Sunday River Golf Club
Located just three hours outside of Boston, Sunday River Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is worth the short trip, especially if you are coming from Portland, which is less than two hours away. It is one of New England's must-play golf courses. The layout is nestled in the foothills of the Mahoosac Range, overlooking the beautiful Sunday River Valley. The course itself is perched on a sloping hillside, offering panoramic views that stretch all the way to Old Spec, Maine's third highest peak. The spacious course measures in at 7,130 yards from the tips. Jones fully utilized the naturally dramatic elevation changes, so be prepared for some uneven lies and the occasional blind shot. The course's challenges are nicely balanced by generous greens and wide fairways, making Sunday River Golf Club accessible for a wide range of skill levels.
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Sunday River tee box #5 Photo submitted by MONH1 on 09/09/2020
Sunday river tee box Photo submitted by MONH1 on 09/09/2020
Par-4 18th Photo submitted by zbuechner4 on 10/03/2016
Photo submitted by zbuechner4 on 10/03/2016
Par-3 3rd Photo submitted by zbuechner4 on 10/03/2016
Photo submitted by MONH1 on 06/15/2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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.