Happy Fathers Day to all the dads from Riverside.
We hope you enjoy your day and we’ll see you on the links soon!
We hope you enjoy your day and we’ll see you on the links soon!
COVID-19 Guidelines – Updated as of May 24, 2021
To ensure the safety of our customers and staff, we will continue to follow CDC, Maine CDC, State of Maine guidelines and City of Portland guidelines. Any new guideline or information that becomes available will be communicated as soon as possible.
The golf course is in phenomenal shape. We hope that everyone can enjoy the beauty of Riverside and we need you to focus on taking care of your golf course. Please repair divots and ball marks, place broken tees in the tee caddies, keep riding carts 30 feet from the greens and refrain from placing your bag and push carts on tee boxes and on the fringe.
Rules and Restrictions:
1. Golf Carts: Starting Monday May 24th, we will officially remove all single rider carts. If you choose to ride alone and do not want anyone else to ride with you, you will be charged the full cart fee. For members that fee will be $36 and non-members will be $40.
2. All staff, vendors, and visitors are required to continue wearing a face covering when inside either clubhouse at Riverside, per City of Portland guidelines. This will apply to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, including staff.
3. Tee times intervals will remain at 10-minutes
4. The North and South Courses will only be accepting Tee Times. NO walk-ins on either course will be accepted.
5. All players will be required to have their own set of clubs.
6. As an additional reminder, if you have a fever, cough, are having any shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms of an illness, you should remain home.
We want to continue stressing the importance of safety for our staff and customers. To ensure the safety of our customers, staff will follow CDC, Maine CDC, State of Maine guidelines and City guidelines. Everyone must continue social distancing and wear cloth face coverings indoors and in a public setting. Any new guidelines or information will be communicated as updates to the rules and restrictions when they become available.
PORTLAND, Maine – Riverside Golf Course has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Gene Pierotti, Golf Course Superintendent, completed the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property. Riverside Golf Course is one of over 900 courses in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and one of five certified golf courses out of 122 courses in the State of Maine.
“The City of Portland is proud to be a member of Audubon International and have Riverside Municipal Golf Course achieve certification as a Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for golf,” said Gene Pierotti, Riverside Golf Course Superintendent. “Throughout the three year endeavor of obtaining certification, Riverside evaluated every aspect of the golf course including naturalized areas, turf maintenance and operations. The course has transitioned to using 95% certified organic fertilizers and reduced pesticide use by 50%. Over 80 bird nesting boxes and four honey bee hives were installed throughout the course. By achieving certification Riverside Municipal Golf Course demonstrates its commitment to environmental stewardship.”
“Riverside Golf Course has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International.
“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” explained Kane. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. Riverside Golf Course’s accomplishments include:
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.
Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.
We had such a great turnout for our weekend afternoon tee times during National Golf Month that we’ve decided to extend this special through September!
Get $7 OFF your 18-hole tee time or $4 OFF your 9-hole tee time Saturday & Sunday from 1- 6:30 PM when you book online through the month of September.
Online and over the phone tee time booking and payment procedures:
There will be two ways to book a tee time; either online through our website at riversidegolfcourseme.com or over the phone by calling 207-797-3524 Ext #1. Today, Friday May 1, online tee times will go live at 1:00pm EST. Tee times by phone will be available starting Monday May 4.
Tee times will be held every 15 minutes to help maintain social distancing between groups. Normally, tee time intervals are every 9 minutes so we will be cutting our hourly tee time availability in half due to the current order. The first weekday (Monday through Friday) tee time available will be 8:00am. The first weekend (Saturday and Sunday) tee time available will be 7:00am. These starting times will change once the weather becomes nicer. Members will be allowed to book 10 days in advance, while non-members will be allowed to book 7 days in advance.
Weekend Tee Times:
Due to the high volume of play on weekends and the larger intervals between tee times, we will be running a lottery for all golfers. We will be allowing more time availability during the weekend mornings to accommodate members of the course. The lottery will be drawn the Tuesday night before the weekend of play. You may sign up for the lottery starting the Wednesday of the week prior to the weekend you want to play. For example, if you want to play on May 23rd, you can call and enter into the lottery starting Wednesday May 13th. The lottery for that weekend would be drawn on Tuesday May 19th. Players will have from Wednesday to Tuesday at 4pm to call or e-mail to enter into the lottery. Clubhouses are not allowed to be open during Phase 1 of the Executive Order so, calling the pro-shop at 207-797-3524 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org will be to the only ways to enter the lottery. Staff will be asking for all players names in the group, phone number for each player and a requested time range that you would like to play. Once a slip has been drawn, we will give that group the closest time available to what was requested. Once all of the groups have been drawn, we will then open all remaining available weekend tee times for players to book online or by phone.
Payments for tee times.
We are currently not set up for online payments; however, we are in the process having this set up. In the meantime, the following will be the procedure to pay for tee times. Once you sign up for a tee time, we ask that you call the pro shop to make a payment. Golf course staff will also be calling players who have not called to pay for their tee times a day or two before the time is scheduled. Under the Executive Order all tee times must be prepaid before arriving to the course. As we just received a new POS system, the company Teesnap is allowed to take payments online for up to 3 tee times or 12 players per day. When booking you may be asked if you want to pay online, if so, that time’s options will be controlled by the company. All other slots will be booked with payment being taken over the phone.
In order to comply with the Executive Order, please have your ID available at the time of check in so that we can confirm you are a Cumberland County resident. In the event your ID is not updated with your current address, please provide another form of identification that shows that you live in the county, such as an apartment lease agreement, utility bill, etc. with your name and address. If you are a member, you will not need to provide your ID or other proof of residency at the time of check in.
How to purchase a membership
We are not set up for online purchases for memberships at this time, so we will be taking all payments over the phone. The membership form is below for you to print, fill out, sign and send back either by email or mail. To eliminate congregation at the course, please do not come to the course just to sign up or drop off your membership. For those who have a smart phone, there might be a scan option for your device that will allow you to scan the document and send via email.
Membership Price List
For members who have not already signed up, when you book a tee time online, it will appear that you will need to pay the fee at the course once you arrive. You can proceed to complete the tee time booking and when you arrive at the course we will be able to adjust the fee so there will not be a payment. Once you are set up in the system as a member the tee times will not show you as owing a fee for the tee time booked.
There is an update on the State of Maine Executive Order. Players may only play in the county in which they live unless they are a member of the course at which they are playing. This means that in order to play at Riverside, you must be a resident of Cumberland County, or must become a member at Riverside.
South Course Not Opening
Due to a limited amount of staff when we open, we will only be opening the North Course for play until we have more staff on board. Unfortunately, this means that the South Course will not be opening on Tuesday May 5, 2020. We will be working hard to bring staff on in order to open the South Course as soon as possible. All members of the South Course will be allowed to play the North Course under their South Course membership.
As we are operating under a “new normal” compared to how we have operated in the past, please be patient as we work through this new process. We know the phone will be very busy and we will be working hard to answer and return all calls.
We have good news for golf at Riverside Golf Course. Governor Mills announced on Tuesday April 28, 2020 that golf courses will be able to open with restrictions under the first phase of reopening the State starting May 1, 2020. The City of Portland has approved Riverside Golf Course to open for golf starting Tuesday May 5, 2020 to walking only. We will be following the restrictions and guidelines outlined by the State of Maine and the City of Portland.
Please Note the Following Changes:
Below we have outlined the new guidelines that we will be implementing and following as we open. Tee time bookings will open up on line starting Friday May 1, 2020 with the first day to book being Tuesday May 5, 2020.
We are excited to open, however we want to stress the importance of safety for our staff and customers. In order to remain open, everyone must continuing social distancing, wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.. To ensure the safety of our customers staff will follow CDC and state protocols. Staff will be wearing face coverings when interacting with customers, wearing gloves and following the social distancing recommendation (6 feet).
The new guidelines we have put into place may change daily to align with the City of Portland and the Maine CDC recommendations. Any new guidelines or information will be communicated as updates to the rules and restrictions when they become available.
As a sport that prides itself on playing by the rules, following the rules of social distancing in golf are of the utmost importance today.
Rules and Restrictions:
Please note: Guidelines as of April 30, 2020. This document will be updated as rules change.