The origins of the club at Riversdale Golf Club can be traced back to the Surrey Hills Golf Club which formed in 1892 on a site just a couple of miles north of where the club currently play. Moving to Camberwell in 1907, the club became known as Riversdale before finally settling at its present St. Johns Wood location twenty years later.
Alex Russell designed the course at Riversdale Golf Club and the club organized a match in 1930 to celebrate the official opening. Three Australian Open Champions, namely Mick Ryan, Ivo Whiiten and Joe Kirkwood (a former professional at Camberwell) joined 11-time Major winner Walter Hagen in a four ball game to mark the occasion.
Various changes have occurred to the layout over the years. Alan Morcum made alterations just after World War II ended, fairways were converted to Santa Ana Couch grass over an eight-year period beginning in 1987 and modifications to bunkers took place in the mid 1990s.
A round at Riversdale begins in unusual fashion with two par threes encountered in the opening three holes. Back-to-back par fives are played at holes 6 and 7, preceded by the toughest hole on the outward half, a 430-yard par four where a blind tee shot is played to a narrowing fairway with bunkers down the left.
The back nine begins with a short par four to a green with water protecting three sides of the putting surface. The round ends with a testing, doglegged par four with severe-looking bunker complexes on either side of the fairway where it kinks left to the green.
The Riversdale Cup is the second oldest amateur competition in Australia, having been inaugurated by the club in 1896. It’s one of the most prestigious events in the country and recent prominent winners include Robert Allenby in 1990/91 and Aaron Baddeley in 1999.
Not as well known as it's "Sandbelt" neighbours but a wonderful course non the less. Far more elevation change than your R. Melb or K. Heath's with relatively generous fairways considering is fairly tree lined.
Bunkering is a treat here at Riversdale though I believe they are in the midst of bunker work.
I started early on the first and the fire pit warms you up at the first tee!
The first hole is Par 3 which is unusual, but at 200m it's a tough start even after the fire warms you up
At the time I played one of the downhill Par 4's was having the whole hole updated.
So interesting holes like the long downhill par 5 with water before the green meaning most of us mere mortals have to lay up. Dogleg holes are prominent here at Riversdale, especially the 9th!
I enjoyed the back to back par 4's on holes 4 and 5, as well as the run home of the par 3 uphill 17 and downhill then uphill 18. Great clubhouse with fantastic views of the course. Lovely staff as well helped with making the day start right!