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13300 Riverdale Rd
Brighton, CO  80602-8175
United States
P: (303) 659-6700
F: (303) 654-1892
www.riverdalegolf.com
Dunes Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 7,030 yards | 129 slope

72.1 rating | Bent grass

Recommend this course: +0 -0

Dunes Golf Course Description


The 18-hole "Dunes" course at the Riverdale Golf Club facility in Brighton, Colorado features 7,030 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.1 and it has a slope rating of 129 on Bent grass. Designed by Perry Dye, ASGCA, the Dunes golf course opened in 1985. Steve Bruening manages the course as the General Manager.

Course Reviews


I play here regularly and have absolutely no idea what MGGGolfer is talking about. Pretty sure he reviewed the wrong course. I play all over the Denver Metro area and I think you'll struggle to find better value than Riverdale Dunes. It isn't overly long, but there's a lot more to a golf course than length - especially on this site. When the wind blows it's brutal. Any longer from the back and it would be unplayable in the wind for anyone who isn't a scratch golfer.

For the record, I'm off a 4.6 index right now and I find plenty enough challenge around the Dunes. Greens not tough enough? Really? They're always in flawless condition, but put yourself on the wrong tier on 5, 8, 11, 16, or leave yourself a long one on 4, 7, 9, 12, 17, 18... miss the tiny 3rd... and the best in the world would be challenged.

9 is about 100 yards from the clubhouse, but I've no idea why you would need to stop there when there's a halfway house you pass between 8-9 and 13-14 that's open on weekends and holidays and always a cart driving around the course. Russian Olives? Not here. Concrete ditch? Not that I've seen.

So anyway, a real review... the Dunes is a great layout. It would be short for a really top notch golfer, and there are birdie holes out there, like the reachable par 5 9th, but the rough is savage if you go far enough off line, greens are tricky (a great mix of size/slope etc across the course), water comes into play on 7 holes, and when that wind blows... good luck! It's supposed to look like a links layout, and does, but like most across America it's watered far too much to play like one. It starts out gentle enough - 2 short par 4s that should leave you a wedge in. Make the most of it. 3 is a long straightaway par 5 but with a small green, and then the fun starts. If you drive it well, and hit your irons solid, you should score well, but if either of those is off, you could be in for a long day.

It's a Dye design, and his signatures are all over it - railroad ties lining the water on 4, 7, 8, 15, 17, 18 (the other water hole is 11, but no railroad ties there)... there's almost always an aiming point on the tee box, usually a tree in the distance, and generally the quality shines through. You don't find many courses of this quality in this price range, although we're spoiled in Denver, for sure. If you play from the tips, bring your whole game. If you play the blues, most people would be better off leaving the driver in the car. If you play from any other tee box, the rough and green complexes will still give you plenty to think about.

Slow play can be an issue, especially on weekends, but no more than other places. My only real criticism is the mosquitos can be a real pain in the @ss first thing in the morning. Otherwise, first class, great value, a Denver must play. (Something going on with the site - won't accept my real rating, but 5 star value. Overall 4.5 stars.)

SLOW PLAY all day. Usually a course will open up after a few holes, not this one. The layout is awful. The 9th hole is not even close to the clubhouse if you want a food or beverage while you are stacked three deep at the turn. During peak season their outer food shack was CLOSED. As far as the golf play, this course is not challenging at all. The greens are not challenging, the length from the back tees is short, scraggly Russian Olive Trees intermittently line each hole and the scenery, on almost every hole, is of the mostly vacant, dirt lot, 4-H arena and barns. The “river” that crosses through the course is a concrete lined irrigation ditch. The course is a cross between desert, parkland and links style and it does none of them well. There are too many other “quality” muni courses in Denver, don’t waste your time playing any Riverdale course.

Played the Dunes course April 28, 2010. The course was in very good shape. The greens were in great shape and fast. The breaks were more sublte that they appeared. The Dunes course on this windy day gave the feel of a classic Scottish links style course... more so than most courses claiming to be. The course is not in a very scenic area but it is a very good facility with a decent practice area and two courses. The Knolls course is more of a classic city course but in good shape.

Played this course twice in 2008. This course was in the best shape of any course I've played this year! (over a dozen different courses, 4 of them highly rated.). The greens were the smoothest and greenest of any course I've played! (I consider the putting surface the most important part of the course - and the hardest to get right.) Tee boxes were extremely well kept. And both times I've play, there were maintenace guys hand watering parts of some fairways... not that they needed it. This says a lot about their commitment to maintaining the course. This is a public course and at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.

Riverdale has two courses, the older Knolls and the newer Dunes. The Dunes course is a links style course that plays over undulating mounds, hence the name, Dunes. While at first glance the course does not appear intimidating, the rough is comprised of tall grasses that have a tendency to eat balls. There are a couple of spectacular holes on the back nine and overall this course provides a great day of golf.

The clubhouse appears to be fairly new with a great 19th hole and decent breakfast burritos. All other facilities are on par with other courses and the staff is laid back and relaxed.

When we played it was the middle of November and even still the temp was about 68, the sky clear and the sun shining. The course was not crowded and the pace of play was a little slow, but not too bad. I mean afterall, what else did we have to do - prepare for Thanksgiving?

I recommend this course for anyone who enjoys links style golf. I enjoy it and compare the layout of this course to that of Rustic Canyon in Northern California.

Great course and in great condition. Greens were perfect. Not one of the hardest Pete Dye courses but great value!

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  • Overall
  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Greg B. 21 43 22 06/28/07
2 Russell A. 14 43 29 07/13/10
3 Russell A. 14 43 29 01/19/09
4 Russell A. 14 44 30 07/06/10
5 Russell A. 14 46 32 07/09/10
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
58 Mitch A. 20 97 77 09/04/15
81 tris G. N/A 87 87 06/15/13
59 matthew F. 17 94 77 06/14/13
14 David E. 17 87 70 05/05/13
27 Vincent B. 14 86 72 08/28/12

Golf Course Information

About Riverdale, Dunes

Riverdale Golf Club

Golf Only facility

50 tees driving range

36 regulation holes

Tournaments of Riverdale, Dunes

No local tournaments listed for this course.

Course Staff

Steve Bruening, General Manager
Jeff Meeker, Head Golf Professional
D'Ann Kimbrel, Superintendent

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