River Bend Links

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River Bend Links

River Bend Links

1205 Nine Lakes Drive
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664

(662) 363-1005


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Clyde B. Johnston, ASGCA

$55 weekend
$45 weekday
$35 twilight





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Overall Rating 3 out of 5 based on 21 user reviews
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Love this course!
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Nice sporty course
Friendly staff
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Tee boxes and fairways okay, greens and sand traps could use some work. Okay for the price.
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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!
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Could be an interesting layout but just not in good shape. Greens were slow and bumpy.
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Greens were very rough, course was in ok shape for early season.
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In good shape greens fast
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Recent Scores
gdean00 78 69/115 10/11/22
gss2023 82 72/124 10/03/22
gss2023 72 72/122 09/12/22
Chief105 81 69/115 08/19/22
Peltsy 40 34.5/118 07/11/22
Peltsy 90 68.5/115 07/02/22
PingMom 94 73/128 06/28/22
PingMom 93 73/128 06/27/22
PingMom 91 73/128 06/27/22
Peltsy 94 68.5/115 06/25/22
Peltsy 97 68.5/115 06/18/22
gss2023 81 73/128 06/13/22
gss2023 77 73/128 06/12/22
Peltsy 100 68.5/115 06/11/22
Peltsy 98 68.5/115 06/04/22
Gator57 86 66.2/110 05/04/22
stargell 84 66.2/110 05/04/22
mitchferrias 80 66.2/110 05/04/22
jecoker 72 70.4/120 10/02/21
kbt125 74 69/115 06/26/21
Jimhoisington 93 66.2/110 06/24/21
YaBoyJamie 83 66.2/110 06/24/21
jlboylan 93 69/115 06/12/21
jlboylan 96 69/115 05/29/21
dispo 112 69/114 05/16/21
Tee Gender Rating Slope
Black Jack - Black M 73.0 128
Gambler - Gold M 70.4 120
High Roller - White M 69.0 115
Jokers - Blue M 66.2 110
Lady Luck - Red W 68.5 115
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