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Riviera Country Club

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#1 - This is one of the best opening tee shots in golf. Nothing like hitting driver off a cliff...
#2 - Make a good score on the first, cause the second will likely give you trouble
#2 - One of the few greens on the course that enjoys a setting on the hillside below the clubhouse
#3 - This is an early example of the gorgeous bunkering at Riviera
#4 - Ben Hogan called this "the greatest par 3 in America"
#5 - Hugging the left side on this par 4 requires a 3 wood for longer hitters, as the fairway falls off down a steep slope
#5 - Any golfers forced to lay up will do well to stay left, as a view of the green is erased on the right
#5 - A great view of how the ridge cuts diagonally back and to the left, restricting the tee shot
#6 - A brave design move with the bunker in the middle of the green
#6 - A view from behind the green shows the severe slope
#7 - An underrated hole, in my opinion...
#7 - ...due to the gorgeous bunkering...
#7 - ...and the awesome run-off areas around this elevated green
#8 - The famous split fairway
#9 - More beautiful bunkering on the front nine's closing hole. This is one of the best views of the clubhouse.
#9 - The elevated green here features a ridge that creates a very difficult back pin location
#10 - This famous par 4 has some of the best bunkering I've ever seen
#10 - Here you can see the severe right-to-left slope of the green that makes missing the green to the right a near impossible up and down.
#11 - An accurate tee shot is a must if you want to have any chance at this green in two
#12 - Bogey's tree adorns this angled green, with a difficult pin placement featured here. The barranca here runs straight in to the next tee on the left
#13 - One of the more demanding tee shots on the course
#14 - I really liked this medium length par 3
#15 - This long par 4 is protected by this fairway bunker on the inside of the dogleg
#16 - There is no better example of the bunkering at Riviera than the par 3 16th
#17 - Keep it left of the fairway bunker here...
#17 - have any chance at the green
#18 - The ridge that cuts through the fairway makes the hole play extremely uphill.
#18 - A good drive can still leave a long approach
#18 - One of the best finishing hole settings for a PGA Tour event
#18 - The staircase delivers you back up the cliff to the clubhouse

1250 Capri Drive

Pacific Palisades, California

Course Style: Parkland

Designed by George Thomas Jr. & W.P. Bell in 1926

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Dave has played Riviera Country Club

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#22 on 2011 Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Courses
#19 on 2009 Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the U.S.
#20 on 2011 Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

Notable Tournaments Hosted

U.S. Open (1948, )

1948 - Ben Hogan

PGA Championship (1983, 1995, )

1983 - Hal Sutton
1995 - Steve Elkington

2 Play the Tips Rankings

  • Shot Playability: 9.25
  • Short Game Playability: 8.75
  • Fairness: 7.00
  • Experience: 9.25
  • Aura: 10.00
  • OMG Factor: 9.75
  • Design: 9.75
  • Total: 9.11
  • Ass-Kick Factor: 7.50


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