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4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.9
Amenities
4.6
94.7%
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Layout
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5.0
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4.7
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4.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Parkland
Par 72
Length 6945 yards
Slope 135
Rating 74.5
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River Course - Rio Mar Country Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Golf Season Year round
Architect Greg Norman (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover Card
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required.

Reviews

4.6
25 Reviews (25)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 7

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5.0
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Golf

The course was beautiful, we were the only group on there so the pace of play was excellent. It was a challenging course. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Very good experience.

we played the River Course on a Thursday afternoon and we darn near had the place all to ourselves. it took a couple of holes to get used to how to play your shots on this particular species of grass; unlike anything we've played on before. the course was a little bit dry certainly not unreasonable. the course layout was beautiful and the scenery was great throughout the course of our round. the bunkers needed more sand. the saying that was there was much too hard and not fluffy whatsoever. the course was pretty challenging however it was also fairly short so if you hit some good shots, especially off the tee, your approach shots onto the green were very makable. overall, I would give it a good rating and I will definitely come back again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

River course Rio Mar

Amazing views of El Yunque.
My wife and I enjoyed this course and played in just over 3 hours.
Good conditions throughout.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

River Course

Both courses are immaculate and well maintained. Breath taking views surround you on the River course as it’s secluded from the Rio Mar Villas. It’s challenging, beautiful and the course staff is very friendly. A+ experience. If I had to choose between the River and the Ocean I would choose the River every time due to the challenges and the seclusion of the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

As good as I remember it

I hadn't played the River Course in a couple of years, but have played it maybe a dozen times over the past 5-6 years.

The course conditions (with one caveat) were as good as they've been in the past, and by past I mean, pre-Hurricane Maria. The bunkers are currently being repaired. Some are ready for the sand, others are still being reconstructed or finishing having the drainage replaced. So, most bunkers will play as GUR. No biggie. I mean, Maria was just 4 months ago.

Tees, greens, fairways - the vast majority were in good to very good conditions. The greens rolled true (most of the time) and pretty quick most of the time as well.

The wind was up when we played, but the weather was warm, mix of sun and clouds. Just beautiful.

The staff at Rio Mar were as friendly and as helpful and as genuine as they've always been. It was great to see some familiar faces after having been away for a couple of years.

I can't make a value judgment for you the reader, but I have no problem playing this course and paying in the $60 range. You get the course, the cart, water bottles, complimentary assorted peanuts from the cart girl, and practice balls. And you'll see the cart girl, I think it was, we saw her six times during our round. Some places you're lucky if you see her twice.

I have no complaints about my experience at Rio Mar. I'll be back. (I live here, so that makes it easy!)

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice for the money

Got golfnow deal for $32 USD with cart. No additional tax or resort fees although expected based on the fine print.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

WINDY

Nice layout with vast scenery of Rainforest and Mtns.
Played from tips with wind conditions at a constant 10-15 MPH and course was challenging. Lots of rain here means mud balls and very little roll but course conditions better than sister Ocean Course. Would play this one before playing Ocean but for 50 bucks, both were well worth it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/31/2017

Ctbisagba, thanks for the review. We are going to PR in 2 weeks and would like to know if the $50 green fee was rack rate or Golf Now day of play rate. We called the Rio Mar resort and they quoted $165 green fee. Seems very pricey for an average 3 star rating.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course Rio Mar 2 hole ocean view

I booked for the river course, arrived and the course was closed due to lack of security on the course, since i was there already played the Ocean course which has 2 holes along the ocean, dont know why they call it the ocean course. Should be called Village Course ita surrouded by cottages and villas.

Couse layout is challening fairways are somewhat dry or burnt, greens are hard and not manicured as shown on several sites, extreamly expensive for the type of course.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Decent island course

Interesting layout, with lots of mountain views. Conditions ok - lots of burnt out areas. Definitely not as green as the pictures on this site and others may have you think. Pace was great - course was empty. But for almost $200 per player, Im not sure this is worth it.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

lizards by the river

great scenic views, plays well, great staff and plenty of Iguanas.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Great Lay-Out Disaappointment

This Greg Norman Layout Is Fantastic , Easily the Best layout of the Courses I've played in the PR .
THE STAFF FRIENDLINESS WAS TERRIBLE , Never Experienced this on any Carribean Island Course . Usually it's the opposite everyone is very Freindly .

FIRST No one was at the Bag Drop , after I unloaded my own Clubs, when the Guy Showed Up he seemed very annoyed, NOW IM GIVING THEM THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT Because they did have a Tournament Going on this day and Maybe they just were very Busy. So all Tee times was pushed back , but no problem I was an Hour early to Warm up and Practice.. When I got into the Pro Shop it didn't get any better. No one was nasty, but everyone seemed preoccupied and not interested ." No Warmth No Love "

SECOND So I head out to warm up, The attendant hands me a bucket with about 20 Balls in it . So I ask him it's gonna be about an hour before I go off right , he says yes, And you give me 20 balls to warm up with. ( It's Like asking for Napkins and the Server gives you One Napkin like its a shortage or something. ) So he goes back and gets me another Small bucket.

THIRD When I get out on the Course , you Know the Fantastic Layout , There are NO YARDAGE Markers anywhere. When I ocassionally found one , You had to pull the grass back that covered it completely And then the Painted numbers had faded away , So you still didn't know how far out you were. (My Fault for not bringing my Yardage Laser ) It's a Shame because the Course has So Much Potential and Character. Shiot my best Round of the week 69 Guess it really didn't matter...!!!!

They have been experiencing a Drought in the PR so maybe they've been cutting back on a lot of things. Dorado Beach is a Much better Choice . ( Very Freindly Over there The Assitant Pro Randall Thompson was Great ) !!!

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

I played on Wed afternoon and had the river course to myself. Wide open fairways, greens are mostly flat and a little bit slow and bumpy. Overall a nice experience. Average degree of difficulty. Beers are a bit costly at $7. Very nice staff.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Good layout, variety, challenges

I've played both Rio Mar courses a number of times, and I realized this time that I prefer the River track. I think it's more challenging, offers more playing options, and is at least as pretty as Ocean. Mind you, I like Ocean very much, too. But if I could only play one of them, I'd choose River (notwithstanding Ocean's signature 16th, which is a delightful challenge when the wind's howling off the water).

If you're not hitting your tee balls straight, River will exact its punishment (for that matter, so will Ocean). I played from the tips (6,903 yards) without any warmup on the range or practice green and played the first 3 holes in +4 (one 3-putt and two lost tee balls), but then played the remaining 15 holes in +10 (all in all a good round for this 9.3 GHIN index player). More dogleg lefts (slight or more) than rights, if that matters to you (approx. 8 left and 4 right).

We've gone through a dry spell so the course was nice and dry; some of the tee boxes were almost too hard to peg a tee. Otherwise, the course was in good condition, not burned out or anything.

The people, as always, are terrific. I played on a Wednesday, and saw just ONE other golfer on the River course. If you can do it, play midweek. It's like you own the place.

I"m not wealthy, so I play when I can get a good discount. GolfNow is superb in that respect. I can't afford $100+ green fees. The HotDeals are truly worthwhile. If you're on vacation, I suppose the cost of a round of golf is less important than if you live here and want to play regularly. Nevertheless, as someone who lives here in PR, I'll pay up to around $70 to play the island's courses. Rio Mar River is well worth that price (and maybe more, if you're here on vaca).

Couple of pieces of constructive criticism for the course (if they read these):

1. Your bunkers need sand. ALL of them. They're little more than hardpan. FWIW, you're not alone. I found the same problem at Bahia Beach.
2. On a few holes you'll find so many leaves on the ground that you'd think you're in New England in October. Please vacuum them up. There are few things more frustrating than losing a ball because the ground is covered unnecessarily with leaves.

Other than that, my experience was very satisfying in every respect. I'll be back as often as possible (or as often as my wife will let me play midweek hooky).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Vacation golf

Course was playable. We played on a Thursday at 11am so it wasn't crowded at all. Greens were a bit slow and rolled descent for the most part, and overall I would say it was a good value for the price we paid on GolfNow. ($75.00)

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Pace of Play

Some of the players are familiar with Golf play norms..
Like let singles/doubles go on if you are two holes behind.
I was intimated of some safety issues.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Signage Could be Better

A cart path intersection in the layout of the course led to a number of tees, no problem if you are playing with someone familiar with the course. I was playing alone. Never did locate 18 tee, and called it a day. Relatively easy because of flat topography. Next time to the island, I would try a different course.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Surprised

The River course layout/design meets it's excellent expectations. Staff was friendly and professional. However, the course playing conditions waous disappoinclosed even at the discounted rate we received. Due to recent rains several holes were cart path only, but even walking was a challenge. Course probably should have been closed.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Fabulous course

Had to play with rentals, did not know about the guest rate and was not told, We were able to tee off on time and the course was immaculate

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Expected better course conditions. Easy to fix

Staff in pro shop very friendly and efficient. Other staff not very friendly almost like they did not want to bother with customers.
Course is unkept in may areas including two tee boxes that were in terrible shape with bare dirt.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointing condition

Was very disappointed in the condition of the course. Many parts of the fairway are creeping weeds. The sand in the bunkers is not sand at all but rather a mixture of sand, fine gravel and rocks that are a danger to equipment and players

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average

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