15 South Ridge Road, Newry, Maine 4261, US
(800) 543-2754
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About Sunday River

Sunday River in Newry, Maine, is one of the state’s golf and ski meccas. It is a sprawling, year-round recreational paradise with multiple hotels and inns, restaurants and outdoor activities. The Grand Summit Hotel sits in the heart of the resort, while the Snow Cap Inn is just a short walk away from the slopes. The Jordan Hotel is the resort’s most upscale lodging and ideal for golfers, sitting adjacent to the Sunday River Golf Club. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the golf course across dramatic elevation changes through the backwoods of the Sunday River Valley. Mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, scenic chair lift rides and discovering swimming holes in Sunday River and the Androscoggin River are other perfect summer pursuits. The Sunday River Outfitters offer courses in kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and archery. The Jordan Spa, Gem Theater, Maine Mineral and Gem Museum and River Lanes Bowling are available when the rain or cooler temperatures come.

Facts

Price Range$$, $$$
Property Class★★★
Acres870
Year Opened1959
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsBar, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Sunday River

Reviews

3.1
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

great views, terrible course conditions for the price

This is my first course review and I am compelled to write it due to my disappointment in the conditions of the course while still paying the full price. All the pictures, flyovers, and course descriptions are currently a bit of a bait and switch. I understand harsh winters and dry hot summers can wreak havoc on a golf course but this late in the year there should be some recovery with proper care. Fairways are burned and greens were inconsistent with balls bouncing on the way to the hole. Tee boxes are in terrible shape and the condition of the practice range is awful.
The staff was very nice but just mildly apologetic about the course. We had a couple very slow groups ahead of us who were playing in a scramble and treated the course with little respect and couldnt care less that there was a group behind them.
More nitpicky, but for how this course is advertised. I thought they cut corners on a few things. The tee markers are just colored blocks of wood, and the signs for the next tee box look like they came from Lowes.
I would return if course conditions returned to as advertised but for the price and time to get there, it might be a one and done.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Views

We have been considering playing for a number of years, passing the course a number of times. Disappointed! The course layout is challenging but fair. Whites are short. Long ball hitters must play blues or better. The condition of the course was really poor. Un-puttable and ironically for a dry year, the course was very wet. A lot of winter damage to the greens. Traps and other features were not well maintained. It's obvious that there is so much more potential, a Trent Jones design, conditions were very disappointing. Thoroughly enjoyed the views and perfect weather and plan to revisit hoping conditions improve.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 52
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
New Hampshire Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great layout but conditioning nowhere near what it used to be.

The views and course design are A+. The condition of the course used to match that A+ back a few years ago, but it's gone downhill significantly. They've let poa anna grass creep into many of the greens, and it's nearly taken over the practice putting green completely.

The tee boxes used to be like carpet. They're in very poor shape now. The practice range teeing area used to be fantastic, like carpet, and rotated frequently. Now it looks much worse than the poor tee boxes on the course, with little grass.

Overall it's worth playing, but for what they're charging it's nowhere near the value it used to be back when Harris Golf ran the course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Greens were rough. Very little heads up

We found out about the course through their Instagram and thought it’d be worth to check it out. Turns out course is no where near the shape they are advertising. We had to pay full rate to putt on some of the worse greens we have played on this year. If they had discounted it wouldn’t have been bad but to pay full rate was disappointing.

Played On
Reviews 142
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Terrific Maine Mountain Course

This is another terrific Maine mountain golf course. Sunday River has a wonderful layout with huge elevation changes and amazing views. Being a Robert Trent Jones Jr course the greens are large, undulating and receptive to approach shots.

We were able to play early in the day and the pace of play was great. Conditions were great, at the time of our play. Recommend this course as it’s is typically one of the best Maine public courses.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great views

beautiful Course.fairways are outstanding.greens are great.i would prefer a few less hazards. when your ball goes off course, good luck finding it. prices for beer are way to high. 6$ for a bud light or pbr is crazy.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointed

Sunday river golf course was recommended to us over the past two weeks by two different people, they raved about the course. We traveled three hours to arrive at the course at our tee time. The course is a challenging target golf mountain course. The fairways were obviously recently cut with grass cuttings left all over them. On this 85° day there was no water on the course. There is no facilities on the course other than at the clubhouse . Many of the ball cleaners at the tee boxes were broken or did not have water.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great mountain course

Five stars all the way but with a warning to people like me who are a little out of shape. If it's cart path only there's a LOT of uphill walking required. Staff couldn't have been more friendly. Past reviews may show some condition issues but the course is in excellent condition this year. As to the course itself I found it to be an excellent design. When standing on the tee it's pretty obvious where you need to hit your tee shots, and where the trouble is. Fairways are wide, greens receptive. Any type of game works here. It's the type of course where if you're on your game you'll get a good score. And the views are magnificent. It's a very friendly part of the country and worth a visit. We stayed at an area Airbnb, of which there are many. Worth a trip

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Condition

This course is not worth the rack rate!
Only play if you can find a special rate on one of the golf sights. Tee box and fairway grass has no body to it. Greens are very slow.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Sunday River was in the best shape I’ve seen it

The golf course and greens are in fabulous condition i’ve played iit a few times a year since it opened. This was the best. I was first out on the day and played in 3 hours enjoyed the scenery. The pro shop is minimalist if you need anything other then balls, a hat and gloves. Just a point to make. It should not effect the rating. This is a five star course on theis day. Keep up the good work Steve!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful, tough course

We had a thoroughly enjoyable, albeit challenging round at Sunday River. The staff were particularly friendly and accommodating, adjusting our tee time to get us in before a storm and getting us right out on the first hole. The course is spectacular, with big elevation changes and mountain vistas in the background. It’s a must play for any golfer in this part of New England.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful Views!

This is a beautiful course but it can be a challenge with all the hazards. It was not overcrowd so there was no waiting to hit. The carts have bottles of water, tees and hand towels for you already stocked. A round of golf also includes the range. This is the second time I've played this course and I can't wait to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Happy customer

What a great course!!!! Some of the prettiest views I have ever seen. The fall foliage was going, which just added the the views. This is one the best I have ever played. Was a hard but playable course. If in the area you better play or you will regret it!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wonderful birthday gift!

We played this course on a vacation to Maine and were excited to experience such a picturesque and beautiful panaroma along with playing a challenging course! I could not have asked for a better way to spend my birthday!!! Thanks GolfNow for including this course! We hope to play one more time before returning home!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

annual golf trip with the guys

This was the 9th year playing Sunday River with a group of friends. Weather was actually hot for Maine in mid September(Thurs - Sat)- shouldn't complain.

The atmosphere: the layout, design and vistas are amazing.

The course: the greens have always been in great shape - consistently challenging and true rolling. However, this year they were recently top dressed with sand. Tough putting in the morning rounds with the dew causing the sand to stick to ball - call it bad timing, but noticed a similar comment in an earlier review. Curious why they would sand the greens before what I would expect to be a busier time on the weekend. The multiple tee boxes were in great shape, but could've used a mowing. The fairways have seen better days - probably the worst shape we've seen them in the 9 years we've been coming here. The fairways were aerated and sliced in a effort to recover them.

The sand traps with the new white crushed limestone are pristine, however the traps yet to get the new sand tended to be neglected a bit (rocks).

I understand the course is under new ownership and have heard the prior owners let the place (fairways) go due to financial difficulties. The new owners have begun to make changes - including safety improvements on some of the dangerously steep cart paths. The carts no longer had GPS monitors, but I'm told they're replacing all the carts next year including new GPS. Due to the reliance on the GPS - the sprinkler heads aren't marked with yardage, however, the starter was kind enough to provide us with free yardage books - a must.

The course was not nearly as busy as years past. Previous owners offered a membership package which was not offered by new management, less people resulting in a faster pace of play.

The people were great. Pro Shop, bar, kitchen, starter and cart staff were kind and accommodating. Very appreciative of our business, in what must have been a slow year compared to years past.

I'm guessing it has been a tough transition year with new management bringing new people all around. Our group is willing to give them the benefit of the doubt this year and look forward to returning to this award winning course from tee to green.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sunday River, great greens, rest in need of care and good weather

We played as a twosome and flew on the front. Never saw anyone. Came to a standstill on #ten. Two foursomes on the hole, second group just went on by and ignored us. I would guess the eight knew one another. Perhaps they had stopped for lunch at the turn as I cannot imagine where they came from . It made for a very long back nine.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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