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River Oaks Golf Club


"Worth playing"

5/20/24: Review by golferdude

Played the tips..few mud balls due to recent rains. Greens were decent speed but not very receptive (many iron shots and pitches ran off the green). First time here in 8 years. Do like the look with the renovations. Rates are reasonable.

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Lancaster Golf Club
1821 Springs Club Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 416-4500
www.playlancaster.com
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Review Rating:

4 stars - "Great course" (9 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $47, Weekend $57

Greens Turf Type:

Bermuda

Practice Area:

The practice facility includes a driving range that can accommodate 15 golfers at one time and it includes yardage banners as targets. To the left of the range tee is a chipping area and practice bunker. The practice putting green is located adjacent to the first tee.

Description

This course is located in Lancaster, SC, accessible from Charlotte via US 521 or I-77 to Hwy 9. It features Bermuda fairways and MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermuda greens. The front nine was designed by famed architect Donald Ross and opened in 1935, with Russell Breeden renovating the front nine and architecting the back nine some 25 years later. All the greens are extremely fast, and water hazards come into play on three holes.

Notes

The course offers very affordable membership plans with no initiation fees.

B-Man's Take

Played this for the first time in the summer of 2020 and I was impressed. Immaculate conditions tee to green, including private country club like lush tee boxes. The nines play quite a bit differently, having been designed 25 years apart by Donald Ross and Russell Breeden, respectively. The Donald Ross front 9 is very open with very little danger off the tee for the first 5 holes. Around the 6th hole is where the course gets interesting and starts to bring water hazards into play. The island green par 3 #7 is a nerve wracking shot. On the back 9, almost every hole has some kind of elevation change from tee to green where you have to choose your club very carefully. The Bermuda greens are challenging with slopes, tiers and speed. I highly recommend this course for the conditions, the price and the challenge. It is located in the heart of Lancaster, though. So it can be quite a haul from the northern or eastern parts of Charlotte. So I might suggest you make a day trip and play 36, with your 2nd round at Edgewater.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Blue)72653871.6132
Mens (White)72609969.9127
Senior (Gold)72509764.4112
Ladies (Red)72496769.4119
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Links

Golfholes.com - Offers photo tour and discount coupons for this course

Most Recent Reviews

  • 12/6/23 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"

    First time playing here in over 20 years and I will definitely be back. Course was in good shape, really liked the layout, back 9 more than the front 9. Definitely walkable, pace of play was 3 1/2 hrs and only $30 to walk 18.

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  • 9/11/23 - Review by jsud

    "Worth playing"

    Played a solo during a weekday and it was pretty empty which I loved. overall the course was in great shape, particularly the front 9. Some greens had some burn marks on the edges but overall nothing to complain about. The only real complaint was hole 12 was going thru some fairway repair so it went from a 350 yard par 4 (from white tees) to a 60 yard par 3. no warning about it from the club house or anything. will return once course is fully back

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  • 7/16/23 - Review by GoBux

    "Great course"

    First time playing here but well worth it and will play more often Front and back are totally different which makes this unique. Fairways and greens were in great shape! Pace of play was 4 hours in the AM -- 10 minutes between tee times. Go play it!

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  • 1/16/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Worth playing"

    I was disappointed. We were instructed cart path only. I asked the started why since there was minimal water around the course. He said their carts wouldn’t hold up charges for a full 18 holes. They were trying to save the batteries. Buy new carts!!! The course itself was in ok shape. The greens were on the slower side, but rolled nicely. A little overpriced in comparison to other area courses.

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  • 5/22/22 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"

    It's a hike to get to this course from the Charlotte area, but it's well maintained, affordable and pace of play is excellent. Aside from the fairways being mowed a little too short and the bunkers having more dirt than sand, I would definitely play here more regularly. Fairway width is very forgiving.

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Updates From the Forum

  • 04/24/24 - B-Man posted "Leroy Springs 4-Course Membership"

    Leroy Springs runs Springfield, Fort Mill, Lancaster and Chester Golf Club and offers a 4-course membership with privileges across all of their courses. They sent this email recently advertising the waitlist to join: "If you are interested in a Four Course Membership please act promptly as the waiting list will be processed on a first come first served basis as space becomes available for our Four Course Memberships. The Leroy Springs Golf Four Course Membership waiting list is now open. There is a $500 non-refundable payment required to join the waiting list. When your spot becomes available this payment will be used to cover the first month of your dues and a Leroy Springs Golf welcome package." Here's the link to the Waiting List.
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  • 04/01/20 - B-Man replied to "Coronavirus Updates for Charlotte Golf Courses"

    The hits are coming fast and furious now... all Leroy Springs golf courses have shut down effective today. That's Springfield, Fort Mill, Lancaster and Chester Golf Clubs.

    Statement from Leroy Springs:

    "Despite the precautions we have taken, many of our staff positions conduct transactions with the public which have been difficult to isolate. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to suspend operations at all four Springs Golf courses, effective the end of the day today (April 1, 2020). Maintenance operations will continue."
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  • 08/03/12 - nolimt735 replied to "Lancaster Golf Club"

    Has anyone played Lancaster Golf Course since they reopend from moving to miniverde greens?
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  • 05/16/10 - JD posted "Lancaster Golf Club"

    B-man,

    You've gotta play this course and add it to your list. Front 9 is Donald Ross -- and CLASSIC -- a very good represntation of his work. The back 9 isn't as good, but complementary. In all, if you like a classic-style golf course, this one is very, very good.

    It's in near-perfect shape. Only gripe is small, uneven tee boxes. A gem. Worth the 45-minute drive from South Charlotte.
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River Oaks Golf Club


"Worth playing"

5/20/24: Review by golferdude

Played the tips..few mud balls due to recent rains. Greens were decent speed but not very receptive (many iron shots and pitches ran off the green). First time here in 8 years. Do like the look with the renovations. Rates are reasonable.

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Reply To: Short Game Lessons or Clinic

By B-Man on 5/23/24

Lots of clubs around town will do short game clinics (1-3 hours on one day) that are fairly inexpensive ($30-$100). Stonebridge is one course that offers this. I've taken the one with Fred Bond and got my money's worth out of it. These types of clinics are usually a good...

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