1 IS LOWEST - 10 IS HIGHEST
GOLF COURSE - OUR COMMENTS
Maintenance: The fairways and
bunkers, and even the rough were consistently near-perfect,
deep soft turf with well cut greens. We have only played
the front nine on this course, but we couldn't find a flaw in
these items. There were some thin and browning spots on
the tee boxes and on several of the hills surrounding the
fairways, however - not much, but enough to keep it from the
perfect 10 in this category.
Scenery: The course is lined
throughout with condominiums, chalets, and private homes, but
they aren't obtrusive - in fact, they're set far enough back
that you don't notice them most of the time. The typical
Central Oregon sagebrush and tumbleweeds and dirt surround the
course which isn't too exciting, but there are some nice views
of the surrounding plateaus and buttes. It didn't have
the mountain views, at least on the front nine, that the
Resort Course offered, but they had made it quite nice with
plentiful trees and shrubs.
Fun: We really enjoyed this course
despite an almost total lack of water hazards on the front
nine. There were a few holes you had to lay up with
interesting dog legs, and also a few holes where the fairways
were narrow and the bunkers were numerous. The
undulating fairways and greens added a nice touch too.
Safety: The course is cut through
the Eagle Ridge development, and you almost never see another
golfer except those who are playing immediately ahead or
behind you. We never saw opportunities to be ducking
golf balls, or getting run over by cars. Quite well
thought out in this respect, we thought.
Staff: The entire staff was very
friendly and pleasant from the Marshall to the pro shop staff
to the snack bar. Even the lady on the Reservations line
was nice to us. We were quite pleased with this part of
Design: The design of the course was
nice, if not world-class. There was a lot of variety in
the terrain and in the holes - lots of bunkers and even quite
a few trees to keep things interesting. The paths were
well laid out and the course was well signed - we didn't find
ourselves getting lost at all.
Value: This course, like the
others at Eagle Crest is overpriced, in our opinion, but it is
at the resort, I suppose, so this is to be expected. The
rates this year now include a cart and use of the driving
range, so the value has increased over last year for sure.
Other Comments: The sun shines here
300 days a year - what more can you ask for. Playing in
early spring is the best - when the snow is still on the
Cascade Mountains, and the sunrise is reflecting off the
morning dew - simply breathtaking. This
course is better than the Resort Course, in our opinion,
though both were fun. Don't miss the fun little putting course or
the really challenging mid-iron course that is more expensive
to play at than either full course.