View of the 17th green at River Marsh Golf Club
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4.4
372 Reviews (372)
5 Stars
203
4 Stars
130
3 Stars
26
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
94.9%
Recommend this course
349 out of 372 reviews
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4.2
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.1%
Recommend this course
41 out of 45 reviews
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4.3
81 Reviews (81)
5 Stars
43
4 Stars
27
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.1%
Recommend this course
77 out of 81 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort/Public
Par 71
Length 6801 yards
Slope 132
Rating 73.0

The Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club is Maryland's leading Eastern Shore golf course. The classic design incorporates challenging elements including sculpted bunkers and mature trees but balances them with wide, player-friendly fairways and inviting greens. Water has a prominent presence on the course with Shoal Creek meandering through the course and the Choptank River serving as a backdrop to many of the greens. The riverside golf course has the look and feel of a seaside links course. The final two holes are the golf course's most memorable. The par-3 17th requires a dramatic carry over Shoal Creek to a large green strategically guarded by three bunkers. The 17th is a challenging and scenic hole but it only sets the scene for Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club's final hole. Touted as one of the best holes in the Mid-Atlantic region, this classic risk-reward par 5 has a bunker and the Choptank River running its entire length.

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Course Details

Year Built 2002
Fairways Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Keith Foster (2002) Kevin Hargrave (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Lounge, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa, Internet Access

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
372 Reviews (372)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 20
Patio Dining 13
Watching the Game 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 30
Forced Carries 27
Water Hazards 26
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 28
A Weekend Splurge 22
Advanced Golfers 20
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 34
Worth the Drive 29
Convenient to the City 8

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Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Excellent course conditions

Perfect course with challenging greens. Highly recommended it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great experience

Great day at a beautiful course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
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Previously Played

Slow pace lots of temporary tees

We have played this course several times. I really like the lay out. Yesterday, the pace of play was horrible and the course had several temporary tees. When I complained I was told that it was winter conditions. That is all well and good but they are still charging top dollar. There was actually a fire in the rough on one of the holes so we could not play it. It would be great if a large entity like the Hyatt took some responsibility if a patron’s round was less then it should be!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

The only bad thing was no food on the turn! Staff was great

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course

The course was in much better condition than a month ago and it usually is in very good shape. I have played this course many times and it very seldom disappoints. Go play!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 56
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 56
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

How not to drive a cart!

Mostly, the course is pleasant to play. Some of the greens were a bit slow, but all in all in good condition. One annoying factor was the (new since I last played there) restrictive cart function control! It did not seem to make sense in many areas and the boundaries seem to vary such that it became sort of a "crap shoot" to the driver as to where the cart could go!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 35
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 35
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 26
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Premium course

Like so many courses in our area that don't cut the grass as often as needed. The rough was unplayable and some bunkers needed grooming but the fairways and greens above average. They either use course management companies or their own people but don't cut rough and neglect bunkers to save money. Many in this area do it.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mixed feelings

The first time I played there was off season, but I was still impressed with the course condition, namely it’s beauty and medium-fast greens. I’m not arguing against the layout which would impress anyone exposed to higher end golf courses. What they did with the natural terrain and vegetation is certain to impress any visitor let alone a golfer. The views were impressive, especially the signature 17th and 18th holes of pars 3 & 5 respectively. The par 3 shot is over water until it lands on the green after a 200 yard carry, and the par 5 follows the Choptank river bordered on the left side while the hotel maintains its invitation to observe it up close as you approach the green. Rooms for improvement are in some of the fairways and tee boxes as they have been dried out and balded by a lack of watering or allowed to be saturated by partly swampy conditions in some areas. One tee box was completely bare of grass as it was surrounded by tall trees except the opening toward its fairway. To be fair the course must be visited more than once a year to be evaluated to gain a comprehensive understanding of how it’s managed; nevertheless, if repeat customers is the goal, they must be more diligent with the maintenance of this attractive course as the first impression elicits from its brochure.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

This course is getting worse

This use to be one of my favorite courses to play in Maryland. Last year was the first year there were three or four of the fairways that were in poor condition and the rest were in average condition at best. This year most of the fairways were in below average condition and several of them the grass was so sparse in places you had to roll your ball just to find grass to hit off of. The greens were aerated about a week and half ago and we were told that before we played. Overall they were in good shape. Really like the layout of the course. Just hope they put the necessary work into the fairways to bring this course back to the condition it was just a couple years ago.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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