Dragonfly Golf Club

3.9313764706 3.9 stars from 5 (18)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7374 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7374 yards 74.7 139
Blue 72 6844 yards 72.1 135
White 72 6311 yards 69.8 120
Gold (W) 72 5721 yards 72.2 118
Red (W) 72 5127 yards 68.3 111

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 18 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

16 out of 18 reviews


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"Summer 18'"


CenCalHack's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played 6-3-18

The course is green everywhere.

Tees had only occasional divot areas on par 3s, all other holes were good coverage with a few spots where they have started to settle and have slight uneven lies, but always able to find an area that is flat.

Rough has been let to grow out slightly and is actually a good barrier against offline balls going into the deep trouble.

Greens were fantastic, smooth and on the fast side.

The course was surprisingly wet in many areas and made the course play longer and made run up shots a roll of the dice. (many shots require this approach or chipping technique and the soggy surrounds took away the option on many holes)

Sand was very hit and miss, rock hard to perfect for the bunkers our group members played.

WATER for drinking!!!

There are no fountains or spigots on course. There used to be a few coolers placed on course with bottled water available. No longer. Temperatures in the Valley are over 100f for basically 3 months straight. It is unacceptable to not have water. One of our group reached heat exhaustion level from dehydration. It would not only be a courtesy to players to find a solution, but is a health issue.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"New Sand in the Bunkers!!!"


Alex326's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Dragonfly is finally doing some major maintainance on the sand traps! It looks like they are following suit with other courses in the valley and overhauling the bunkers. I can't wait! Not that it will help my pathetic sand play but that's another story. I was in 6 bunkers today which ranged from poor to ok at best. The good news is that within a few weeks the bunkers should all be very nice.

As for the rest of the course, it's still in great shape. Greens roll smooth and true. I will say that I'm curious about their mowing procedure. The speeds were all over the place on the front nine. They were consistently on the medium/slow side on the back nine.

Fairways are still dormant but very playable. Beverage cart was out making the rounds as well.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Best course in Fresno/Madera"


Alex326's avatar
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San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Dragonfly is always a go to course while in the valley. Fairways and tee boxes are completely dormant but offer great hitting surfaces. The color of the grass may be brown but the lies are great. The fairways feel like your walking in a soft sponge. That softness did kill any rollout from the driver but offered a very nice hitting surface on approach shots.

Greens were a little firmer than normal but still rolled nicely when putting. This is only my 3rd time walking the track. Whereas it is a completely flat course there are some long transfers between a few of the holes.

The 18th has now gone from a long par 4 to a short par 5. That is unless you're playing it in the summer afternoon headwind. Then it's a bonafide par 5.

There was no beverage cart out but being a weekday with expected rain, I can totally understand that.

Pace of play is always average here. I was stuck behind a five some who wouldn't let me through for 8 holes then I blasted through the remainder of the course.

All told this is a solid track with very nice playing conditions.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"December 17"


CenCalHack's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Quick winter update

Everything is dormant

Greens are firm, quick and rolling smooth


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course plays very slow as no marshalls"


majorduffer's avatar
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Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Played on Thursday and followed a 4 some and went around in less than 4 hours. Liked the course so well, we decide to play next day. Big mistake as Friday and there were more golfers and no marshall. We were stuck behind a 6 some three groups ahead on the front nine and it took almost 3 hours. The group broke up but by then it was jammed up on back and again no marshall. Course is very nice, but not well time managed for players. Their solution to speeding up play was a message on the gps telling everyone to play faster.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Enjoyed This Track"


FlyingChief's avatar
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Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played here on a Thursday morning as a twosome. We were among 3s and 4s, but still finished in 3.5 hours. Loved the layout - a links feel in the San Joaquin river bottom. Although mostly flat, there aren't many straight holes, and the trees mean you get to play lots of different types of shots. Tees, greens, and fairways were all in excellent shape, especially considering that last week was record heat. All staff we ran into were friendly and helpful. Nice range/practice facility. No water out on the course, but free water provided in the cooler on the cart and a cooler was available to restock at the turn. No beverage cart on the course. Recommend this course and we will definitely play here again when we have a chance!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"May 2017"


CenCalHack's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Greens were worked in April. Still not recovered fully, bumpy patchy and rolling slow. As soon as they come back rating will go back up.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Love me some Dragonfly!"


DickB87's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

We have had a lot of rain the past month in the Valley, and Dragonfly probably handles it the best of all Valley courses. The course drains pretty well (other than the bunkers), so we find ourselves playing out there a lot in the winter months. Dragonfly also has some nice specials ($39 with cart after noon on weekends), where nearby Eagle Springs never has such (always $75 on the weekend). The course lay out is fun (sort of a "links" feel to it) and the greens run pretty true. There is not as much rough as in years past, should your ball find its way off the fairway. The carts all have GPS. One small complaint: when they first obtained the GPS on the carts, we were able to summon the cart girl using the GPS, and she would know exactly where we were and would come calling. They removed the "Cart Girl" feature from the GPS-boooo! Everything else at Dragonfly is top notch. Only other issue is pace of play, at times, on weekends. I have followed 6-somes before out there, and there is no marshall to keep pace of play up.

I always enjoy my day out at Dragonfly. Fore!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Winter Update"


CenCalHack's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Fairways are dormant but playable. Tees and green complexes are in good condition. Greens were running a little slower than normal with a bit bumpier conditions due to the frost and moisture. Overall an excellent place to play that is in mid winter (for us) condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Best Course in Fresno/Madera"


Alex326's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

If I lived in Fresno this would be my home course. This is about my 6th time playing and I've never been disappointed by the course conditions. Carts are GPS equipped, greens roll true and fast and staff has always been friendly.

Course is fun with all kinds of challenges but not overly difficult. If you're in the Fresno/Madera area this is the course you want to play (Pheasant Run in Chowchilla is the other great course in the area)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Holiday"


CenCalHack's avatar
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San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course design is still fantastic

Greens a little beat (compared to normal) from amount of play and end of summer heat, but still very good overall

Pace was slow but is typically much better, this was clearly a holiday traffic jam that could have been alleviated with easier playing conditions


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Dragon"


Divotmaker27's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

I play here all the time now that have e-club deals going on and the gps on the carts is super handy. The course is way spread put so it's a chore to walk it. I like most of the course except holes 3, uphill par 3 and hole 4 with all the green side bunkers. Where they get you us at the bar, super expensive beer and unhappy staff.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Best Daily Fee Course In The Valley"


worfgolf's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Dragonfly, formerly called Riverbend, is one of the best daily fee courses in the Central Valley. Links style layout, very open off the tee, not many trees. Great fairways, large undulating greens, makes hitting your approach shot into the right area on the green very important. Six sets of tees gives every level of player the opportunity for a fun or very challenging round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Tournament conditions"


CenCalHack's avatar
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San Francisco Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

We played after an NCGA event. The course was in fantastic condition and was set up with thicker than normal rough (wiry wrist breaking stuff) and many greens had difficult pin positions.

Overall-5- The great design combined with the improved conditions make this one of the best places to play in the area.

Pace-3- 4.5 hours on a Sunday after a tournament in tough conditions and as a fivesome.

Course Conditions-5- The greenskeeping work by the new owners and the tournament setup was a pleasure to play.

Staff-4- Friendly and helpful.

Value-4- Though above average area rates the quality makes the price worthwhile.

Food-3- Limited but good, this was built as a players course so the shop/bar is small. Not sure if there are plans to expand.

Facilities-4- Great practice facilities and everything is well maintained.

I highly recommend a round or several.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"New owner = Dragonfly"


CenCalHack's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
San Francisco Advisor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The name change is not the only change happening here. The conditions were better than I can recall in recent years. There is a lot of money/time being invested to bring about the changes, as was evident in the heavy machinery working the course on a Saturday. The cost structure is above the normal Valley courses. This has always been a great design and with the renewed emphasis on conditioning and service, it is worth the price. This is a not a course for beginners or those struggling with their games.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"course was fine"


chefhaslegs's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/20/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time I booked a tee time from GolfNow for Riverbend, and the second time they didn't honor the golf cart fee that was stated on GolfNow. You should take the Riverbend course off from GolfNow!!!


Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"A must play!"


klee92's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/13/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best course in the central valley. This course will challenge your skills with water hazards and bunker locations. A beautiful course!


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course if you get a deal"


syndicate559's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/23/2012

Reviewed on

To start, I would never pay posted rates to play Riverbend. Having said that, compared to the other public and semi-private courses in the central valley, this is my favorite. Sure, the fairways were dormant during the winter and some of the greens were a bit soggy, but the challenge and layout are superior to most courses in the area. The practice area is pretty nice. The pro shop leaves A LOT to be desired and the snack bar isn't quite what you'd expect from a course like this, but overall, I keep going back. I've played it at least 5 times this year already and will keep going back as long as I can book on golfnow. com. The other poster's comment about them not honoring the stated cart rate is true. When you book for the walking rate, golfnow.com says a cart is additional $10 per player, but the course charges $15. I walk, so it doesn't matter to me, but that's something you should know if you want a cart.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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