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4.0
450 Reviews (450)
5 Stars
94
4 Stars
236
3 Stars
92
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.7
93.1%
Recommend this course
412 out of 450 reviews
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3.8
68 Reviews (68)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
28
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
89.7%
Recommend this course
61 out of 68 reviews
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4.0
128 Reviews (128)
5 Stars
40
4 Stars
62
3 Stars
18
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
93.0%
Recommend this course
119 out of 128 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 6701 yards
Slope 121
Rating 71.4

The Riverbend Golf Complex sits along the Green River in Kent Valley, Wash. Owned and operated by the City of Kent, the complex offers a championship, 18-hole course and a mini-golf course. The 18-hole course is one of the busiest in the state with more than 65,000 rounds played on it annually. The golf course sprawls across a relatively flat landscape, making it easily walkable. Though it may not be hilly, that doesn't mean it's trouble free. There are more than 50 bunkers strategically placed throughout and three lakes come into play as well. The layout is player friendly, with enough variety to appeal to players of all skill levels.

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Course Details

Year Built 1989
Golf Season Year round
Architect John Steidel

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times while on the golf course.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Available Sports

Minigolf

Reviews

4.0
450 Reviews (450)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 25
Patio Dining 14
Dinner 10
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 44
Bunkers 38
Thick Rough 12
This course/club is great for:
Walkers 46
Locals 39
Seniors 28
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 49
Near the Airport 25
Worth the Drive 9

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/16/2021

Hi, we would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at Riverbend Golf Complex!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/15/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Riverbend Golf Complex!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Above average, but not by much...

Didn't come out of the spring in tip top shape. A few greens have some damage/bare earth. Fairways are pretty hard, good roll. Pace was 4:40 ish. Warm day no beverage cart. grrr. My local course. Member of the men's club there. so you are getting an honest opinion with knowledge of how it has been in the past.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 06/11/2021

Hi, Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. Please know the current conditions are by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards a 5-star experience and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great until back nine

Pace of play on the front was fantastic with no issues, driving range closed for renovations so that was unfortunate but not the biggest deal. Once we finished 9 we walk straight to 10 and a new group has just been squeezed between two groups. Takes them 20 minutes to tee off and throughout the rest of the round that group was 20 minutes or more per hole, on the tee box on 7 different occasions with our group waiting, this group cheered with their beverage and proceeded to take 3-4 tee offs each. Our 2-2.5 hour round turned in to a 4-5 hour round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/09/2021

We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a great pace when having our golfers on the course. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback as we will use your review to better the experience going forward. We hope you give us another try in the near future!

Played On
Reviews 71
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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Commented on 06/09/2021

Hi, We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at Riverbend Golf Complex!

Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Some rough spots

Good course with some rough spots but solid fast greens.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/02/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Riverbend Golf Complex. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/02/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Riverbend Golf Complex!

Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Holiday golf, no cart girl!

Teed off at 815, and never saw a cart girl. We saw it parked by the pro shop, but it never went out. Not to mention no drinking fountains. Need to do something about the water in the bunkers, please!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/09/2021

Hi, Let us first say that we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We work hard to create a seamless experience with so you can focus on enjoying yourself and let us do the rest. We also want to thank you for your honest and constructive criticism of the course. Your comments are presented in a way we can incorporate them into actual change. We are going to escalate your review to our team in charge and do everything we can to improve before your next game. Thank you for visiting and playing at Riverbend Golf Complex. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Great day for golf

Perfect weather. Grass in very good shape, overall. Had a few chances to try out the bunkers and they were in good shape, too! Course marshal a little on the gruff side, for no reason we caused.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/01/2021

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Riverbend Golf Complex. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/01/2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind. Thank you for playing Riverbend Golf Complex.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/27/2021

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Riverbend Golf Complex!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/27/2021

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Riverbend Golf Complex!

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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Commented on 05/27/2021

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Riverbend Golf Complex. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Run down and dissappointing

Played today and was pretty disappointed. I learned to play at Riverbend almost 30 years ago, playing over 100 rounds there over the years. It was always my favorite golf course to play and have fun at. I hadn't played there in quite some time because I moved to Olympia, but today I popped on to play 9 holes in the evening. I started out with smiles and great memories from rounds past , but after I got going, I discovered it isn't what is used to be, not even close.

First the good: Staff was great. Fairways are firm and in pretty good shape. Layout is still really fun and has great potential for all levels.

Now the bad and really, really bad"
Greens were still healing from being punched. It is mid May, why so late? Every other golf course I've played in the last month has recovered their greens from the spring punching, these seemed like they just punched them a week ago (or if longer, they are taking way too long to heal). They were exceedingly slow and bumpy.
Tee boxes were terrible on several holes, especially the two par 3s on the back. They had more dirt than grass. I'm not exaggerating, no grass in the hitting area with very uneven round and holes everywhere. Honestly it is embarrassing how much they have let it get away from them.

The "sand" in the bunkers is literally non-existent. I hit out of a greenside bunker on 15 and it it was 100% packed dirt! It is so frustrating to hit a shot over the green because there is no sand in the bunker. You have no chance of saving par without a very unconventional chip shot that no one ever practices because we expect sand to be in a sand trap.

With all the money they made selling the par 3 across the street and with golf being exceeding popular right now, you would think they would have the $ to do the simplest things like grow grass, and put sand in a bunker.

How are they going to expect to host the Riverbend amateur and other big events with the course in this condition? I was going to sign up but not this year.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 05/27/2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind. Thank you for playing Riverbend Golf Complex.

Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Round was too slow for middle of the day on a weekday

Not sure why they would stack people to go out every 10 minutes.. also not sure why there was never a Marshall to keep the slower players on pace..

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 05/27/2021

We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a great pace when having our golfers on the course. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback as we will use your review to better the experience going forward. We hope you give us another try in the near future!

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Nice pace in the middle of Mother's day sunday

It's sunday and Mother's day, so we thought it will be really crowded and slow. However, we were pleasantly surprised. We teed off at noon and finished before 4pm. There were plenty of golfers on the course, including many women and moms. But everyone kept pace and made it a really nice golfing day for my whole family.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/27/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Riverbend Golf Complex.

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day on the course, a personal best and finally kept the same ball for complete round.Ball washers, bins and foot brushes on each hole even saw the beverage cart several times!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/27/2021

Thank you for your review! We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Riverbend Golf Complex. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Lacks maintenance

We plan Riverbend quite frequently, because it is convenient and relatively easy to get a tee time. The layout of the course is decent and pretty typical for a city municipal course. I enjoy the course for the most part, but the lack of maintenance is extremely frustrating. The greens are typically bumpy as they don't roll them frequently, and the sand traps are never raked. It had rained the day before our Saturday game and all the sand traps were wet and hard. You would think on a weekend morning they would send some one out first thing to rake all the traps. It really makes it difficult to play your best when the traps are hard packed mud and you can't hit a straight put on the greens. With a little more maintenance this could be way more fun to play.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/28/2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round, and we appreciate your feedback regarding the course conditions so we may work on any necessary improvements. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day

Weather was supposed to iffy but it turned out nice. Pace of play was decent, we kept up with the group ahead of us and the group behind us did not have to wait much. Bunkers need to be raked by the staff more often, but the greens were in good shape

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/28/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Riverbend Golf Complex.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Spring at Riverbend

Nice day with a few cool breezes. Course is dry so fairways and some greens are rather hard so watch your approaches!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/28/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Riverbend Golf Complex. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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