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“This place sucks!!!”
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The River Club
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Owner description: Architect Ron Garl designed this 18-hole par 72 championship golf course that stretches 7,026 yards from the back tees with a rating of 74.50 and slope of 149.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“This place sucks!!!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

They are very strick on NO personal coolers!!! But then their water jugs are empty and filthy. Their was no beverage cart!!!! It was 97 degrees outside and no water anywhere. I called the pro shop and he could care less!!! After the ninth hole it's a mile cart drive back to the clubhouse. The don't have cooler for rent at clubhouse. This place sucks do not go here!!! Terrible customer service and very run down!!

Visited August 2013
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Bradenton
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65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful Grounds and Excellent Food”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Attended a wedding in March and everyone was so accomadating and friendly.....they even helped grandma out to ceremony by giving her a ride in the golf cart. Dinner was amazing and the bartender was very nice. The guys loved playing golf for the day and we turned a day into a weekend it was so nice there.

Visited March 2013
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Thank JenniferYoungMcKee
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Tampa, Florida
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58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Average Florida Course”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Play numerous times a year. First the hierarchy of some local courses: Class B – The Legacy, Waterlefe, River Strand; Class C – River Club, Stoneybrook, Tara Preserve; Class D – Rolling Green, Saranova. Class A would be The Concession which I will never be able to afford. So going here knowing that you are golfing a “C” golf course, you should enjoy your round. The layout is typical Bradenton/Sarasota that winds through a subdivision. Most of the time you can’t see the next tee box from you green. Haven’t had any real back-ups in many rounds. Couple of the tee boxes are mediocre. They were located in a chute and the trees blocked the sun. The trees have been trimmed and new turf put down, but still kind of rough. Driving range is adequate, staff is ok. The price is in line with its rating compared to the other courses. It is not as nice as the Legacy, but you are also only going to pay $70 instead of $100 during season. When I want to get in a quick round, this is the course I play.

Visited April 2013
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3 Thank IYSAYKIWYT
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Cobham, United Kingdom
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445 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Curate's Egg”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

My wife and I have played this course many times.
In high season, like many, it's not a pleasant experience but that's not the fault of the Club as it's demand driven.
In these situations we felt that they were trying to overload the course which results in play so slow that you want to walk off the course.
In these situations they want to have 4 balls going out (understandable) but although we're of a good standard the last time it happened we were paired with a couple who played off virtual scratch and didn't seem to like that we were not of the same standard!!
The Course itself is quite challenging.
However the first hole has the practice driving range area directly adjacent to it which I personally hate as stray balls encroach onto the fairway if you are marginally off-line with your Tee Shot it's play hunt your ball amongst a zillion others!!!
However there are some very interesting and challenging holes in some beautiful
areas of natural beauty.
We also had a Raccoon trailing us at one stage too.
The Course can be variable in quality.
Across the way is Rosedale which we've played which is Private (and more expensive) but in better shape - which you'd expect.
The guys in the Pro Shop have been mentioned and in our experience and with only one exception they've been very helpful.
There's also a decent Bar with a range of food that's pretty good too.

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Jonathan C
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice golf experience”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

I found the River Club to be a very well managed, well kept course. The layout is very pretty, challenging buy fair. Greens are tough -- small and firm -- hard to hold and heavily sloped with many breaks. Although there is a lot of water on the course, it does not normally come into play with reasonably accurate shots.
Price was competitive and personnel were friendly and accommodating. And they do not pack the course. I played as a single paired up with another single and a married couple. Our foursome played without delay and finished in just over 4 hours in the afternoon.

Visited February 2013
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Thank TerryO66
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