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4.3
503 Reviews (503)
5 Stars
243
4 Stars
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3 Stars
37
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
11
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
90.0%
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464 out of 503 reviews
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4.5
105 Reviews (105)
5 Stars
63
4 Stars
38
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.3%
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99 out of 105 reviews
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4.3
172 Reviews (172)
5 Stars
93
4 Stars
56
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.8
89.0%
Recommend this course
153 out of 172 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6808 yards
Slope 127
Rating 72.3

Amelia River Golf Club is located on Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville and within minutes of the historic town of Fernandina Beach. Renowned as one of the best-conditioned courses in the area with incredibly smooth greens, sculpted around a forest of majestic Live Oaks, Sable Palms, Pines and Wax Myrtles.

This par 72 track, designed by Tom Jackson, plays to a yardage of 6,823 from the back tees. It's pristine condition features well manicured rolling fairways, smooth bunkers and greens that challenge all skill levels. This course is unique in character and is a treat to play.

Amelia River consists of 18 holes of challenging golf where ball control and accuracy are keys to a great game. The fairways are wide and open, giving the golfer a sense of a traditional Scottish links course on some holes and a narrow tree lined experience on others. The 13th hole is a good example of the course’s challenges. This long par five runs along the border of the Fernandina Beach Airport and is a strategic three shot hole. Too long and left at lay up and you will have to deal with a water hazard. The wind can play havoc with this hole as it reminds one of an open links style design. In contrast #9 is a tree lined par four with very little room for error and includes a forced carry over Alligator Creek.

The signature 17th hole is a par three surrounded by water demanding an accurate shot to the island green which closely resembles another very famous golf hole in our area! The final hole ends at the edge of the Amelia River and its expansive tidal marsh.

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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Greens TifEagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Jackson (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper dress is required for all golf activities. Bathing suits, cut-offs, blue jeans, tank tops, halter tops and t-shirts are not permitted.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.3
503 Reviews (503)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 19
Watching the Game 10
Brunch 9
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 27
Forced Carries 23
Bunkers 21
This course/club is great for:
Locals 19
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 19
Advanced Golfers 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 29
Convenient to the City 14
Near the Airport 14

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Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Better, but still room for improvement

This was my first time at The River for almost a year. I had heard the new owners were putting money into it, and there were clearly signs of improvement in condition. This is a tough time of year for north Florida golf courses and it shows. The greens were quite shaggy. They had just been sanded and perhaps that prevented the grounds crew from cutting them. Staff is always friendly and the cookies are wonderful. $10 for a bag of range balls seems excessive though.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Found a new gem on Amelia Island

Very nice layout. Pace of play was excellent. Course, especially the greens were in much better shape than Oak Marsh. Overall, course conditions were great for the winter. Larry was an excellent course ambassador and gave us tips on holes 1, 9, and 18, that were invaluable. A great guy.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 02/25/2021

Hello, davidhumer. Thank you for reviewing the course. We're glad you found the pace of play during your round excellent. We work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and to best control pace allowing everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We are glad to see you also rated the course conditions and our staff to be great during your game. Thank you for playing Amelia River Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

New ownership has upgraded course

They imply the tee boxes and the greens are Quick and true. The course is fair but challenging. The new owners upgraded tee boxes and cut back a lot of overgrowth. The staff is helpful and friendly. Covid protocol was followed in Club house and Pro Shop. Had a great day on a course that provides plenty of challenges and opportunities.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/24/2021

Hi, u314159790609. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Amelia River Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/24/2021

Hello, u314161141678. Thank you for visiting us at Amelia River Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Commented on 02/24/2021

Hi, mdubbgolfer. 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 Amelia River Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/22/2021

Hello, u314161206066. Thank you for visiting us at Amelia River Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/22/2021

Hi, u000001558221. 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 Amelia River Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

Loved this course, easy access from condo in Fernandina Beach, friendly staff and relatively open fairways. LOVED the alligator on Hole #14!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/19/2021

Hi, PBurzynski. 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 Amelia River Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
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 02/16/2021

qnhkqN8UqgfXbxhv0P4m, we want to hear more about your experience with us! Please call us at (904) 491-8500. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Nice Fun Course

Was overcast and wet, but the layout was a lot of fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/16/2021

qnhkqN8UqgfXbxhv0P4m, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Amelia River Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day for golf

Great course to play. In pretty good shape for this time of year and all the rain. Great job of managing tee times and we finished in less than 4 hours with a full tee sheet. Staff very welcoming. Will definitely be back and recommend to friends.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/12/2021

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, u563233398! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/10/2021

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences, u000001558221. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Amelia River Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/08/2021

Hi, u1629250001. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Amelia River Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good layout but that’s all. Fairway shoots were like hitting off bare ground. Greens were actually painted green and covered with green fertilizer.
Maybe better in the summer but for now,, I would not play it again.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 02/07/2021

Hi, uHFFJ3376HF! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Amelia River Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good but expensive

Really good, but short par 4s so approach shots are kinda tricky, but overall good.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/05/2021

Hi, ryan333. 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 Amelia River Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Frigid Round on a sunny day

Really enjoyable round. Cold day so pretty light play, but we were sandwiched between a twosome and a very entitled threesome. Second time I’ve played this course and I really like it, bearing in mind I am an 18 handicap.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 02/05/2021

Thank you for your review, u314160939575. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Amelia River Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 02/01/2021

Hi, jeepo. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Amelia River Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 02/01/2021

sanfordsbrown, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Amelia River Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Too slow!

Pace of play ridiculously slow- competition going on with no concern for other players so we have several groups on every hole and waiting on every hole

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/29/2021

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 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This is a must play in the Amelia Island area.

I love this golf course. I drive regulary from Jacksonville to play here. From the cart staff that greets you upon arrival to the always friendly starters to get you paired up and on your way, it's always a great experience. I typically play as a single and have always been paired with some of the nicest people everytime. The course is always in great shape and the greens are typically some of the best of the public access courses in the area. The layout is challenging and fun for all skill levels. Trouble looms on most holes on either side or both in some cases. Bring a few extra balls, play the appropriate tee boxes and you'll have a very enjoyable round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/29/2021

Hello, Ray7181506. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us 5 stars. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the pristine course conditions. We work hard to provide an exceptional experience, and it's very satisfying to hear from golfers like you who appreciate our efforts. We will inform the entire team so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back Amelia River Golf Club!

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