Crosswater - Oregon - USA

Crosswater Club,
17600 Canoe Camp Drive,
Sunriver,
Oregon (OR) 97707,
USA


  • +1 541 593 6196

  • Golf Club Website

  • 180 miles SE of Portland

  • With a member or as a Sunriver Resort guest

  • Brad Myrick

  • Bob Cupp and John Fought

  • Josh Willis


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One of the main sporting attractions at Sunriver Resort is the Crosswater golf course which lies 15 miles south of Bend in central Oregon (just outside the resort actually) on former homestead land. Wonderful Cascade vistas to the peaks of nearby Broken Top, Three Sisters and Mount Bachelor can be enjoyed at Crosswater.

Sunriver Resort commissioned Bob Cupp and John Fought to design Crosswater in the mid 1990s and, in the words of Bob Cupp, “it is a difficult course, designed such because Sunriver already had two courses (Woodlands and Meadows) and they wanted one that would put them on the map.”

It’s a long course – 7,700 yards from the back markers with the four par fives measuring an average of just over 620 yards – and, as its name suggests, it forces golfers to navigate around water and wetlands a number of times as the Little Deschutes River runs through the property, with the Big Deschutes River to the west side.

The 17th is a beast, 243 yards from the championship tees, with little room for forgiveness as the wetland grasses push into and envelop the left side of the green. The putting surface may be enormous but golfers must stay clear of sand in front and behind.

An indication of how tough the penultimate hole can be? In 315 rounds played during the 2007 Champions Tour event here, there were only 17 birdies made by the top Senior players.

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Description: One of the main sporting attractions at Sunriver Resort is the Crosswater golf course which lies 15 miles south of Bend in central Oregon... Rating: 2 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Designed by Bob Cupp and John Fought, Sunriver Resort was ranked as America’s best new resort course in 1995 and debuted at 89 on the Golf Digest Top 100 list, The high-desert course sits in a valley of forested meadows and preserved wetlands surrounded by the Cascade Mountains; the Deschutes River threads its way through the course several times. The snow-covered peak of Mount Batchelor always seems to be in view. The course is also a wildlife habitat and in 1999 it was named a member of the Audubon Sanctuary Program, one of only 150 courses in the U.S. at that time to be awarded that distinction.

Crosswater plays up to 7,683 yards (the longest course I’ve ever seen) with par 5s of 582, 635, 687, and 598. I did not play those tees, but even from my tees, these were cripplingly long par 5s. There was hardly anyone around, so I played alone, which was a nice break from the past two days when I was with large groups of people. I had been playing poorly, and I faced some of those demons on this round. When I hit bad shots, I just dropped another ball and hit until I got it right. Leisurely soaking in the beauty of this course was a wonderful solitary experience. I shot 91, which wasn’t bad, and I had a chip in, a couple sand saves, and most impressive to me, an up and down from a bunker 125 yards away. Larry Berle.
2 / 6
Crosswater
November 26, 2014


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Keith Baxter
November 26, 2014
The above review is an edited extract from A Golfer’s Dream, which has been reproduced with the author’s kind permission. A Golfer’s Dream, by Larry Berle, tells the story of how a regular guy conquered America’s Top 100 Golf Courses (following Golf Digest’s 2001/2002 list). Larry has exclusively rated for us every course in the hundred, using our golf ball rating system. However, Larry did not rate the 100 courses against every golf course he has played, but instead he rated them in relation to each other within the hundred. Consequently, in some cases, his rating may seem rather low. A Golfer’s Dream is available in Kindle format and also on Kindle Unlimited via Amazon... click the link for more.