Sunday River Golf Club – Played 2014
- Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #89
- Location: 18 Championship Drive, Newry, Maine
- Year: 2004
- Architect: Robert Trent Jones II
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 7,130 yards, Par 72, 75.3 Rating/150 Slope
- Blue: 6,558 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/139 Slope
- White: 5,851 yards, Par 72, 69.7 Rating/129 Slope
- Green: 5,006 yards, Par 72, 65.0 Rating/120 Slope
I planned to fit this course in while we were visiting my family in New Hampshire. The course plays through the Sunday River valley between the Mahoosuc Range. As with many mountain courses there is a lot of elevation change. The town of Newry is a little remote, but there are lodging options up the road from the course. It is located 90 minutes from Portland and three hours from Boston. If you like, you can come back in the winter and ski at the resort. Let’s get right into the course tour. Luckily, the wife was along to take some great pictures. I played the blue tees and all distances will reflect that.
This is the entrance to the course.
Hole 1 – 499 yards – Par 5
The opening hole is a reachable par five. There is trouble down the left and woods down the right. The best play is a draw off of the bunker seen on the right of the fairway.
The second shot plays downhill. As you can see in the photo below, the course had some conditioning issues. It took away from the experience a little bit, but other than these spots, the course played fine on the tees and fairways. In this part of the country winterkill from the snow and ice is always possible. It’s just something to be aware of when planning a trip.
This tee shot plays quite a bit downhill. These shots are always tough for me because of aiming, but pick a line and commit here.
This short par four has another nice view. Driver may not be the best play. I hit a three iron at the middle bunker.
Talk about some elevation change. I played this one about a club less than the stated yardage.
The fifth is tighter than it seems. The right bunker is reachable so play accordingly.
There is trouble to avoid with the waste bunker seen here that extends all the way to the green. There is some bailout on the right.
This is a short one and definitely gettable in two. Focus on a good drive here.
This tee shot is pretty open, but there is some trouble way right if you spray your drive.
This is another hole that doesn’t necessarily require the driver. Accuracy is more important to set up the second shot.
This one played much longer than the yardage on the scorecard. I would say all you have with a driver is fine unless you blast it.
This is a fairly straightaway tee shot. It’s a long hole that probably can’t be reached in two by most players.
This par four plays downhill and requires some focus on the alignment.
The fairway bends to the right on this hole. Driver doesn’t give you much of an advantage here so go with a two hundred yard shot for position.
Another downhill shot here with a middle or long iron. Distance control is a must.
This hole plays up the slope and is best played with a draw.
The only place to miss here is to the right, but with a short shot you should take dead aim.
This is a beast of a hole that frankly seemed out of character from what we had faced the rest of the round. It also plays uphill making the hole play longer than the yardage.
A solid hole finishes the course. A draw fits the hole best.
I really enjoyed the scenery on this course. There were some solid holes and the constant elevation change provided plenty of challenge. I was disappointed in the conditioning. I don’t need wall to wall green, but some of the issues actually affected playability. In my opinion, the price was a little steep for what you get. That being said, the course itself was a fun play and I would definitely say to give it a try if you are in the area.