Golf in a setting of legendary tradition …
The golf course at RiverWinds stays true to the heritage of historic courses in Scotland and Ireland. Nestled in the grasslands between scenic Woodbury Creek and the deep harbor marina on the Delaware River, The 18 hole championship course invokes visions of seaside golf. The water, surrounding wetlands and mile-long twisting burn create an intriguing setting. Across the water are breathtaking views of Philadelphia skyline. RiverWinds provides a challenge for the best player; with five sets of tees, golfers of all skill levels enjoy the course. At the start, the mounded terrain is gentle, but becomes gradually more imposing as play progresses. The holes vary in direction, requiring players to use every club in their bag to battle the crosswinds and the tough terrain. Other natural landforms, indigenous foliage and sod-walled bunkers add to the excitement of the golf experience at RiverWinds.
This 7,086-yard, par 72 course was designed by architect Ed Shearon and shaped by expert Pete Fazio, of the renowned golfing family. This original course brings world-class golf to the Philadelphia area.
Voted one of the “Best Places to Play” in New Jersey by Golf Week
A demanding tee shot to start the round; Hole 1 is a long par 5 the requires a good tee shot with water left and rough & mounds to the right. After the tee shot, the hole continues straight and can either be reached in 2, or a layup to a green well-guarded by greenside bunkers short & right of the green.
Number 2 is a par 3 with a greenside bunker positioned short of the green to catch any mishit balls that fly short. An additional bunker to the right of the green, this hole requires a well-positioned tee shot to a large green with a front and back tier, making a tee shot with the proper yardage a must.
A straight-away par 4, out of bounds looms to the right-hand side of this hole. After the tee shot, a second shot to a large green surrounded by mounds makes for a challenging lag putt, should the approach shot not finish close to the hole.
A double dogleg par 5, the tee shot can either be hit straight away to the left side of the fairway, or longer hitters can cut the corner to the right to reduce the second shot yardage. After the drive, the player has a couple options. Lay up while being careful to avoid a well-placed fairway bunker in the middle of the fairway, 60 yards from the green. Or to find the green in two, hitting a second shot to a green positioned to the left side of the hole with a greenside bunker positioned short left.
A long and accurate tee shot with a hazard to the left still leaves a tough, long iron shot in to this par 4 5th hole. The green is guarded on the left-hand side and long, by a burn that flows through the course. With a bail out area to the right, short right is a popular miss to a large green. The most difficult hole on the course, par feels like birdie on this difficult par 4.
Placement is key on this tee shot, as a well-positioned drive allows a great angle to this short, dogleg left par 4. And a shorter club in hand for the second shot is definitely a plus, as this green is well guarded by bunkers long, right, and short left.
A long, down-hill par 3, the player will usually play a shot directly into the wind when trying to find the putting surface on this tee shot. More club is a must, as this green is surrounded by sand traps short, right and left. Long is better than a short miss on this hole, finishing with a multi-tier green that can be difficult to navigate without a well-placed tee shot.
Another straight away par 4, there is plenty of trouble down the right-hand side of this hole, as the golfer will wanted to avoid well placed traps and mounds on the right. A mid iron approach to an accessible green sets up a great chance at birdie before the final hole on the front 9.
How much are you willing to gamble? The golfer is faced with a dogleg left par 4 that allows longer hitters to fly the pond to drastically cut down the yardage for their approach shot. Cut too much off and you’ll likely be facing the long walk back to the cart to reload! The second shot is all uphill as the player is forced to carry an environmental area to a green that is multi-tiered and tricky to navigate to close out the front 9.
A tee shot down the right-hand side is preferred on this long par 5. Ideally a three-shot hole, long hitters can take the chance to hit the green in two. However, the green is guarded by a burn short of the hole, so a well placed second shot, or precise 3rd shot will be required. Once on the green, the player is challenged by one of the most undulated putting surfaces on the course.
The troublesome burn from hole 10 makes another appearance on this par 4 11th hole. The burn flows the entire length of the fairway, so a drive to the right of the hole is a must. The burn then crosses back through the middle of the fairway, so be sure to stay short of that on the tee shot. The hole finishes to a green framed to the right-hand side of the hole, with bunkers protecting the right-hand side of the green.
A tricky, uphill tee shot, this par 4 requires plenty of accuracy off the tee. The best angle to this green is from the right side, and on this shorter hole, players can take aim at the green with a shorter club in hand. A well-positioned bunker short left makes it essential that the player finds the putting surface on this shorter but challenging par 4.
Plenty of distance of the tee is needed for this lengthy par 5. A three-shot hole, this dog leg left requires 3 well struck shots to hit this green, no matter what tee box is being played. A well-placed approach can lead to birdie, but distance control on the approach is paramount, as this is one of the largest greens on the course. If the approach does not finish close to the hole, the player is faced with a challenging two putt to make par on this par 5.
With the river to the right to collect any wayward tee shots, players will want to favor the left side of this par 4. A shorter hole that presents the opportunity to make a low score, a careful approached is needed to a green that is well protected by greenside bunkers to the left and right of this green. This hole begins a stretch of 5 straight that run along the Delaware River.
A par 3 that is straight uphill, prepare to club up. With greenside bunkers peppering the right-hand side of this hole, a well-placed tee shot can setup a birdie putt overlooking the Delaware.
Depending on the wind, the golfer may elect to lay up short of the waste area on this par 4 tee shot. With the river on the right, a flared-out tee shot will be swimming with the fish. A tricky approach to a small green faces the player, as this approach requires plenty of accuracy.
RiverWind’s signature hole, the river surrounds this green all but the very left-hand side. As if the river wasn’t enough of a challenge, there is a bunker positioned to collect any short misses on this par 3. With the wind whipping off the river, any shot that finds the green is an accomplishment, and makes this signature hole one that stands out in all of the Philadelphia area.
On this finishing par 4, the river follows the hole down the right-hand side. For the skilled player, a stairway winds up to the tipped-out tees, creating one of the best views on any course in South Jersey. A tee shot favoring the left is crucial, making sure to avoid the river one last time. After successfully navigating the tee shot, a challenging, uphill second shot to a kidney shaped green, fronted by a six-foot-high bunker faces the player on the approach. A great finishing hole to an even better course!
Red Tees: 5282 yards—-71.2/122 Slope
Gold Tees: 5639 yards—-65.4/120 Slope
White Tees: 6576 yards—- 70.3/128 Slope
Blue Tees: 6843 yards—-72.3/132 Slope
Tour. Tees (Black): 7086 yard—-73.8/135