Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 9th
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 9th
The Meadows, one of four golf courses at Sunriver Resort, certainly holds its own in the scenery department. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 4th
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 4th
There's lots to look at on the par-3 fourth of the Meadows golf course at Sunriver Resort in Oregon. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 6th
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 6th
The par-4 sixth, like the rest of Sunriver Resort's Meadows Course, has recently renovated bentgrass greens. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunriver Resort's Meadows Course - ninth hole
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows Course - ninth hole
The ninth on the Meadows golf course at Sunriver Resort is a tough 431-yard par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 10th
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 10th
The back nine on the Meadows Course at Sunriver begins with a par 5 that's reachable in two by strong players. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 14th
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 14th
As the sun sets the fescue glistens around the fairways on Sunriver Resort's Meadows Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 17th
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 17th
Head PGA Professional Amy Pendergrass hits one down the fairway on the par-5 17th on the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 18th
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Sunriver Resort's Meadows golf course - 18th
The par-4 finishing hole on Sunriver Resort's Meadows Course works its way around a lake. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunriver Resort - putting green
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Sunriver Resort - putting green
An expansive putting green sits next to the Meadows Course and is available to Sunriver Resort guests. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunriver Resort - putting course
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Sunriver Resort - putting course
In addition to the putting green, there's also a Putting Course right next to the Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Central Oregon golf: Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort can certainly hold its own

SUNRIVER, Ore. -- There are four golf courses at Sunriver Resort in central Oregon. The Crosswater Course, site of several national championships as well as a Champions Tour event, is the most heralded, but the one in the backyard of the resort lodge more than complements Crosswater.

Designed by John Fought, the 7,012-yard, par-71 Meadows Course is also a true championship test with scenic holes at every bend.

With five sets of tees, it's playable by all levels and surrounded by mountain scenery, marshes and excellent playing conditions. Like its big brother, the course also received brand new bentgrass greens a couple years ago, so it's usually in fantastic shape.

Highlights include the picturesque par-3 fourth hole, which plays over a pond and wetlands, the hard dogleg left par-4 18th that brings a large hazard into play off the tee and approach and the 17th, which runs along a meadow where horses can be seen frolicking in the sunrise or sunset.

The Meadows Course is part of a full-service resort/retirement community that offers plenty of other activities, including biking, hiking, tennis, shopping, horseback riding, restaurants, swimming and a spa. There's also a putting course next to the Meadows, which is situated next to the resort's main lodge.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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