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Oasis RV Park and Golf is a casual course — shirt and shoes are not required.

A sampling of Sunserra includes large, undulating greens, 14 sand traps, longish rough, and the distracting views. 40


May / June 2012

the combined length of a couple of normal par-5s, and most golfers won’t need much more than an 8-iron to reach the green on the longest holes. But that doesn’t mean par-27 courses are pushovers. Even the pros struggle to beat par on short holes. Last year, only four PGA tour players averaged below par on the par-3s they played. By contrast, all 187 pros were under par on the par-5s. Still, to those of us for whom the driver is just something you use to go even farther astray, it’s a welcome relief to stand on every tee with a short iron in your hand. It’s as if your drive already miraculously ended up in the middle of the fairway on every single hole.

In fact, that’s how Sunserra’s promotional material describes the course: “Every hole at this nine-hole, par-3 course plays like the approach shot at a PGA tour event.” Asked what, exactly, was meant by that, Sunserra pro shop manager Richard Gross pointed to some of the course’s challenges. Large, undulating greens. Fourteen sand traps. Longish rough. And also, the distracting views of a nearby large body of water — the Columbia River. For additional spice, a pond presents a lateral water hazard on the 130-yard No. 4. In all, the 1,205-yard (from the white tees) course offers five holes of 140 yards or longer, and none shorter than the 100-yard No. 7.

Foothills Magazine May-Jun 2012  
Foothills Magazine May-Jun 2012  

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