River Oaks Golf Club - Otter/Bear
River Oaks Golf Club in Myrtle Beach is home to 27 holes of championship golf. The course sprawls across a former nature preserve that sits just outside the Myrtle Beach city limits. In 2009, the course underwent a major renovation that removed almost 4,600 trees, burying the remaining stumps underneath mounds of dirt and sand. This opened up the layout while adding an interesting up-and-down to the course that it never had before. The holes are divided into three nines that provide different 18-hole combinations. Each of the nines is named after a different animal that makes up the course's resident wildlife: Fox, Otter, and Bear. River Oaks' Otter/Bear combination is the longest course of the three available options. You'll find water coming into play on nearly every hole and there are several strategically placed bunkers to be found along the greens.
|White (W)||72||5836 yards||70.2||119|
|Yellow (W)||72||5389 yards||67.1||113|
|Red (W)||72||5001 yards||66.9||109|
|Black M: 73.1/123||437||405||205||367||365||524||211||410||521||3445||460||523||377||165||409||387||341||223||547||3432||6877|
|Blue M: 70.7/121||415||364||186||339||340||498||198||390||498||3228||433||497||355||153||379||358||313||193||516||3197||6425|
|White M: 69.2/117||365||312||148||313||305||467||160||366||473||2909||348||484||371||120||360||328||294||152||470||2927||5836|
|Gold M: 66.1/111 W: 67.1/113||267||310||120||304||300||468||145||296||431||2641||358||456||326||100||328||305||300||140||435||2748||5389|
|Red W: 66.9/109||250||290||112||238||256||439||136||275||415||2411||342||440||310||80||312||288||275||115||428||2590||5001|
Challenging and fun
This course has three separate venues but only Fox and Otter were in use. It was very hot and humid both days I played, and the pace was exceedingly slow. This is a lovely course normally, but the rough and even part of the fairways were crowded with dried duck and geese poop. You could hardly hit your ball. I did not complete my second round due to the heat and slow pace, thereby just missing being caught in the torrential rains. The staff here are wonderful. They even gave us ice on the course. The only real problem is the absence of portapotties or restrooms other than the third hole (when one is unlikely to need them).
A fun round
Had a single tee time and was paired up with two other singles to make a threesome. Pace of play was awesome, finished our round in 4 hours. Fairways were in decent shape, rough was well maintained but the greens and tee boxes could use a little TLC. Overall, even though I lost a few balls, it was still an enjoyable round and I would recommend this course to a low, mid or high handicap.
I messed up my tee time using an app and they were kind enough to cancel and reschedule my correct day and time.
First time @ River Oaks
Great layout and from tee to green was awesome, a couple of greens were so so but for the price and staff being A+ it was a great time and have already booked another day