Mission/Friars at Riverwalk Golf Club

3.1689352941 3.2 stars from 5 (653)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6383 yards
  • Slope: 120
  • Rating: 70.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Country Club attire required. T-shirts, Beachwear, Denim (Jeans) are prohibited
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 72 6383 yards 70.5 120
Middle (W) 72 6033 yards 73.8 124
Middle 72 6033 yards 68.9 117
Forward 72 5215 yards 65.3 108
Forward (W) 72 5215 yards 69.5 114

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 653 Reviews
5 stars:
93
4 stars:
295
3 stars:
155
2 stars:
69
1 stars:
41

recommend this course

504 out of 648 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport near local attractions   Great for locals walkers playing multiple courses   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views watching the game  

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3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
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Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"No Longer Maintained"


jgarcia416's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2018
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This course used to be beautiful. Now it's a complete eyesore. I can't bring out of towners to Riverwalk anymore without hearing constant complaints. The fairways and surrounding roughs look cancerous. Seriously, it looks like the grounds we're poisoned. Surprisingly, the greens are well kept (immaculate really), but getting to them will leave you challenged and constantly having to re-spot your ball due to unplayable lies (no pun intended).

My last outing I purposely chose Presidio / Mission since the time before Friars was trash. Unfortunately, those were allowed to get just as bad if not worse. On top of that they are continuing to over charge.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"5 1/2 hour round"


Piney's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
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Won't be back. Started at been and had to play 18 in the dark 5 1/2 hours later. Group cutting in front of us with no marshall on course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"It is what it is"


marc4731312's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I don't play RW often as it seems to be used by tourist more because of its location but always hope to surprised (in a good way) when I do play it. Just never lives up to the potential of the great layout. Always slow play and this time the fairways were in terrible shape. Greens were good. That being said the owners have planned to buid condos/apts for the last 20 years and I think plans are now starting to move through city for phase one so prob dont expect much improvement in the future..just more of the same


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Course looks like it’s been abandoned"


hillhomes's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
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Course is in horrible shape. Poor or no grass on fairways. The only part in good shape were the bunkers.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Poor condition"


Chef72's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/25/2017
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This used to be a beautiful course to play. I’m saddened to say that the conditions of all three nines are worst I’ve seen in San Diego. In quite some time. I sincerely hope it improves.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Very poor conditions..."


Captottersea's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played this course a number of times over the last 10 years and this was by far the worst conditions I have ever encountered. Almost every fairway was roped/staked off and inaccessible as they pretended to regrow grass where it belongs.

San Diego has not had much rain and obviously course management is unwilling to put the water necessary down to grow grass... you know, that green stuff that you hope to find under your ball when you stripe one down the middle. For a river bottom course to be so thin is ridiculous. Don't waste your time or money {$55 for a garbage experience} on what used to be a decent course... No more!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Always Dismal and Getting Worse"


The1babe's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/22/2017
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I’ve played this course off and on - mostly off since 2013. It’s never been an inspiring course but now the course conditions are only a notch above a cow pasture. It took 3 hours to play 9 holes, the group in front of us drove their cart on the greens and no marshal in sight. Play at your risk, I’m done.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Fairways grassless"


Taols's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2017
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Liked everything about this course but the fairways have little grass


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Falling Apart"


uPQHS6288PQ's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Just like the last 4 reviews, this course is just a dump now. We played Presido/Mission, and still this course is in the worst shape i have seen it in 10 years. For them to charge $60 to play it is insane. Yes i paid it, but never again. Fairways on both 9's are in horrible shape. Bare spots everywehre. 50% percent of the fairways were muddy. Only glimmer of hope, is the greens where fast and pretty true.

Come on Riverwalk, either put in a little effort, or just close up shop. Everyone knows you are closing down at least Friars, but with this effort, you should just consider shutting down all operations.

Golfers be warned from this and the last 4 reviews. This course is in horrible shape. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Not worth it anymore, but they still believe so.."


u000003496718's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It used to be a nice place, now...it is all rundown. The fairways are terrible, lots of repairs going on and only a few greens without a bunch of twigs and debris.

For they to continue charging 39.00 or more in a regular weekday is outrageous for the course is not worth it.

Much better places in San Diego for such fares.. Admiral North and Sycuan's courses for instance.

Not coming back soon


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Shutdown Friars, please!"


u00000206573's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2017
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Being a SD resident and played here for many years; this is the worst I’ve seen the course, ever! My suggestion would be to close down Friars for at least 3 months until the fairways are back to a decent playing condition.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"What happened to this nice course?"


sollyd123's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
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I was amazed and sad to see what has happened to the Mission / Presidio courses. I heard they were sold to build condos in the future but it's like they've given up on maintaining it. 30% of th course is bare with no grass. The greens were fantastic but the rest (Tee boxes and Fairways) are NOT worth a $60 round of golf. Too bad....


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Needs some love."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Grass is worn down to mud in too many places?

Greens should have signs on how to repair divots.

Nice layout; but has seen better days.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun Course to Play, get out & play it !"


u1632132625's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played 9 holes on the Friars course.

Course was fun to play, greens in great condition, fairways alittle worn from dry weather conditions.

For the price , we had a great time !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"quick nine"


709579's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great tee time for a quick nine! Course needs some work but the layout is nice. Couldn't get a tee time on the other courses (Nicer) but this worked out fine.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow pace ignorant starter"


Steve8103121's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
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First off I have an 8 handicap and my playing partner a 18. When we first pulled up to the #1 tee box they paired us up with some guy and his 13 year old son. Gave us the whole deal about if you’re gonna shoot over a double on a hole pick up and move on; we told him we’ll keep pace with the group in front of us. The starter said “oh well they are playing from the tips and will have no prop lem keeping pace” HAHAH!!! Sorry if you shoot 90+ you should not even attempt the tips; your drive is 220 and you wait for the green to clear on a 330 second shot par 5. Your par 3’s are ground runners but hey you play from the tips so you’re good. The marshal had the freaking nerve to tell our group at one point to pick up and move on...the group in front of us hadn’t even left the tee box yet; so sorry you paired us up with this guy and his kid which weren’t playing half as bad as the group in front of is but I’m playing all 81 strokes that I did regardless of what you tell me. Field marshals should really base who they ask to speed up or pick up on the Par 5’s with players who drive less than 250 and wait for the green to clear.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Slow Play and Ground under repair"


julesjurk's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play here quite a bit. I hadn't played mid-week in a while. Our round was 5 hours - teeing off around 10am on a Wed. Slow play and not a marshal in sight. No beverage cart either, although we did see one on the first hole. The greens were in awesome shape, but the rest of the course is still under repair in some areas. Tons of fairways with huge roped off ground under repair spots. I really like this course but the consistency of the condition and amenities seems to change all the time. Good round overall, but would love to see the fairways in better shape and the pace pick up.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Friars Presidio Review"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
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I played Friars Presidio, i can tell the course is under repair so i won't comment on the condition. Hopefully we will have more options than those two courses every time. I tbink that they are over used. Some of the tee boxes are over watered and uneven. The greens look very good and the pin placements are quite challenging. I still enjoy playing these courses and look forward to playing them again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"6 hour round the norm"


wgonyea's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

If you like a 6 hour round, Riverwalk is the place. Frequently, you'll be waiting 2 or 3 groups at the first tee. You heard that right. And to make sure you get your 6 hour round, they love to book 5 player groups. Ahh, the 5 player group. They love it because they never have to wait since they can't keep up with anyone. And everyone behind them get's to sit and witness every shot they take. And it's never the decent golfer's that are in a group of 5. It's always the 50yd hacks. This is the norm for this course. And you will always find numerous fairways that are under repair. If they simply cared enough to keep a marshall on the course making sure groups stayed a shot behind it would be a fun course to play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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