42. Drive, chip, putt
The Rogue Valley features several appealing public golf courses that cover all levels of ability. Here’s a rundown:
Centennial, Medford: High-end course with an open landscape, virtually no trees and several water hazards. Greens are true, fairways well maintained. Longest course in the area. Weekend rates (w/o cart): 18 holes, $59. Phone: 541-773-4653.
Eagle Point, Eagle Point: Top-notch layout with a variety of hole designs and in optimum condition. Front nine more open and flat, back nine heads into the woods a bit. Plenty of test. Weekend rates (w/o cart): 18/9 holes, $47/$30. Phone: 541-826-8225.
Stone Ridge, Eagle Point: Diverse track with lots of elevation change and several high teeing areas to lower greens or fairways, which is always fun. Away from the bustle. Weekend rates (w/o cart): 18/9 holes, $46/$30. Phone: 541-830-4653.
Oak Knoll, Ashland: Municipal course. Mostly straightforward holes to start, then finishes with tough uphill approach on No. 8 and a tee shot over a ravine on No. 9. Weekend rates (w/o cart): 18/9 holes, $24/$16. Phone: 541-482-4311.
Quail Point, Medford: A shorter course that is long on character. Greens are quick with subtle breaks, and holes that wrap around a hill allow for a variety of shots. Weekend rates (w/o cart): 18/9 holes, $28/$18. Phone: 541-857-7000.
Stewart Meadows, Medford: Gem of a layout, suitable for all levels. Easy to walk but provides challenges with creeks and/or ponds on six holes and plenty of bunkers. Weekend rates (w/o cart): 18/9 holes, $28/$18. Phone: 541-770-6554.
Bear Creek, Medford: Par 29, with two par 4s of about 300 yards. Great for juniors, beginners, walkers and for work on iron play. Weekend rates (w/o cart): 18/9 holes, $15/$12. Phone: 541-773-1822.