Otter/Bear at River Oaks Golf Plantation

3.6146529412 3.6 stars from 5 (471)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6877 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "The Golf School of Myrtle Beach"

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 72 6877 yards 72.0 125
Middle 72 6425 yards 69.3 119
Forward (W) 72 5188 yards 69.7 118

River Oaks Golf Plantation in Myrtle Beach is home to 27 holes of championship golf. The course sprawls across a former nature preserve that sits just outside the Myrtle Beach city limits. In 2009, the course underwent a major renovation that removed almost 4,600 trees, burying the remaining stumps underneath mounds of dirt and sand. This opened up the layout while adding an interesting up-and-down to the course that it never had before. The holes are divided into three nines that provide different 18-hole combinations. Each of the nines is named after a different animal that makes up the course's resident wildlife: Fox, Otter, and Bear. River Oaks' Otter/Bear combination is the longest course of the three available options. You'll find water coming into play on nearly every hole and there are several strategically placed bunkers to be found along the greens.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 471 Reviews
5 stars:
71
4 stars:
215
3 stars:
130
2 stars:
41
1 stars:
14

recommend this course

385 out of 469 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions near the airport   Great for locals seniors beginners   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining  

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"Worst “greens” ever"


Jeff5791853's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens on this coarse was beyond horrible. You were either putting in sand or dirt. There was maybe 15% green and even that was sandy! Close down 9 holes at a time and fix it, if not it’s not worth playing no matter how cheap you sell it


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Over priced"


65Hillie's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

I realize the winter took a toll on a lot of courses but most have either closed to take care of their greens or have discounted their rates. Some of the courses closing are in better shape then River Oaks. Very dissatisfied probably will not go back.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Bad Year"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
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I think the course was horribly affected by a bad winter... that being written, the greens looked bad (and to be fair, they had just been aired). Still, course was completely saturated 24 hours after good rain, and greens were dirt and sand. Will not play again. Course next door looked fabulous. Grass will be greener on the other side of the fence.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Friendly staff"


Kichy33's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
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Although courses nearby were struggling to stay open because of green failure, this course was open and did what they could to keep the Myrtle beach golfing experience open to the public!

I was very pleased with the friendly staff and the way the course played!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"bad greens"


lluedke's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have played his course many times and this is the worst that I have ever seen the greens. Mostly dry and sandy. Must have aerated recently but some greens had no grass. Bear 9 was closed. I always liked this course because of the layout and large undulating greens, but it might be a long time before I play here again. Not sure if the greens will ever come back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The course was very good."


A1GolferTeeTime's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course and the layout of the course was very good. The greens had been aerified but I knew that in advance. The rest of the course was in very good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000004578746's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Poor staff"


u782361329's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
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Course was in great shape but was over booked we were assured our round wouldn't be held up , well it was held up we had to wait on every hole and what was worse they had an old guy driving a cart around trying to hurry everyone up , us included , which was ridiculous since we could only go the speed of those in front he was rude and arrogant , never again


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Disappointed!!"


Letiteat's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

If you can pick up a hot deal and you don't care about course conditions it is a convenient course to play close to myrtle beach area. Greens on each 9 are very different and i was very disappointed in the conditions even though I specifically asked and was told the greens were not hurt from the recent freeze that has affected other courses. This makes me think that what I experienced was considered good and that has me wondering how golf is so highly rated in this part of the country. The most average muni in the Seattle area has better greens than this. Will be doing some more research before I book the next round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



reeldiehl3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Disappointed of UK"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
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Whilst the course layout was interesting and the staff welcoming, the course condition wasn’t good. Cart paths particularly on the Bear course were the worse I’ve seen anywhere recently. Greens were patchy with inconsistent surfaces.

We did like the fact that hidden water edges were marked with flags but money would have been better spent on repairing cart paths rather than a fleet of new carts. (Maybe the previous carts fell to bits on the cart paths!?)

The catering is no more than snacks but maybe that’s what the customers want. The green fees were the most expensive we’d paid in the area and compared to some neighbouring courses and the conditions, this is over priced.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

loved the course, first time there not a great view of holes on scorecard. playing blind some holes. drove into water in front of hole that you don't know is there. staff very friendly, starter a lil rude to the ladies. if an issue he should have waited to talk to me, I booked it.would highly recommend


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great value"


u169768342's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value in Myrtle Beach. Busy course still played in under 5 hours. Nice layout with a lot of water on the course. Would play it again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Course is ok. Lots of difference between the two greens."


MaryAnn1604473's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

I had a great time since I had a hole in one!!! Bear hadvery bad grass and tricked up water across the fairway. The sign indicated the water was to the side.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course/Friendly Staff"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course layout with 3-different 9-hole courses. The staff was extremely friendly and the clubhouse is a great layout. Very simply and not confusing at all. Everything is right up front when you pull in so no confusion. The course was in very good shape. The greens speed is somewhat inconsistent but was in great shape. Overall a very nice course and will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


RG238763D79C7CC5F216's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Liked the course a lot but the greens were a little bumpy. Service was excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000001743590's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


u000002193041's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Perfect course for an average player! Great fairways and greens, challenging yet friendly!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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