Juniper Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Redmond, OR
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Date Last Played: September 21, 2015

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Juniper Golf Club Review

Review and Rating of Juniper Golf Course in Redmond Oregon

Owned by the City of Redmond, Juniper Golf Club has an interesting history, some of which includes: the first nine opened in 1952; the club house and facilities burnt down in 1963; the second nine opened for play in 1987; in 1995 a highway bypass was planned to come through the course and the lease fee of $1 a year was going to be raised to over $300,000; and that increase made it more economical to build a completely new 18 holes in a different location, which opened for play in 2005. 

Juniper Golf Club was carved out of the Central Oregon high mountain desert and the holes meander through Junipers, yellow sage brush, and lava rock outcropping with magnificent views of the snow capped peaks of Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three-fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood. With great conditions, reasonable rates, good service, and some great holes, it's not surprising that Golf Digest has named it "Best Places to Play" and "Best Municipal" in Oregon.

Some of what we liked about playing Juniper Golf Course included:

  • the conditions from the tee box to the cup were near perfect and the course is well maintained and manicured
  • the mountain peaks form a backdrop to most every hole and the contrast of the lush green fairways, black/brown lava rock, natural desert landscape, Juniper trees, and yellow sage is stunning
  • the greens are huge and run true and at a great speed
  • with 7 sets of tee boxes (two are combos) you can find a set that fits your game
  • the fairways are wide and forgiving and heavily contoured
  • the course will throw a lot at you some of which includes strategically placed bunkers, blind shots, elevated tee boxes, and some minor up and down shots
  • an excellent pace of play and great practice facilities
  • only $6 for two eggs, sausage, bread, and hash browns cooked to order - what a deal

When we played in September, the fairways were in near perfect condition - lush and soft.  Off the tee the landing zones are typically very generous but after that they can get tight on some holes.  Miss the fairway and the rough, which was also in great shape and cut very playable, and you are in the desert native area and most likely lost.  All of the fairways have some contour ranging from gentle to roller coaster. 

The greens at Juniper Golf Club are huge ranging from 25 to 43 yards deep.  Some are raised, most are guarded by at least one bunker, and several are heavily contoured.  They ran very true, held the ball well, but were running a little slow due to a recent aeration - normally they run between 10 to 11.

The bunkers at Juniper Golf Course were perfect with soft, fairly thick, white sand.  They range from small pot bunkers to average size and the majority of the faces are manageable.

Some of the holes that we really liked at Juniper Golf Course included:

  • #4 is fun - a 366 yard par 4 with a slightly elevated tee box, a landing zone pinched by a right side bunker and a natural area infringing into the fairway, and a second uphill shot that needs to carry a ridge and natural area in front of the elevated green which has a left and right side bunker
  • #5 requires some shot making - 3 fingers of natural area with lava outcropping extend into the fairway and pinching the fairway which puts a premium on the drive and approach shot to a green set way off to the right side
  • #11 is a 429 yard par 4 with an elevated tee shot past a large lava outcropping and over a small natural area then slightly uphill to the green
  • #15 is an outstanding 438 par 4 with an elevated tee shot to a fairway that dogs right around a lake to a green with no room for error thanks to the lake on the right and a long skinny bunker on the left
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,186 73.9 131
Gold 6,653 71.2 126
Blue 6,063 68.3 123
White 5,500 66.0 111
Red 4,974 68.1 122

Course Information

Course Architect:
John Harbottle III
Greens Type:
Bent
Greens Condition
9.8
Greens Difficulty
8.7
Fairway Condition
9.5
Bunker Condition
10.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Fairly easy
Scorecard
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 45 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.0 out of 10
Beauty:
9.5
Difficulty:
8.8
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
9.3
Value:
9.0
Condition:
9.8
Front Nine Rating:
8.9
Back Nine Rating:
9.2
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$29.00 to $76.00

Service is good, the practice facilites are more than adequate, the pro shop is well stocked, and the grill is great.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking. 

 

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