River Bend Golf Club

4.0605882353 4.1 stars from 5 (80)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7030 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7030 yards 72.8 129
White 72 6583 yards 70.9 122
Silver 72 6264 yards 69.4 119
Copper 72 5868 yards 67.2 111
Copper (W) 72 5868 yards 73.5 123
Red (W) 72 5247 yards 69.8 117

River Bend Golf Club combines some of the most unique play in the area with a course designed to provide an exciting golfing experience for players of all levels. Beautiful oak trees and meandering streams give the golf course its character, with elevation changes, multi-tiered greens and challenging areas of forced carry-including water features-and areas of forced lay-up in a links-style course, especially on the front 9.  The back 9 is a more traditional golf course. All of this combined with the Texas wind makes River Bend a formidable challenge for even scratch golfers.  It's one of the only only true links courses in south Texas. The staff is super and the course is very affordable.  River Bend Golf Club has a unique practice facility that features an aqua range with an island green.  A large putting green makes the Maverick a super practice area.

Distance: About 33 miles southeast of downtown San Antonio and worth the trip.  Take Rt 181 from the Southeast side of San Antonio. Located off the 181 business loop (4th street here in the city), coming north or south off Highway 181.  The loop runs north and south, like Highway 181, and runs about 1/2 mile west of it.  The course and facilities are located in the Avalon Subdivision.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 80 Reviews
5 stars:
22
4 stars:
45
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

73 out of 80 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals   Challenges include forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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"Great Course!"


u7089820's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fair warning - this is only the second Texas course I’ve played. I just moved from South Carolina where I played rather frequently, and I must say I am in love with this course. Interesting layout, thoughtful multi-level greens, and great condition!

If I could suggest one improvement: upgrade the tee box markers from painted bricks to something more fitting for such a nice course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Well maintained and beautiful golf course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golf course was very well maintained and beautifully designed. The staff was very friendly and helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


teamhuck4's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Good course layout. Several challenging holes. Fairways and greens in good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice out-of-the-city course"


teamhuck4's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Fairways and greens were in good shape. Some of the greens were due for a trimming; a little fuzzy. Pace of play was very good. Would recommend to any of my golfing buddies.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun Course"


sikemaenz's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

I enjoyed the course immensely. Some short holes and very wide fairways. Greens can be slow when you're left with long uphill putts. You may 3 putt more often than usual. Greens are large so putting the ball on the proper side of the green is paramount. I hit it long since the fairways were running. Big issue was the bare spots around the greens, especially right up in front on short approaches. Mishit sand wedges cost me a cpuple of shots due to bare lies. I think it may be due to too much cart traffic greenside, or lack of water. Nice track though. I really enjoyed playing here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Improvement"


u000008153763's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is really coming along, the conditions are better than average in San Antonio.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course in good shape"


billysimm's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoy playing this course. The greens are big and are in great shape right now. Be prepared to have some tight lies in the fairways. Pace of play is good and the staff is friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Country course"


u00000956845's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

Nice course. Staff was very professional. Greens were in excellent shape. Pace of play was outstanding. Pared up with two locals. Very good players. Value was outstanding at $10.00 with cart. A lot of challenging golf holes. I would recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"THe bunkers have sand now!"


salazarr3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Last month when I played the bunkers were in very bad shape. On they all have sand and are in very good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



lmg148's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

has been dry weather causing the fairways with tight lies. greens were in good shape. over all had a great time


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Worth the drive"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There was a high school tournament in progress when I arrived so the first few holes were a bit slow but after that it was game on!!!!

Definitely recommend it and the staff was greattttttt.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"An Up and Comer"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played early morning. Wildlife everywhere...saw hawks, a giant flock of turkeys, and several deer. Pro shop attendant could not have been any nicer and informative. Bunkers full of sand (could tell they have been recently redone) and greens were immaculate. Some minor hardpan in edges but fairways well maintained. Overall a very fun course for the money.


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


"Riverbend is Back!"


u000006693454's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Has been a few months since I've played Riverbend and the improvements are very impressive! They were in the process of re-doing all the sand traps the last time I played and the results are outstanding! The greens were slow but smooth and the over seeding was very nicely done on all the greens and driving range. Young man at the clubhouse was very accommodating and knowledgeable of the Golf Now program. We had a great round and a great lunch at their Lou's Patio Grill. Only suggestion would be for the course to use the overseed used on the far end of the driving range (they seeded the entire range) be used for at least 3-4 fairway landing areas, which are already getting kinda hard to hit off. Outside of that, it was a great day of golf and food at Riverbend!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u6973180's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"100 mile drive for this!"


u000007991138's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Drove 50 miles one way 2nd weekend in a row for this course. Really loved it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



wegriffin357's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Top course in my 4 years in San Antonio."


u000007991138's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved everything about my initial round at River Bend. I will return often and with friends. Wow.


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



wegriffin357's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


Tpads's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As always, the staff was extremely accommodating, and the greens were in amazing shape.


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


"Nice countryside course"


Terry2196052's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was nicely layed out with some requiring some great ball placement or you would be looking for a plane B. The greens were in Excellent shape but could have been mowed to improve speed but it in the winter time.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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