River Greens Golf Course
|Red/Long (W)||72||4757 yards||67.7||114|
|Red/Short (W)||72||4757 yards||67.2||113|
|Blue M: 69.0/124||391||342||135||333||146||368||364||265||541||2885||326||329||120||400||352||494||544||186||481||3232||6117|
|White M: 67.8/120||373||335||127||312||136||354||350||250||523||2760||307||317||116||387||338||479||509||164||449||3066||5826|
|Gold M: 66.1/109 W: 71.0/121||339||328||120||275||126||319||335||235||475||2552||307||317||116||370||324||400||459||158||449||2900||5452|
|Red W: 67.2/113||300||321||111||265||116||295||285||191||437||2321||290||305||111||315||258||400||344||100||410||2533||4854|
A Truly Unique Golf Course in Central Florida
The Sebring, Florida area has a number of interesting golf courses in the area, but nothing as unique as River Greens Golf Club.
What makes this course so different is that it wasn’t built by any big-name golf design firm, it was built by its owner, Rodney Davis, although that may not be totally true. Davis and his partner Jeff Harstine own a golf construction company and own/manage another course in the area: Lake Placid Golf Club in Sebring. Their golf construction company has done work for some of the biggest names in golf at some of their best designs including the Tom Fazio-designed Black Diamond Ranch, Pine Barrens at World Woods in the Brooksville, FL area, Greg Norman’s TPC Sugarloaf in Minnesota and the Jack Nicklaus masterpiece, El Dorado in Puerto Rico. They have also built a course for the Crown Prince of Bahrain, in the Middle East as well as the two courses that they manage in the Sebring, FL area.
River Greens Golf Club is located in Avon Park, FL and was originally designed by Jack Kidwell. The course opened in 1969 and can be played from as far back as 6,400 yards or as short as 4,200 yards with a number of choices in between.
The course is in tremendous shape and the TifEagle greens are absolutely amazing. They look great and roll fast and true. Water comes into play on about half the holes. Several of the water hazards are not visible and, unless you know where they are, they can wreak havoc with what you thought was a great shot.
The front nine plays to a par of 35 and boasts several interesting holes. The par 3, 5th hole plays only 150 yards from the back tees but with a road to the left and water to the right of the green. It’s a very narrow tee shot, so accuracy is extremely important. And the wind is usually blowing, either from the left or from the right. Number 7 is a great par 4. It plays 362 yards from the blue tees and is a dogleg right with trees that guard the right side, forcing you to play the entire length. Should you mishit your tee shot over the trees on the right, don’t despair. Unless you find the water that is way to the right, there’s a good chance you’ll find your tee shot in the fairway of the seldom used 9th hole’s secondary hole location. You’ll be left with a long shot over water into the green, but at least you won’t incur a penalty stroke.
Number 8 is a drivable par 4 that plays 260 yards from the back tees. Water on the right catches short, errant drives. Since it’s all carry off the tee, a drop near the water plays substantially uphill. The same road from Number 5 creates an out of bounds on the left and a bunker short right makes for an interesting tee/approach shot.
Number 9 is far and away River Greens’ most interesting hole; it’s also the #1 handicap. There are two greens on this hole; one plays 557 yards and the other 442 yards. The reason the shorter green even exists is that the longer, original green sits very low and has a tendency to flood. After hearing numerous times from disgruntled members that the best hole on the course was unplayable, Mr. Davis decided to build a temporary green on higher ground. This new green was so well received by the member that they decided to make it a permanent fixture and give players the option. Number 9 is a true risk/reward tee shot; successful navigation over the water off the tee will give you the opportunity to go for the green in two. Should you be playing to the longer green, you’ll need to cross the lake twice. Getting on the green in two is a lot tougher with this green.
What the back nine lacks in character it makes up for in distance. The par 37 back nine plays almost 400 yards longer than the front, with 3 of the final 4 holes being par 5s that all play more than 500 yards. Water comes into play on all 3 and forms a boundary to the left on number 15. It’s also in play to the right on Number 18 off the tee. The fairway bunker on the left off the tee on 18 sees a lot of action.
In case your hunger gets the best of you after your round, River Greens offers a lot of clubhouse favorites including hot dogs, hamburgers and gilled cheese sandwiches. They also make a mean Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. All are served with your choice of potato chips and a pickle; they also offer daily specials. To quench your thirst, The Plantation Grill offers all of your favorite post-golf libations.
River Greens is a proud member of the Citrus Golf Trail, who have done a wonderful job of making the Sebring area a golf vacation destination. The Citrus Golf Trail offers stay and play golf packages that include rounds at a number of local courses and accommodations at The Inn on the Lakes.
We are visiting from the UK we first played River Greens last year and feel that the course has improved since then
Have played twice and enjoyed the course very much also the food in the clubhouse is really good value for money
The pro shop is well stocked and the staff are friendly and will give you their best green fee price
I had not played this course for a few years,but I found the course to be in perfect condition,the best course that I have played for some time.
I will play again soon., I found it very challenging but fair.
I will play again
Tee time was later because of the locals. Greens poked great but wasn't as fast as they looked
Highlands county golf courses go through ups and downs. Currently River Greens is one of the top on the list. The greens rolled nice and there was grass on the fairways.
In great shape!
The course is in excellent condition. The fairways were full and lush while the greens are in great shape. It was obvious that they have been watering both.
Golf could have been better , course is beautiful, with very tricky, fast greens
The golf facility is above average by a mile very friendly staff including the lady starter !
great old course fun to play
Nice layout short but tree lined fairways . Greens and fairways as good as any in the area. If you in the area a must play.
course is a little narrow, and not very hard. Greens need some work. Overall great deal for the money
Just Ok but SLOW
The course was in Ok condition. This is a retirement community course and nobody is in any particular hurry to hit their next shot. I had read this in a previous review that was why I booked the earliest time Golf Now offered. I think it was around 8am? Still 5 + hrs. is too long for that time in the morning.
Also remember multiple holes are guarded by homes on both sides, so unless you can control that driver.... put it away.
Still it was a nice course.
4 hours to play 13 holes. Very slow play....
Love the course, but course play very slow. 4 hours to play 13 holes, could not finish due to darkness.
Played with friend
Course was in good shape. Played with a friend. they have a good restaurant.
was very pleasantly surprised on the great quality og the new greens, kudos to the management, RG always had a great layout now hve the greens to go with that
new greens are nice
the new greens are very nice, but slow.River Green is a nice course, but the houses are to close to the fairways on a lot of the holes
It's a hidden gem
Although the front nine greens were under repair, we were given the option tho play the back side twice, which we attempted but got rained out after playing nine. The course was in very nice condition. The staff was excellent and very friendly. We will definitely be back.
Hidden Gold Mine
This place is great, the greens roled true nice view of the nature and the wild life. Most of the fairways were very tight so if you missed the fairway the rough was going to get you. The skys opened up on me around the 8th hole, it rained hard for about 20 mintues. I told myself i was done for the day,cus it was in the latter part of the evening however this place drained very well and finished the round on a good note. If you are in the Avon Park area stop by and play this course you will love it. It's kinda hidden off the road but you will enjoy it.
Played this course. The course was in fabulous condition
The greens were perfect, fairways cut, rough was friendly.
If you get a chance to play this course, do it!
The course is in great shape.
The course is getting in better shape each time I play it. Tee boxes and fairways in great shape. Just a couple of greens need some additional attention, but getting better.
A couple bad spots on 2 greens but overall they were in exelent shape. fairways are good and not mowed so close it is dificult for ametuers. Just me and my wife and we finished in about 3 hours and never had a wait.