A view of hole #6 at River Vale Country Club
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4.4
637 Reviews (637)
5 Stars
294
4 Stars
265
3 Stars
42
2 Stars
22
1 Stars
14
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
89.9%
Recommend this course
573 out of 637 reviews
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4.5
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
93.2%
Recommend this course
41 out of 44 reviews
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4.4
109 Reviews (109)
5 Stars
57
4 Stars
43
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.8%
Recommend this course
99 out of 109 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6504 yards
Slope 131
Rating 71.3

River Vale Country Club (formerly known as Bergen Hills Country Club.) sprawls across the gently rolling hills of northeast New Jersey. It has been ranked on Golf Digest's list of "Best Places to Play," but it still manages to remain one of Bergen County's most well kept secrets. You'll hardly ever run into crowds on this golf course. The layout has a classic design that incorporates a variety of elevation changes. Tricky uphill and downhill lies will be your biggest challenge on this layout. Strategically placed bunkers lurk beside the greensides and there are several holes where water hazards come into play, including the par-5 fifth, which has a lake on either side of the green. River Vale a tight golf course that demands accuracy and while it's not overly formidable, your skills will definitely be put to the test.

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Course Details

Year Built 1931
Golf Season Year round
Architect Orrin E. Smith (1931) Ron Cutlip

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire at all times. No jeans, torn clothing or jogging shorts. Shirts must have collars and sleeves

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

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4.4
637 Reviews (637)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Dinner 9
Brunch 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 25
Elevation Changes 22
Thick Rough 14
This course/club is great for:
Locals 23
Advanced Golfers 19
A Weekend Splurge 11
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 21
Convenient to the City 19
Worth the Drive 14

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Great views and conditions

Everything was perfect as per conditions and layout. You need to play smart in order to score. Big drives won't necessarily do it on most holes. Greens were in very good condition..
My only non 5 star rating was pace of play. The people we followed on front 9 were fine. Played it in 1hour 45 minutes. Suddenly another couple started on back 9 so there were 3 groups on same hole. Back 9 was long to say the least. I will go back. Great course

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Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
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Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Perfect weather
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Conditions Excellent
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Perfect weather
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Amenities Good
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Pace Good
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Great course

I really enjoy this course, get try to play there 2-3 times a year.

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Value Average
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Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Very nice course

In the back tee, we aimed for 77-78, but scored 89. The course was easy, but there was none.

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I Recommend This Course
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River Vale CC

Pace of play was impacted by new golfers in front of us.

Also staff signing people in an assigning carts was not attentive. He spent time talking to co-workers instead of assisting customers and would not allow us to set up golf cart to play prior to 10 minutes before tee time, then rushed us out to first tee box.

Course was in great condition but pace of play was slow and 3:50pm tee time did not enable us to play full 18 due to pace of play in front of us. I expected to play 15 holes we only were able to play 12.5. which was frustrating especially considering cost for two players

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great course

Excellent course to play. Top notch conditions. Always worth the money.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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