Riviera Golf Club (Langer Course)

Course Data
LocationManila, Philippines
Yardage 7057 yards Par 71
Course Rating74.4
Playing Date31 Jan. 2005
DesingnerBernhand Langer
Opened1998
CaddyYes
Golf CartYes
Rating
Overall Rating
4.85
Course Layout
5
Difficulty Level
6
Greens Conditions
4
Fairways Conditions
4
Landscaping & Views
5
Satisfaction Level
4
 
Riviera Golf Club has two valley courses set along the ridges where you can enjoy the scenery of the Philippine countryside. There are 36 holes, this more challenging Langer Course and the easier Couples Course designed by Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples respectively. The Langer Course has adequate length, over 7,000 yards par 71 with a lot of natural hazards such as ravines, cliffs, creeks and trees, strategically guarding each hole, so it is a very demanding layout. Even the single handicapper might hit over 90 easily. This course best suits advanced players while the beginners can still enjoy playing in the great outdoors where you never have any man-made structures in your sight at all except for the clubhouse, because it is surrounded by natural scenery. There are steep slopes on many holes, so you should know beforehand which side of the fairway to hit. The short and long combinations of par 3s, 4s and 5s are good. The course is located on a hillside and the winds further add to the difficulty. This course frequently hosts professional events including the 2000 and 2004 Philippine Open.


A view from the clubhouse

A view from teh clubhouse

18th green seen from above

1st Par 4 432 yards

1st Par 4 432 yards (2)

1st Par 4 432 yards (1)
The fairway slopes sharply from right to left, so you need to drive to the right edge of the fairway. The left sides of the green and fairway border the deep ravine.

 

 
4th Par 3 182 yards

4th Par 3 182 yards (2)

4th Par 3 182 yards (1)
A slightly downhill par 3 over a ravine. There is a cliff on the left of and behind the green. The bunker in front right of the green comes into play, too.
 
5th Par 5 604 yards

5th Par 5 604 yards (2)

5th Par 5 604 yards (1)
This long par 5has 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.
 
8th Par 3 175 yards

8th hole seen from the green

8th Par 3 175 yards
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.
 
9th Par 4 385 yards
There are deep ravines on the left sides of the fairway and the green. A creek crosses in front of the green.
 

9th Par 4 385 yards (3)

9th Par 4 385 yards (2)

9th Par 4 385 yards (1)
 
11th Par 4 367 yards

11th Par 4 367n yards (2)

11th Par 4 367n yards (1)
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 Ranger Course at Riviera Golf Club, click here to visit my website.
 
13th Par 4 409 yards

13th Par 4 409 yards (1)

13th Par 4 409 yards (2)
This medium length par 4 varies widely as the tee shot is over the ravine and the second shot is over the river. The landing area off the tee is surrounded by trees and it looks like “an island fairway”.
 
16th Par 5 557 yards

16th Par 5 557 yards (1)

16th Par 5 557 yards (2)
A par 5 with a deep ravine on the left. The green is slightly elevated and shared with Hole 3, so it is very long.

 
17th Par 3 156 yards

17th Par 3 156 yards
A dynamic par 3 with a small kidney-shaped green that is well below the tee. The green has subtle undulations. The view on this hole is splendid. Because it is short, it is not difficult with 9 Iron or PW.
 
18th Par 4 438 yards
The fairway has strong undulations sloping from the left to the right. The second shot is gently downhill. The bunkers guarding the shallow green come into play. On the course, you never have any man-made structures in your sight at all except for the clubhouse, because it is surrounded by natural scenery. This tee is the only hole providing you with the view of a man-made structure, the clubhouse, which gives you a totally different sensation.
 

18th Par 4 438 yards (3)

18th Par 4 438 yards (2)

18th Par 4 438 yards (1)
 
19th hole

It takes 80 minutes by car from Central Manila. The course was voted as the second best course in Philippines by Golf Magazine Asia in 2004.

Bernhand Langer designed courses in Asia Lotus Hill GR in China and Tateno Classic GC in Japan.