The River Course at Keystone

4.6428588235 4.6 stars from 5 (33)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6886 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 71.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Amex MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6886 yards 71.3 137
Blue 71 6507 yards 69.8 130
Blue (W) 70 6507 yards 75.2 147
White 71 5970 yards 67.2 122
White (W) 70 5970 yards 72.3 141
Gold 71 5331 yards 64.3 116
Gold (W) 70 5331 yards 69.1 130
Red (W) 70 4758 yards 65.4 126

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 33 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
9
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

30 out of 33 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes   Great for patio dining  

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"Great Fall Conditions at The River Course at Keystone Resort"


ssherstad's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

It's been a super year for Keystone. And the conditions are still great with aspens turning golden and greens and fairways still in great shape. It snowed a bit last night but conditions should be good again next week.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"A great 36 hole day"


ssherstad's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

After playing the Keystone Ranch Course in the morning of Aug 21 during the eclipse our 2 foursomes moved to the River Course for a nice, quick lunch then headed out for a fun afternoon of high altitude golf. The course is in super condition and my buddies always enjoy the extreme altitude changes on the back nine.

The Keystone Resort provides the ultimate in Colorado year round outdoors activities. A traveler wanting a great variety in winter sports or summer golf, biking, hiking, sailing, rafting, etc. can't go wrong by booking a trip to beautiful Keystone, Colorado.

Keystone has two spectacular 18 hole courses with two separate clubhouses: The River Course at Keystone and Keystone Ranch Course. Both are in the best condition I've ever seen this summer. This review is on The River Course. I played this course again this year with my Colorado Golf Binge group and the conditions of the fairways and tee boxes were great. We played 5 great Colorado courses last week at The River Course at Keystone Resort was voted as the favorite for several in our group largely due to the beautiful vistas and the exciting elevation drops.

The River Course at Keystone hosted our son's pre-wedding golf tourney in 2012 and everything was spectacular. Many of our players said that the River Course, the staff's service and that round of golf was the best golf experience they'd ever had.

Keystone River Course opened in 2000 and has received numerous awards including three consecutive Silver Medals as one of America's Best Golf Resorts by Golf Magazine 2002-2007. Golf Digest ranked it as one of American's Top 75 Golf Resorts. It always ranks high in Colorado resorts and especially a favorite for women due to the friendly forward tees and the beauty of the normally snow-capped mountains towering over the lush green Snake River Valley.

The River Course is all about excitement, beauty and challenging shot-making. Five tee boxes on every hole allow you to pick your poison. The front nine opens with a gorgeous view of the Snake River valley and upcoming holes with a 551 yard par five off a high tee launching pad. You'll wonder if your golf cart will survive 18 holes after that drive up to the first tee. It will! After your tee shot settles to the lush fairway well short of the snow-capped peaks of the Continental Divide and Keystone and Arapahoe Basin ski areas you will work your way through the valley and the front nine. Holes 5 and 6 are exciting target golf holes through a marshland often home to grazing elk and deer. #7 is a beautiful but tricky par 3 over the Snake River. After a long downhill par 3 ninth hole you'll pass the clubhouse and practice area and up into the hills of the back nine.

Hole #16 is the wildest tee shot on the course. It's a 500 yard downhill, dogleg left par 4 with a 200' elevation drop. #17 is a drive and a wedge to a challenging elevated green. The finishing hole provides a wonderful view of Lake Dillon, Buffalo Mountain and the Gore Range. This 520 yard par 5 is now ranked as the #18 handicap while the 222 yard par 3 third hole is ranked as the #1 handicap. This seems more logical than automatically slapping the toughest handicap ratings on the par 5's as done on many courses. The River Course at Keystone is certainly a beauty and a wonderful change for a Southerner tired of the summer heat, humidity and of playing flat, dry golf courses. And when you've played the River Course it's time you treated yourself to the Keystone Ranch Course. It's older and quite different from the River Course but also fun and challenging.

Steve Corneillier, GM of Golf, and his large staff do an excellent job of running their two top notch resort courses. Phillip Tobias is PGA Head Golf Pro at The River Course. Tod Anderson is Tournament Coordinator. Jim Banks is Head Pro at the Ranch Course. I've always found all the Keystone staff to be friendly, professional and most helpful.

At times Keystone offers some great Stay and Play packages at great rates at the Inn at Keystone including golf at the Keystone Ranch Course and deals on golf and fly fishing clinics plus nature hikes and more. Check it out on their website www.golfkeystone.com.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Views on top of views!"


GolfFan33's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

What a facility. From the second you arrive on property, you are treated like family with exceptional service. For example, the cart girl remembered my name when she came back around during the round. The course is in fantastic shape'and offers a variety of holes with elevation changes, target golf , and some open holes. The variety keeps you engaged and on your toes. The greens are exceptional rolling true and fast. A must play for any golfer!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"This is Mountain Golf"


JeffArenson's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Denver Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

There are two courses at Keystone and the River course is real Mountain Golf. There are elevation changes; Three holes must have at least a 150 foot drop. The views are splendid especially in the late spring when the mountains still have snow.

Off the course, there is a putting green and driving range. There is a restaurant which serves all meals. They have a patio do enjoy the scenery. If somebody doesn't golf, there is plenty to do at the mountain-hiking, bike trails, etc. If they drive in town there is even more-including outlet shopping.

I will say that in the summer this place gets crowded. You can be looking at a 4.5 to 5 hour round. That would be the one drawback-the facilities can get quite full. If you can play here in shoulder seasons do so; cheaper and pace of play is 3.5-4 hours during the week. They do keep the conditioning up well here, although the spring does tend to be iffy due to the length of winter here. I would also say that the pricing in the summer is quite steep-this is a mountain resort, but I don't think that this course is worth over $100.

As for the course itself, this is very good mountain golf. Having written that, it is not walkable and if you could walk it, I doubt that it would add to the enjoyment of the round. Elevation changes both up an downhill. Most notably on the 16th which is a downhill par 4 which, due to over a 200 foot drop, can be drivable. The other large drops are on the par 5 first and par 5 18th. A good drive can lead to going for it in two. The other two par 5s are quite good. The second par 5 on the front nine features the river and choice off the tee is paramount to success. The par 3s are a good set and go in different directions; one of them is very uphill. They also have some water hazards in play on two of them. The par 4s are good and I really like the risk/reward factor on the 6th hole. The rest are solid and require a variety of shots. They also offer a variety of lengths; shortest one is uphill and risk reward (17th).

If you are looking for golf in the mountains, this is probably my favorite. The course is solid, the scenery beautiful, elevation changes are a lot of fun-especially the three big drops and shoulder season is a value. If price is not a factor, then come here any time. Regardless of the time of year, you will get a true mountain golf experience.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great views, average course, poor service"


Kevgolfcolo's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

first time I have played a mountain course in Colorado and the views were all that could be expected. Dramatic elevation changes (although the 16th hole is over the top with the tiers and the cart path going through the middle) and views of the mountains and lake. No complaints here.

The course was in average condition, especially considering the cost of $150 for the round. The greens were ok, but the sand that they have on them can make the putts bumpy at times. Our group was told that the greens would be firm, which was true. But if that is as intended, the fairway leading up should be as well. Instead, the fairways were very soggy. So playing to the green would have the ball bounce hard, but short would have the ball stick and even plug at times. This was not an issue in the fairway, so it was not due to rain, but instead would indicate that this area was over-watered instead.

Also disappointing was the golf carts which were old and had trouble making it up many of the slopes. Also, the lack of GPS on the carts makes it harder to keep up with the prescribed pace of play.

Which brings me to my main complaint, pace of play and the marshals instructions. We were told that we were expected to finish in 4:30 for the round, which is normally no issue on a normal course for me (around a 10 HC). But right off the start, the course has a photographer on the 1st tee taking group and individual pictures which puts you behind 5 minutes. Then the marshals were there by the 3rd hole saying we were 5 minutes behind schedule. They were nice, but there was no group pushing us from behind, and we had two high HC players in our foursome (they lost at least 15-20 balls each). Our group kept pace from there on out maintaining the 5 minutes behind schedule with three more reminders from the marshals with no group pushing us. This is not your normal muni course with tee boxes right by greens. There are drives between holes of up to 3-4 minutes and elevation changes with the carts barely making it up the hills. That, along with stopping and buying beverages from the on course carts twice and stopping for a brat at the turn, and we were still at 5 minutes behind schedule coming to the 18th tee. This is where the photographer from hole 1 was waiting to sell the pics for $20 each. This was a 5 minute delay again, and after we teed off, a marshal was waiting on the drive down to the fairway to say that we were on the tee for 10 minutes. This is on the 18th hole where they were selling pictures and hit our shots immediately after talking to her, with no groups waiting or pushing us. I might be over reacting, but this seems ridiculous to me. As it was, the high HCers were already barely looking for errant shots as they felt pressure from the marshals to speed up. I brought this up with the course pro, Phillip, after the round and he pretty much blew me off with a sorry, but that is the way it is.

Our group paid a combined $600 for a great view that we had trouble enjoying, an average course, below average carts, and poor service. Cannot recommend going to Keystone for golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/22/2015

I disagree with this review and I would like to thank the river course staff for providing our group with the opportunity to play your golf course on a busy day in a reasonable amount of time. I appreciate your staff's commitment to pace of play. Well Done!!!


"quality mountain golf experience"


f85011's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Like any mountain course the weather can be a factor. This particular day the weather was an outstanding fall 75 degrees with a slight breezes. There are seveval elevated tees which provides wonderful vistas and gives the course a unique advantage over most others. The fairways were well maintained, but the greens were like concretre and would not hold anything, so adjustments were necessary to have a scorers chance. Over all the experience was outstanding. My only complaint is the cart staff were not the most welcoming or even friendly.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"4.1799 stars"


chrisbb's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Very very nice. Greens may be sandy but course is beautiful and memorable.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"about a 4.4 star course"


chrisbb's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

hole 16 was goofy<br/> they should provide bottled water<br/> one player in our foursome died of altitude sickness on the 15 th hole<br/> putting is very tough on these sanded greens!<br/> great views!!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A Little Disappointed"


swf1107's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

I have played this course several times, I love the beauty and the challenge. However, I feel it is overpriced for what you get. The golf carts are old and not in the greatest shape. The bunkers were inconsistent. The greens had just been top-dressed, so they were bumpy but fast. Driving range was extremely wet!! Overall, I would rate the conditions as fair because I expect more for this price point. There was trash on the counter in the pro shop and the guy next to me paid $100 less than I did. I know there are various discounts but the club should work with people that come on a consistent basis and offer some discount.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful views"


BLMartinez77's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of my favorite courses to play. I love the elevated tee boxes and the beautiful view of the mountains. The staff and other players are very warm and welcoming. It's a great and fun experience.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"They allow 5 and 6 somes on Sat??"


John3729271's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We started as a foursome, my wife and I, and another pair added to make us a foursome. Then, after the front nine, we noticed the group ahead of us had 3 carts, and 5 players. The pair which was added to our group decided to drive around them. This did not work so well, as they ran into another 5 some, so they just played as a twosome, adding another group in front of us. We stopped the on course attendant, who told us the 5-somes, 6-somes were not a problem, that the hold up was a group in front of them. Unbelievable at an expensive course. ($150+/person). The on-course attendant was argumentative and defensive, as he was aware of the situation and did nothing about it. By the time we were done, the groups behind us had combined to an 8-some. Will never go back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great course, slow pace"


wingster50's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is well worth the value. Magnificent vistas and well manicured greens high light this course. Unfortunately, the course marshals failed to keep the pace of play going in a reasonable manner. Logjams quickly developed, and the marshals seemed oblivious to this fact. This is not what I would expect of a top rated course. Six hours is too long on any course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Mountains, lakes and beautiful greens!"


Kimmy2652810's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is absolutely the most gorgeous golf course in Colorado! It's challenging and fun. Luv it here!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Beautiful course affects game"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not being very good golfers had no effect on us enjoying our round of golf. The beauty of the course and the good fortune of pairing up with a friendly couple from Ft Collins CO. made for a fantastic experience. The staff could not have been any better.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Exceeded Expectations!!"


u894923821's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My son in law and I played with a great golf now rate of $58. The course was in nice shape and really couldn't ask for more. The views are spectacular and the various holes use the natural terrain to increase the challenge and enjoyment. The greens are VERY hard and fast. Bouncing onto the green is about your only hope if you don't have back spin in your bag of tricks! So much fun we played another 16 rounds prior to dark, for $30 replay fee.<br/> Mitch, Tom and all the staff were nice and helpful. First time players can get a very helpful color flip book describing each hole in detail with distances. A life saver for blind shots. Some generous par fives and hard par fours. All in all, a fair and challenging course. Good luck on 6. It's a doozy!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Everything was excellent"


Ppacco1970's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is great, great service from the staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Always beautiful and exciting"


ssherstad's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

If you like elevation changes and beautiful scenery you can't beat The River Course at Keystone Resort.<br/> The folks here are friendly and helpful. I've played the course several times. Often with visitors that are wow-ed by the experience.<br/> The front nine has some tough holes especially the three par 3s. The back nine has several exciting elevated tee shots. My favorite is the 496 yd (blue tee) par 4 16th hole. A long drive with a draw will carry through the fairway and leave you with a steep downhill lie. A smarter but less exciting play is to lay up on the final plateau for a long drop shot to the green.<br/> Bring your camera. This course is a beauty.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Exciting and beautiful course"


ssherstad's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Our annual Colorado Golf Binge group of 2 foursomes just played The River Course at Keystone Resort for the 5th consecutive year. Our group is composed of guys from TX, IL, MN and CO and they always love the thrill of hitting from highly elevated tees while enjoying great scenery and cool, dry air. I'm sure the group's vote will be to return in 2015.<br/> One tip...On the par 5 fifth and par 4 17th holes be sure you don't overshoot those greens. The comeback shots are too tough.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Down Hill from There"


rcollins1951's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape after a cold winter. The course offers some dramatic views. The first hole has an alevation drop of 150'. It is downhill from there. Very up and down and lots of photo ops.The greens were firm and putted really well. The practice putting green is a little severe. If you can get comfortable on it the rest are a breeze.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"splendor in the mountains"


u000006497812's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spectacular mountain views, challenging course and extremely friendly staff make for a very special round of golf. they must play if you are in the Denver Breckenridge Vail area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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