A view of hole #6 at River Vale Country Club
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4.4
402 Reviews (402)
5 Stars
162
4 Stars
186
3 Stars
28
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
94.0%
Recommend this course
363 out of 402 reviews
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4.5
95 Reviews (95)
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
33
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
95.8%
Recommend this course
91 out of 95 reviews
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4.5
107 Reviews (107)
5 Stars
66
4 Stars
36
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
95.3%
Recommend this course
102 out of 107 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6504 yards
Slope 131
Rating 71.3

River Vale Country Club (formerly known as Bergen Hills 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 (1931) Ron Cutlip

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Accolades

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

Reviews

4.4
402 Reviews (402)

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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Handicap 15-19
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4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Good course

Played when it was cold and hardly anyone on the course. Two holes have winter greens as they are repairing those holes (bunkers).

Great course. Had a lot of fun.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
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Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Previously Played

The course should been a rain out

The course is in excellent shape, problem was it was raining the entire time. The greens were like little ponds. The only thing I didn’t want to loose my money because they would not give a rain check. We played only 9 hole because it was pouring rain. Everything had shut down before we came around and there wasn’t even a facility to use the restroom because it was closed. If there were 10 people playing. They said they were open snd we had no choice but to play. Very disappointed . Usually a great place to play.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 35
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course, unnecessary pin placements

Love this course and have played countless times over the years. The course is in great shape and has a great layout. The greens are up there with the fastest and most challenging I have played recently, which normally is a lot of fun. But, the past couple of times I have played here the pins have been in comically ridiculous places, a few paces from the edge of the green and on a huge slope.

I understand what they are trying to do but it really just takes away from the fun of the round. There is no reason to feel like you need to "lay up" on a putt on multiple holes to avoid rolling 40 feet away. A couple of the guys I play with shared the same sentiment and would probably make us think twice about playing here.

Maybe I'm in the minority but it has overshadowed the round. On the other hand its great to pad your handicap with all of the putts!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Overpriced

The course was in good shape. However it is not worth the 85 dollars a round. I was ducking errant shots from other players all day. I wanted to to hit a bucket of balls before my round but wasn’t going to pay 15 bucks which was their cheapest offer. The pace of play was slow. The starter, ranger , bev cart girls and cart guys were all polite but there was one worker who was miserable. Putting green had tire tracks. I will not be going back for that price.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
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 Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 153
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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