River Vale Country Club

3.8228823529 3.8 stars from 5 (182)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6504 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 71.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire at all times. No jeans, torn clothing or jogging shorts. Shirts must have collars and sleeves
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6504 yards 71.4 132
White 72 6168 yards 69.7 129
Gold 72 5892 yards 68.7 126
Red (W) 72 5378 yards 74.9 128

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 182 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
108
3 stars:
23
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

154 out of 182 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes thick rough   Great for drinks dinner brunch  

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Reviews


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"Fabulous golf course"


u000005011822's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’ve been playing this course since I started playing golf in 1980. It’s still my favorite course. It’s always been well maintained but even more so now since the Town has purchased it. Very much like country club conditions. They’ve made some renovations to the clubhouse and driving range and some changes to the course itself. All for the better. Brought a guest who had never played there before. He couldn’t stop raving about it. Highly recommend playing this course, especially if you can get a golf now deal. It’s a bit pricey otherwise but still worthy of the cost to play it once.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worth the play and money"


u269262757's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course is in excellent condition with the greens coming in really well. Still some sand on them but mostly green with little to no punch marks seen. Greens are tough though with ton or breaks. Fairways are pristine. I went out as a solo and had 2 twosomes ahead that moved really well so pace of play was great. Nice hidden gem and will definitely return 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:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Rivervale Experience"


earldunn's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good as usual. Green press were fast and consistent. Greens were too firm to accept a well hit iron. Pace of play was great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000005467119's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great course"


sruben's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ahhh! Don't tell anybody?about this place. Good layout decent pace during the week if there is no outing in front. Ugly tired range balls


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



sruben's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u910472196's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worth a GolfNow rate"


19242154350214233519's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Overseas visitor and 1st time golfing in New Jersey.

Course was surprisingly appealing for this time of the year full aeration done 3 weeks ago and course has come back nicely, should be a treat in 2-3 weeks with growth. The round was 4 hours 15 as a 2ball on a Thursday. The course is not long but demands you think your way round , only hit 6 Drivers so not a bombers course. Would I play it again - yes


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Unhelpful & Unfriendly Staff Ruined My Experience"


u000006195355's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Rude staff, especially in the pro Shop. Could have been a 1 time experience with a bad apple, but hope management works it out.

May try again (course conditions were decent for April), but im definitely skeptical


Staff Friendliness: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Green"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Green condition was poor. Maybe it was too early season


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/23/2018

Thank you for your review. The course condition is improving every day. We hope you will give us another chance.


Commented on 04/22/2018

Unhelpful/unfriendly staff, especially in the Pro Shop RUINED the experience.


"Nice variety"


pitchmaster1224's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

nice variety and elevation changes with dog legs short and long holes. Very scorable if on your game. Used to be private awhile back, now semi with range and putting green. Small locker room with restaurant and outdoor sandwich shack at the turn. Will be back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/23/2018

Thank you for your review. We hope to see you back at RVCC soon!



mimosa61's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/23/2018

Thank you for your review. We hope to see you back at River Vale CC soon!


"Very Nice"


jdnugent's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

River Vale is a very good course w/a decent layout, fast pace of play(we did have a 7:20 t time), very nice staff, the starter was very pro active in getting us out and maintaining a good starting pace. My only dislike was the t-ing off on 1st t @ anytime before 9 am directly into the rising sun. Luckily we split the fairway making this moot, but I probably won’t book a t time before 9 am again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



abraham7007298's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



amoon705's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2017
Previously played 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: Good


I recommend this course


"Great round at Rivervale"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can't say enough about this course even in the waning days of fall still a great layout great conditions phenomenal course one of my favorites in all of the New York area!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"This place is great"


Jonathan1985495's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course. Nice people . Nice faculty

Challenging ... but fair. Need to know the spots to hit and where not to miss. Some golf shots needed. Lots a fun


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u7324171's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice place"


Jonathan1985495's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Weather was cold and the place was empty. I don't remember the last time I didn't have to wait on a tee box. Pleasurable round. Decent layout. Very friendly. I look forward to playing there in warmer weather


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



abraham7007298's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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