Brasada Ranch Golf Escape

View of fairway on #6 at Brasada in Powell Butte, Oregon


Four guys, four nights, three golf courses – one amazing escape.

If you’re not familiar with Central Oregon as a golf destination, this Legends Collection itinerary is a perfect introduction to the region’s best courses – courses that offer a very different challenge to say the least.

Your headquarters will be Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte, just 15 minutes from both the Redmond Airport and the “big city” of Bend. Brasada is the definition of a “high desert oasis” packed with upscale amenities off the beaten path.

Brasada Ranch, near Bend Oregon, Golf Course

After arriving mid-afternoon, you and the boys will check in to the one of the new four-bedroom Sage Canyon Cabins that parallels the 10th hole at Brasada Canyons. Take in the amazing views of the Cascades in the distance while trying not getting too antsy to hit some eight irons into the green of this picturesque par 5. That’s coming later.

Interior of guest room in a cabin near Bend, Oregon

After you’re unpacked and situated, take a little walk to the main lodge area where happy hour is just getting started at The Ranch House, a casual, but refined little restaurant you’ll be seeing a lot of during your trip. After trying a local craft beer or gin and tonic with locally distilled spirits, enjoy your first taste of true Central Oregon fine dining.

Using locally grown fruits, vegetables, even beef, lamb and pork, The Ranch House gives a new mean to “ranch style comfort food.” You won’t find any canned baked beans here.

After dinner, it’s back to your cabin for a few more beers and some cards out on the deck. Your golf weekend is shaping up quite nicely – and you haven’t yet touched a club.

That changes this morning, after a quick breakfast back at the Ranch House. You and the boys hit up the driving range for a while to loosen up for your 10:30 tee-time. Consider yourself lucky – one of the best golf courses in the state is nearly yours alone for the entire day. This semi-private course designed by Oregon’s own Peter Jacobsen is rarely busy and always laid back. Elevated tee boxes on nearly every hole give sweeping views of the high desert and Cascades…better yet, they provide ample opportunity for you to hit fairway after fairway – perfectly groomed fairways that could have you wondering if they’re created with artificial Field Turf.

View of greens & fairway on #17 & #18 in Powell Butte, Oregon

Grab some food at The Outpost when you make the turn – order a burger dog. Don’t ask. Just order one. You can worry about working if off later at the athletic club a few steps from your cabin. (Plus, you’ll need to have energy for the a twilight round later in the afternoon.)

After an epic 36 holes, some of the guys hit the hot tub while you swim a bit in the indoor lap pool.

Brasada, Resort, Near Bend Oregon, Athletic Club, Pool

A quick change of clothes and it’s off to The Range – for a little more upscale dinner with the boys. More locally raised beef and a new craft brew are on an a pretty open agenda. After dinner, it’s coctails (like a grown up) with smores (like a kid) at the giant open fire pit with perfect views of the mountain sunset.

The next morning, it’s road trip time into Bend where the day starts with one of the local’s “must-have” breakfasts at Alpenglow Café where they offer a $1,000 reward if you find a can opener in the building.

While devouring a smoked salmon eggs benedict (when in the Northwest…) you spot another of Bend’ s calling cards – beer – just across the street. A quick 11 a.m. craft brew at the Bend Brewing Company then it’s off to Tetherow.

Situated in the middle of Bend adjacent to the more traditional Broken Top Golf Club, Tetherow is one of the more unique courses you’ll ever play. It’s Scottish links golf in the high desert. It’s Bandon Dunes without the ocean (or wind.)

10th hole at Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Oregon

A post round beer in the newly opened “Row” bar and grill offers another chance for a different craft beer before heading back downtown for dinner at Deschutes Brewery, the brewery that put Bend on the beer map (and home to the best burger in Central Oregon.)

Day three starts with a quick workout and light breakfast at the athletic club before heading just a few miles down the road and several miles off the road to Pronghorn, a Tuscan-village with two world-class courses. You have a 11:30 tee time at the Nicklaus course, which cuts through ancient lava rock ridges and outcroppings.

The Nicklaus course, like most of the legend’s designs, is tremendously accessible for players of all abilities with the truest putting surfaces in all of Central Oregon.

It’s the perfect course to wrap up the golf part of your vacation.

Back at Brasada, it’s one last happy hour and some time on the cabin deck with the boys as you replay every shot, every missed putt and every “best drives of your life” while planning to return next summer, and add Black Butte Ranch to the mix.

That 5:15 a.m. flight back home – and back to reality — will come all too soon.

This is just a sample itinerary of the Central Oregon Legends Collection. We’re more than willing to put together the perfect golf getaway package for you that includes a longer stay, more people and, of course MORE GOLF! Just give our concierge a call at 1-888-280-3336 for a customized itinerary!


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