RIVER STRAND GOLF CLUB (941-708-3617)
Florida Golf Course Review
River Strand Golf Club in Bradenton is the newest course to open in the western section of Florida - and is one that folks will soon be talking about. This 27 hole facility is now
open or limited public play, with tee times available three days in advance. Within a couple of years, River Strand will become a totally private facility. If you get an opportunity to
book a tee time - do it! This is one beautiful golf course!
The Tuscan style clubhouse features a pro shop, casual and fine dining, meeting and event rooms, a 3,500 square foot health & fitness spa, a resort style pool and spa, billiards
and card rooms plus Har-Tru tennis courts. A large aqua driving range is on property, along with an expansive short game area that features three sand bunkers and a large
putting green. The photos in this review feature images of the Tributary and Estuary nines.
Golfers have a choice of 5 tee areas, with the Tributary playing to 3214 yards, the Estuary to 3640 yards and the (opening soon) Sanctuary nine measuring 3482 yards. Slope and
course ratings were not yet available. The Tributary features plentiful water hazards, with lakes or ponds in play on all but 1 hole.
The Tributary begins simply enough with a score-able par four and par three. The layout grows stronger and finishes with three beautiful golf holes that leave one eager to make
the turn. The combination of meticulous conditioning, lush tropical landscaping, strategic white sand bunkers, pristine water hazards and interesting hole designs leave a
Water is present near every hole on the Estuary, though the hazards are mostly are on the perimeter. The 13th, 16th and 17th are all gorgeous par fours that dogleg left over or
around lakes, and the par 5 twelfth presents another risk-reward opportunity, for those looking to take advantage of their distance off the tee. There are also several sand waste
areas, and the intricate shape of the fairway and greenside traps adds aesthetics and challenge.
Arthur Hills loves to employ the risk/reward aspect in course design, and he certainly takes advantage of the terrain here. The layout is beautiful, and plays fairly for the high
handicapper, while challenging the shot making abilities of the avid player. Membership information is available through their web site www.riverstrandgolf.com In partnership
with the Stoneybrook community, members receive a discount to play at Stoneybrook or ar Heritage Harbour golf clubs.
We highly recommend a round here...play it while you can. Green fees are quite reasonable. The upscale residences at Heritage Harbour are part of an exclusive gated community
that features a collection of gracious homes, including single family and complexes and luxury condominiums. . For information on residence opportunities and membership visit www.riverstrand.com For more info on the course, visit our page for River Strand, with direct link to their website by clicking here.