A view of hole #6 at River Vale Country Club
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4.4
351 Reviews (351)
5 Stars
133
4 Stars
167
3 Stars
27
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
94.0%
Recommend this course
315 out of 351 reviews
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4.6
53 Reviews (53)
5 Stars
35
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
96.2%
Recommend this course
51 out of 53 reviews
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4.5
90 Reviews (90)
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
28
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.6%
Recommend this course
86 out of 90 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6504 yards
Slope 132
Rating 71.4

River Vale Country Club sprawls across the gently rolling hills of northeast New Jersey. It has been ranked on Golf Digest's list of "Best Places to Play," but it still manages to remain one of Bergen County's most well kept secrets. You'll hardly ever run into crowds on this golf course. The layout has a classic design that incorporates a variety of elevation changes. Tricky uphill and downhill lies will be your biggest challenge on this layout. Strategically placed bunkers lurk beside the greensides and there are several holes where water hazards come into play, including the par-5 fifth, which has a lake on either side of the green. River Vale a tight golf course that demands accuracy and while it's not overly formidable, your skills will definitely be put to the test.

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Course Details

Year Built 1931
Golf Season Year round
Architect Orrin E. Smith

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire at all times. No jeans, torn clothing or jogging shorts. Shirts must have collars and sleeves

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New Jersey (2019 #16)

Reviews

4.4
351 Reviews (351)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Dinner 9
Brunch 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 25
Elevation Changes 22
Thick Rough 14
This course/club is great for:
Locals 23
Advanced Golfers 19
A Weekend Splurge 11
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 21
Convenient to the City 19
Worth the Drive 14

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1.0
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Previously Played

Thanks for the heads up

How in 2020 do you not alert people that your course has suddenly shut down due to drainage issues? Golfnow sends me emails every single day, but can not alert me that the course abruptly shut down? Arrived at the course a little before 4:00 pm to a completely empty parking lot. No rain the day of, no notice at all that the course was shut down. My business colleagues were quite unhappy that they drove from over an hour away to find out that River Vale suddenly shut down. Disgraceful. They also have let the course go over this past year. Definitely not a $100+ weekend course anymore. Definitely not getting my business back anytime soon.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wow

I want to tell you not to play it to keep it more open. But I’m telling you to play it bc it’s in incredible shape. The best greens all around I have ever seen on a public course. They are fast and not bumpy. They are also sloped out and demand your full attention.

Great work by the grounds crew here. No wonder this course is getting more and more recognition as one of the best public courses in NJ

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The greens were in excellent conditions and the pace of play was great. Overall it was a great round of golf! Will definitely play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Will play again

Great course, just felt the price was a little high, but will play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Public course with country club feel

Course in excellent shape ... greens immaculate and true... bunkers were placed in fair spots. Very enjoyable round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

River Vale

Awesome course. Always a pleasure playing River Vale

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great public course

They had one of the best public course carts I’ve uber driven. They have GPS for every hole with distances to all hazards. A little tight of a course but very open because there wasn’t too much fescue or woods so it was easy to find ball on a tough shot. Great maintained greens and holes

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Gem of a Course - Great Greens!

The golf course and especially the greens match any premium Westchester County Private Golf Course. My only criticism is the proximity of a number of the holes. The tee boxes on a number of holes are close to one another and from the prior hole.
This semi-private golf course rivals the most exclusive private courses in Westchester County.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great round

Great course. Greens were perfect. Will definitely play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens are tough

Really love the course and the greens are super tough. not long at all from the tips but the greens make it really hard.

A couple of the teeboxes were not in the best shape but other than that the course was great!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Played here for the first time. Challenging greens, well maintained course and pace of play was excellent - perhaps because of Monday. I’ll definitely play here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best Greens in the Area, Hands Down

Course in excellent shape, but the real stand out is the greens. They are true and rolling at country club speeds consistently throughout the year.

Highly recommend

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Short and hilly course with nice greens.

Short course not too hard. The greens rolled true and quick.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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