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    River Strand Golf & Country Club Review - Bradenton, FL

    River Strand Golf & Country Club is without a doubt one of the gems of Southwest Florida Golf. Located in Bradenton FL, it is nestled just East of the Gulf of Mexico near Manatee River. Without a doubt a true test of your golf game. Golfers are met with water in play on seemingly every hole, strategically placed bunkers, long holes and short holes that make you rethink your every shot.

    River Strand offers 27 holes of golf. Tributary, Sanctuary and Estuary. While River Strand is not your typical "Florida" Course, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and scenic courses you will find. Since our "season" started down here, there has rarely been an open tee time. And, with as much play as this course gets, the conditions would never show it.

    For this review, I played Tributary for our Front 9, and Sanctuary for our back 9. I fully intend on playing here again soon, and finishing the review with the 9 holes from Estuary, which, in my opinion has the most scenery of the 27 holes.

    Their website is; www.riverstrandgolf.com

    An aerial shot of River Strand, all of the open sand areas you see are now an absolutely beautiful Golfing Community;


    Hole #1 Tributary. Shorter dog leg Par 4, invites you to take driver off the tee to test the green. Smart play is a FW or Hybrid to leave yourself with a wedge to the green;





    Looking at #1 green;


    Hole #2, Par 3



    Hole #3;


    Hole 3, fairway looking at green;



    Hole #5, Par 3. 205 yard Par 3. Pin was tucked far right of green, a sucker pin begging you to test the waters...



    Hole 6, Par 4;



    Hole 7, Shorter Par 4, but makes you think. Blind tee shot to the dogleg left, and then a fun shot in to the green awaits you...




    Looking at #7 green; Cant miss left. Or right. Or short. Or long.


    Hole #8. Par 5, playing today at 575.


    Hole #9, the Final hole on Tributary. Carry around 200 needed to clear the junk ahead. Strategically placed green side bunkers cause some headaches here;




    Looking back on #9;


    Sanctuary;

    Hole #2, Par 5.



    The wide fairway of #2;


    Hidden sand trap behind the green on #2, makes for a difficult up & down;


    Hole #3;


    Hole #5, 300 yard Par 4. Fairway slopes down to the right where water awaits. The green is incredibly small, and poses quite the test.


    The green on #5;


    Hole #6, Par 4 with an interesting split fairway. Again, the fairway slopes to the right toward the water. If you move the ball left to right like I do, it can be trouble.



    Hole #8, Par 4. Fun carry over water.



    The drive to #9;


    Hole #9, finishing Par 5;




    River Strand is an incredible track. A beautifully maintained course that makes you think about your game. Par 4s that under 300 yards that wreak havoc on your game due to hazards are followed up by stretching it long with nearly 600 yard Par 5s. I love it when a course makes you think, and going from a 205 yard Par 3 to a 265 yard Par 4 definitely does that. Hope to get back to River Strand soon and update this thread with pictures from the third 9 holes, Estuary.

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    That looks a nice place War, does the course have a ball selling cart doing the rounds for everyone that puts a lot in the water.....?

    I will say though, from the picture and your comment about the green being incredibly small, we obviously have different ideas as that picture looks to be about the average size of the greens at a lot of the courses I have played
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    Thanks for the review, the course looks menacing. I like that short par fours force your hand off the tee to play smart.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDoctor View Post
    That looks a nice place War, does the course have a ball selling cart doing the rounds for everyone that puts a lot in the water.....?

    I will say though, from the picture and your comment about the green being incredibly small, we obviously have different ideas as that picture looks to be about the average size of the greens at a lot of the courses I have played
    I think the picture is a bit misleading, it is a very small green. However we are spoiled by large greens on 90% of courses down here.
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    Man that place looks lush! Nice looking course dude I'd love to get over there and play it, thanks for the pics and write up buddy.

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    One of the best courses in the entire Tampa Bay area in my opinion. Every shot makes you think and the conditions are tremendous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I think the picture is a bit misleading, it is a very small green. However we are spoiled by large greens on 90% of courses down here.
    From looking at the website, I would love the chance to play there, and if the greens are bigger than I am used to then hopefully I might do okay.....
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    You will find many of the greens on this type of course larger than what you are seeing there (although not as much as pics make you think). It makes up for the water on every hole, bunkers surrounding most greens, etc.
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    Definitely a cool looking and challenging track. That hidden bunker behind the green is a nice touch also. Like seeing courses with water both right and left, always has you thinking.
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    Beautiful looking course Ryan, will have to get out there next time Im down there, looks like a tough course to take on
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    You will find many of the greens on this type of course larger than what you are seeing there (although not as much as pics make you think). It makes up for the water on every hole, bunkers surrounding most greens, etc.
    Yeah, I would guess that with the limited space for courses where I am means that they can't go with the style of course like this thread - like I mentioned earlier, I would love the chance to play something like this course

    I think it is sometimes difficult to get a perspective on the green size from pictures unless you see someone stood on the green to give you an idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    You will find many of the greens on this type of course larger than what you are seeing there (although not as much as pics make you think). It makes up for the water on every hole, bunkers surrounding most greens, etc.
    I have never found giant greens to score easier. Small greens tend to be less contoured, that I have seen anyway. I often am sitting on the far end of one of these large greens thinking "I wish I could just chip the ball over that ridge instead of trying to putt up and over it.

    I think you could probably recall a few instances where I was thinking that saturday.
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    Great review War Eagle, one of my favorite courses in that area of Florida. Definately on my play again list in a little over a month. River Strand may be the only course that gets a replay. Now I just hve to find 6 other courses to play while I'm there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highscoreinky View Post
    Great review War Eagle, one of my favorite courses in that area of Florida. Definately on my play again list in a little over a month. River Strand may be the only course that gets a replay. Now I just hve to find 6 other courses to play while I'm there.
    May I suggest one of these;

    http://www.thehackersparadise.com/fo...b-Bradenton-FL

    http://www.thehackersparadise.com/fo...w-Bradenton-FL

    http://www.thehackersparadise.com/fo...view-Venice-FL

    http://www.thehackersparadise.com/fo...CC-Sarasota-FL

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    I need to play this one again. I had so much fun with these conditions and this layout that I just have to go back.
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