Riverwood Golf Club - Meadowlands/Deer Run Course

3.7254941176 3.7 stars from 5 (42)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7124 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 74.3
  • Layout

  • 400 Riverwood Dr, Clayton, North Carolina 27520, Johnston County
  • (919) 550-1919
  • (919) 550-8062
  • www.rgac.com

Year built: 1997
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Champion Bermuda
Fairways: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7124 yards 74.3 137
Blue 72 6836 yards 73.3 130
White 72 6343 yards 71.1 125
White (W) 72 6343 yards 77.2 139
Gold 72 5666 yards 67.6 118
Gold (W) 72 5666 yards 72.8 129
Red (W) 71 4816 yards 68.4 117

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 42 Reviews
5 stars:
13
4 stars:
16
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

34 out of 42 reviews


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"Great Layout / Poor Execution"


Logan9761290's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I'll start with the ugly: many of the greens are burnt out. It's not pretty. It's a darn shame. And many of the pin locations were placed right in the heart of the worst part of the green.

Aside from that, it was mostly fine. I seemed to find a lot of awkward lies, even in the fairway. The rough is mildly punishing, which I actually like (most courses around here have little distinction between rough and fairway).

The track is one of the best around: lots of elevation changes, some blind shots, mix of long and short holes for par 3s, 4s, and 5s.

Advice: add some amenities and fix the greens, and you'll have 5 stars from anyone.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Poor Conditions"


golferj28's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Don't waste your money and time. Greens in really bad shape. Another course Fred Smith is letting be run into the ground.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Good golf course"


u000002879989's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good layout, pace of play good. Some greens had damage- but pin placements minimized their impact.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u563383412's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun Layout"


1Morgan1's avatar
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Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

RiverWood has 3 nines. We played Riverview and Deer Run. The greens were in good condition other than # 7 and 8 on Deer Run. The fairways/rough had been aerated but it wasn't an issue. It's a fun, challenging layout....if you play from the correct tees.

Course needs another month of HOT weather to green up the fairways. New carts were nice as well as the new bar/grill area in the clubhouse.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"First time out"


canuck21's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. It was a little wet in some places but being it's the beginning of spring, I'm not surprised. Biggest complaint is that a couple of the greens had some erosion and dead spots but again, this is if I had to find something to complain about. Otherwise the course was in really good shape and it was super fun to play. I'd go back anytime.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



egsigte911's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had a great time playing with visiting family. The course layout was challenging especially on a cold afternoon. I definitely plan to enjoy Riverwood Golf Course in the near future.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Elizabeth2979184's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Decent track, awful greens"


ncgolfer17's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was not a bad layout for a low handicapper. The greens are extremely grainy/bumpy and slow. For that reason alone, I wouldn't return. It was impossible to make putts on those surfaces.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Serenity now"


Tattride's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

An often overlooked gen in the spirit of a Tot Hill or mountain type golf course with great views and undulations. Amazing natural areas next to the Neuse with many types of shots required. The greens are coming in nicely, skating girly spongy but beautiful and rolls true. An excellent value with very few on the course during the week. The staff are professional and appreciate you being there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/18/2017

Employees should not ne able to write reviews!!!! None of this is true. Greens below average and fairways are not being touched until next spring!!!!!



u711622245's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Presteen"


Tattride's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Overall a hidden gem and highly underrated- the staff was professional and friendly. The Meadowlands were amazing with scenery throughout and a very challenging layout with nearly perfect greens. Everything was excellent. Par fives were lengthy and challenging. Every club in the bag was used minus the six iron with plenty of left to right and right to left holes. I will play here again and highly recommend.


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


"Greens Not Playable"


charleswells58's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course tee to green. Greens were just aerated and very little true roll with putts. So, no chance to make many puts (only very very close). Was told the greens were just aerated, but playable. This was not correct in my opinion. Would have asked for refund, but did not bother.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"4 stars"


pesst6's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Only complaint was that half the greens were being aeirated and the other half were not. Was a tough adjustment would almost rather all 18 were being done. Positive though is since I was second group out and playing by myself played 18 in 2 hours 40 minutes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Traveler"


glsullivan201's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Price was high for location and conditions. Greens rough. Not watered. Dry and overcut


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



Chris7717164's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Could be a great course"


u116127545's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course could be great. It is fairly challenging and keeps you on your toes. The overall condition of the course was not great. A lot of annual bluegrass in the fairways and the sand traps were pretty nasty. The greens were in horrible condition. They are bermuda greens I believe, and I would assume they over seed them during the winter. Something went wrong this year, as they have taken a serious beating. They are trying to fix them but some of them had so much sand on them that it was difficult to putt on them. The cart path was also in need of repair in several areas.

The staff was not very friendly - I admit that we screwed up and took a golf cart on the course when there was a posted sign to keep carts on the path on that hole - 100% my fault. Someone that worked there drove up very fast and moved our cart to the path and was very aggressive with us, even after we apologized. The situation could have been handled much better by simply telling us what we did wrong and asking us to pay attention and not do it again. No reason to be as aggressive as he was.

I really liked the course and would go back if they can get the greens in better shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"There are better options out there...."


prperry89's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

It has been a few years since I last played Riverwood, and we decided to give it a shot. I've always liked the layout of this course. Good drives are rewarded and there are quite a few holes that make you think about your shot selection. Smart placement of water, trees, and bunkers, and while there are houses on the course, they are out of the way.

The greens are in absolutely terrible condition. They were very heavily sanded, diseased, and damaged. If you're looking for greens that roll true and a solid round, do not play here right now. There was diseased spots in the fairway as well, but they were in average condition. There were also multiple tee boxes closed with artificial tee boxes in place. I would assume this is temporary, but the artificial tees had obviously been there for quite some time.

I found the clubhouse staff to be rude. We also had to wait for the groundskeepers to stop mowing to tee off; he mowed the entire fairway before moving aside for us to play.

There are better courses for less money in Clayton who welcome your business, and a ton of better options in and around Raleigh.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



"Much better courses in the area"


u446412773's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First, the GolfNow information said that range balls were included, but the range was closed, and not noted in the description. The course is in very poor condition for this time of year. The greens look like they are in the process of being killed before being replaced, but I was informed they are not being replaced. There are extensive brown patches on every hole, shaggy t-boxes, bare spots and artificial grass tees on a couple of par 3's because the boxes are in such bad shape. The greens are really bad, many sections that have almost no grass, and they are rough. The balls do hold on the greens, but that is about the only positive thing to say.

I like the layout, it could be a very nice course, but the lack of upkeep means you can find far better values at other places.

If this is truly the best-maintained Fred Smith course, I will not be playing any of the others.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Riverwood (Meadowlands/Deer Run) Review"


u000004876160's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value! Would definitely play again. Staff went out of their way to be helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/17/2017

HORRIBLE CONDITIONS!!!!! STAFF IS RUDE AND CONDESENDING. GREENS ARE GONE; DEAD!!!!!!!! NEED TO SHUT IT DOWN AND START OVER!!!!



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