Meadow Lakes Golf Course, in Prineville, OR is a popular municipal course meandering along the Crooked River. These plush grounds neighboring the rushing waters of the river are well contrasted with the sun-baked surroundings of towering rocky ridges. While the Crooked River intersects numerous holes and runs parallel to a couple more holes, the namesake ponds of Meadow Lakes create the common theme of the course. An abundance of impeding water hazards are the main source of trouble on this high desert layout. Overall, Meadow Lakes is a user-friendly course due to wide, roomy fairways. Affordable rates and a central location in the community further cement it as “home course” for many Prineville area golfers. For area visitors, Meadow Lakes is a recommended value-adding venue of 18 diverse holes to work into the mix of tee times.
While the nearby scenery at Meadow Lakes Golf Course is hilly and rugged, the terrain on the golf course is naturally flat, with small knolls and mounds throughout. Many of the longer holes have generous fairways from tee to green. The shorter hole designs offer sizable landing zones, but tighten up at longer distances. For longer hitters, intrigue resides in numerous risk-reward opportunities in which bunkers or water hazards defend ideal 2nd shot locations. Meadow Lakes has your typical share of sand traps, but a noteworthy wealth of water in the form of ponds. Factor in some river traversing holes, and water is a standard sight and a steady factor on shot planning. Aside from the water, the course is very open with minimal trees, and only a few that significantly come into play. Most of the trees are either small landscaped trees, or willow trees near the banks of the ponds. The greens are large and contain a nice range of manageable to challenging contours. They roll slow to average in the shoulder seasons, but speed up nicely during the hot summers of the high desert.