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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Parkland
Par 72
Length 6664 yards
Slope 128
Rating 71.6

The Red Deer River encloses River Bend Golf Course, wrapping around the course and 420 acres of mature forests. The location along the river bottom flatland provides a peacefully secluded setting that is ideal for a round of golf. On some holes you'll find towering trees tightly lining the fairways while other holes are hillier and more open, putting them at the mercy of the winds. No matter what hole you're playing though, the design places a premium on accuracy. Two massive lakes as well as a few smaller ponds come into play on a total of 10 holes. In addition to the golf course, River Bend G.C. also boasts a nine-hole "mini links" course, a par-27 layout that is gentle enough for juniors. There's also a driving range with target greens and a practice bunker.

Course Details

Year Built 1987
Golf Season Apr 15 to Oct 31
Architect Bill Robinson (1987)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $19
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code At least bermuda shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. Other shorts, tank-tops, (sleeveless) T-shirts, track-suits and leggings are not permitted.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.8
25 Reviews (25)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 6

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Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor manegement bad staff!

We have a really bad exprrience at that course when the staff come to find us on 11 to tell us we only pay for nine and we got to stop playing ! We refuse to stop and show then the booking from golf now and whitout appologize they left to go check again at the pro shop! That throw our game way off!then around 7 pm they come back to stop us again ! We starting 18 and there still some daylight to finish but they told us there closing! We see a sign at the start which say 7:30 but they did't let us finish our game!we finish our season on a bad note and leave us whit a terrible experience!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
British Columbia Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Walked

always a fun track

The course is one of my local favorites. It has challenge but will not be too hard for the higher handicapped player. The course is in excellent condition and is an easy walk. Your putter has to be working as some of the greens can be very tricky. Online booking are also easy and there are great deals to be had. Always enjoy this course whether as a single or as a group.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Great Course & Good Deal

Had no issues with booking and was a good deal through Golfnow. Course was in great shape and the weather was perfect. Clubhouse staff could be a little more congenial but maybe they were having a bad day. Food was average and would have liked to sit out on the deck but were surrounded by spiders & spider webs. Deck has a great view but could certainly use a good cleaning.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Extra large greens

A thought provoking course with as many twists and turns as a bike ride in Newfoundland. Greens are huge and always a challenge. The mix of coniferous and deciduous trees make fairways a pleasure to see and there's just enough water to get into trouble on most holes. If you are in Red Deer it is a must play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Every experience is a bad experience.

I have golfed at this course a number of times as well as attempted to book special events with them. Each time I have been there or contacted Riverbend, it has been an awful experience.
The staff is completely unhelpful. They seem to have the attitude that they are a superior course and are doing their customers a favor by just existing.
I left 4 voicemails to try to book the venue, and never had anyone get back to me.
They never run any specials, and their rules are offputting.
Terrible customer service.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Nice Course

Great golfing; however it was unfortunate that there was one set of restrooms on the course that were out of order and the clubhouse was completely shut down when we were done our round at around 6:00pm. Couldn't even use the restrooms inside.

Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Walked

Nice course, marshall could use some customer training

I played with some friends and we decided to walk the course to get some exercise as it is quite flat and easy to walk. On the 11th hole I hit my approach and it ended up in a hazard area left of the green so I went in to look for my ball. I stepped on a grass covered hole which I assume was made by a gopher or something and twisted my ankle. It took me a few minutes to recover and try to walk on it, but I decided to try to walk it off and finish the round to keep it loose. As I came up to the 12th green the marshall came by, and we were a few minutes behind because of that incident. I told him what had happened and that we were doing our best to make up some time as I then started playing more forward tees. His response was to ask us to play ready golf and keep up, and then he drove off. Didn't ask if I was alright, didn't offer a ride or anything, just hurry up. We eventually caught up to the next group on 14. As I hobbled off 18 green we passed him again and I commented to him that I made it through the round. His reply was to ask me what our tee time was - I told him and then he drove off again. Nice, huh?

The fairways and greens were in good condition and they let the rough grow quite thick to add to the challenge. I would play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Walked

Always nice to play

I have played this course several times, and am never disappointed. It is a challenging and beautiful course. There are lots of trees surrounding the holes, and several of them have helped me in the past. Pace of play is usually good and the marshals are very helpful. I will continue to play here. Golfnow.com has some very good prices on tee times, otherwise the course is rather expensive and I would not play here as much.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

A Little Frustrated

I last played Riverbed in 1997. At on point I was on the Board of Directors. The course has matured with bigger trees. Fairways and greens are in great shape. They need a course marshall. We lost 2 of our 4-some and played as a twosome on the back. There was an elderly 4some infront of us and they would not let us through. We skipped the last 2 holes as it was taking way too long to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

This coarse has a great out lay. Very challenging and has very good water holes. All par 3's are good holes. Would play this coarse often.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Went over the long weekend and had to wait a bit at each hole but overall not bad for how busy it was. Will go again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great staff at this course

I've alway found this course a little over priced. That's why I use golf now to book my times. That being said the course is always in good shape and challenging. The biggest asset to this course is the staff. From the pros to the beer cart girls and range staff.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Great municipal golf course

The course is scenic with mature trees lining many fairways. Greens are generally large however challenging due to bunkers, elevation and topography.
A good public course for recreational as well as advanced golfers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fantastic Greens

Love the greens, large and excellant to roll a putt on.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice again

Golfed here for the second time this week, but this time after they had a tourney all day. Course was in excellent condition. Booked thru GolfNow and course did not have our tee time in system but staff was very accomadating and let us play anyways. Disappointed staff approached us on the 14th hole to ask that we bring our cart back but that's their rules and job I guess. Overall will still recommend for future.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

nice course

Course in great shape, pace of play was a little slow. Over-all course was in very nice.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nicely groomed

My first time here and I was pleasantly surprised. Course was in great condition , it was a treat to play such a nice yet challenging course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Course

Fairways and greens are in great condition the staff was awesome and very pleasant to deal with

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful mature course

A very enjoyable round had by all. It is a little on the easy side as the water and bunkers are not over bearing and the greens are enormous. With the exception of the greens which were very fast, immaculate and undulating.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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