Forty-one bunkers influence shot selection and protect the landing areas and green complexes. Irwin and Gentry bunkered the outside of the doglegs to give direction off the tee and trees are used as hazards to protect the inside corners. The bunkers around the green complexes reflect the philosophy Donald Ross used many years earlier. Golfers face a greater penalty the further off line the shot is in the bunker. The recovery shot must be higher to clear the enlarged mound on the face of the bunker. The Meadowlands received recognition in a recent article by Golf Worldarchitecture editor, Ron Whitten, who stated, 'This duo uses perhaps the most distinctive bunkering of any firm working today.'
Meadowlands provides an exciting variety of golf holes including links holes running through a meadow, penal carries over water and ravines, and elevation changes similar to mountain courses. Gentry summed it up, 'The whole design of the golf course is in the routing, green sizes, shapes, angles, mounding, and bunkering style. Youve got to have variety. Thats the key. If you get monotonous it just gets boring.'