Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon - A Classic Northwestern Woodlands Course Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr




The Sunriver Woodlands course is part of the 63-hole golf complex at the Gold Medal Award-Winning Sunriver Resort. The club is set amid 600 acres of scenic woodlands and wetlands near the Cascade Mountain Range just south of Bend, Oregon.

The course, which opened in 1982, is a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship design that is known for its superb conditioning and picturesque setting amid high-desert meadows and forests. The Woodlands features a bit of water as some trout streams wind through it, as well as lava rock outcroppings that place a premium on shot-making and accuracy.

The 18-hole, par-72 course plays to 6,880 yards from the longest tees, with a USGA rating of 73.0 and a slope rating of 131. The course features a number of classic elements found in an arid Northwest setting, sitting on land that is higher, dryer and lined with Ponderosa and Lodge Pole pine trees.

While the course is relatively short, it features narrow fairways that can be rather unforgiving. Built on a bit of a ridge, the course also has a fair number of mild elevation changes. Most of the holes also feature subtle-to-sharp doglegs through tree-lined layouts, often bending right near the ideal landing zones, but wayward shots will encounter thick rough, dirt, rocks and wild desert scrub brush farther from the short grass.

There are only a handful of fairway bunkers, but the greens tend to be elevated, more heavily guarded by sand traps, which are often steep and deep, and surrounded by tight chipping areas. The greens are relatively flat, with only subtle to average controus, and tend to roll true. When they firm up later in the season, however, they can become rather "slippery'' in both their breaks and speed.

Water is fairly minimal on the course and only comes into play on a handful of holes, such as on hole No. 18, which doglegs through two large ponds. The layout also features old-growth trees, which will on occasion intrude into a fairway, as well as volcanic rock outcroppings and other elements of the natural environment.

Since opening, the Sunriver Woodlands course has served to put the locale on the golfing map, while garnering numerous awards. Golf Digest named Sunriver Woodlands a Top 25 Resort Course, a Top 5 Course in Oregon, and gave it a 4-Star Rating.

Practice facilities at Sunriver include a driving range and putting and chipping greens. The clubhouse is designed as a classic, Northwest Lodge, which houses a golf shop, snack bar, lockers, and The Grille restaurant.

Other amenities at the resort include a swimming pool, exercise facility, two tennis courts, and 3.25 miles of hiking and biking trails.


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