Golf Guide – Golf Galore!
From Scottish links-style, to towering Ponderosa-lined fairways, to pristinely manicured resort play… Central Oregon’s courses feature the finest course architects in the world.
What makes the Central Oregon golf experience truly special is not only the variety and value of 30 golf courses within a 45-minute drive of Bend and Sunriver, but the exceptional caliber and diversity of course design. From high-mountain to high desert golf, you won’t find any single track like the next in Central Oregon. With some of the most renowned names in course design, you can be sure of a “bucket list” golf experience in Central Oregon. For many good reasons, Golf Digest named Central Oregon in its “Top 50 Golf Destinations in the World.”
Central Oregon courses aren’t short on scenery, with shots that challenge you to carry over deep canyons and the famed Deschutes River; bunkers carved from lava flows and filled with red sand; and fairways framing the majestic Cascade mountains. Just remember to call “FORE!” when the resident deer, rabbit or bald eagle ventures into the path of your shot.
If your quest is to play a course designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, David McLay Kidd, and Peter Jacobsen then you’re in luck. This roster of all-star architects and many others, has chosen Central Oregon as the site for their most innovative course designs.
It may surprise you to learn that with less annual rainfall than San Diego, Central Oregon and its sunny, dry and mild temperatures is absolutely ideal for golf. Summer day temperatures average in the low 80s, while spring and fall provide crisp mornings and warm evenings for golf lovers. Many Central Oregon courses are open year-round.
Looking for a reason to test your game and sample this bounty of golf? If you have an established USGA handicap, you’re invited to enter the largest amateur tournament in the West – the Pacific Amateur Golf Classic. The PacAm, held September 19-24 2015 and now in its 19th year, welcomes hundreds of golfers each fall to this three-day, 54-hole event. The top four finishers in each flight qualify for a fourth round at famed Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, where the PacAm Champion is crowned. Nightly 19th-hole activities make the PacAm a celebration of golf and camaraderie. The tournament benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon. For tournament and entry information, visit PacAmGolf.com or call (888) 425-3976.
With 30 courses in the region that make up the Central Oregon Golf Trail, many golfers set their own itineraries that will, over several visits, allow them to play every course. To plan your Central Oregon Golf Trail or customize a destination golf vacation, visit CentralOregonGolfTrail.com or call our vacation planners at (800) 800-8334.
Duke Ellington’s observation on swing extends beyond great jazz. In golf, the swing – be it that of Fred Couples, Rory McIlroy or a weekend warrior – is everything.
Pronghorn’s Troon Golf Academy offers comprehensive instruction, from full-swing to putting and short game to on-course management, and state-of-the-art video analysis. Led by world-renowned Director of Education Tim Mahoney, the academy offers discriminating travelers the Troon Golf Experience.
The Tetherow Golf Academy is a year-round, state-of-the-art golf training facility led by PGA Teacher of the Year finalist Mike Lewis. It includes two hitting bays for indoor and outdoor practice, and video-assisted swing assessment and diagnostics.
It’s spring, and the region’s golf courses are snow free. Yet up at Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo ski resorts, there’s still tons of snow and the Deschutes and Metolius rivers are prime for fly-fishing. So how about carving a few turns in the morning, playing 18 holes in the afternoon and casting a fly at twilight? This cross training is an abundantly practiced Central Oregon perk. The best part may be when you kick back to sip your favorite Oregon Pinot noir or craft brew at the end of a day and just share the day’s stories.