Sunday River Golf Club
18-Hole Championship Course
Top 100 Courses You Can Play - Golf Magazine
#1 Course in Maine - Golfweek Magazine
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Top 10 Upscale Public Courses - Golf Digest
One of the most spectacular and scenic golf courses in New England, the Sunday River Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and features 18 breathtaking holes that wind through the Maine woods and over dramatic elevation changes in a truly stunning mountain setting. Overlooking the Sunday River Valley with the Mahoosuc range towering above, the course follows the natural topography of the landscape and strikes the perfect balance between challenge and playability.
Course facilities include a log-built clubhouse with sweeping views, restaurant, and pro shop as well as a large putting green and mountainside driving range. The course is open for public play from early June through late October, with lodging available at the resort's Grand Summit and Jordan Hotels. Book tee times online in advance.
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Par 5 • Black: 523 yards • Blue: 499 yards • White: 481 yards • Green: 407 yards • Handicap: 14 | The shelf along the right side of this hole affords the best opportunity for reaching the green in two. Playing up the left side off the tee will require three well-played shots to reach the green. However, the nest of bunkers guarding the second landing area could spell trouble.
Par 4 • Black: 410 yards • Blue: 384 yards • White: 353 yards • Green: 331 yards • Handicap: 10 | This short par-4 offers various options off the tee. A well-played drive will result in a short iron approach to a small, undulating green guarded by sand. Negotiate these hazards and an early par will be the result
Par 4 • Black: 371 yards • Blue: 332 yards • White: 304 yards • Green: 192 yards • Handicap: 18 | Uphill from tee-to-green, this short par-4 will play longer than it appears. Finding the fairway off the tee affords a mid-iron approach to a severely undulating green. If you find yourself in one of the surrounding bunkers, bogey is a certain result.
Par 3 • Black: 206 yards • Blue: 175 yards • White: 147 yards • Green: 132 yards • Handicap: 16 | Distractions abound on this dramatic and spectacularly scenic downhill tee shot. If you lose your focus to the beautiful surroundings, sand will help save the most errant shot. But recovery from anywhere off the green will be difficult.
Par 4 • Black: 448 yards • Blue: 425 yards • White: 402 yards • Green: 342 yards • Handicap: 2 | Big hitters will challenge the fairway bunkers along the left. Mere mortals will opt for the ample fairway area to the right. Carrying these bunkers could result in extra yardage and a mid iron approach, but beware the central fairway bunker. The large, multi-tiered green is heavily contoured with no guarantees of a sure two-putt.
Par 3 • Black: 195 yards • Blue: 178 yards • White: 164 yards • Green: 113 yards • Handicap: 12 | From the back tee it’s all carry over an expansive, deep waste area. Forward tees are stacked, lessening the waste area’s influence on the average player. The rolling, multi-tiered green will be deceptive and hard to read, but could reward the player with a birdie putt.
Par 5 • Black: 506 yards • Blue: 440 yards • White: 424 yards • Green: 361 yards • Handicap: 8 | It is critical to avoid the fairway bunkers along the left side of this deceptively short, all-uphill par-5. Bunkers stacked in the hillside mark the proper line of play to an elevated green. Long hitters will find the ramped fairway to the right of the green an easy way to access a rare eagle opportunity.
Par 4 • Black: 435 yards • Blue: 410 yards • White: 334 yards • Green: 238 yards • Handicap: 4 | Finding the fairway is critical for success on this long par-4. Here, the distant peaks of the Mahoosucs will aid in directing the proper line. A long tee shot will be justly rewarded with a mid to long iron approach to a green perched above a natural creek.
Par 4 • Black: 422/374 yards • Blue: 339 yards • White: 320 yards • Green: 302 yards • Handicap: 6 | On this short par-4 featuring two forced carries over deep ravines, brute force is not necessarily the recipe for success. A long iron or fairway metal will position your drive for a short approach. A deep bunker guards the right side of the multi-tiered green. Conservative play will be rewarded as you head for the back nine.
Par 4 • Black: 410 yards • Blue: 385 yards • White: 252 yards • Green: 241 yards • Handicap: 3 | With the tees perched along a ridgeline and Merrill Creek lurking in the deep ravine below, accuracy off the tee is the secret to success. Pinpoint positioning as opposed to sheer strength is required, and finding the left center of the fairway close to a fairway bunker affords the best angle of approach to an elevated green.
Par 5 • Black: 583 yards • Blue: 565 yards • White: 492 yards • Green: 458 yards • Handicap: 5 | This three shot par-5 plays downhill from tee-to-green. Ample room can be found along the left side off the tee, but long hitters going for it in two might find themselves stymied behind a large tree along the right side. Laying up for position will result in an unobstructed approach, and perhaps birdie.
Par 4 • Black: 437 yards • Blue: 412 yards • White: 366/342 yards • Green: 302 yards • Handicap: 13 | Bigger hitters will be enticed to let it fly on this dramatic downhill par-4, but utilizing the elevation change and sloping fairway that awaits will equally reward a well-struck fairway metal from the tee. Don’t let the daunting length of this hole intimidate, it will likely play much shorter than you expect.
Par 4 • Black: 351 yards • Blue: 316 yards • White: 300 yards • Green: 256 yards • Handicap: 15 | Playing subtly uphill from the tee, this sleepy little hole will play much longer than the scorecard indicates. Driver off the tee will be the best play to ensure a short iron approach to a small elevated green. Miss left and you will find one of the many ravines throughout the course.
Par 3 • Black: 213 yards • Blue: 185 yards • White: 138 yards • Green: 113 yards • Handicap: 11 | At 225 yards this is the longest par-3 on the course. Playing across an expansive sandy waste area, a full carry to the green is required. This “Redan” type green will reward well-struck tee shots—but miss the green and par will be challenging to achieve.
Par 5 • Black: 518 yards • Blue: 483 yards • White: 449 yards • Green: 415 yards • Handicap: 9 | Making the turn back toward the clubhouse, this long hole will be a 3 shot hole to reach the tiered narrow green. Long ball hitters will have to beware of the expansive sandy waste area. If the proper tier is found on the approach then birdie is a distinct possibility.
Par 3 • Black: 163 yards • Blue: 142 yards • White: 106 yards • Green: 95 yards • Handicap: 17 | Playing downhill to a gently sloping green and sprawling green-side bunker, the player is offered both peril and possibility. Nestled into a quiet valley with the hole set against a stand of trees and native rescue grasses, this scenic hole will be one of the most memorable on the course.
Par 4 • Black: 496 yards • Blue: 474 yards • White: 428 yards • Green: 338 yards • Handicap: 1 | Finding the fairway cut off the tee of this demanding par-4 is critical for success. Bunkers guard the right and left side of the landing area. Carrying the fairway bunker along right side will allow the best angle of approach from the right center of the fairway to a dramatically elevated green.
Par 4 • Black: 443 yards • Blue: 414 yards • White: 391 yards • Green: 370 yards • Handicap: 7 | Playing along the deep Merrill Creek ravine, this climactic finishing hole is guarded by sandy waste bunkers down the entire left side which the player must avoid. The large sloping green requires a precise approach. Find yourself on the wrong side of the pin and two putts for par will be well earned.
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