Quail Run Golf Course is a solid value course in the resort laden region of Central Oregon, just south of Sunriver in La Pine, OR. This 18 hole championship course has some resemblances to its exclusive neighbors, while remaining an affordable place to play. The location of Quail Run offers some nice views, most notably Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top nearby to the west and the Blue Mountains in the distance to the east. The neighboring scenic views are not always visible due to the large Lodgepole Pines heavily present here. However, the holes open up at times, providing several beautiful vistas. Quail Run is a good course for all golfers. It has its challenges, yet won’t hurt the pride or pocketbook as much as some of the more upscale destinations of the high desert.
Quail Run Golf Course plays long from the back tees, but offers big distance advantages from the front tee boxes. The hole layouts are fairly generous in width, but the elements get stingy beyond the thick rough. Tall pines are the biggest obstacle as the entire course is lined with them. If you find yourself in the trees, you will have to contend with impeding branches, beds of needles and areas of overgrowth. Surrendering chip-outs and relief from wild, knotted-up grasses is not uncommon. Despite it’s proximity to the Deschutes River, there’s no riverfront golf at Quail Run. A few ponds, including the largest of them on the signature 18th hole, are the only water hazards present. White sand bunkers are set along the fairways and greens, but are favorably shallow. The greens are relatively painless to navigate as they’re mild contours provide a straightforward read and enjoyable putting for the common golfer. But true to the region, the ground can get very firm, making for fast speeds and an increase in break despite their unintimidating surfaces.
Quail Run Golf Course is also a good place to get in some practice for locals, or for vacationers who may or may not have access to the Sunriver facilities. They have a full driving range and a large practice green. The pro-shop is typical with a standard supply of merchandise. They also have a serviceable snack bar for food and drinks. In the arid summer heat, it’s not a bad idea to continue on to the 19th hole after your round concludes.