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Riverdale is one of the new breed of golf courses springing up in Thailand. Established in 2010 in northern Bangkok, Riverdale can be as little as a 30 minute commute from the city centre, although traffic congestion can affect times significantly.

The course was designed by Jonathan Morrow and Al Tikkanen who designed Red Mountain in Phuket- still my favourite coourse in Thailand.

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While many of the courses around Bangkok are relatively flat, the designers have conspired to develop Riverdale as anything but flat. Whilst I believe the hills and valleys were created in the process of sculpting out the lakes and rivers, it has the look of a naturally rolling hilly site. It is a pretty course, and beatifully manicured.

Whilst you will enjoy the challenge each hole at Riverdale the picture post card moment comes at the par 3 8th hole with it's island green ( not unlike TPC Sawgrass ). And there is a twist. The hole has an alternate green as well- a gorgeous looking postage stamp style green with pot bunker. I would always want to play both holes!

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The finish to that first nine is memorable as both the dogleg par 4 seventh hole, and the long par 4 ninth hole contribute to a strong finish.

The Travelling Golfer recommends Riverdale as part of a golfing trip to Bangkok, or as a stopover en route to a golfing holiday in Hua Hin, Phuket, or Chiang Mai

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Peter Wood 

The Travelling Golfer

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