Sunriver Resort Meadows Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.7

Golf - Resort Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Sunriver, OR
· Stay & Play

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Sunriver Resort Meadows Course Review

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:

  • several hole that are traditional and straight forward (you can see the pin and what you're up against) and you can let-it-rip
  • the Sun River that come into play nine holes some of which make for some risk reward shots like on the 578 yard #2 that takes a sharp dog leg left around the river - how much do you want to try and carry to shorten the hole
  • strategically placed bunkers waiting for your tee shot as well as your approach shot
  • 4 dog legs left and a couple right that you need to manage
  • very good conditions from the tee box to the green
  • the greens demand an accurate approach shot and some study and putting skills

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.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,012 73.5 140
Blue 6,022 68.7 131
White 5,605 66.7 127
Gold 6,625 71.7 138
Red 5,287 70.7 135

Course Information

Course Architect:
John Fought
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Course Map
Beware of water on 8 holes and the 70 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.7 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$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! 
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.