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Getting To Know: Woodlands Golf Course


Getting To Know: Woodlands Golf Course

An Insightful Interview With Joshua Willis, Director of Golf Operations

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Joshua Willis who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
As one of the Pacific Northwest's finest championship courses, Woodlands is praised for its superb conditioning and beautiful setting. With an abundance of water and outcroppings of lava rock, shot accuracy is a fun and exciting challenge. Woodlands helped Sunriver Resort earn accolades from Golf Magazine as their Gold Medal Award-Winning Resort.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
A 3 wood or long iron off of the tee is often a better option as the rough at the Woodlands can sneak up on you and be very troublesome

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Over the past four years we have replaced all of our greens to new Bentgrass greens. The greens are in great shape and rolling true

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
We have a few holes that are talked about quite often. Typical to Robert Trent Jones Jr design there are some obstructions (trees) that can cause some headache if you are not familiar with the course. On holes 8 and 9 you will find a tree in each fairway that are good targets but may force you to be a little more creative on your second shot.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is hole #17. It is a tough par 3 with water on 3 sides and a bunker in front. It requires a high approach shot into the green.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
McDivot's café has a great menu but a must try is an order of deep fried green beans.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
To the best of my knowledge the course record is a 62 shot by a young man in the Central Oregon Junior Golf Association tournament of champions named Andrew Vajaro.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6947
Slope: 142
Rating: 73.4

More Information
Woodlands Golf Course
17600 Center Drive
Sunriver OR, 97707
1-800-801-8765 or 541-593-4402

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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