About the Course
Carved out in the Chao Phraya River valley, Riverdale Golf Course is a welcome change from Bangkok’s predominantly flat golf landscapes. Designer Jon Morrow and experienced shaper Al Tikkannen have made clever use of landscaping to provide an intriguing and challenging golfing experience in which many shots require hitting down or up a valley or slope. The fairways and greens are amongst the best in Thailand and the course is extremely popular with local residents and overseas guests. The golf experience is complemented by hospitable staff, luxurious change rooms and a full service restaurant which serves international cuisine with an outside area offering grand views over the 18th hole.
Several holes feature play from elevated tees to fairways laid out in valleys below with forested hills and waste areas with native grasses framing a number of holes. Nature will play its part in determining your final score – pockets of wetlands create wildlife havens continuing an eco-friendly theme prevalent on all MBK owned courses. Riverdale features Salam Paspalum grass on the tees and fairways, and MiniVerde Ultradwarf on the greens ensuring year round playability.
Playing strategies are defined by numerous hazards from sprawling white sand faced traps and deep sod walled pits to sandy wastes dotted with dune grasses. The design favours intelligent play, with risk and reward options presented boldly, or subtly, on most every hole.
A good example is the signature Par three 8th hole that gives you a choice of two greens. To the right is an island green set much lower than the tee that slopes away toward the back and can play two clubs different depending on pin placement. To the left rests a green of identical size and shape that sits 15 feet lower than the tee box and plays much longer from the back tees than the island green. A great Par 3 to either green.
Large water hazards are ever present, and they impact player strategy. They are the reason Riverdale is so distinct from the surrounding landscape. In excavating all the lakes, Morrow and Tikkanen used these millions of cubic meters of soil to contour the course’s decorative green sites.
Riverdale welcomes discerning golfers to enjoy new golfing challenges, immaculate playing conditions, and 5-star services 7 days a week.