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2.9
Layout
3.4
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Pace
3.2
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2.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7067 yards
Slope 133
Rating 73.2

Riverdale Golf Courses offers two 18-hole, municipal golf courses. The Dunes course at the facility is slightly larger than its sister course, offering 7,067 yards of golf from its longest tees with a par of 72. Opened in 1985, the aptly named Dunes Course plays through many undulating mounds. Perry Dye designed the Scottish-links-type layout, equipping it with challenging elements to make the game interesting. Water hazards come into play on several holes and the terrain is quite hilly. Tall native grasses that make up the rough of the golf course also present challenges for golfers.

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Course Details

Year Built 1985
Golf Season Year round
Architect Perry Dye (1985) Pete Dye (1985)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $12 - $18
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

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Reviews

2.6
21 Reviews (21)
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Reviews 55
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Never Disappoints

I've been coming out to Riverdale for years. Never had any issues with the staff, they are always friendly and professional. I'm very surprised to read recent reviews noting negative interactions with the superintendent...In dozens of rounds I have never met the superintendent. If players were doing something to catch her attention on the course, I'm sure it was pretty bad. You might want to keep your cart out of the roped areas and avoid getting yelled at. What i do know about the superintendent and her staff is they are the best crew around. The courses are in incredible shape as usual this summer, and the Dunes recently finished a major irrigation project with no remnants of the digging they had to do to complete the job.

In regards to COVID related last minute cancellations. I understand that would be super frustrating if you had to pay for a round that you simply could not appear for. Thankfully i have not had to deal with that situation. It would make sense if the golf shop had some leniency as we all still deal with the pandemic and its effects on our lives.

If you are looking for a round on a beautifully maintained course with a lot of variety at a one of the best values in the area then you will never go wrong with a day at Riverdale.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Never again!

Charged me for one of my players not attending due to Covid. Called them first thing in the morning and formed them but they still charged me even though the course was wide open. Incredibly rude staff at every turn. Starter called our group 15 mins early and when asked he told me “that’s how tee times work” then threw the cart key at me. Never had a experience like this at a golf course and I’ve been playing a long time. Don’t waste your time or money on this goat track. Would have given zero stars if possible.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Terrible Experience

We reserved a tee time for a group of 4, however, on the day we were scheduled to play it was raining and very windy so one of us decided he didn't want to play in those conditions which to me was reasonable given the weather.

When we were paying at the clubhouse I informed them that our 4th wasn't going to be playing because of the rain and wind and they insisted that we pay his green fees because they have a 24-hour cancellation policy.

If it was sunny or even decent outside I could understand their policy enforcement, however, it was freaking raining and windy. The weather got worse and we ended up only playing 4 holes due to lightning.

I find their enforcement of this policy in these conditions to be unscrupulous and won't be playing there again.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Extra charge for a positive COVID test

We had 1 of our 4some test positive for Covid that morning. We let the clubhouse know but were still charged a $67 no show fee because we didn't cancel that spot with a 24 hour notice.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0

Good lay poorly managed

Good layout very poorly managed.

Course superintendent yells and screams at people for inadvertently driving in areas, saying she owns the place and has worked there for 35 years. Time for a change. Super unprofessional rude nasty service.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 55
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Best In The Area

A round at the Dunes is always a great experience. For your money, Riverdale offers the best public facilities in the metro area and 36 holes of great golf and a friendly staff.

If you want to score well on the Dunes you will need to hit the ball straight! Venture just slightly off of the mowed grass and you will have a tough time finding your ball. Even if you can track it down you may not have a playable lie.

The course is not terribly long and there are several holes where you will want to hit driver, but a long iron may be the right play. The Dunes offers a great variety of holes that should have you grabbing for every club in your bag throughout the round. The par 5 11th is one of the toughest 3 shot holes around, just keep it up the left side and you may be ok. Hole 15 is a standout and picturesque hole with water running down the entire left side and Dye signature railroad ties around the green.

The conditions at Riverdale are consistently the best in the area. You can expect lush fairways and smooth rolling fast greens. Even in the late season this course is still in great condition! I always enjoy my time out at Riverdale and I know so many golfers in the area feel the same way. Make a whole day out of it and play both the Knolls and the Dunes, you will love all 36.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Save your money play somewhere else

Had an unexpected death in my family on a Friday, and they made the group pay for the two spots that didn’t get used, unbelievable, would have even been ok with rain checks, nope. Save your money and golf at Buffalo run, thorncreek, todd creek are all within 10 miles and much better management then this garbage management.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

A very fun day

Played with a friend and thoroughly enjoyed the round and our time together. Course was in great shape and we finished in four hours!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

This course has everything you could want from great views to rolling hills on the fairways to challenging greens. There are a few water holes that are amazing and is a great course for placement golf. For the price you can't go wrong at all!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome

I travel and play a lot of golf and the condition of this course is top notch. Greens roll true and fairways immaculate. Play was a little slow but can live with that with course conditions. Would play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

A must play!

Design, greens, ambiance and price make this a great track...but that's all

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Outstanding Value, Great Course

This is one of my favorite courses in the Metro Denver area, and you'll have a hard time finding a better deal. I paid $43 for twilight 18 on a weekend, including cart.

The Dunes is always in wonderful shape with plenty of intriguing and challenging holes. While the course is wide open, the rough is punishing and there's a lot of water (i.e., bring extra balls). There's not a single house on the course, which is a pleasant surprise. It is crowded, but that's to be expected when it's a great deal.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Colorado Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

Best Public Course Value in Denver Metro

Riverdale Dunes is a classic Pete Dye course that with some holes that remind me of TPC Sawgrass! Walkable, almost always in pristine condition, challenging yet fair, no two holes are alike. Greens are fast and true. Range and practice area is second to none; staff must be well trained on customer service because they are always proactive and friendly and personable for sure. Fairly close proximity to Denver airport and north Denver Metro. The Knolls is a nice complement to the Dunes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

They have done it again!

Wow .. Top crew, top shape. True greens, perfect fairways and dreamy tee boxes... Course is in perfect shape!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best course in Colorado

Pace of play was great... Course conditions are PERFECT!! Friendly and professional staff, challenging layout, great food, beautiful beverage cart girls, what a great golf experience! This course does things right, thanks Riverdale!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Pete Dye at his best

Riverdale Dunes is a true Pete Dye design. Water on 11 of the 18 holes! The greens are in excellent shape; rolling smooth and true. A relatively flat course...great for walkers. While there is water on most holes, there aren't long carries over water, making it playable for all levels.

You won't be blown away by the vistas, but the course is so elegantly laid-out, the hole in front of you is enough to keep your attention.

Classic Dye, with hidden bunkers and lots of false front greens...aim for the center of the green and worry about the pin later...you will shoot better!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Dunes is a Deal

Dunes is extremely unassuming at arrival. First time playing...high rough, difficult pin placements, and several tough stretches make this a great test. Looking forward to playing it again soon. Greens had just been punched but were okay for only having a week to recover.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Play the Dunes --- You won't regret it!!!

We play this course every week and it's consistently in great shape. Even though they try to push a 2 hour/9 hole pace, it's usually closer to 4 1/2 hours after 18 holes. Most golfers need to consider moving up a box on this course even though it's on the short side. It requires accuracy or you'll be loosing a lot of balls or spending a lot of time looking for balls in the tall native which is usually unplayable. Lots and lots of snakes too!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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