Managing Partner Chris van der Velde keeps things colorful and alive at Tetherow, often by playing the M&M “last color standing” game and by cracking a joke when things get heated.Born in Norwich, Connecticut to a Dutch father and an Oregonian mother, van der Velde visited Holland for several months at a time before he was 18. By the time he was 23, Chris was competing in the European mini-tours, and he turned pro in 1987. Van der Velde received his European tour card in 1988 and went on to play professional golf in Europe from 1989-1999 (aside from a short 18-month stint in Atlanta). During these years in Holland, Chris and his wife Erin raised three children. Chris decided to channel his passion for golf and became business partners with Netherlands-based Willem Willemstein in 2005. Friends since 2001, van der Velde and Willemstein did other smaller business deals together before purchasing Tetherow Golf Course in March of 2009.
*FUN FACT: Chris was coach of the Dutch national team in October of 2006 when they won the Amateur World Cup.
Golf Course Superintendent
Born in Dallas, OR and raised in Gladstone, Chris attended the University of Oregon (BA in Spanish) Oregon State University (BS in Horticulture/Turf Management). He began his career as greenskeeper/ intern at Broadmoor Golf Course in Portland, OR and Bend Golf & Country Club in Bend.Other clubs on Chris’ resume include: The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha, OR; Trophy Lake Golf & Casting in Port Orchard, WA; Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA; The Duke at Rancho El Dorado in Maricopa, AZ; Three Crowns Golf Club in Casper, WY and Broken Top Club in Bend, OR.
*FUN FACT: Chris has attended over 30 Motley Crue concerts.
Head Golf Pro
Jake Edwards joined Tetherow in April 2016 from the renowned Vintage Club in Indian Wells, California, where he was Golf Professional for seven years. There he provided the highest level of customer service in golf operations, membership and teaching. In addition to working with The Vintage Club members, Edwards worked alongside such legendary pros as Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Mike Weir, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Luke List, Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis and others.
*FUN FACT: Jake originally worked at Tetherow as a golf assistant when it opened in 2007, and re-joined us in 2016 as the Head Golf Professional!
An Oregon native, Tamara grew up in Hermiston before moving to Bend, where she graduated from Bend Senior High School. She then earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oregon Institute of Technology, in Klamath Falls. Her professional experience includes leading accounting departments for BendBroadband and Pahlisch Homes. She also worked for two public accounting firms in the Portland Metro area where she earned her CPA license.
Tamara enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, biking, scuba diving and anything else that Central Oregon has to offer in the way of outdoors.
*FUN FACT: Tamara has backpacked over 200 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and aspires to complete the trail one day.
Assistant General Manager & Membership Manager
Working at Tetherow since 2011, Meghann started in the Tetherow Grill and quickly became an all-star! She moved into the Membership Administrator role in 2014. Raised in Redmond, Oregon, she has spent most of her life enjoying all that Central Oregon has to offer. She and her son Jackson enjoy camping, fishing and attending concerts.
*FUN FACT: Meghann has literary credits to her name!
Kate was born and raised in North County San Diego and gradutated from Azusa Pacific University, where she studied History and Psychology. Her previous work experience includes management and human resources at Starbucks, Sundance Natural Foods, and Whole Foods. She joined Tetherow in December 2015 and when she’s not busy keeping the Tetherow team in line, she enjoys reading, cooking and exploring Central Oregon with her family.
*FUN FACT: Kate and her family relocated to Bend on a whim after Googling “Sunniest cities on the West Coast”. We’re so glad she did!
Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager
Bringing humor to the kitchen and a delicious twist to every dish he creates, Executive Chef Zac Hoffman has felt the calling to cook since childhood, when at age 7 he asked for a recipe holder for Christmas. Zac’s favorite pastime is fishing on the Deschutes River, where he is constantly inspired by the bounty of his surroundings. He brings this creative passion to the Tetherow menu and the many special events he plans. An Oregon native, he proudly uses locally sourced products whenever possible.
*FUN FACT: What a great camping buddy – he’s been known to bring 100 bacon-wrapped-dates on camping trips. Yes, please!
Carrie joined Tetherow in July 2011 after beginning her career at Bend’s Pronghorn Golf Club. After attending the University of Oregon and then living in Portland, she was thrilled to arrive in Bend in 2005. Her hobbies include gardening, graphic design, running, snowboarding, yoga and playing with her dogs and son. Carrie really enjoys working at Tetherow and loves how the staff is so cohesive, helpful and happy. Having the entire Cascade range visible from her office window isn’t too bad, either!
*FUN FACT: Carrie was born on Valentine’s Day, which explains why she’s such a sweetheart.
Director of Sales
As an alumni of both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, Kristi is a native Oregonian who was born in Prineville, raised in Portland and has lived in Central Oregon for over a decade. She honed her skills working for the Central Oregon Builders Association, Bend Radio Group, Hog Wild Toys and Gold Bond, Inc.
*FUN FACT: Kristi used to be part of a synchronized swimming team!
Hotel General Manager
Born and raised in Central Oregon, David grew up experiencing all that draws people to Bend; biking, skiing, fishing, and golfing. While still in high school, he began his hotel career as a bellman at Sunriver Resort. Over the years he has served in executive management at a downtown Portland hotel, a busy airport property in Seattle, and brings a unique depth of knowledge to the Tetherow Lodges. David and his wife recently returned home to Bend to raise their 2 children and are pleased to be a part of the Tetherow family. In his free time you will find him waist deep in a local river fly fishing or chasing the illusive white ball down the back nine.
*FUN FACT: David is a gourmet omelet connoisseur.
Vacation Rental Manager
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jade first fell in love with the mossy forests and snow – capped peaks of Oregon as a teenager while attending an alpine race camp on Mt. Hood. While pursuing education and ski racing, she traveled and worked in hospitality in a variety of Country Clubs, Resorts, and Restaurants around the country before returning to Oregon. She has worked for Timberline Lodge, Black Butte Ranch, and most recently House on Metolius. In her free time, Jade enjoys studying art and music, paddleboarding, and spending time with her son and his crazy dog.
Un-Official Goose Chaser
Chris Condon’s dog, Cosmo, is an 8 year old purebred female Border Collie and is our (un)official goose-chaser. According to Condon, the course has been goose free since 2008. Cosmo’s favorite pastime, aside from chasing sprinklers, is chasing after geese and the occasional swan.