River Bend Golf Course

1.9068285714 1.9 stars from 5 (24)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6769 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Golf Academy at RiverBend"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
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.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6769 yards 72.0 130
Blue 72 6390 yards 71.0 128
White 72 5933 yards 69.0 120
White (W) 72 5933 yards 73.5 134
Yellow (W) 72 5484 yards 71.0 125

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 1.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 1.9 stars from 5
Value: 1.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 1.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 24 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
13
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

22 out of 24 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Challenges include water hazards  

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Reviews


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"Poor manegement bad staff!"


Stephane7457101's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"always a fun track"


CDPbogeygolfer's avatar
British Columbia Advisor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Great Course & Good Deal"


rebeltrooper's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Extra large greens"


CHADGULLIVER8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Every experience is a bad experience."


u5586671's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice Course"


Dawn6176749's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course, marshall could use some customer training"


careygc's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always nice to play"


DoubleBogieTodd's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A Little Frustrated"


u000008097420's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


arodudley's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


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


"Great course"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great staff at this course"


Kris2191610's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great municipal golf course"


uQSJK6365QS's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic Greens"


Keith9560822's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice again"


Mtndoo's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"nice course"


royer1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nicely groomed"


Mtndoo's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful mature course"


sirtbone's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First Home Game 2015"


Ken2533505's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day day for golf. Course in good shape for early spring and weather was great +24C


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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