Riverwood has over 1300 acres of property with about 300 acres of land that is preserve or wetlands or ponds and lakes. The community was started in 1992. In the late 1990’s, Centex Homes became the developer and builder and completed development in 2014. There are 29 neighborhoods within Riverwood, consisting of estate homes, single family homes, villas, and condos with varying homeowner conveniences such as lawn care, exterior maintenance, etc. There are a total of 1323 homes in Rivewood. The community has won multiple design awards. The backyards of almost every home or condo have views of golf course, preserve, or lakes. Riverwood was recently awarded the Audubon Green Community. The Neighborhood Associations may provide lawn care, building maintenance, building insurance, neighborhood pool, water and sewer, neighborhood common ground care and street lighting and liability insurance for neighborhood representatives. The amenities included depend on the neighborhood. Riverwood has a 4 1/2 star rated (by Golf Digest) par 72 Championship 18 hole golf course. The course was designed by Gene Bates. The front nine is laid out like a North Carolina Pines course and the back nine is laid out like a Links course offering two different types of play for the golfers. This is a semi-private club and memberships are available. Golf Digest also rated Riverwood in the top 10 for courses that have over 50,000 plays annually. Riverwood Golf Club is proud to be named #15 ranked course in Florida by Golf Week Magazine 2012 and Voted #1 in Florida for Customer Reviews April 2015 by www. Golfadvisor.com. Riverwood Beach Club is located on Manasota Key (15 miles away) providing club members with a beach front pavilion for picnicking, changing rooms, restrooms, and private parking. Information on Membership is available at the Activity Center and is currently on a wait list. Memberships can be transferred to a new homeowner if existing chooses to release their membership.