Rio Pinar Country Club, Orlando

3.5
#19 of 25 in Golf in Orlando
Rio Pinar has long been a favorite tournament venue hosting many PGA, LPGA and FSGA events over the years. The PGA Tour’s Citrus Open was won by many of golf’s greatest champions the likes of Lee Trevino, hale Irwin, Julius Boros and the King Arnold Palmer.

Rio Pinar Golf Club remains a wonderful place to enjoy historic golf and the traditions of the game. The golf course has withstood the test of time and is still a joy to play for low and high handicappers alike. Play the course and you’ll walk in the footsteps of many of golf’s greatest champions.
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  • Very relaxed outing. Fairways are wide and generous for the novice golfer. Pace of play felt rushed with golfers waiting in the wings behind you. Clubhouse grille was quiet and the food was decent. I'...  more »
  • Really enjoyed it. Pace of play great. Old style classic course with lots of trees. Green were being aerated so that was a negative and could be in better shape but overall v good. Biggest complaint i...  more »
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  • The greens are beat up and the squirrels are black. Must be the water around there area. The course has a easy lay out. Everyone says the course is awesome, I don’t believe it is. Lots of water on the course. I shot a 85 first time playing there. Next time I’ll shot lower. 30 bucks to play at 11am on a April day. Kind a step due to the conditions of the course.
  • I'm not a member nor do I play golf. I attended an Friday evening 09-07-18 Tribute to Sinatra and Friends show put on by friends of mine. This was my first time here. On arrival the view of the clubhouse you see the great 50's style architecture of the buildings with lots of large floor to ceiling picture windows and original roof. The interior has a club look and kinda of dated decor. But with a updated decor that blends old and new it could be specatular. I dined in the restaurant during the show. No hostess greeting as she was assisting in serving...short staffed only 2 servers for the evening? The tables were square with oversized (wrong size) long black tablecloths that had fabric piled up on the floor which made sitting at the table hazardous. The layoff of the tables looked thrown together. There were Beta fish type glass bowls with candles and red rocks in them on the tables (dated decor again). The chairs were a mixture of rolling club chairs and bamboo/rattan. I ordered a Cabernet Sauvignon. It was served in the wrong type of glass. My second glass of the same wine was also served in a different, but wrong type of glassware. There was a special dinner menu for the show. I ordered a rare NY strip steak that came with twice baked potato and veggie skewer. The potato and veggie skewer were seasoned well and cooked properly. I ordered the steak rare. It came out medium and would have been better had it been seared with grill marks. Nice plate presentation. But our steaks came out without steak knives. My companion waited to eat his until he could flag down our server for steak knives. I began eating mine with the dinner knife. I also ordered the sampler appetizer coconut shrimp, boneless wings and onion rings. It was pretty bland and the sampler came out after our steaks. The boneless wings were just chicken nuggets. I attended the show as Rio Pinar would like to have more entertainment type events and also to show support for my entertainer friends. But members treat guests like outsiders and not very welcoming to the public! This show was not sold out. And the Rio Pinar FB post wasn't updated to include the other performers besides Sinatra. But more promotion/marketing, truiy welcoming the public (non members/guests) and making some changes to the venue will go a long way in putting Rio Pinar back on the map. Rio Pinar needs to put in the effort to appeal to young and old, golfer or not. The rich history of the place is a wonderful starting point. My opinion is based on my experience as a former caterer and as a recent guest.
  • A really nice gem in Orlando. The course plays like the old fashioned and classic courses of the past with the tree lined fairways it has. It’s a fair test of golf that will only punish you if you hit wayward tee shots. What I love about the course layout and design is that you don’t see many houses that line up the fairways or behind the greens that create an eyesore. The wonderful aesthetics of nature take over here as you see plenty of beautiful backdrops hitting into your fairways and greens. Some of the tee boxes need work, but overall the condition of the course is very good. The sand traps have very playable sand that is nice and fluffy. The greens roll firm and true, although a few of them are small. I grew up in Chicago and almost every course there, grows out the rough to 4 to 7 inches. Here, at this course, the rough is non-existant (thank goodness) and the grounds crew does a great job of making the fairways appear seamless with the absence of rough. This is a great course for the money and a treat to play. A pure and fun test of golf.
  • Nice course. A lot of trees. Rough is tall, so keep an eye where the ball lands. Friendly squirrels :)
  • First time playing there, I love it. Nice staff, course layout is awesome , is a very old course with lots of trees so you best know where to hit it. The greens are in great shape but I had a hard time reading them. I end it up going pretty much straight at the hole.

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