Located just off the Aguinaldo Highway near Tagaytay Ridge, the two courses at The Riviera Golf Club are spread out over a 1,000-acre estate that was once a coconut palm plantation, with both layouts enjoying wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
This is fine golfing country to the south of Manila as the top rated Canlubang track lies a few miles to the east and the excellent Sherwood Hills course sits a couple of miles to the west of Rivera’s golf complex.
Designed by former Masters champions (Freddie wore the green jacket in 1992, Bernhard in 1985 and 1993) and fitted with state of the art drainage and irrigation systems, the two 18-hole Riviera courses offer quite contrasting games of golf – the Couples layout resembles a palm-lined Hawaiian resort course whereas the Langer fairways play longer and tighter.The Riviera Golf Club hosted the Philippines Open three times in recent years. Local favourite Frankie Minoza won the first of these in 1998 and American Edward Michaels won the last in 2004.
One of the most challenging courses in the Philippines. Definitely not for beginners. This course is long especially from the tips and have hazards abound. Greens are tricky but not impossible. Mind the grain! Conditions are not as good as Southwoods or Sta Elena, but green fees are more reasonable. Single digits will love the challenge while higher handicappers are better off playing the Couples course. Walkable although I wouldn't mind a buggy due to elevation changes and the distance of some tees to the next.
The par 5 604-yard 5th has a cliff on the left and the fairway slopes from right toward the cliff, so you should hit the tee shot to the right edge of the fairway. The shape of the green is unique because it is double-tiered sloping from the front to the back. When the pin is on the back tier, you can’t aim at the pin directly because the slope causes a really nice shot landing around the pin to roll off the green. This hole is excellent unless the pin position is on the back tier. The par 3 175-yard 8th is a challenging par 3 with a ravine facing the front and left sides of the green. A right to left player needs to be careful because with too much draw the ball could end up in big trouble. There are many par 3s with hazards facing some sides of the greens. Most of the hazards are man-made lakes, but the holes make full use of natural elements, so it is very charming. The par 4 367-yard 11th is a short par 4. You need a carry of 200 yards to clear the bunkers on the right half of the fairway. The green is well below the fairway. The green is wide and double-tiered to the back, and its front side borders a river. When the pin is on the front tier, only 10 yards wide, the approach shot is difficult. If you hit short, it will be in the bottom of the river. If you hit long, it will be on the back tier where you will face a risk of 3 putts because of the downhill slope. Needless to say an accurate approach shot is a “must” on this hole. To read more about the Langer Course at Riviera Golf Club, click here to visit my website.