Arrive: Thursday afternoon
2-Bedroom Golf Condo on Big Meadow Golf Course
Friday: ** 36 holes ** 7:00 a.m. @ Big Meadow Course & 1:30 p.m. @ Glaze Meadow Course
Saturday: 12 p.m. @ Tetherow Golf Club
Sunday: ** 2:30 @ Pronghorn Resort (Nicklaus Course)
Thursday : Happy Hour at the Aspen Lounge, Dinner @ the Lodge Restaurant
Friday: Light breakfast @ Robert’s Pub in Big Meadow clubhouse, lunch at Glaze Meadow Snack Shop
Saturday: Brunch @ Lodge Espresso Shop, snacks on course @ Tetherow, Dinnner @ Three Creeks Brewing
Saturday: Breakfast @ Golf House, Lunch @ Trailhead Grill (Pronghorn Resort)Dinner @ Baldy’s BBQ (Redmond)
Depart: Sunday morning
Three days, four nights, five rounds of golf – Ranch living, golf style.
There’s “guys golf weekends” and there’s a “guys golf weekend at Black Butte Ranch.”
The former, a couple rounds, a few beers and some laughs. The latter a true golf vacation on the Central Oregon Golf Trail – tee to green paradise just 130 miles from Portland and 30 miles from Bend. Far enough to feel like you’re getting away, but close enough to make time and time again.
The weekend starts when you check in to your aptly named “Golf Condo” overlooking the 18th fairway of the Big Meadow Golf Course, one of two world-class courses within the ranch.
You wait for your other buddies to arrive by chilling out with a local craft brew on the back patio watching a solid mix of duffers and single handicappers make their way up the finishing hole.
After everyone arrives, you take the short walk to the Lodge Restaurant where you order the wild boar Bolognese (you’re on vacation right?) go over the week’s games, collect some cash for the pot and trash talk until dark.
It might be a guy’s weekend, but you call it a night early. A huge day awaits.
Friday you and the boys are on dawn patrol thanks to the concierge at the Central Oregon Visitors Association hooking you up as the first group out. (Their service is a free perk of the Top 100 Package.)
Big Meadow might better be called “Big Views” as you make the turn on this quintessential high mountain course. Playing holes 9 through 15 take a little longer than they should because of the extra time you’ll spend snapping pictures of the Cascades looming over your approach shot.
After your round at Big Meadow you don’t waste any time, grabbing a ranch shuttle over to the Glaze Meadow course where you’ll have a beer and burger at the snack shop there before your 1:30 tee time.
At Glaze, you’re treated with more amazing views and a golf course showing off its recent $3.75 million renovation. It’s tucked within a forest of Ponderosa pines and Aspens, but the generous fairways and subtle greens make it a fair challenge for everyone in your group.
You’re done before happy hour is over back at the Aspen Lodge where you head upstairs for a plate of chili verde nachos and look out over a ranch full of guests winding down for the day.
Tonight you’ll lay low back at the house with a couple of take and bake pizzas from the Lakeside Bistro. When there’s not a cloud in the sky all day, 36 holes can take it out of ya, even if you’re staying hydrated in the mid-70s “heat” alternating between local brews and Gatorade.
On Saturday, you’ll grab some coffee and a quick breakfast – or brunch, considering it’s almost 11 – at the Lodge Espresso Shop on your way into Bend for a round at Tetherow.
Tetherow’s landscape couldn’t be more opposite of Black Butte. Tightly cut fairways merge seamlessly with putting surfaces that the word undulating doesn’t begin to describe. Grassy knolls, rock outcroppings and high desert brush are ready to attract and repel even the slightest wayward drive – except the ones they fortuitously send back to the middle of the fairway.
A challenging course with a little something on the line: The loser serves as the designated driver while post-golf, the rest of the boys partake in a truly iconic Central Oregon adventure: The Bend Ale Trail.
Along with iconic golf courses and breathtaking mountain views, little ole Bend, Oregon has become home to some (17 and counting) of the best breweries in the world. And many of them happen to be located within roughly 1 square mile of each other.
Your first stop – and first stamp on the Ale Trail Passport – is Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, just down the street from the golf course. You each order something different, passing your pints down the line to share a taste – with “Blonde Bombshell” a clear winner among the group.
Then it’s off to 10 Barrel Brewing Company where you sit outside and split one of their famous brick oven pizzas and grab a six pack of their creatively named “Pub Beer” for the designated drive to try back at the house.
You make quick sample tray stops at Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing Company before hitting the road back home – but not before dinner and stamps at Three Creeks Brewing Company in Sisters. The Knotty Schniztel and “Stonefly Rye” cap what couldn’t have been a more perfect day.
Sunday, another round at one of the region’s most secluded, yet popular courses. You cobble together a breakfast with leftovers from the brewery and the remaining food from the market before heading out toward Powell Butte.
Pronghorn, a semi-private course designed by Jack Nicklaus. He had quite the canvas to work with, considering the lava rock outcroppings unique to the area. You’ll leave here having been tested and knowing it’s unlikely you’ll ever play putting services as pure.
After your afternoon round, you make a dinner stop at Baldy’s BBQ in Redmond – you all noticed the line outside the Bend location when you drove past it on your Ale Trail journey so you figured this Baldy’s cat knows what’s up with barbecue.
The gang lingers over the bones left behind after some racks of ribs and a huge tray of fried okra with honey mustard. Paying the bill means the vacation is nearly over.
But not yet. Back at the ranch, it’s a perfect night to hang out on the deck and watch some groups obviously on their own guy’s trip chasing daylight on the 18th.
As you pack your bags for your early morning departure, you all vow to return.
And get those seven missing stamps on your Ale Trail Passport.
This is just a sample itinerary from the Central Oregon Golf Trail. 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 to set up your own custom itinerary at 1-888-280-3336.