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Conditions
2.7
Value
3.7
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.4
Amenities
3.0
59.9%
Recommend this course
39 out of 58 reviews
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2.5
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2.0
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3.0
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.1
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.8
37.5%
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3 out of 8 reviews
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Conditions
2.0
Value
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Layout
3.8
Pace
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Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.8
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 5952 yards
Slope 119
Rating 69.3
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River Oaks Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1968
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Dick Nugent (1968)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.0
58 Reviews (58)
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

River Oaks is Back!

Played on 9-26, course is back to being in good shape. Greens are good, fairways mowed short and the rough is fair, you wont loae balls in the rough line at Harborside and Calumet CC.

Staff has been working hard on the course conditions and it shows. This a good course, take advantage of the good price before it gets too busy again!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Exceeded Expectations

Decided to golf a little later in the week and this was the only course available with tee times. The cost was only $30, so I was not expecting much. While the amenities leave much to be desired, the course itself was not bad and provided some challenging layouts. If you are looking for an easy, cheap 18, this is the place to come. I will definitely be back.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good deal

I think this course was a good buy, for the deal on golf now and it was very affordable, I really like the course variety, there is a lot of challenge throughout the entire course, and not just the front nine or the back nine, overall will keep coming back again and again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Close to Unplayable

I've played this course many times throughout the years and have generally found it to be in decent shape, and good value for the money spent. Now I realize that we have suffered through a very wet spring and course conditions everywhere are not what they should be, but our round yesterday was awful. If you did not hit your ball on the fairway, the rough was 3 feet in length and unplayable. Finding your ball took forever, slowing play drastically. In our estimation, many areas of the golf course had never been cut at all yet this season! In short, we will avoid returning this year. One more thing: The greens were decent, but there were numerous divot holes that needed to be repaired on every green. This is not the course's fault, but the people who play there are indifferent to taking care of the course.
In short, avoid at all costs until the grass gets cut.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/04/2019

Hi Jim, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your round. You are correct, we are currently experiencing the wettest spring in the last 15 years. Over the past 2 weeks we have received just over 5 inches of rain. In addition, some of our course rubs shoulders with the Calumet River. The river is prone to flooding and exacerbates the rainfall. It is not safe for us to mow when the ground is very saturated with water. Believe us when we say that we are as anxious to get the rough mowed as you are. We are very sorry to hear your round wasn’t enjoyable as anticipated. We would really like the chance to chat with you directly to understand a bit more so we can improve upon your next experience. Please reach out to us directly at info.riveroaks@forestpreservegolf.com.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Goat field

Have been playing here since early 80s. Never seen it in this bad of shape. Fairways rock hard, crusted over with dry mud, clover. Sand traps have only gravel and weeds. No one here on a beautiful Saturday and I can see why. Won’t be back for awhile. What a shame

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great for the money...

Greatest course ever? No
For $20 with a cart? Yep... I’d do it again and again...

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

River Oaks Golf - Tee Area Hard - Fairways Barren

I hadn't played this course in 20 years. I remembered it as a nice course to play . . . 20 years ago. Well, that's not what I found out in the present. There were a number of tee areas that were so hard you need a hammer to get the tee in the ground. I broke multiple tees. The fairways are hard and barren of any real grass as they are thin and unwatered it appears. The ball runs forever is the only advantage from the sparse thin fairways. The staff was very nice was the only plus (check in and starter specifically). As you can tell, it will likely be another 20 years before I return.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course is not maintained well

Fairways and tee boxes are very dry! Could have used a hammer on some of the tee boxes. Got a lot of run on the ball in the fairways, unfortunately I got a lot of weird bounces that too some shots into one of the many ponds on the course. Also there were a lot of geese everywhere on the course and a lot of goose poop, even on the greens! Won't go back, until it rains.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Short but Sporty

Always liked River Oaks, just wish that the conditioning of the course could improve some. The course is rather short, but has enough trouble to keep any other than elite golfers honest.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Friendly staff

Always love to play this course each hole has its own character you will use all the clubs in you're bag. And you need to say high to all the staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is decent but had several golfers cut in ahead of us which greatly slowed down pace. It happened in front nine then again on back nine. Greatly disappointed. But learned a lesson

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging enough

Course is challenging enough on some holes to make for interesting play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Decent course for the money

This course is a great place to play for beginner to moderate golfers. There wasn't a lot of bunkers or water hazards and it is open enough to hit a stray shot or two and not lose a dozen golf balls. The back nine had some tight fairways on short holes to make it more challenging and overall is not a bad place to play. The length of the course is great for someone who doesn't hit the "long ball".

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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