Bear/Fox at River Oaks Golf Plantation

3.5731176471 3.6 stars from 5 (486)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6778 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 72.5
  • 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 6778 yards 72.5 126
Middle 72 6314 yards 69.7 118
Forward (W) 72 5133 yards 69.7 116

River Oaks Golf Plantation boasts three different nine-hole courses: the Bear, Fox, and Otter. Carefully carved from a former nature preserve, the courses sprawl across a scenic stretch of the Intracoastal with a convenient location that is just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach. The nines, which are named after the different wildlife that call the Plantation home, each have a unique character and different set of challenges and they can be mixed and matched to create different 18-hole combinations. The Bear/Fox golf course provides a challenging test with a front nine where water comes into play on almost every hole, including an almost-island green on the par-3 fourth. The Fox nine, the shortest of the three at 3,346 yards, gives you a chance to recover your score with some risk-reward opportunities.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 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: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 486 Reviews
5 stars:
72
4 stars:
219
3 stars:
133
2 stars:
45
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

393 out of 484 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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u000005019461's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Poor greens"


Josh1185170's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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The Fox course is probably the worst course I’ve ever played in my life. I’ve been playing for 20+ years and was floored of how the consciously take $32 bucks for that. Some greens are completely gone and they tried to make greens by mowing down a patch of grass the size of a kitchen table. Far as I’m concerned they stole 15 bucks from me today. The bear is in descent shape!!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Bad greens"


wccc6020's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2018
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I have played this course many times before. This is the worst I have ever found it. I can't remember any greens that were without brown sections. One green was so bad that a temporary green was made in front with fairway grass. It was marked with a yellow flag meaning the back pin placement.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Greens need to develop but great golf"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
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Yes, the greens took a beating this past winter. However the mgt is working hard to fix. Great value for the golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Vacation Golf"


twlsn's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Good course to play for the for the price. Found out that the cold weather is what messed up all the greens on the courses in the area. This course stays busy from what I could see the few days while there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"2015 Golf Course of the Year??? #JOKE!!!"


u534165899's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
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Not a puttable green. Worst greens I’ve seen this year.

I should’ve known something was up when I pulled up to the baggage drop area and the attendant just sat there while I put the car in park, got out, open the back of my car and lifted my golf bag out before he even got out of his chair. By time he started walking toward me, I’d already sat my bag on the bag stand. I was the only vehicle there and he looked directly at me when I pulled up.

The second laughable thing about this course was, the starter who wasn’t even on a starting hole met us where we got in our cart (baggage drop area). Needless to say he was carrying on a very important and in-depth conversation with the baggage guy about a friend who played the day before and what he’d shot. Then the started proceeded to tell us they had a temporary green on hole 5. After playing the first four holes we we’re anxious to see what this course deemed an unplayable green. Based on what we’d played so far and ended up playing coming in. Hole #5 green wouldn’t have been any worst. The temporary green was definitely at JOKE!

If you ONLY want to work on hitting your driver and irons for approach shots... Go For It. If looking to work on your chipping and putting. Go play at Putt Putt course somewhere on the Grandstand.

The thing that really made me and my friend really laugh about this course. We stood on a tee box getting ready to hit and the two guys cutting grass kept circling us on the tee box cutting around the tee box without ever stopping. So we just stood there until they finished looking at them in awe. They didn’t have a clue and proceeded to the next hole.

On top of that, on hole 9 me and my friend were in the middle of the fairway getting ready to hit to the green. When all of a sudden a ultiilty golf cart pulling a sand spreader top the green. Never slowed up and started spreading sand on the greeen. Made three passes on the green and then headed off somewhere else. I don’t know if the guy ever saw us or not but we were again at awe and just started laughing.

There was a Golf Assistant riding the course. We saw him three times. However, each time we saw him, he had the pedal to the medal and never let off the gas. What he was doing is still a mystery unless he was just cooling off by riding the course because from what we saw he was just riding the course.

I will say they’re still proud of their 2015 rating because they’re still flying the banner stating this was a 2015 Coruse of the Year. They should take that banner down now because it’s an embrassement due to the condition of the course right now.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Worst course I ever played."


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
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Don’t play there. Would give 0 star if it let me. Greens were auful (brown, uncut)tee boxes manguled, nothing good. Layout is fine, but they put no effort in upkeep. Most bunkers didn’t even have racks. Even trying to get a hotdog at turn, but they said hurry up so you slow others down. Just a terrible experience. Can honestly say will never play there again!!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Horrible Greens"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
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If you don't care about putting confitionss, this course is OK. Two temp greens and all others were shoddy at best. Not recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Lots of terrible greens Decent enough course"


petesivillo's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
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Played fox and bear. Course layout was ok. Nothing special but passable. Greens had lots of problems. Parts of a few greens were unplayable. Lost 1/2 of some greens. I expect it to affect the rest of 2018. Maybe beyond. When greens come back I would play it again


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Love the course layout the greens are in sad shape they lost everyone they need to do something about that the best bet would be to shut the course do"


Buckeyes27's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
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Love the course layout the greens are in sad shape they lost everyone they need to do something about that the best bet would be to shut the course down for little bit and try and get the greens come back


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


u000007889897's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was awesome and beautiful. The staff was super friendly and overall my expierence was great. I actually played this course 3 times while on vacation. Can't say enough good things about it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course conditions"


Mbrennan4's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
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I think the course is a nice set up and is worth the price. My only issue is the course condition. The greens were in awful shape. There was multiple holes where I wouldn’t even refer to them as greens. It was more of like putting on mud and concrete. I wish the staff would have mentioned something about them attempting to fix them. Or at least have mentioned it like other courses have in this area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"In real rough shap"


Max4415013's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
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The greens are not greens and are nearly unputtable. Really bad shape and would not think about coming back anytime soon


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Fun course for all skill levels."


robertdecarlo60's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly satdf. Starter was very informative and provided a good course orientaion for first time golfers. The course was in good condition and I would recommend to friends.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"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

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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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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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



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