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iverdale Golf Club

Undulating and challenging fairways normally found at mountain golf courses are now within an hour's drive from the centre of Bangkok. The 400-million-baht Riverdale golf course that opened last October belongs to the MBK Group. The conglomerate also runs the beautiful Red Mountain golf course which was developed on naturally mountainous terrain and it cannot help bringing the feeling of playing golf on mountainous fairways and greens to the new course north of Bangkok.

The 18-hole, par-72, 7,006-yard Riverdale golf course covers a total area of 360 rai or about half a square kilometre. It lies by the Chao Phraya river and features quality grass. Paspalum grass is on the fairways while its greens are covered with US-made MiniVerde Bermuda grass which the owner said can be found at only two golf courses in Thailand.

''Challenging'' is my definition for this golf course that will be surrounded by a housing estate in the same compound within the next few years. One visit is definitely not enough.