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1205 Nine Lakes Dr
Robinsonville, MS  38664-2300
United States
P: (662) 363-1005
http://www.riverbendlinks.com/
River Bend Links Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,923 yards | 128 slope

72.6 rating

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River Bend Links Golf Course


The 18-hole "River Bend Links" course at the River Bend Links Golf Course facility in Robinsonville, Mississippi features 6,923 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.6 and it has a slope rating of 128. Designed by Clyde B. Johnston, ASGCA, the River Bend Links golf course opened in 2012. Chris Culver manages the course as the Golf Professional.

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Reviewed February 16, 2021

Located in the Mississippi Delta, 30 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee, the town of Tunica, MS is truly a “rags to riches” economic development success story. For years Tunica was recognized as the most impoverished city in the country; the neighborhood known as "Sugar Ditch Alley" was recognized as America’s most deprived neighborhood.

That all changed in the early 1990s when the casino industry hit the area and legalized gambling put Tunica on the map. Tunica quickly became the third-largest gaming destination in the United States, trailing only behind Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Currently, there are 6 casinos in the area - known as Tunica Resorts - and although most of the population still resides outside the city limits of Tunica, thousands of locals are employed by the casinos.

Tunica is located 25 miles from the intersection of I-55 and I-40 putting it within an easy day’s drive to 2/3rd’s of America’s population. People come from near and far to try their luck at a myriad of slot machines and table games at the area’s six casinos.

While the allure of gambling and the possibility of greatly increasing one’s net worth is the draw for many visitors, there is plenty to do outside of the casinos. If you’re into music, you’ve come to the right place; if you like the blues, even better. The state of Mississippi is known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” The Mississippi Delta is where the Blues began and is home to the King of the Blues B.B. King and the King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley.

The Gateway to the Blues Museum is located at the Visitor’s Center on Highway 61 and is the first attraction many people see when they roll into Tunica. The building itself dates back to around 1895 and was once a train depot. The staff inside can provide you with a lot more information about this as well as directions, advice and the latest information about events, and attractions. If you need a hotel room or help in making dinner reservations they can help with that as well.

The Gateway to the Blues Museum is a must-see attraction for all music lovers and tells the story of how the blues was born. Another blues attraction is The Mississippi Blues Trail which is the state’s tribute to this truly American music genre. The trail consists of 120 historical markers throughout Mississippi, and each marker tells a story about a person, place, or event essential to the creation of the Blues. The plaque outside the Visitor’s Center tells the role that Tunica played in helping to grow the blues, with references to the Abbay & Leatherman Plantation, Eddie James “Son” House, Harold “Hardface” Clanton, James Cotton, and the Hollywood Café. More about the latter later.

I realize that to be considered a true “links” golf course a large body of water needs to be involved and although the mighty Mississippi River is nearby, I don’t think it counts. That said, River Bend Links is the closest thing I’ve encountered to a links course outside of Scotland. The bunkering on each hole gives it a rugged look and a Scottish feel, and when the wind is blowing, even more so. Although the course is a shadow of its former self, the greens are in great shape and the course is a lot of fun to play, regardless of how good you are. According to General Manager Chris Conklin, many of the bunkers will be filled in soon; they are just too maintenance-intensive. So, if you’d like to get a feel of what it’s like to play in the Home of Golf without the expense of airfare and the hassle of a passport, give River Bend Links a try.

Visitors to the Tunica area have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a place to lay their heads at night. MGM Resorts International’s Gold Strike Casino Resort seems to offer the best value when it came to rooms and dining options and their world-class casino. Our suite had a king-size bed, large, flat-screen TVs in both rooms, ample sitting area, and a master bathroom with an air jet tub. For breakfast, I highly recommend the buffet at the Buffet Americana, they offer everything you could dream of for breakfast. For dinner, you won’t find a better steak in town than what they serve at the Wine Spectator award-winning Chicago Steakhouse; their seafood dishes are delicious too! And be sure to check out the dessert menu.

If you’re looking to get a casual bite to eat while at the Gold Strike, check out their newest offering, BetMGM Book, Bar & Grill. MGM invested $7 million in what they believe is the future of gambling: the sportsbook. BetMGM opened Mississippi’s first sportsbook on August 1, 2018, 26 years to the day after legalized betting launched in the state. In addition to great food and drink, BetMGM features more than 60 HD screens including a giant video wall, expansive bar, three-meal dining, sportsbook, VIP lounge, lively entertainment, and the Mid-South’s first Topgolf Swing Suite.

For those who want to escape the glitter and bright neon lights for a down-home southern meal, head over to The Hollywood Café. We’ve all heard the saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” and nowhere does that apply more than The Hollywood Café in Tunica. The building looks very dilapidated and run down – it was once an old farm commissary. In addition to serving some of the best deep-fried dill pickles in the state, The Hollywood Café also shares in the area's rich musical history. Pianist Muriel Wilkins performed there for years, and she and the Hollywood Café were immortalized in Marc Cohn’s hit song "Walking in Memphis." Many other blues legends have graced the stage of The Hollywood Café. When The Hollywood Cafe originally opened in the summer of ’69, there was no stage or food, just a bar. Over the years the café began to offer dinnertime music and a menu evolved that included steak, catfish, and their signature dish, fried dill pickles!


Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Food Available Friendly Staff Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Quick Pace Scenic Walkable
Reviewed September 23, 2017

Don't understand negative reviews. For the $37 senior rate there is nothing in my home town of Texas that can touch this. Greens and fairways were very good. Bunkers do need some work but if you are going to let something go this is the right choice. Play a "links" course and Scotland and this more "natural" links condition of the bunkers is something you might expect. Staff was friendly, met me in the parking lot with a cart, and the Pro was actually on the course enforcing pace of play. Hear that ClubCorp. Clouse is fairly open but could be easily made a greater challenge if rough was allowed to grow in. This was a fun course and I do plan on playing here again.

Reviewed July 03, 2013

As I read some of the comments, most of them are old and out dated. But some people like to get on the internet an bash a business. This golf course is in great shape, greens are good, the staff is friendly, and a good value. INSTEAD ~ I would go and check it out for myself. And to the best of my knowledge they have never closed at 5:30.

Reviewed May 18, 2013

This course has potential but the management is pathetic. The greens are bumpy and in poor shape. The fairways are ok. Rough is non -existent. The first TWO times I tried to play this course I arrived at 5:30 to find the entire club house closed. 5:30!! with everything locked up and lights out. Drove 20 minutes each way for nothing. The beer is the most expensive out of any of the courses in Tunica. I'd stay clear til they get it together. Play cottonwoods or tunica national instead.

Reviewed August 02, 2012

This course is in excellent condition. The new champions greens roll really well. The links concept has been well applied; between the MS river and farmland, windy and open. The price was fair and staff were friendly and helpful.

Reviewed May 25, 2011

Links style, sheltered form the wind better than Tunia National. Maintenance could be better. Greens are usually pretty good shape, but can be spotty. Not the best value for the money, twilight is about the right value for the course.

Reviewed May 08, 2010

This was my favorite course at the resort. The greens were the best, and while the conditioning needs improvement, it beats the others. Not overly tough, but a fun layout. The twilight rate of $25 is hard to beat, and the folks are nice there.

Reviewed August 31, 2009

Played Riverbend yesterday for the first time, at this point i see no need to play there again. The greens were probably the worst i have ever played on, this very is unfortunate since the course has a very nice layout. It was hard to tell where the greens began and ended not to mention several sand traps had weeds growing in them. If the course were maintained then it would be a nice place to play again.

Reviewed August 30, 2009

The course has a great layout but the maintenance is alittle shotty. The fairways were very plush. Greens were tore up and one on the back nine look like a beach because it had so much sand on it. The traps were not raked in the morning time etheir. I would be upset if I would have paid more than $40 today.

Reviewed March 26, 2009

Played the course on Sunday the 22nd. Windy conditions. I played the course before a year ago and no change in the maintenance this time of year. Sunday rate a little high considering condtion of the course. However would play it again if the other two courses were unavailable

Reviewed September 08, 2008

Riverbend Links is one of my favorite courses.
Both nines start out benignly allowing the player to ease into his game and then, just when thoughts of a low round are beginning to form, the course shows its teeth. Hole 6 requires a surgeon's precision to make par. Hook the tee shot, the ball is in the lake. Slice it and a long iron over a lake to the narrow part of the green awaits. The regulars consider bogey to be par on this hole.
The front nine finishes with, in order, the longest hole on the course (which naturally plays directly into the prevailing wind), a long, tight par three with limited bail out options and a par four that calls for a long, straight, accurately placed tee shot.
The back nine finishes similarly with three holes that call for patience and well placed shotmaking.
Out of the three courses in Tunica County, Riverbend Links offers the best pure golfing experience.

Reviewed August 02, 2007

The twilight rate makes this course a great value. I played here in June 2007 during the middle of the week. The course was in great shape and the rate of play was fast. I was able to play 36 holes in a little over 5 hours. The course is a good challenge for anyone, as there are four tee boxes to choose from. Mishit shots can easily lead to lost balls.

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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 L. Earl M. 21 82 61 11/21/09
2 Brandon H. 17 84 67 08/13/16
3 James N. 9 78 69 04/21/11
4 Jeff H. 22 95 73 10/21/07
5 Jonathan D. 18 91 73 06/21/06
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
2 Brandon H. 17 84 67 08/13/16

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About River Bend Links

River Bend Links Golf Course

Resort facility

18 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Chris Culver, Golf Professional