Sunriver Resort is located near Bend in Oregon, and boasts four distinctive courses by well known architects in the one location.
The Resort caters for a number of different sporting activities and includes extensive walking and bike riding trails
Meadows was originally designed by Fred Federspiel and was the first course at the resort, but was completely redesigned by John Fought in 1999.
The course cuts through a forest of Ponderosa and Lodgepole pine trees with snow capped mountains as a backdrop.
The land is reasonably flat as the name would suggest, and Fought keeps the golfer interested with well thought out bunkering challenging the drive and the approach.
He challenges the golfer with different techniques- a number of greens are set at an angle to the fairway with green side bunkering intruding into the line of play
On other occasions the front bunkers are short of the green surface tricking the unwary golfer into hitting short
The front nine is lower meadows and water- the Sun River- is in play on a number of holes, although rarely does a golfer have to play over it.
The back nine is relatively flat still but not as low lying as the front nine.
Notable hole include:
- holes 2, 3 & 4 with water in play down the left side
- the parallel holes at 14 & 15 with bunkers protecting the greens in front, but rewarding a drive in the right position
- the closing hole around the water- it is a tight drive and a tricky approach
Meadows is a pleasure to play. It is a well designed course in a beautiful setting
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