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:
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:
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.
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!
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.