River Marsh Golf Club - Hyatt Chesapeake Bay
The Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club is Maryland's leading Eastern Shore golf course. The classic design incorporates challenging elements including sculpted bunkers and mature trees but balances them with wide, player-friendly fairways and inviting greens. Water has a prominent presence on the course with Shoal Creek meandering through the course and the Choptank River serving as a backdrop to many of the greens. The riverside golf course has the look and feel of a seaside links course. The final two holes are the golf course's most memorable. The par-3 17th requires a dramatic carry over Shoal Creek to a large green strategically guarded by three bunkers. The 17th is a challenging and scenic hole but it only sets the scene for Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club's final hole. Touted as one of the best holes in the Mid-Atlantic region, this classic risk-reward par 5 has a bunker and the Choptank River running its entire length.
|Red (W)||71||4748 yards||67.8||111|
|Gold M: 73.0/132||372||369||493||440||538||217||360||194||484||3467||435||359||432||241||429||154||519||203||562||3334||6801|
|Blue M: 71.2/129||352||335||476||420||520||200||335||178||414||3230||410||336||421||206||412||141||503||185||547||3161||6391|
|White M: 69.5/122||345||294||460||397||475||179||319||147||399||3015||350||325||382||175||299||127||475||170||527||2830||5845|
|Red W: 67.8/111||263||259||384||329||417||122||251||136||348||2509||281||219||339||139||246||80||389||76||470||2239||4748|
Food & BeverageBar, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesLounge, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa, Internet Access
Available ActivitiesSwimming, Billiards
Available SportsFitness, Tennis
Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Maryland
Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice
Course needs work but great layout
I’m guessing short staffed due to pandemic as IV e barely seen 2 or 3 greens keepers in four outings this year. The sand traps have been totally abandoned and some fairways have some blight. But it’s a fun course and pretty and I’m sure will be back to it’s full glory some day!
Photo is hole 19 (bar!) which overlooks the signature river view par 5 18th hole.
Course needs maintenance
The course is in rough shape, very rough shape compared to what it used to be. I'm willing to give it a pass for now, but there will not be an excuse in a month or two for it not being in better shape. As part of the Hyatt resort, it is comparable to the level of maintenance the resort has received this year as well.
Sad to see this place go
I’ve played this course dozens of times over the years — it’s always been in great shape and the layout is really phenomenal. Because of this, I was shocked when we played today. I should have known something was up with the price we got for a Sunday morning, however, the shape of course doesn’t even justify the $60. Nearly every bunker has been completely overtaken by weeds, some 2-3 feet tall. The fairways looked as if they had not been mown for a week, and weeds had overtaken most tee boxes and many fairways. I don’t know if Hyatt has just written off the golf course and stopped staffing the grounds crew, but it’s truly too bad. Sad to see such a nice course slowly fade to a field.
This course could e better
I played the course for the first time expecting good conditions with sand traps being questionable because of the covid situation. The course was not as well kept as expected as I have played several courses on the Eastern Shore in much better shape. I expected at least as good as area courses especially for it being a Hyatt property. The course didn't appear to be kept up with water as other courses have in the area. I didn't expect the sand traps to be raked throughout the day but I did expect the course employees to run a rake tractor through the traps each morning so there was some playability. This was obviously not done and it appears all care of the bunkers have been abandoned. Several had grass (much) growing in them so giving yourself a decent lie was not possible. That said I would play it again if they put more care in keeping it up.
I have played River Marsh quite a few times, this time was completely different. The staff at the course were very friendly and accommodating. The course condition was way below par. For such a great layout and destination to see a lot of weeds in the fairway and rough was disappointing. The traps were a mess and the greens were pocked with numerous ball marks. When I asked about the condition of the course, I was told that there was only one man taking care of the whole course. That is crazy!!! River Marsh please hire some people and get that course back to the incredible course it once was. On a high note the price was right at only $33.
This course was not in great shape. Looks like they have let it go. Not sure if it was because of the virus or not. Last time we played here a few years ago it was one of the best around. Do love the 17th and 18th finishing holes.
Course is a great sitting w beautiful river views. Course is in great shape and the employees were great
Great layout and scenic views of the Choptank River. 17 & 18 will bring you back to paly again.
Was very disappointed in speed of greens. Very slow for an up-scale type course.
Excellent as Always!
The Bad: Not much. It would have been great if the driving range were open and water coolers were out, but that is just the way it is. Covid sucks.
The Good: While the course starts off a little busy with surroundings (buildings, roads, etc), those sights are left behind by the fourth hole. There are plenty of hazards to engage even the most conservative player ant this keeps the course fun. The 17th and 18th holes make this course. 17 should be nicknamed "The old ball eater" as the carry over Shoal Creek can be a bit intimidating . 18 will pep you back up though with an excellent view of the Choptank river and an easy birdie for most.
I may have played better, but I have definitely played worse for the dollar. Don't miss this one if you are coming through.
Beautiful course with great view
The course was in great shape and running very smoothly during the reopening, great job to the staff
We played as a twosome teeing off at noon and finishing in just under 3 hours with no need to play through other groups. Greens were in good shape, most bunkers were not maintained, and the rough was a little overgrown. No problem with new protocols, and everyone at the course was very friendly and helpful.
Nice course but greens were deceptively slow. Good mix of challenges. Fair layout for all golfers. Beautiful views.
I heard this was a nice course. Drove 100 miles to get there. I realized the course just opened last week. This course wa not managed, when closed. Grass cut haphazardly, bunkers were unplayable. Tree limbs and other debris could have been picked up. No advance warning of course conditions when checking in. Will not return.
First Round after Coviad-19
AS usual course in pretty good shape.
Greens looked fast, but were slower than normal.
Fairways very good cut tight.
Forget bunkers right now.
Tee Boxes good.
39-35 not bad
Course is in really good shape for this time of year. Staff is great
An Eastern Shore must
Maryland’s Eastern Shore has great golf course offerings, and although most of them are on the Atlantic Coast, River Marsh located in Cambridge, is a wonderful experience. The course can challenge any level with 5 sets of tees, some subtle elevations, changing winds, but also generously wide fairways.
17 & 18 are two great finishing holes!
Staff is Friendly & helpful making the venue a “must play” stop if you’re heading to or from Ocean City. Also an easy day trip from the Baltimore Washington areas
We will definitely play there again!