River Bend Golf Links

2.4832000000 2.5 stars from 5 (86)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6031 yards
  • Slope: 119
  • Rating: 69.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6031 yards 69.2 119
White 72 5657 yards 67.5 110
Gold (W) 72 5350 yards 70.8 124
Gold 72 5350 yards 66.1 107
Red (W) 72 4679 yards 67.1 109

Located in Green Cove Springs at the Reynolds Industrial Park, River Bend Golf Links is a locally owned, public course that offers a relaxing, enjoyable round. The course has been offering classic links golf since 1950, although then it was known as Cattail Creek. The golf course has since changed management but the challenging layout has remained the same. The golf course features small, fast greens and bunkers strategically placed throughout. Water hazards also come into play on a few holes. River Bend Golf Links is conveniently located near St. John's River, offering a variety of other activities including boating and fishing.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.8 stars from 5
Value: 2.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 86 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
17
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
27
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

45 out of 83 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals beginners walkers   Challenges include narrow fairways water hazards thick rough   Great for drinks  

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"wheres the deal"


Claude70's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I ordered agroupon for this course and paid 2.50 extra for the privelege of using groupon. The course was in the worst shape I have ever seen any course ever.

The staff was friendly and the couple I played with

made it very enjoyable and fun despite the conditions


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Extra small greens"


Howard4231410's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Haven't played one this rough in a long time.I think not only these are the smallest greens I have ever played but in pretty rough shape to.No grass in the fairways just weeds it really is sad to charge anyone money to play this course.I can only hope that some day somebody could fix this course for the members there.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Don`t Bother..."


jailer92's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short,and to the point...Don`t waste your money...


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Poor course"


RBCollier's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is not worth the cost. Starting with the Tee box to the greens, it was horrible. It was hard to follow the layout. There are many holes missing the hole # at the tee. Some holes were hard to follow as the cart paths weren’t clear. At one point we got turned around and had to search for the next hole. For $28 I wasn’t expecting a great course but this should have been $10-$15.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Interesting course!"


papad1129's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I found the course layout to be very good. The fairways are tight and challenging. The maintenance of the course leaves a lot to be desired. The fairways are bare in many places with seemed like more weeds than grass and the greens are slow. I told my friend that if I could I would buy the course because it could be a 3 or 4 Star Course with a little maintenance and minor redesign of some very tight holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



bhappy613's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

since the course is an old cow pasture it needs to be brought up to date. the fairways are still like the old cow pastures. they were sandy and not too grassy. although the greens rolled reasonably straight they were also very sandy and rough


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"A hidden treasure."


superrob23's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a little off the beaten path. It doesn't have all the frills of the country club circuit but serves nicely. There is water on 3/4 of the course. it's tight in some places so being straight is paramount. Course like most in the area has just done it's over seeding. Staff is super friendly and pace of play is always good. Check it out!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Felt like I was playing in a cow pasture"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I can't complain too much because it was only $8. But still the conditions of this course could have been better. It was very narrow and the holes were too close to each other . Very swampy , the grass was really high . The lady at the club house was nice though. FYI the clubhouse is a trailer , and they had a cool food truck up front


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/12/2017

The course is under new management/ownership since May 1 and we have been working hard to make everyone's experience enjoyable. To clarify....the holes are close together, as it is green to tee, just like a Donald Ross course, which is great for walking. Most courses now days are spread out so far, that it makes it difficult to walk the course, especially in the heat. Ours is not. The course is NOT swampy. I hope you realize that we had over 12 inches of rain within a few weeks of the time you played. That is over and beyond an extreme amount of rain for any course. The clubhouse is not a "trailer" it is a 2000 square foot building that we have just renovated and have added large screen tv's, comfortable seating, ice cream, sandwiches, beer, sodas, snacks etc. Half of the building is used for our golf clubhouse. We do have a food truck that comes typically on the last Wednesday of the month from 11am-2pm for our Ladies League. We have many leagues, play day events, clinics and more. Lots for the entire family including juniors under the age of 15 play FREE on Saturdays and Sundays after 1pm with a paying adult. Our course is challenging , yet fair and we welcome all skill levels while we also are very accommodating, as we don't have a dress code, no tee times and just want all to have fun. No rangers to push you to play faster, no staff to tell you what you can and cannot wear or to hurry to the tee. I guess that is why so many have found this hidden gem in Green Cove Springs. Thank you and we hope to see you again soon.


"Fun and Friendly Place"


sstrock13's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I played River Bend last evening in their Wednesday Scramble and really had a great time. When I arrived I was immediately greeted with a friendly smile and felt right at home. The new owner has done a tremendous job upgrading the course and the clubhouse and has many plans for future improvements and cool events. I know the new owner personally. She is a PGA/LPGA professional and someone who is dedicated to the game of golf and making it a fun experience for people of all levels and ages. Whether you are brand new to golf or have played for years, River Bend is a place you can feel at home...it's a relaxed atmosphere. The clubhouse is a cool little spot to hang out and the course is challenging but fun. Give this place a chance and I guarantee that every time you go back you will see more and more improvements...and make friends along the way.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"New Owners Have Made a Huge Difference!"


u000001628134's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

New owners took over May 1, 2017 and have made substantial changes to the course, grounds and clubhouse. The clubhouse was expanded to include big screen tv's, more food, beverage and merchandise options. The grounds and course have also had substantial work done and it has made a tremendous difference. PGA/LPGA Professionals are on staff and the owner is a PGA/LPGA Professional. More Membership options are also available as well as Leagues, Ladies Leagues, Junior clinics and camps, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday Games, Wednesday evening Scramble and other special events. Juniors 15 & Under also get to play free on Saturdays and Sundays after 1pm with a paying adult. The course needed attention and it got it! Their is no dress code or tee times and the course is surrounded by wildlife and beautiful scenery. No homes around the course. Come try the course. You will be pleasantly surprised.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"A Hidden Gem in Green Cove Springs Florida"


bshortgolf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I have been playing this course for years and am so glad that a new owner has stepped in and has given the course and clubhouse the attention it so much deserved. The course has been around since 1950 and really is a great course. The greens are small and the layout can be challenging at only 6100 yards. There are no homes around and it can be quite scenic as you traverse the course. The fairways and greens are in much better condition than in the past. The new Owner is a PGA/LPGA Professional and has made a dramatic impact since taking over in May of 2017. I like the fact that there is no dress code, no tee times and you are always greeted with a smile and a thank you for coming. The staff really appreciates you! Please give this place a look as it really is a neat little course.


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


"Got what we paid for ?"


Rmsoul's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Out of the box the pro shop clerk told me they are no longer members of GolfNow and have been trying to get GolfNow to remove them from their list and GolfNow should refund our service charge. Otherwise, very friendly. All greens are in poor condition. Fairways are pretty bare. There is no clubhouse per se - the grill/bar is closed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2017

Hope you can stop by and see the changes we have made at River Bend. The course is in great shape and we have expanded our golf shop to include more food, beverage and merchandise options. I think you will be pleasantly surprised since your visit 2-years ago as the course is under new ownership.


"Needs work"


BigJim1258's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  25+

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course as of recently seemed to have been getting in better shape. This go around the fairways in several places were horrible. One green, #16 is little more than a hard packed sand box. The course overall needs some care to get it to be decently playable. Personnel wise, the staff is friendly and it could be a pretty good facility with the proper course manicuring.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2017

Hope you can come back to River Bend and see all the changes we have made. Alot of attention has been given to the course and clubhouse. The course is in great shape and the clubhouse has been expanded to include many more options for food, beverage and merchandise. The course has been under new ownership since May 2017. You will be pleasantly surprised at the difference since you played several years ago.


Commented on 07/14/2017

The course has been under new ownership since May 2017 and has made substantial changes including expansion of the clubhouse with more food, beverage and merchandise options. The course and grounds have also had substantial work done and the course is in great shape! PGA/LPGA Professionals own and are on staff as well.


"River Bend - NOT"


u000004162288's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is the worst course we've ever played - greens were horrible and the fairways weren't much better - don't waste your $$ - too many others to choose from at as good or better price


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/15/2017

Hope you can give the course another chance since your last visit several years ago. The course is under new ownership and has made substantial changes to the course, clubhouse and grounds. The course is in beautiful shape. You will be amazed at the transformation since your last visit.


"The fairways need some work as do the greens."


Bird5555555's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was fun to play, but the greens were crusty, the fairways were either full of weeds or dirt blotched


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"One disappointment after another."


Greg8079855's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

My son - in - law and I like to try new courses around Florida whenever we can. Yesterday took us to River Bend in Green Cove Springs. Upon arrival to check in we were informed our reservation had been canceled by the course. We received no call or email prior to making the drive. (Which took us past quite a few nice courses) We came that far to play because of the deal we had gotten... now there was NO deals offered and the price over doubled! Next, repeatedly posted in the office... NO coolers allowed. (But you can get drinks there with a substantial markup).<br/> Now, out to the course... The tees were ok..just.. The fairways were a LOT of hardpan, (nice for forward roll, hard to hit off of) one of the many walkers told us a pro on the course told him to tee up each shot so you don't damage your clubs on the fairway! Next, the majority of putting greens were like obstacle courses. Very little green, rough surfaces and no way to hit a straightforward shot. (A suggestion from another walker, hit onto the green and just take 2 on your card and move on!) The fairways are mostly straight and narrow, very narrow, hook or slice and you're on another fairway. Lots of water hazards mixed in too. One water cooler that we saw and No rest rooms on the course.<br/> If there were negative stars to give on a rating, this course would get them from me.<br/> We won't be back....


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"rough course"


Lorraine1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in rough shape. Arrived 30 minutes early but staff would not let us tee off until our tee time despite no one else ahead of us teeing off. Would not let us load our golf cart until 10-15 minutes before tee time despite many sitting available.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Back again..."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

...for more. Lousy fairways, sketchy greens, who cares. Go out and smack it around for 3 hours and look for wildlife while drinking beer and smoking a cigar.

Golf at its finest, IMHO.

I like the Eagle Harbors of the world too but I like the River Bends for what they are. If you understand what it is when you're going in, it will be fun and I always like it there. Everyone is friendly, contrary to some reviews, but I too don't understand the adherence to starting times when there's no one there (especially as a single as I am not going to hold anyone up).

I did encounter one double group, probably 6-7 guys, who were slow and having fun. Instead of fuming, I just went around them (jumped from 4 to 6) and finished up the missing holes later.

Fun place but know what you're getting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course has improved"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

close and great for a quick round to practice a little


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Don't expect a lot but good layout."


u341540395's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Course needs work. Not a bad layout. Price was right. I got there early, but they would not let me tee off until my tee time even though course was not busy. No bunkers, but plenty of water...some not on scorecard pictures. Restaurant is closed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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