging layout with scenic views.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Beautiful Views and Immaculate Conditions

I have played this course 50+ times through the summer to now. It is a true challenge of your game. Greens roll great and ball sits up on every fairway with the zoysia grass. I will always recommend this course highly and will continue to play it very often as it is my favorite layout in the area by far.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

The course was in good condition considering it is late December. We never had to wait to hit a shot and played in 3 1/2 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Excellence layout

Always enjoy playing this course..graet scenery and enough challenges for intermediste golfers. Staff is always very friendly....
Sand traps need work...mainly dirt... lacking in food .selections.
Still one of my favorite courses in the knoxville area.

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

Beautiful course

This course is very scenic with the river views. It is in great condition and play is challenging. From the forward tees, it is an enjoyable day of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Enjoyed the round but course needs maintenance

Too many leaves and limbs on the course and the bunkers. Lost a golf ball in the leaves on #9. Need to get away from using Bermuda grass on the greens.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course

Everything is in good shape for this time of the year. A little wet from the rains. Only issue was the amount of leaves on the course. Not the courses fault though. Had rain most of the week before. Great course. Will play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day at river island

It was a beautiful day. the course was in great shape. only thing I needed was to hit the ball better. it was a wonderful day on the golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course

The course layout is beautiful. Conditions were great for the price.. Employees were courteous and informative.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, clubhouse and amenities are lacking

If you can’t tell from the title, course is in great shape, loved the layout and yardages. Clubhouse was below par and restrooms on course were a little dirty. I would love to play in warmer conditions and after playing once now! Would recommend the course, but go with caution!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful river course

The zoysia fairways are unbelievable and the champion Bermuda greens were great .Unique course layout I really enjoyed my round

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Wow !

I played River Islands today for the first time and all I can say is WOW!

This course is in excellent condition, both the fairways and the greens. The layout is moderately challenging, but fair. Many of the greens are multi-tiered and/or have a lot of contouring and slopes, so well placed approach shots can be crucial to avoid three or more putts. They are smooth and roll true, but accurate shot placement is important.

A special shout-out to Dave in the Pro Shop. He made us feel like family who was in town for a reunion. When we checked in he took the time to chat and give us some local knowledge tips that were invaluable.

I can hardly wait until the next time we are in the area on vacation so I can play River Islands again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course is in fantastic shape. Greens are beautiful. The only issue was with fire ants on some of the tee boxes.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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