Sunriver Resort Golf Stay & Play Review
As part of a Golfing Vacation to Bend Oregon, we booked a golf stay and play at Sunriver Resort which is a planned private residential and resort community about 15 miles outside of Bend. Sunriver is located at the base of the Cascade Mountains on 3300 heavily treed and beautiful acres, several of which border the meandering Deschutes River as well as the Sun River. In addition to some beautiful scenery, those 3300 acres are home to a variety of golf stay and play options, 63 holes of golf, a retail center, nearly 4,000 privately-owned residences, several good restaurants, and lots of resort amenities. Sunriver Resort is owned and operated by Sunriver Limited Properties and Destination Hotels & Resorts and the resort properties include: a lodge complex, the golf courses, airport, marina, stables and other resort amenities. To learn more about the Resort and see lots of pictures click on this link to Sunriver Tour.
Golf At Sunriver Resort
Sunriver Resort was our first stop for lodging on our 9 day golf vacation, the major goal of which was to play and review some of the courses on the Central Oregon Golf Trail which is loaded with over 20 outstanding golf courses - three of which are in Sunriver. While we were at Sunriver the resort was the host to the Pacific Amateur Classic and we were lucky and got to play in a VIP Tournament as well as enjoy all of the festivities associated with the PacAm. Your can read more about it by clicking on this Pacific Amateur Golf Classic link.
Sunriver Resort is home to three excellent 18 hole championship golf courses, a 9 hole par 3 course called Caldera links that's fun for the whole family or to practice your short game, and a 3 hole practice facility plus a 9 hole putting course where I wish I had spent some time before heading out to play our first round of golf on Crosswater.
Wow, what an outstanding way to start a vacation - Crosswater is private but does allow resort guests to play and it is a Robert Cupp links style layout that Golf Digest includes on it's list of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the US! The course covers 600 magnificent scenic acres of woodlands and carefully preserved wetlands that brings the gently flowing Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers into play on 7 different holes. Crosswater can be characterized by it's wide sweeping fairways, demanding greens, over 86 strategically placed bunkers, the meandering rivers, forced carries, and beautiful scenery. I characterize it by Wow, Wow, and Wow! Read our review of Crosswater to learn more.
Next up at Sunriver Resort was Meadows which is a 7012 yard John Fought design that has been host to several USGA and NCAA golf tournaments and will host the 2017 PGA Professional National Championship. Fought designed the course to be reminiscent of some classic courses from the 20's and 30's and it is a great layout that plays through towering pines and the meandering Sun River with the majestic Mt Bachelor as a backdrop. It typically is in very good condition, has over 103,000 square feet of bunkers, some tight fairways, and several very challenging green complexes. Here is a link to our review of Meadows Golf Course at Sunriver Resort.
We had an early tee time at Woodlands Golf Course and it was 41 degrees when we teed off and I wasn't sure I'd make it through 18. But on the second hole I'd gotten into my rhythm and was enjoying the course and scenery so much I forgot my freezing toes and finger tips. The good news is by 9:30 it was 70 on it's way to the lows 80 by 1:00 - another beautiful golfing day in paradise! Woodlands is a Robert Trent Jones Jr design and its an outstanding layout with towering pines lining the fairways, water on 7 holes, heavily contoured greens on the front, dog legs, risk reward opportunities, and lots more to keep me focused on my game. Check out our review of Woodlands Golf Course.
Golf Stay & Play Lodging at Sunriver Resort
After 18 holes of golf each day plus some other activities that included live music, eating, hiking, rafting, or sampling craft beer we would drag ourselves home around 11 or so and plop in bed and be up again by 7 the next morning. So we didn't get to spend much time in our Lodge Room but sure enjoyed the coffee maker, the free wi-fi to check emails, the view of the golf course and mountains from our patio, and most of all the comfy bed!!!!
Sunriver has a variety of options to accommodate any size group of golfers - from a lodge room or condo to a 5 bedroom house. The first condos were built in 1968 and now you have several other choices for lodging:
Lodge Village Guestrooms - these hotel type suites are within walking distance to the Sunriver Lodge and Great Hall Conference Center
- River Lodges - upscale lodge rooms with spectacular views
- Private Vacation Rental Homes - well appointed 3 to 5 bedroom private homes spread around the 3300 acres
We stayed in a Lodge Village Guestroom that overlooked 10th hole of the Meadows Golf Course and was a one minute walk to the Sunriver Resort Lodge, adjacent to one of the pools, and across the street from a couple bocce ball courts and tennis courts. A perfect location for us plus we could park our car right in front of our room which had a king bed, a fireplace, coffee maker, and a great patio with two rocking chairs and a small table. The view from the patio was stunning!
The Sunriver Dining Options
One of the reasons we liked Sunriver is that you have several options for loading up on calories before your golf game, some places to sip a drink and munch on an appetizer as you reminisce about your round and settle bets, and some good options for dinner and craft beer.
The Sunriver Lodge is an impressive mountain style loge with wood floors and log beams and a huge fireplace surrounded by comfortable couches and stuffed chairs - and jaw dropping views from floor to ceiling windows. Within the Lodge is the:
- Meadows pro shop which is well stocked with all the gear you need to look good and play well
- a gift shop and market
- Twisted River Tavern - a well done bar with drinks and tavern food and outstanding views of a meadow, wetlands, the mountains, and the Meadows golf course
- Carson's American Kitchen is the place to go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - an open kitchen restaurant with massive wood beams and rich wood floors, 30' to 40' ceilings, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golf course and what we sampled for food was very good
- The Merchant Trader on the bottom floor of the Lodge has breakfast burritos, sandwiches, burgers, and more
- Sunriver Beer Garden is on the backside of the Lodge overlooking the Meadows Golf Course and is a patio style beer garden with live music, Northwest craft brews, and pub style food
If that's not enough for you, then spread around Sunriver are several more options:
- Zeppa Bistro is located in Caldera Springs which specializes in pizzas and paninis and a majestic view from the large patio
- The Grill at Crosswater has fine dining with dinner entrees ranging from crab macaroni and cheese to duck breast to rack of lamb or several steaks
- The Spotted Frog offers pools side beverages and food at the Cove pool
- McDivot's Café at the Woodlands Club House has wonderful breakfast sandwiches, burgers and fries, deli sandwiches, snacks and your favorite beverages
- the Sunriver Retail Area has a brewpub and a couple restaurants
Amenities and Things To Do in Sunriver, Oregon
Next time we visit Sunriver we are going to schedule a few extra days (without golf) so we can enjoy some of the other amenities at Sunriver. A few of the things we would have liked to do during our stay include:
- rent a bike and ride any of the 33 miles of paved trails that meander under the towering pines, through some meadows, along the golf course, or along the river
- spend some time at the fitness center (lots of fitness equipment plus an indoor pool and a steam room) to get rid of some of the beer I I consumed
- gotten a relaxing massage to work out some of the golf and hiking kinks
- relaxed and swam at The Cove that includes a beautiful pool, a large wading pool, massive sunbathing deck, a long waterside, and elevated hot tub - all of which overlooks a man-made lake and kids sand play area
- played some tennis on any of the 26 courts or some bocce ball
- test my courage, strength, and agility on the challenge ropes course
- check out the Nature Center and observe some stars, planets, or the moon at the Observatory
- try my luck at catching some native fish
- rent a raft or kayak and enjoyed a paddle or float down the Deschutes River
- put on some boots and go for a trail ride
In addition to all of that, within minutes you can mountain bike, hike to magnificent waterfalls, dine on the Deschutes River, take a brewery tour or visit any of the over 24 lower breweries and brew pubs, go white water rafting, visit one of Oregon's 7 Wonders, explore a lava cave, listen to some great music, shop, and lots more. Then there are the winter activities like skiing any of the 88 runs at Mt Bachelor, snow tubing, cross country skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and more. You can read about the golf courses we played and the other fun things we did (white water rafting, lava cave, hiking, etc.) in our Golfing Vacation to Bend Oregon.
Sunriver Resort is perfect for a golf vacation or a family vacation during the summer or winter and there are ton of things to do for the whole family.