Conditions Update & Our Annual Poa-Pulling Party


Having fun and bringing the greens back to their full glory. 
by Chris Condon, Director of Agronomy

Thank you to all of those who attended the Poa picking party.  We had a great time and actually picked a lot of Poa annua from the greens on #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.  A third of the golf course greens have less Poa annua than before and we owe it all to our dedicated members. We are having another Poa Party on Mon, Sept 8 and hope you can join us!

I also want to thank all of our members, guests and employees for being patient while we deal with the circumstances surrounding our putting surfaces.  My staff and I really appreciate your support while we work to re-establish the quality of our putting surfaces.  We have been working tirelessly on the greens to return them to Tetherow standards. I hope that you have been happy with our progress.You may have seen our multiple efforts to improve the greens.  We have continued overseeding and topdressing as well as sodding, sometimes with not so good results. Various areas have been done several times in order for the seed or sod to establish.

You may be wonder, why has it taken so long for some of the affected areas to return to normal conditions?  There are numerous reasons:  90 degree plus days, the residual active ingredient of the herbicide, too much topdressing in an effort to hasten the recovery and even disease that has affected the sod or seedlings.  All are factors that slow progress of recovery.In closing, I would like to hear your questions, comments and concerns.

Please feel free to send us anything to [email protected].  Your opinions are a valuable resource in providing quality golf course conditions.

Meet our New Members: The Steelhammer Family


“Tetherow’s a wonderful place to build friendships”
by Kelsi Shelton

Brandy and Geoff Steelhammer primarily moved to Bend for reasons so many of us do: the outdoor, active lifestyle year around. Moving from Salem in 2012, the couple was ready to get out of the rain and into the high desert and sunshine! Both Oregonians from the Willamette Valley, Brandy and Geoff grew up vacationing in Bend. And with Geoff’s parents living here part-time in Eagle Crest as well as Brandy’s grandfather living in Bend, the couple are grateful to be so close to family.

Since moving here, Geoff has fallen in love with mountain biking, and also stays busy skiing, hiking, golfing and hunting. He has also been a little league coach for 7 years.

Brandy, a licensed clinical social worker, spends her time doing outreach with foster children and parents. As she explained, “that is my passion in life!” Co-founding the ministry Foster Parent’s Night Out eight years ago, she works with DHS Child Welfare staff in several counties, as well as churches who host the monthly events. In her free time, she enjoys cross country skiing, reading, tennis, paddle boarding and yoga.‪

‪The Steelhammer’s have two boys: Drew, 13, will be an 8th grader at Seven Peaks School, and Damon, who turned 10 this month will be a 4th grader at Seven Peaks. Drew’s passion is baseball, and he is part of the Bend North 12u Little League team. They recently won a state championship this summer and represented Oregon at the Western Regionals Little League Tournament this month. Drew also enjoys hunting, football, skiing and mountain biking.  Damon is passionate about all sports and hunting, as well as music and animals. An impressive gymnast, he competed at level 4 this past winter. The family also has a much-loved 1-year-old dog Stryker.

Although their life is full and busy, Brandy added that “in the rare, quiet moments” they love to head out to Lake Billy Chinook and hang out on their boat.

Being relatively new to Bend, the Steelhammers are excited to be part of such a wonderful community at Tetherow. “We knew it would be a wonderful place to meet people and build friendships through all of the social events Tetherow offers. We also wanted our boys to have an opportunity to learn how to golf with Tetherow’s instructors,” they explained.

Once Brandy and Geoff discovered all of the amazing social activities, and realized many of their friends were already members, they were sold. “The incredibly nice staff at Tetherow” was also a huge selling point for them, they said.

Welcome to Tetherow, Steelhammer family!

2014 Ceilidh: Ladies Invitational Results 


by Nate Kitt, Asst. Head Professional

The Ceilidh: Tetherow’s toughest event to pronounce. Many might try “See-Lid,” but I have a sneaking suspicion that few would know the actual enunciation of “Kay-Lee.” This Gaelic term means “party” and the events that transpired Thursday night could not have represented a “Ceilidh” any better. The festivities kicked off with a cocktail hour followed by a Par 3 Social. What does that mean, one might ask. Let me tell you, if this part of the event doesn’t having you coming back year after year, then I don’t know what will. With gambling specialist Kelly Wechter on hand, we decided to facilitate a special kind of “Five Card Draw,” in which on every hole the participants would have the opportunity to trade out a card out of their hand. Sounds kind of ordinary, right? Well, when the trade out opportunities include playing the hole with only your putter, tossing cornhole bean bags, “Frisbee golfing” and hula hooping, the events were anything but ordinary! With many laughs, good friends, a reliable “booze boy,” and good tunes, the atmosphere was electric. After a long, hot day of preparations, we all needed a bit of refreshment. What the golf staff was not expecting was Louis announcing that if you hit a golf pro with a water balloon, you would have the opportunity to change out a card. Although the successful hits felt quite nice, I have never seen so much passion in a water balloon fight!

The actual tournament started Friday morning with the two-person scramble format. With contests for both net and gross scores, the scores were very interesting after Day 1 with four points separating the top two gross teams and only ONE point separating the top two net teams. The first day of the tournament also included a hosted lunch on the course and a light lunch following play. The big dining experience of the week was Friday night at the Ceilidh dinner with spouses invited. I was unable to attend, but based on Saturday morning reactions, I wish I the opportunity to try the “apple pinwheel,” the clear crowd favorite. For Day 2, the ladies competed in a net better ball of two format, which definitely provided a bigger challenge than the prior day’s format. After another 18 holes of peaks and valleys, success and despair, there was one clear gross champion and a tie for net champion! Mary Jensen and Cheryl Steppe capped off the week with a convincing win in the Gross category, while the Net division had to be decided between Shannon Bauhofer/Roxie Oglesby and Paula Sansburn/Angie Moore. After 36 holes of exhausting championship golf, the ladies thought it would be in the best interest of everyone to handle the tie in a scorecard playoff. We compared the Day 2 scores. Still tied. We compared the two teams back nine scores of Day 2. Still tied. We proceeded to compare the last 6 holes of the tournament and found that Team Bauhofer/Oglesby won by one! Congratulations to all winners of the event, and although it may sound corny, I believe all the competitors to be winners at the Ceilidh!

We want to send a huge thanks to our event co-chairs Mary Liebman and Shannon Bauhofer! The silent auction and raffle portion of the event raised nearly $3000 for local charity Saving Grace, and the ladies in charge deserve a huge ovation for their selfless efforts and generosity in time and valuable resources. Additionally, Kevin Gilman, Zac Hoffman, Mark Jones, Leann Schoales, and their respective staffs deserve to be recognized for their wonderful event coordination and food and beverage offerings! Lastly, I want to thank all of those who played and made this a memorable event for all of us. See you at next year’s Ceilidh!

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