In 2015, River Oaks Golf Plantation earned the distinction of being named the 2015 Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course of the Year by the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association. The honor is a strong testament to River Oaks’ ongoing commitment to providing a revitalized and exceptional experience to its visiting golfers.
The honors was four years in the making, as 2011 saw renowned architect Craig Schreiner spearhead a substantial renovation of River Oaks’ Fox and Otter courses that included the installation of new Ultradwarf Champion Bermuda greens, refurbished cart paths and sand traps, and an extensive tree removal project that both opened up new vistas and vastly improved turf conditions with increased exposure to airflow and sunlight. River Oaks now also boasts a brand-new practice green and clubhouse patio.
River Oaks’ Bear course is also undergoing a gradual makeover, as numerous bunkers have been re-done with renovated cart paths and new greens anticipated in its not-too-distant future. This facility is also home to the Myrtle Beach Junior Golf Foundation and offers “kids play free” incentives. In all, River Oaks offers the golfer-friendly combination of convenient locale, views of the Intracoastal Waterway and exceptional value.
by Bob F. - 03/27/2016
River Oaks is an average course for Myrtle Beach that only has an upside with a little bit more maintenance. I do not agree with the rating of 2 seen on the reviews as there are other courses far worse than River Oaks. The 27 hole layout offers a great day of golf for those that want to play more than 18. Of the three courses, the Bear is the most challenging due to its narrow fairways. Fox and Otter are nice layouts that are a little easier. Tees, fairways, and green maintenance could be stepped up a notch to make the course above average. Care of the course outside the tees, fairways, and greens, such as rough areas, and areas off there fairways where higher handicap players will find themselves could be stepped up 2 notches. A plus for the social aspect were the nice padded chairs out on the back porch of the clubhouse to hang out between rounds or after your round.
by Judy - 08/03/2015
This course is in horrible shape. Around the greens was the only place that had been watered. The fairways were like concrete, and the rough had clumps of crabgrass sticking out. It was like the maintenance crew was on vacation. Tee boxes were so hard I thought I would sprain my hand putting the tee in.
Clubhouse is nothing to write home about. People were very rude. It was very disappointing, as when we booked it 2 weeks before, it had a 8.5 rating, and great reviews. Now, I wouldn't even give it a 4.
by John (East Liverpool, OH) - 07/26/2015
The staff were very friendly and helpful. The course lacked imagination and the greens were not to my liking.
by Bruce - 07/18/2015
Fun course. Conditions are very good for the price paid.
by Kenneth (Apex, NC) - 06/29/2015
Greens in awful shape ... played with my son who is 14 ...
by Charles (Galloway, NJ) - 05/06/2015
Pace of play was great.
by Logan (Halifax, NS) - 04/26/2015
I had a good experience and the staff was great.
by Brian (Lillington, NC) - 04/12/2015
Only good thing about River Oaks was the bag drop, the guy was very nice. Greens were in bad shape, pro shop had nothing and unfriendly. I would never go back even if it was free.
by Philip (Lake Orion, MI) - 03/19/2015
Enjoyed playing this course. It was in good condition.
by Mike (Mississacqau, ON) - 12/04/2014
Too many leafs not the course.
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