River's Bend Golf Club

1.6104000000 1.6 stars from 5 (154)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6671 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 71.9
  • Layout

  • 11700 Hogan's Alley, Chester, Virginia 23836, Chesterfield County
  • (804) 530-1000
  • (804) 530-1253
  • www.riversbendgolfclub.com
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Year built: 1991
Architect(s): Steve Smyers
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - 1/2 cart included in green fee
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6671 yards 71.9 132
White 71 6102 yards 69.3 126
Gold 71 5527 yards 66.7 121
Red (W) 71 4932 yards 68.7 119

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 1.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 1.4 stars from 5
Value: 2.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 1.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 154 Reviews
5 stars:
0
4 stars:
9
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
95

recommend this course

36 out of 153 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for beginners wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include thick rough bunkers  

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"Disgrace to Gold"


bgreer16's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Read the reviews before I played and thought that it couldn't be as bad as it said. It was worse. I went in with the lowest expectations possible and the course still didn't meet them. The greens are cracked and upturned to a point where putting is not feasible. Stuff is so overgrown that you cannot see where the fairway is. Had to pick up after 11 holes because it is simply not playable and should be out of business. They would have to pay me to go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"Never again"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I have never played a course in as poor of a condition as this one. I actually lost a ball on the green for a second because it rolled under a chunk of broken green. It would take years to restore this course into a playable golf course. The $15 dollars I was charged was more than the round was worth. On one tee box I couldn't find a spot where the grass was short enough to drive my tee into the ground. I should have gone to the driving range instead.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Awful conditions"


Daryl9801427's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course 2 years ago. It was ok. Played it yesterday and I should of played on some farmers pasture. Would of been better. They had no electricity for 10 days so pumps were of. Greens were soooo bad that they were cracked everywhere. The fairways were so thick and high that you would lose a ball almost on every hole. It's a shame. It's a great layout by the water but there is no money going into this place. Someone should buy it or build houses on it. Go to the driving range instead. At least you will see where your ball ends up.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/07/2015

I look at the course last Friday the 4 th of September and it was like loking at a field, The greens were muddy no grass and the surroundings where like the course has veen abandon. Please dont waste your time making the drive.


"Please listen"


u000006480110's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has so much potential, but is hands down the worst course I have ever played. They put zero money into this place and it's a shame. Beautiful back drops and in a great neighborhood, but such a waste. Someone needs to buy this course and put in the work to make it great. You can hit the ball straight and in the middle of the fairway and not be able to find your ball! The greens arent close to being green and can't be made of grass at this point. They look like a desert floor. I really feel sad for the course...


Pace of Play: Poor

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


"LOL"


u000004929237's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have never seen a course in such bad condition. My back yard is better than the course. There is no difference between the fairways and rough. Bunkers have no sand. Nothing but weeds and overgrowth in them. The "greens" are completely dried out, brown, and cracked. Some of the holes are eroding out. Any amount of money to play this course is too much. They should pay you to play it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"greens burnt and fairways not cut"


u000007958949's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We drove 35 miles to play. when we arrived no power no working snack bar or cold drinks. greens were burnt and crusting like dried mud in a mudhole. Fairways were not cut and bunkers had weeds and grass growing out of them. Found out later from reading a review power was cut off by power company week of July 12th. I will from now on read reviews prior to booking. Would appreciate a refund. Thanks


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Walk on By"


munchos1999's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

Sad to see this course now. Everything is broken and the power company was there disconnecting the power. Grass is growing everywhere except the greens. I'm hoping that a new ownership group takes this over and renovates this course, because I can see where this lay out was good at one time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Rough course"


pmharris06's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

nice layout but the course is in horrible conditions. Greens are half grass half dirt. The bunkers are grass. For the 15 I played I would do it again because only place you can play 18 for cheap like that but they are rough.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible of course"


Nezy07's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Terrible golf course I recommend never playing this golf course it needs to be reconstructed completely the conditions of it are so poor that they shouldn't charge money to play at this golf course. I would be ashamed to live on this golf course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Walking Dead Golf"


u000007370899's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

To give Rivers Bend the benefit of the doubt, we played two days after a lot of rain. Having said this, the course looked as if it had been closed for a month or two. Worst putting surfaces I've ever seen, and the whole course is in overall disrepair. I would not recommend this course to anyone. It's a shame too, because this place has a fun layout, it just hasn't been taken care of.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Please put this course out of it's misery"


Joseph2362823's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course a 100 times or so for the past 20 years but before Saturday not in about 5 years. I heard about the awful condition it had deteriorated to so I had to see for myself. GolfNow for $15 on a Saturday midday (red flag).....why not? TRUST me....Not worth it! I feel they now owe me $20. Long story short.....moldy greens, thatch work fair ways, tee boxes...a bad joke, etc, etc


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"They should pay you to play this terrible course. Needs to be shut down."


u000003781081's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Worst course I have ever seen. Greens are basically dirt and they are splitting open needing water. Can't tell fairways from the rough. Carts are old and broken, holes in seats and windshield busted. Do not waste your time. This course needs to be shutdown and removed from the golfnow site. Was looking for a cheap round with my 14 year old but we gave up after 14.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Course Condition Improvements Needed"


sstejskal's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course needs some major improvement to the conditions (ie- Water the greens & overall landscape care).


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Rivers bend"


andysenka's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Concrete fairways and uncut grass made the round very frustrating. We left after 10 holes. The staff was fantastic and the course was cheap, however, it will be my last trip here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible Conditions"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Worst golf course I have ever played very glad I only paid $18


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Sad"


gpuch1948's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course over 10 years ago and to see how badly it has deteriorated is really sad. You will get a great deal on your green fees and when you play the course you will find out why.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"So much potential"


dwalt88's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

A buddy and I booked an afternoon tee time for under $20 per person so we figured we would try out the course even though we had read many poor reviews. Unfortunately, the reviews are all accurate. The course is in very poor condition. Muddy tee boxes, crab grass fairways, bunkers filled with tall weeds and water, chunky/bumpy greens throughout the course. It is a shame because I really loved the layout of the course and most of the holes are very well designed. If the course were in the shape it should be in I would gladly pay $40-$50 and play here on a regular basis. The maintenance guy (who was really nice) indicated that they were working on getting things back into a more playable condition. Hopefully this happens sooner than later because it has the feel of an abandoned course right now. Overall, the staff was great and if you are looking for a cheap round to hack some balls around and not worry at all about your scorecard you can get what you pay for here.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Needs work"


Erik3730234's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Even though it is winter a course honestly should not be in that bad of shape. Sad to see what use to be one of the better courses in VA now like this. Crab grass on the greens, more grass than sand in bunkers, plus much more.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course"


Paris8755749's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/20/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed this course. I've heard so much about it and for the deal I couldn't pass it by. I surely will go back again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Friendly staff- look forward to playing again next year"


Dtomlin57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a very enjoyable round. The staff could not have been nicer- we understood that the course was undergoing some reconditioning and we look forward to returning in the spring. Thanks so much for your warm hospitality!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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