Sunday River Golf Club - no. 18
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 18
With elevated tees and greens, and twists and turns at every corner, Sunday River Golf Club in Newry, Maine is a thrill ride. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 2
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 2
The second hole at Sunday River Golf Club is a par 4 with plenty of pitfalls. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - no. 4
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 4
The first par 3 at Sunday River Golf Club plays 209 yards from the back tees, but it is downhill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - no. 5
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 5
The no. 2 handicap hole at Sunday River Golf Club is the 448-yard, par-4 fifth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - no. 6
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 6
A series of bunkers will catch any balls short left of the par-3 sixth hole at Sunday River Golf Club in Newry, Maine. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - no. 7
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 7
At just 506 yards, the par-5 seventh at Sunday River Golf Club is a good birdie opportunity for long hitters. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - no. 9
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 9
One of the tougher holes on the front side of Sunday River G.C. is the ninth, a 422-yard par 4 with a couple of forced carries. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - no. 10
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 10
You get another elevated tee shot on the par-4 10th hole at Sunday River Golf Club in Newry, Maine. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - no. 13
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 13
One of the easier holes at Sunday River Golf Club is the short, par-4 13th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - no. 14
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Sunday River Golf Club - no. 14
From the tips, the par-3 14th at Sunday River Golf Club plays 213 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River golf course - 17th
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Sunday River golf course - 17th
The no. 1 handicap hole at Sunday River Golf Club is the par-4 17th, which can play 496 yards from the back tees. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sunday River Golf Club - 18th hole
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Sunday River Golf Club - 18th hole
The dogleg-left, par-4 finishing hole at Sunday River Golf Club has a forced carry on the approach depending on the angle you take. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Sunday River Golf Club in Newry, Maine is quite a roller-coaster ride

NEWRY, Maine -- Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Sunday River Golf Club winds through the woods in a stunning mountain setting overlooking the Sunday River Valley and Mahoosuc Range.

The golf course follows the natural topography of the landscape taking advantage of natural features with a design will test your ability to compensate for uneven lies and calculate yardages based on elevation change.

With four sets of tees, ranging from 5,006 yards to 7,130 yards, the course is playable by various levels, but it rarely lets up, no matter what tees you play. Drives that stray off the fairways have a chance of making the tree-lined drop-offs, and there are several forced carries from more rearward tee boxes.

Named to Golf Magazine's list of Top 100 Courses You Can Play and ranked among the top golf courses in Maine by several publications, Sunday River Golf Club is a must-play for any avid golfer visiting the Pinetree State.

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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