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634 Rivers Edge Trl
Cordova, AL  35550-4046
United States
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Riverbend Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,526 yards | 125 slope

71.4 rating | Bermuda grass

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Riverbend Golf Course

The 18-hole "Riverbend" course at the Riverbend Golf Course facility in Cordova, Alabama features 6,526 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.4 and it has a slope rating of 125 on Bermuda grass. Riverbend golf course opened in 1996. Don Cummings manages the course as the Owner.


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Reviewed August 27, 2011

I played this course last weekend and it is a really nice course, yet the fairways are narrow and a bit challenging. A lot of hills and ponds to hit over. golf carts are very powerful and the staff was very friendly. I will definitely play this course again.

Reviewed August 10, 2008

I had a membership here for 2 months while away from college. It's a really cheap golf course if you play regularly and get a membership. The fairways are cut regularly, but sometimes they are a bit bare and the ground can be hard. The course is very challenging with lots of water hazards and some pretty narrow fairways. The greens are usually pretty well kept. The clubhouse is nice and the staff is very friendly.

All in all it's well worth it if you want a value course.

Reviewed September 25, 2007

Personally, I didn't like this course. For the money I paid, it could have been in a lot better condition. There was a lot of trash along the cart paths, and even piled close to the trash cans. A lot of the tee boxes were so hard that I had trouble jabbing a tee into the ground. Our cart lost power about half way through the course. Also, the "sand bunkers" were merely grassy craters, which took away a lot of beauty from the course as a whole. A lot of the holes seemed to be exactly the same to me, except for the few that actually had awesome views from the tee box. I'm a new golfer, but it seems that this course should be in a lot better condition. Other than the few great views from the tee-box and friendly people running the clubhouse, i was very dissappointed in this course.

Reviewed June 13, 2007

An Escape

If you're interested in a shot-makers course with tremendous scenery to enjoy as well, then you will thoroughly enjoy your day at Riverbend. The location of this out-of-the-way course on the beautiful Warrior River is a great escape from asphalt and traffic jams. You must carefully plan out each shot which is a lot of fun for the golfer who is a student of the game. The clubhouse is beautiful and the owners Don and Johnnie Sue Cummings are very accommodating and are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Don't forget to ask Johnnie Sue for one of her incredibly delicious homemade fried pies.

Reviewed May 25, 2007

Id rather take a beatting with a rubber hose...

I would rather take a beatting with a rubber hose that have to play on this golf course...

Reviewed October 14, 2006

Spectacular Course

Don't let the annoyminity of this out of the way course fool you. Youv'e got to play it, if only for the scenery, which is drop dead gorgeous. Thick forests, Lilly-pad covered ponds, streams, rolling hills and deep canyons adorn this course on nearly every hole. I don't know who designed the course... I understand it's fairly new, less than ten years old. But he sure had an artistic eye for scenery and a well defined sense of shot values.

River Bend Golf Course feels like it is carved out of a nature preserve as there is nothing but wilderness to be seen from the first hole on through the eighteenth. The 18 hole layout is built on very hilly terrain, and the architect took full advantage of the fact, placing many teeing areas on higher elevations, affording the golfer most dramatic views of each hole. There are many holes that provide panorama-like vistas that are quite breathtaking. There are no two holes alike either, each has a character of it's own, and that is the one word that I think sums up this remarkable course better than any other; it's got character. And, it's quite fair, I think. To someone who sprays the ball off the tee, it could be a bit frustrating, as they will probably loose a lot of balls: It's a course that demands you hit to the proper spots. But once you get a feel for the course, you will find that there are ample landing areas and a decent golf score is not difficult to accomplish, if you play it smart and have some control of your game.

Truly, it's the scenery that is most distracting and I found myself coming to each hole saying 'wow, look at that' repeatedly. And I played alone! The only aspect of the course that is less than perfect is the conditioning: It's clear that the course owners do not have a huge budget for maintenance, but it is by no means ragged either... It's just not maintained on the same perfectionist level as the esteemed (and expensive) Robert Trent Jones courses. But in my opinon, that's an acceptable trade off for the modest price of the greens fees here. Its still great golf!

One odd feature of River Bend that I rather liked was the fact that they let the grass grow back in the bunkers. It reminded me of the old fashioned courses in New England that I grew up playing. Visually, it's very 'soft' looking. On the day I played, the greens were on the slow side, but they rolled true. And the fairways, while not the immaculate condition of courses such as Ross Bridge or other top courses reknown to the area, are quite playable and dense.

Favorite hole?: Well, there are many, to be sure. The course starts out with a beauty that requires a carry over water of almost 200 yards. The fairway is lined by tall trees on either side, and it's visually stunning. There are some sterling par 3's that drop over a hundred yards in elevation. 'Wow' holes. Number 4 comes to mind. And I think number 8... gorgeous holes! There are some great par 5 holes too: Number 5 is a great hole that crosses water twice. And the 18th is as perfect a finishing hole as I've ever seen: It can be played as either a par 4 or a par 5, hitting back out of the trees from an elevated tee, and creating a very picturesque dogleg. Water guards the right side and fronts the green. The ambiance is very green 'Alabama'.

Coming up the 18th fairway, you see the lovely, large clubhouse, with a wrap around porch guarding the back of the green quite majestically, welcoming golfers on completing their rounds. But it's the sheer natural beauty that is really the biggest asset for this course. And, you can't beat the price: Where can you play a round of golf for $18 including the cart? Well, in Arizona you can, but that's in the off season in 115 degree heat! Overall, this was a most pleasant and stimulating golfing experience and one I will remember a long time. I'll look forward to my next visit. I hope they don't sink alot of money into the course and start building alot of stuff around it.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 cliff S. 8 75 67 05/18/08
2 Logan K. 7 78 71 04/28/08
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About Riverbend

Riverbend Golf Course

Golf Only facility

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Don Cummings, Owner