River Club, The

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3.6
531
5 Stars
72
4 Stars
252
3 Stars
120
2 Stars
57
1 Stars
30
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.3
75.6%
Recommend this course
410 out of 528 reviews
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Average Rating
3.5
14
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.0
64.3%
Recommend this course
9 out of 14 reviews
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3.5
109
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
47
3 Stars
32
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
3.9
70.0%
Recommend this course
77 out of 109 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7026
Slope 144
Rating 74.4
Type Semi-Private
River Club is a popular Ron Garl-designed golf course famous for its unique moundings and positioning of grass and pot bunkers. Front nine are open with all elevated greens. River Club's back nine at are cut into the woods. There is water on 16 holes.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7026 yards 74.4 144
Blue 72 6614 yards 72.1 137
White 72 6102 yards 69.6 128
Green 71 5495 yards 66.7 117
Red (W) 72 5056 yards 69.0 120
Scorecard for The River Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 74.4/144 425 209 559 382 587 365 439 184 355 3505 412 428 200 536 444 177 416 544 364 3521 7026
Blue M: 72.1/137 400 175 526 370 553 347 397 170 333 3271 395 402 179 519 429 158 400 523 338 3343 6614
White M: 69.3/122 346 160 510 350 532 314 356 155 300 3023 315 375 165 500 385 142 385 492 320 3079 6102
Green M: 66.7/117 330 130 498 325 448 310 340 140 290 2811 308 360 155 488 360 137 360 475 168 2811 5622
Red W: 69.7/120 320 107 428 282 447 290 318 86 267 2545 296 314 142 421 346 114 356 456 167 2612 5157
Handicap 4 14 8 18 2 10 6 16 12 7 5 15 9 3 17 1 11 13
Par 4 3 5 4 5 4 4 3 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 4 16 8 14 2 10 12 18 6 13 5 15 11 3 17 1 9 7

Course Details

Year Built 1988
Greens Jones-Dwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ron Garl (1988)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees (with GPS)
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

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

Reviews

3.6
531

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 43
Brunch 18
Watching the Game 10
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 75
Bunkers 72
Forced Carries 56
This course/club is great for:
Locals 58
Advanced Golfers 42
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 37
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 52
Worth the Drive 40
In the 'Burbs 32

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course conditions

Course conditions were not good, fairways not mowed well with many weeds, greens recently aerated and not in the best of shape. Very hot day on the course, no beverage cart, minimal water stations. Have played here in the past and have enjoyed the course. With new owners, hopefully this course will turn around.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Older and not maintained course

Friendly staff would be where this course met expectations. Everything else about the course was not good. Overall layout was narrow and overgrown. Although the greens were mowed they were still extremely slow. Tees and Fairways looked as if they had not been cut in 4-5 days. Bunkers not maintained.

Even for the very inexpensive rate charged was both a waste of time and money.

Would not recommend this course at all!

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

awesome

Every hole is great and makes you think. We play it all the time because it is always a great challenge, and the greens are perfect for this time of year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The River Club on 08/01/2018:
Thank you alick for the 5-star review as we appreciate you taking the time. We love to see you had a great time on the course and we hope you will book another round with us soon here at The River Club.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good deal

Overall it was a good value. Bunkers do need some attention but other than that the course was in good condition.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from The River Club on 07/11/2018:
We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. It is great to see you had an enjoyable time on the course and we hope you join us for another round soon.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from The River Club on 07/11/2018:
We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. It is great to see you had an enjoyable time on the course and we hope you join us for another round soon.
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser

Golf Now gave me good value but course is lacking

The greens were in poor condition as were the sand traps!

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Response from The River Club on 06/29/2018:
We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. Please know our staff is working hard on course conditions and we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rainy Afternoon

Great place for the money. Greens need a lot of work. Played five holes and then the rain began for two hours. Waited in the shelter and finished the round as the only people on the course. Would challenge the very best golfer.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from The River Club on 06/27/2018:
Thank you eriksconberg as we are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. Our staff is working hard on course conditions and we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

River Gold Club, Bradenton, FL

Wonderful course! Personnel were very friendly and helpful. Beautiful course. Excellent value. Carts were in great shape. Ranger volunteers constantly checking to be sure you are doing alright. Would recommend this course to anybody. You will not be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The River Club on 06/25/2018:
Thank you millerdoris so much for taking the time and for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon here at The River Club.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

the course has great potential .

The greens were demanding but not in good shape.

The fairways were good,but could use more water.

The design of all the holes is excellent.

The practice facilities are good.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from The River Club on 06/22/2018:
Thank you lashersamir as we appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon here at The River Club in Florida.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Enjoyed the day

I always enjoy playing at this course. It has a challenging layout, it has a couple of holes I want to bring my driver out but I leave it in the bag because it sometimes gets me in trouble. For as much rain as we head to the course was in great shape the greens could use a little work though overall had a great day

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Response from The River Club on 06/06/2018:
We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Response from The River Club on 05/29/2018:
We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Response from The River Club on 05/22/2018:
We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from The River Club on 05/22/2018:
We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Vale Golf Course

If you’re looking for an inexpensive quick round in the off season there’s nothing wrong with choosing this course.

Positives are it is a fun layout and the driving range is really nice. I think they do about as well as they can on whatever minimal maintenance budget they have. Pace of play was just fine.

I played on an $11 Hot Deal, and that deal is the only version of me going back to River Club. Greens have some sort of disease and need to be ripped out and redone. For being disease ridden they keep them in decent enough shape, but it’s obvious these greens have outlived their useful life. Several tee boxes are not flat, which of course means those need to be redone.

If you’re looking for a nice course to play this is not your choice. But for a low cost quick round it is just fine.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from The River Club on 05/22/2018:
We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Response from The River Club on 05/07/2018:
Thank you Irishrover3 as we appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon here at The River Club.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hot deal and a nice course

Got a $10 hot deal and played in the afternoon. Corse was in good shape and the greens rolled nice and decent speed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from The River Club on 05/07/2018:
We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from The River Club on 04/30/2018:
Thank you Kaminsky19 so much for taking the time and for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon here at The River Club.
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very challenging course

Never dissapointed at the river club. Excellent course in a great location. Great staff. Has a driving range , bar ,restaurant ,gps in carts , cart girls, putting and chipping area. Adequate parking

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Response from The River Club on 04/30/2018:
Thank you terp57 so much for taking the time and for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon here at The River Club.
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun Round, Good Value

It's hard to beat the value of this course. Because it's an older course you can expect some flaws, like inconsistent greens and dry tee boxes on certain holes. It appears they are improving the cart paths and the paths to the tee boxes on particular holes. They offer a very nice driving range and practice green. The beverage cart visiting twice was a real plus, too. I always seem to meet some nice folks to play with, so this makes for a fun round of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from The River Club on 04/30/2018:
Thank you logicalposition as we appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon here in Bradenton, Florida for more of the best golf in town.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Day...

Course was in good shape and staff was friendly. Add in some beautiful weather and it was a good day of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Response from The River Club on 05/01/2018:
We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon here at The River Club in Bradenton, Florida.
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