River Valley Ranch Golf Club

4.3148823529 4.3 stars from 5 (20)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7348 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Ranch 72 7348 yards 73.7 136
Back 72 6600 yards 70.6 129
Middle 72 5964 yards 68.0 116
Forward (W) 72 5168 yards 68.4 114

Nestled at the base of Mt. Sopris, River Valley Ranch Golf Club has a diverse layout that stretches from the rolling valley floor to the banks of the Crystal River. The natural contours and wetlands were fully utilized to create a challenging and scenic golf course. Since opening in 1997, the course has received tremendous praise, including being called "the jewel of the Rockies" by Golf Magazine. Sagebrush and pinion pines line the lush, rolling fairways and strategically placed bunkers contrast beautifully with the verdant, lightning fast greens. The hilly terrain provides a challenging up and down nature and from the golf course's highest points, golfers can take in breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. In addition to the course, River Valley also has a driving range and a practice putting green where you can work on your putting and chipping.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 20 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
6
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

19 out of 20 reviews


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"This course has awesome views"


Bob7330937'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 08/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course is awesome to play very fair and straight forward. The staff and amenities were outstanding and very helpful. We had a afternoon tee time and didn't see another person until the 14 the hole. Beautiful views of Mt Sopris and the Crystal river. The greens were in perfect condition and rolled very true.


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


"4-star,especially for women"


u000007152317's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Nice layout and conditioning. Not much elevation change. Not many forced carries, good for women.

Big gripe with amenities. Waited for rental clubs which needed to be arranged and cleaned. Then discovered that not all clubs were cleaned, had two p-wedges and hybrid was broken. Lousy putter. Driver had scratches on top. Had to wait ten minutes for hot dog at turn and it was cold. Did not lose place on course because of slow play behind us. When I made tee time, was not told that I was in middle of Men's team play. We were twosome and could have played at another time. Again, nice course, sub-par management.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Best public course in the area"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is really a nice course in great condition. The layout is very cool and every hole is unique. I have played all the public courses sin that area and it is by far the best. Great setting with Mt Sopris in your view on every hole.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"GoodCourse, Great Views"


Gunther123's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Excellent course conditions with great scenery. The course has a river that runs through it. It is relativly flat with some elevation changes. No blind shots. Staff was friendly. Seemed like a members course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Beautiful place especially for the price"


samjsc's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful mountain course with amazing views. Well worth the price and it was actually a great deal using golf now. Only a 45 minute drive from Aspen. We are going back again today.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"great course lots of fun"


carpenterjoe2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great condition greens run true great views lot of different, interesting holes


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course was in great shape"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/1/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved being able to rip a tee shot every hole!! Beautiful scenery, very fun round of golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"nice course. staff not so much"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice views of Mt Sopras. Course green but wet. Its been raining alot so they need to turn down the water schedule on the greens. Greens look fast BUT they are not. The outside staff was polite. However the bar tender got upset with me for asking for more ice in my drink. He started throwing things and walking clear across the bar to the other side to slam the refrigerator door.. It was disturbing and kinda comical at the same time. A real unprofessional move. The women at the pro shop checking in was quite rude as well. She looked and saw I booked on golfnow.com and proceeded to treat me like i wasn't worth a darn.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Greens were in great shape"


awolf78's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/16/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great place to play driving range was in good condition glad I found it on golf now


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent views."


Lonnie58's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/10/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice mountain course. Course map or GPS would be useful as it can be difficult to pick the right lines from the tee. A little course knowledge will go a long way. I would expect to score better next time.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun layout and well maintained."


ccotter56's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/29/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the first day from tips and second from the blues. They had a tournament going the first day with some faster greens and tricky pin placements, but it was fair. The second day it had rained a lot the day before and the course was very wet, greens were a lot slower and it was easier to score well under those conditions. There are a few holes on the back that require careful tee shots to avoid water and protected areas. Recommend studying the GPS for trouble before teeing off each hole.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"awesome"


Marcus5032439's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/18/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great course, beautiful views of the mountains. great value


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great time!"


tyguy415's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/9/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a great deal on a great course. Staff was super nice and the pace of play was good. I will definitely plan on playing this course again. Thanks for an enjoyable experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"RVR"


brymar57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/7/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways are in great shape and well cared for, but<br/> the greens need some attention. The pace of<br/> Play was very slow with no Marshal to speed up<br/> play.<br/> Great value for green fees thanks to Golfnow.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Wide fairways and mt sopris"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/1/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf now saved us $60 for two golfers, wonderful course but the new owners have raised the prices for out of town golfers. There was no drinking water or cart girls on the course, and where are the ball washers?


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course is fun to play"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/26/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cant wait until the restaurant is open, and beverage cart are in play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course was/could be great!"


hans5583's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/9/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Upon arriving this course appeared to be a quaint upper scale club nestled in a high end mountain home community. After entering the clubhouse we were not greeted in a friendly manner. After discovering we booked our t-time online and were not locals we were treated very poorly. Our questions and requests were quickly dismissed with a sorry but "we don't make any money on these bookings" we cannot accommodate you. However our experience was not all bad. The Bartender was super friendly and provided excellent service.<br/> The range was very short and even with limited flight balls the irons easily reached over the fence (the range was not the length stated). The course was well laid out and in "ok" shape. Nowhere near the quality the price suggested. If I had to pay full price I would have been very disappointed with my "golf" experience. I think with the new owners this place could turn into something special. I believe all customers should be treated the same regardless of local or economic status.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"The course is in beautiful shape, especially for this late in the summer!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/14/2012
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A beautiful course that is very well maintained. A recently renovated club house and pro-shop...with incredible food...ate lunch and dinner there!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Scenery along with Great Golf"


u000004669455's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/10/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a great value! Playing golf along the Roaring Fork River in August at 7,000 Feet above Sea Level. The Golf Now discount was better than the "Local's" Rate!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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