Review and Rating of Sunriver's Meadows Golf Course in Sunriver, Oregon
Sunriver Resort, which is about 10 minutes outside of Bend Oregon is perfect for a golfing vacation with the family or your golfing buddies - its home to 3 excellent 18 hole golf courses, a 9 hole family course, a nine hole putting course, lots of resort style amenities, plus some good dining and lodging options.
Each of the three 18 hole courses is a little different from the other but common to all three are scenic views, very good conditions, and some fun holes. Read our review of Crosswater and Woodlands to learn more about those two courses.
Designed by John Fought, Meadows plays tribute to some of the great American golf courses from the 1920's and 30's. It's beautiful grace as it plays through towering pines and the meandering Sun River with the towering Mt Bachlor as a backdrop plus it's dramatic use of directional and fore-bunkers and challenging layout all make for a memorable round of golf. Which is part of the reason why Meadows has played host to numerous USGA and NCAA golf championships, including the NCAA Men's Division I championship tournament.
Meadows is no walk in the park thanks to over 103,000 square feet of bunkers (most of which I got to experience), the clear blue water of Sunriver (I could see but retrieve several of my golf balls), some tight fairways, and challenging green complexes. There are six tee boxes with yardages ranging from 5287 to 7012 yards (rating of 70.7 to 73.5 and slope of 140 to 127) and if you pick the right set of tee boxes you'll find the Meadows to be demanding but very fair.
Some of what we really liked about playing Sunriver's Meadows course includes:
When we played Meadows the bent grass greens were in very good condition and running at a fair speed of around 10. All of the greens have at least one bunker guarding them and one to three more bukers within 100 yards. And you'll find lots of slope, tiers, or ridges that can cause two or three putts. The greens range from 24 to 41 yards deep with most a good size of around 35 yards and the hold the ball well and run true. Pin placement can be a killer.
The Meadows fairways are flat with little to no elevation changes or contour until you get to the green. They are tree lined or open and some homes are set back and even I couldn't hit them! They were in good shape with a wide rough that was thick and somewhat difficult to get out of. Miss the fairways and you're under the trees, in Sun River, or hidden in the dense native grass,
The bunkers range in size and shape with most being big and easy to hit. The sand was a little thin and some of the bunkers needed some TLC. Most have steep faces that seemed to like to catch my shots.
You might try the par 3 9 hole putting course before you head out! Wish I had.
Rates: $59.00 to $119.00
The pro shop is well stocked, service is ok, the 9 hole putting green is fun, and the practice facilities are good. The bar and restaurant are great with a patio overlooking the river and some holes.
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.