The Takeaway: Grade C+
Designer: Robert Muir Graves in 1970
Cost: $45.00 - $75.00 ($16 for a cart) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (888) 253-2562
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Black Butte Ranch (Big Meadow)'s official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 13020 Hawks Beard, Black Butte Ranch, Oregon 97759
Accolades: Rated 4 stars on Golf Digest's Places to Play publication. Ranked 10th on Golfweek's 2013 Best Public Courses in Oregon list.
What to Expect: The Big Meadow course at Black Butte Ranch is part of a 36 hole facility 30 miles northwest of Bend. The Robert Muir Graves design enjoys some naturally rolling terrain and of course a ton of trees. Views of the Cascades peak out over the tree tops on occasion with the most impressive view coming at the signature 14th hole where the elevated tee offers an exciting downhill tee shot with 3 Finger Jack towering in the background. Stretching out to over 7000 yards, the course offers a formidable challenge from the back tees but certainly wouldn't be considered one of the most difficult layouts in the state. The back nine features more elevation changes than the front and thus additional variety. The final thing you'll notice about Big Meadow is the bunkering that offers some aesthetics to the course and also some teeth off the tee where they are at their best.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 14th Hole – 401 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 4th Hole – 190 Yards
Best Par 4: 18th Hole – 413 Yards
Best Par 5: 16th Hole – 514 Yards
Birdie Time: 15th Hole – 349 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 8th Hole – 243 Yard Par 3