Crosswater Club - Sunriver, OR
Coming in at #9 on Golf Digest's best in state rankings is the deliciously good Crosswater designed by Robert E. Cupp and John Fought. The course gets it's name for obvious reasons as you will cross over water (or go into) on many of the holes. Crosswater hosted the JELD-WEN Tradition, a Senior major championship from 2007-2010 and was also the host course for the PGA Professional National Championship in 2001, 2007, and 2013. When the course first opened in 1995, it was the longest course in the United States at 7,683 yards.
I warmed up in the mist on the range and headed off #1 at my 7:30am tee time. Crosswater immediately challenges the golfer with many different types of shots as it navigates the wetlands. The course is meticulously maintained and the greens were rolling true and fast. Given it's length, the course is also relatively forgiving off of the tee and I found the cross water only once.
My favorite hole on the course was the 687 yard 12th hole. With water down the entire left hand side of the hole it requires 3 great shots and provides great views along the way. Even though, my putter had gone cold after a nice birdie on #5, I managed to enjoy myself immensely and ball struck my way to a nice 77.