27 Holes of Pristine Golf Await You
Imagine yourself here at River Strand on a sun-dappled morning heading out to take on 9, maybe 18 or even 27 holes. River Strand is a welcoming course for golfers of all skill levels and abilities. You may like it is so much, you’ll never want to play anywhere else. That’s okay, you can live here, too.
Hole #1 - 340 Yards
A good, short opening hole to help the player ease into the round. “Hugging” the large bunker on the left will provide the best angle to approach the green guarded on the right by a big, sprawling bunker. A collection area to the left of the green provides multiple options to get up and down for par.
Hole #2 - 188 Yards
This very attractive par-3 will test your middle iron play early in the round. The hole is perfectly framed by mounding to the right and rear of the hole. The green is set on an angle with a small pond guarding the tricky front left cupping area. A small pot bunker on the left may gather a missed shot before plunging into the water.
Hole#3 - 517 Yards
This relatively short par-5 is not short of drama! A large pond down the left side sets up the right to left angle of the fairway from the tees. Several randomly placed bunkers break up the vastness of the area between the first and second landing areas. The green is guarded by a pond on the right and accented with bunkers left, right, and long.
Hole #4 - 330 Yards
All great golf courses include a few, wonderful short par-4’s. This course is no exception! A bevy of options await the player once they reach this tee. The driver can be used but it brings water right and bunkers to the back left of the landing area and to the front of the green into play. The safe play is to hit an iron off the tee leaving a wedge into this well guarded small green that slopes toward the pond.
Hole #5 - 205 Yards
A tough putt may await you on this unique and memorable par-3. This “Biarritz” green is bisected by a large trough through the middle. Distance control is the key for a mid to long iron to find the correct section of the green and avoid a possible three-putt. The entry to the green is also guarded by deep bunkers to the front left and right.
Hole #6 - 450 Yards
This medium-long par-4 is relatively straight but the fairway climbs up, and left, and then down, and right before entering the green. The ideal tee shot should be placed near the dogleg bunkers to open up a view to the green. Anything left will leave a shot over a mammoth bunker gauged into a large ridge that blocks the front left side of the green. A subtle swale short and left of the green will collect many shots, especially with a demanding approach into the prevailing wind.
Hole #7 - 341 Yards
Another short Par-4, but a forced carry over the wetland at the green provides a challenge that demands proper club selection. A good drive down the right side of the fairway, over two small bunkers, will set up a short iron approach to the small green. Trees to the front left of the green will obscure an approach from the left. The raised, plateau green will kick all errant shots away from the putting surface. A definite birdie opportunity!
Hole #8 - 548 Yards
This is definitely a three shot hole, except for the longest of hitters. A 120 yard serpent-like bunker sets up the right side of the first landing area. The second shot requires a precise long iron or fairway wood to an area guarded by a pond on the right, and a random single bunker that’s located 60 yards short of the green. A golfer can be aggressive and challenge the pond and bunker or lay back, leaving a longer shot to the green. The green is nestled amongst bunkers to the front and back of the green. Accuracy is imperative!
Hole #9 - 350 Yards
A classic risk/reward hole that rewards players that can work the ball in both directions, especially to a back left pin. A left to right drive that comes to rest near the pond will be rewarded with a view of the putting surface. From the left side of the fairway, the shallow green is partially hidden behind the deep greenside bunkers at the front left of the green.
Hole #1 - 397 Yards
This medium-length par-4 may prove more difficult than it appears. There are no fairway bunkers but a unique pine was saved on the right side of the fairway about 230 yards from the back tees. Threading the needle between this tree and the wetlands that winds along the left side of the hole will allow the player to be more aggressive on the approach shot. The green is tucked along the corner of the wetland with two greenside bunkers collecting approach shots that bail out to the right.
Hole #2 - 179 Yards
Simply put, a solid par-3! It’s not overly long but a middle iron is required to a moderately sloped green that is well protected by deep, treacherous bunkers and one of the largest oaks in all of Florida. A tier bisects the front portion of the green from the back, but there is a “backboard” at the rear of the green that can be used to one’s advantage, especially to a back pin.
Hole #3 - 560 Yards
This is a large hole but par or better can be achieved. The fairway is huge and a drive that nestles between the steep-walled bunkers on the right and the grove of oak trees on the left is where you want to be! Options await the second shot with a pond lurking on the right and bunkers to the left. The green sits ominously close to this same pond. Three good shots should find the green!
Hole #4 - 388 Yards
This par-4, within the natural setting of the back water of the Manatee River, may test some nerves. The fairway runs adjacent to a pond along the left side of the landing area. The sea of sand at the back of the landing area makes the green appear to be floating on an island. Bailing out from the pond forces the player to carry more of the bunker than a drive that challenges the water. Par is a great score on what could become the most memorable hole on the golf course.
Hole #5 - 233 Yards
This beast par-3 is the longest on the course! The large green is saddled with a “coffin” bunker on the right and a back left bunker that is hidden. The green is open in front to allow a long iron or wood to run onto the green surface. There is a wetland that meanders to the front and left of the green, but there is plenty of room to miss the green and still save par.
Hole #6 - 444 Yards
There’s plenty of room to let the shaft out on this medium-long par-4, but be careful of the large oak tree that directs the tee shot to the left or right side of the hole. The options from the tee make this a wonderful golf hole. A pinpoint iron is required to find the small, oval-shaped green guarded by a wetland on the right and bunkers on the left. The fairway landing area is probably the largest on the course, but anything up the left side will be blocked out by the cascading ridge that bisects the second half of the hole.
Hole #7 - 442 Yards
The large landing area is broken up with two sets of “eyeballs” looking back at you. Avoiding these randomly placed bunkers is crucial to carrying the sliver of wetland on the approach shot to the green. The swales, on the left and right, highlight the pedestal green framed by a beautiful backdrop of mature pines, oaks, and palms. The sixteenth is one of the most beautiful holes on the course!
Hole #8 - 425 Yards
This par-4 is certainly no pushover. Although the yardage indicates it’s shorter than its two predecessors, it’s typically into the wind, so hit it hard! A big drive needs to hover near the pond, beyond the long bunker that is located on the left between the pond and fairway landing area. A bunker protects the foreground of the green, deceptively making the green appear closer than it truly is. This small green has several strategic cupping areas that require precision in the approach shot to achieve par. Bogey is a good score if the wind is blowing.
Hole #9 - 532 Yards
Don’t be right! The largest of all the ponds on the course runs the entire length of the hole. The 150-foot wide fairway bottlenecks beyond the landing area between a large cross bunker and the pond. Carrying the cross bunker will afford the player a perfect view down into the uniquely shaped, rectangular green. An “L” shaped rectangular bunker fits harmoniously into the front left corner of the green. The cup is still a circle, so birdie is definitely possible!
Hole #1 - 416 Yards
Don’t let the lack of bunkers fool you, the nineteenth hole is no place to rest. The irregular shaped mounding that frames the left side of the hole bleeds into the fairway in several spots and may provide some interesting lies for the approach shot to the green. A strong face that runs perpendicular to the pond sets up the strategic angle that the green rests within. The large mound back right ties into the green seamlessly and can be used to help guide a ball to a back left pin.
Hole #2 - 552 Yards
Another strong par-5 that is set against a beautiful backdrop of mature trees. The first landing area is deceivingly wide across the back of the fairway target bunkers. From there, the fairway scissors around a group of bunkers to the front right of the second landing area, and then pinches down to about 40 feet between the mammoth cross bunker at the back of the second landing area. The kidney-shaped green is closely guarded by a pond to the left. Playing smart will yield a par at this classic!
Hole #3 - 415 Yards
The bunker in the left center of the landing area creates an ominous presence. If this bunker is not challenged, then the ridge short left of the green plays a more prominent role in the second shot. The back of this ridge runs directly into the front of the green. Anything short on the approach will certainly be kicked off line by this ridge. Two distinct cupping areas are created by the terminus of the ridge that bisects the front third of the green surface.
Hole #4 - 215 Yards
The two bunkers that front the green look wonderful to the eye but their only function is to create distraction and confusion. There’s plenty of room to run the ball onto the sprawling green with a large open fairway between the fore bunkers and the front of the green. Don’t miss it left! A watery grave awaits a wayward approach shot.
Hole #5 - 322 Yards
This very tricky, drivable par-4 may have players of all skill levels shaking their heads. The pond along the right sets up the fairway’s angle but the ideal tee shot will need to shoulder up to the large bunker on the left side of the fairway. Keeping the “big dog” in the bag may be the choice, as a wetland on the right and a series of moguls and hollows on the left will swallow up most shots that are slightly offline. Two bunkers protect the left side of the small “fortress” green and a hammock of palms guard the right side. This is certainly one of the shortest par fours but birdie will need to be fought for and earned.
Hole #6 - 440 Yards
Two deceptive target bunkers should be avoided to have a realistic shot of reaching the putting surface and creating a birdie opportunity. This hole sits within the most natural setting of the property. A beautiful collection of hardwoods and pines frames the left side of the hole and the green complex. A large bunker abuts the green on the left and a swale bisects the green from the back right to front left.
Hole #7 - 196 Yards
The last of a remarkable collection of par-3’s! This hole lays on the land like a glove on a hand. A large bunker guards the right side of the hole from tee to green. However, there is plenty of room at the front of the green to carry the large bunker and run the ball onto the putting surface. The deep bunkers short left and behind the green are strategically placed to catch errant shots. The fairway collection areas between the bunkers will provide the player with a variety of options to get up and down for par.
Hole #8 - 409 Yards
This is another memorable hole that lies within the tidal area of the Manatee River. The fairway bunkers are an extension of the swale that cuts through the back center of the fairway. The fairway plateau on the right is enticing but it requires a mammoth carry over the corner of the pond that runs down the right side of the fairway. Bailing out left will leave a longer approach shot over the bunkers that block the foreground of the green.
Hole #9 - 505 Yards
Homeward bound! A birdie or even an eagle would end the round on a great note on this short par-5. The fairway meanders around the wooded tributary on the left and a pond and large low on the right. A strategically placed bunker between the first and second landing areas will certainly come into play after a poor tee shot. The long, linear green is closely guarded with a trench bunker to the left and two bunkers within the mounding complex on the right.