Prepping for Golf Season with Big Plans

 New landscaping and renovations to the range and hole #7 are on the horizon 
by Chris Condon

Hello from the golf course maintenance staff.  We hope that everyone enjoyed the Holiday Season whether it was spent enjoying the sunshine and lack of snow here in Bend, or somewhere a little warmer? February is always the month that the golf course maintenance staff begins gearing up for the golf season.  It is the last quiet month before the crew returns and everything becomes hectic once again.  That being said, March is going to be a particularly busy month for the golf course maintenance staff.  In addition to preparing the golf course for opening, we are undertaking a few large scale projects including the landscaping around the new Tetherow Lodges and renovating the practice range tee. We are getting as excited as you are for the 2014 golf season!

As we break ground on the landscape installation in February around the newly constructed Tetherow Lodges, we will also be forming the Tetherow Landscape Department. The goal is to create a sustainable, dynamic and naturally believable space that will connect both visually and functionally with the golf course and its natural surroundings. Our approach to this project is to draw design inspiration from the areas surrounding the golf course and create a space utilizing native plants and local materials that will yield enhanced resort continuity and elevate our environmental stewardship.

To accomplish our design principles, we are undertaking a unique and unconventional approach to the landscape construction process in order to create a space that we envision. All the plant and landscape materials utilized during the project are indigenous to the Central Oregon region. The plant material we have selected for the project will include many of the current inhabitants found around Tetherow, along with native flowering perennials to provide seasonal color and interest.  Approximately 80% of the plant material and 100% of the additional landscape features will be transplanted from in and around Tetherow.  It is hard to get more local than that!

Once the Tetherow Lodges’ landscape is finished, we will use this project as a model for our work to further the vision and goals of the Tetherow Landscape Department.  We plan to utilize our expertise and experience to provide services to the new and existing homes around Tetherow. As the Tetherow Landscape Department starts on a new path, the golf course maintenance staff will use their wealth of knowledge for some new projects.

We are scheduled to start a practice range tee renovation the last week of February. The plan for the practice range tee is to strip the existing grass, level the tee, and lay new Kentucky bluegrass sod.  If the weather cooperates, the stripping and grading of the tee will be completed by March 1st followed by installing the new sod as soon as the farms are able to cut and deliver.  This project will provide a temporary solution to a larger issue with the practice range tee that will be addressed in the future.

The ultimate goal for the practice range tee is to enlarge the overall playing surface to provide enough space to accommodate our increasing membership and resort guests.  As we provide a plan to increase the size of the tee we will also be utilizing creeping bentgrass sod to emulate the playability of our fine fescue.  The creeping bentgrass will provide a more durable surface in the future for the practice range tee.

Along with the landscaping and tee renovation, we are in the planning stages of a green renovation for hole #7.  Over the coming months we will be consulting with David McLay Kidd to increase the playing surface area and overall playability of the green.  Tentatively renovations will start this fall and be completed for the start of the 2015 golf season.

As always, your comments, questions, and concerns are very important to us.  Please contact me at [email protected] at any time. Thank you for your support and we will see you soon. We are Bend Oregon at it’s finest!

December Foursome of Golf Winner

Bend’s Jeff Jernstedt won by signing up online

Bend resident Jeff Jernstedt is the lucky winner of a foursome of golf at Tetherow, just by signing up online! Here’s a bit about Jeff, in his own words:

“I started playing golf over 40 years ago, and enjoyed playing golf on the Linfield College team back in the day when woods were actually made of wood and balls had balata covers.  I first played a David McLay Kidd course the day Bandon Dunes opened in 1999 and saw Tetherow before the grass had sprouted.  Both are now among my favorite courses.  I can’t wait to treat my friends to a round (or two!) at Tetherow this spring!”

Thanks Jeff, we look forward to seeing you then.

Employee Focus: Hotel Manager Loy Helmly

Molding Tetherow’s Hotel with Expertise and Optimism
by Kelsi Shelton

Loy’s extensive experience in the resort worlds starts with him working in the National Parks when on summer vacations during his college years. He later managed the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana, The Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington, and Black Butte Ranch and the House on Metolius here in Central Oregon. The experience he brings to the table is paramount, but Helmly emphasizes that the hotel’s success will largely be derived from hiring skilled, experienced staff who can all “share the load.”   The details that go in to starting up a resort hotel from scratch can be mind-boggling. From the architecture and construction to the interior design, linens, computer systems, hiring the perfect staff, and all the details in between, the process is much like orchestrating a masterpiece. But Tetherow’s Hotel General Manager Loy Helmly feels prepared for such a challenge. As he explains, “we have a great start with the foundation that Chris & Erin van der Velde and Operations Manager Davis Smith have planned and built for us to operate.” This coupled with his jam-packed resume of resort management experience gives way to his positive attitude in the midst of the challenges. Helmly observes, “it will be exciting, fun, and a little terrifying to make sure we don’t forget anything, but the sense of satisfaction we’ll have when we do it right will be worth the effort!”

Starting at Tetherow this past fall, Loy has lived in the Pacific Northwest for the majority of his adult life. Helmly moved with his wife and three daughters to Bend from Washington back in 1998 when he took the position of President and General Manager of Black Butte Ranch. Getting out of the “rain belt” near Seattle was a prime motivator for Helmly and his family. “We love the great sunny, dry weather and all the recreation that is available,” he raves.

While working at Black Butte Ranch, Loy was aware of Tetherow’s construction and had played Bandon Dunes a number of times. He reflects, “I knew David McLay Kidd and was excited to have a links style course in Central Oregon.” Golf has always been a part of Helmly’s life, as his father was in the Navy and this father/son duo would play at military and municipal golf courses. Later on, as Helmly began working in resorts, he says he came to appreciate the quality of a “well-maintained resort course.”

Now, Loy is grateful to not only live in Bend where natural beauty surrounds him wherever he goes, but he is also elated to be working in such a gorgeous resort setting. He reflects, “some people may never experience the clean air, fresh water, beautiful mountains, great golf and new facilities that we enjoy every day, and yet we live and work here! What a treat! Add to that the outstanding resort that Tetherow is ‘growing into’ and we staff have a truly unique opportunity to continue molding Tetherow into the world-class property that our owners, residents, and members have envisioned here.” It is this optimistic attitude that both sustains and energizes Helmly for the growth and challenges that lie ahead.

With all the responsibilities that Loy juggles, his latest passion (in addition to his three grandsons) that refreshes him during his off time is fly-fishing. Helmy explains, “the sound of the water tumbling over boulders, surprise visits by wildlife, and the occasional solitude there can restore your soul after a busy day serving special requests from resort guests. And, if I catch a fish or two, it’s a bonus!”

Real Estate at Tetherow in 2013

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Real Estate at Tetherow in 2013: By the numbers
by Carrie Ramoz

It’s official…it was the biggest year in Tetherow ‘s real estate history!  In 2013, 43 families joined Tetherow as new lot owners with 7 more currently under contract.  On the home front, 11 purchased homes with 7 more under contract.  For reference, this is more lot sales than the previous 4 years combined.

Tetherow Opens a New Restaurant: The Row

Endless views and unique location propel the highly anticipated opening of The Row
by Carrie Ramoz

3 hours to celebrate
12 beers on tap
32 beers in cans/bottles
+175 attendees

= 1 unforgettable restaurant grand opening!

More than a year of planning and construction culminated with the opening of The Row, Tetherow’s version of a pub. On Thursday, December 19 we unveiled The Row to our eager (and thirsty!) membership with a party of hosted drinks and appetizers.  The Row offers more than 30 bottled beers and 12 taps that feature numerous local brews, cider and one nitro.

Executive Chef Zac Hoffman has crafted a tempting menu of upscale comfort food with the freshest ingredients. A nod to Tetherow’s Scottish heritage, a few classics such as a huntsman platter and Scotch eggs co-exist alongside contemporary dishes of hamburgers, flatbread pizzas and salads. An Oregon native, Hoffman proudly uses locally sourced products whenever possible.

The name ‘The Row’ was many years in the making explains Kevin Gilman, Tetherow Food & Beverage Director. “For years, our regulars have shortened the word Tetherow into ‘the row’. Choosing it as the name for our new facility pays homage to our loyal patrons.”

Abundant use of natural elements and clean lines gives The Row a warm, welcoming atmosphere and is a tribute to its natural surroundings. The Row not only borders the Deschutes National Forest but also provides Cascade views from Mt. Bachelor to Mt. Hood. Wall accents are crafted from lodge pole pine cross sections, flooring is made of end-cut Douglas fir and the bar countertops are composed of Red Dragon granite and black walnut.

With direct access to the Deschutes National Forest and its convenient location along Century Drive, The Row is an ideal place to grab a refresher after a day of biking Phil’s Trail or family skiing at Mt. Bachelor. Guests can enjoy a variety of sporting events on the four televisions or simply grab a drink before their round of golf.  Mere minutes from downtown, it provides a new element to the dynamic dining scene in Bend.

The Row is the latest in a string of expansion and construction projects at Tetherow, a resort and residential community on Bend’s Westside. It opened a new golf academy and event pavilion in 2013 and is currently building overnight accommodations, which are scheduled to open in April 2014. The Tetherow Grill, which originally opened in 2009 and boasts a fine dining menu, remains open seven days a week. Reservations are recommended.



Up it Goes! The Best New Lodging in Bend

Tetherow Lodges January Construction update
by Carrie Ramoz
The construction continues and Tetherow Lodges are on schedule to open in April.  One of the few perks to this mild, non-snowy winter has allowed exterior work to continue at a considerable pace and the stone masonry, painting and landscape plans progress every day.

Hotel Manager Loy Helmly has the arduous ask of testing and selecting guest room accessories and new samples arrive daily including bath towels and robes, bed linens, pillows, and fluffy comforters.  Soon to follow will be bath amenities, glassware, ice buckets, irons and ironing boards and other necessities for a well-equipped luxury hotel room.

The Cascades (west) building is furthest along, with interior finishes being applied including paint and wall coverings, to be followed by cabinetry, countertops, doors and other millwork in mid-January. The Highlands (east) building has interior work underway including drywall, HVAC, plumbing and electrical.  When complete, interior finishes similar to the Cascades building will follow.

News of the Tetherow Lodges construction has attracted a great selection of candidates who are being interviewed for management positions of our three key departments including Guests Services, Housekeeping and Maintenance with hire dates planned for early February. Spring will truly bring a flurry of hiring to Tetherow as we prepare to staff housekeeping, front desk, golf staff and golf course maintenance!

The Guest Services Building has the roof on and ‘standing seam metal roofing’ being installed and the fireplace chimney has been roughed-in.  Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is being completed while insulation and drywall will begin mid-month.

To learn more about Tetherow Lodges, pricing and reservations, please email: [email protected]

New Members The Lewis Family

Meet our New Members: The Lewis Family 
by Kelsi Shelton

“Tetherow’s Incredible Staff and Course Won Us Over”

Jamie and Kim Lewis have lived in Bend for 14 years and 20 years respectively. While Tetherow’s staff and course initially attracted the Lewis’ to the club, it sealed the deal when they discovered some friends of theirs were also members here. However, they say, “it really came down to how friendly the staff is and how nice the course and overall facilities are.” Jamie, from Medford, and Kim, from Astoria, both value spending time with their friends and family, while Jamie is the main golfer in the family.

The couple has two daughters: Olivia, 6, who loves  ballet, drawing, and playing American Girl, and Mackensie, 15, who spends her time skiing and is learning to  golf and play tennis. They also warn that “she just got her learner’s permit, so watch out Bend!”

Their future goals include traveling to Switzerland, Italy and Australia, riding in a hot air balloon, and Jamie hopes to drive a formula one care and walk both of his daughters down the aisle.

Welcome to Tetherow, Lewis Family!

November Foursome of Golf Winner

Alana Burk from Bend won just by signing up online!

Alana Burk & her father
Alana Burk & her father

Bend’s Alana Burk is the November foursome of golf winner! Below is a little about her, in her own words:

“My interest in golf started as a child with my Dad teaching me the proper ways to hold a golf cub, which club to choose, how to tee up and so on. My grandparents live on Pleasant Valley Golf Course where we would climb through the fence and hit practice shots from the 13th tee where he would then teach me how to read the green to make a good putt. We have always had a great relationship, especially when it comes to sports, but that has been put on hold since I moved to Bend and that is the reason I entered the contest to win a round of golf at one of his favorite courses. I can’t imagine a better Christmas present for him, and I can’t wait to share this experience.”

Thanks Alana, we look forward to seeing you on Bend’s best golf course in 2014!

Bend Oregon Winter Activities

Let the Winter Activities Begin!
by Kelsi Shelton

Tetherow’s golf season is done until March, but as one season closes, another opens, and Central Oregon has an abundance of snow adventures ready for your enjoyment! Since Tetherow is all about enjoying Bend’s outdoors, family, and the beautiful seasons Central Oregon offers, we compiled a list of our favorite fall and winter activities so you give yourself plenty of time to plan and make this season as jam packed as you’d like it to be.

We all know that Mt. Bachelor offers world-class downhill skiing snowboarding. The Cascade Mountains are mere minutes away from Tetherow and snowshoeing is a yet another family-friendly relaxing alternative offering breathtaking views as you trek through the pristine, freshly powdered trails. Virtually anyone  can enjoy these treks. No lessons required! Snowshoeing Edison Butte loop is dog-friendly and a local’s favorite, offering a shelter about 5.5 miles away for a hot cocoa or toddy break.

Mt. Bachelor boasts 56 km of Nordic trails ranging from easy to double diamonds. Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center offers ski rentals and lesson to learn either skate or classic style skiing. Explore the innumerable sno-parks off Century drive, such as the 30 km of groomed trails at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. This park connects to the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, and the Central Oregon Nordic Club maintains several warming huts with fireplaces where you can rest and re-fuel. Wanoga Sno-park is a groomed, dog-friendly trail just past the entrance to Virginia Meissner and milepost 14. 

Enjoy a winter escape out at Elk Lake!  Rent a cabin and ski or snowmobile in, or arrange to have a Snow-Burban carry you away to your getaway (no automobiles or 4-wheel drives allowed in the winter!). Enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or backcountry skiing in the Cascade Mountains. It is truly a winter wonderland out there!

Brought to you by the Oregon Trail of Dreams, get bundled up and allow a dog sled team to pull you through the snow-covered Cascades. The rides all depart from the lower Sunrise Lodge parking area, and the sleds can hold up to 4 people or up to 450 lbs. To schedule your ride or for more information, call 800.829.2442.

Construction updates and green building at Tetherow

Tetherow Lodges

With the desire to minimize its impact on the environment, one of the big decisions in the Lodges construction was to utilize recycled insulation throughout the building. It is a dark brown/greyish color –  not the typical pepto-pink stuff and is called Knauf EcoBatt Insulation. It doesn’t look like any insulation you’ve ever seen, but that’s because its natural brown color represents a level of sustainability never before achieved.

It is made from rapidly renewable organic materials rather than petroleum-based chemicals commonly used in other insulation products.EcoBatt Insulation combines sand, one of the world’s most abundant and renewable resources, post-consumer recycled bottle glass and technology to create the next generation of sustainable insulation. It contains no phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics or artificial colors, has excellent insulating value, reduces airborne sound transmission, contains a minimum of 61.9% post-consumer recycled content.

In addition to the completed insulation, the roof and the windows are done, which means interior work will keep the construction teams busy (and warm & dry!) during these cold months. Final furnishing decisions and details are being made every day

To make advance reservations or to learn more, please contact us at [email protected].

GSBGuest Services Building

This is where our future guests will check in when arriving at Tetherow Lodges. With expansive glass and an attention-stealing fireplace, it will create a unique and lasting first impression. Our real estate sales team will also be housed in here. With its prime location and outdoor entertaining area, some impromptu barbecues may be in order for next summer!

Curbs, sidewalks and parking have been poured and are ready for our guests to arrive in April!

The Row

The Row, Tetherow’s version of a pub, is on track to open in late December! The extensive beer taps are in place and the kitchen equipment has been installed. Chef Zac Hoffman is finalizing the menu, which includes some wonderful “après ski” items that are sure to warm your belly after a day at Mt. Bachelor.

Tetherow Golf Club’s Chris Condon Honored by Oregon Golf Assoc

The Oregon Golf Association awards this prestigious annual honor to the best in the industry


At its Annual Meeting at Oswego Lake Country Club the Oregon Golf Association recognized a number of its important stakeholders including members, clubs, courses as well as superintendents and golf professionals.

Each year, OGA Directors – the representatives of all regular OGA Member Clubs – get together to review the business of the Golf Association. Directors from more than 70 member clubs along with OGA invited guests gathered this year for a business meeting followed by an awards brunch and concluded with an afternoon of golf. 

Co-Superintendents of the Year: Chris Condon of Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Ore. and Richard Flink of Reames Golf & CC in Klamath Falls, Ore. were named Co-Superintendents of Year.

Condon has been with Tetherow since before it opened and was instrumental in having Tetherow certified as an Audubon Sanctuary and the course has remained highly ranked nationally since it opened. Additionally, it’s hosted both an OGA & PNGA Mid-Amateur Championship in that time as well.

Flink’s unwavering dedication to Reames Golf & Country Club have made for a golf course that’s second-to-none and consistently said by members to be the best maintained in Klamath County. He’s done more with less over the past five years as the economic downturn has hit Klamath County particularly hard. Members say he’s a “hands on Superintendent” routinely up to his knees in a hand-dug trench fixing irrigation systems.

Both Condon & Flink thanked their staffs first and foremost for the success their courses have had. 

OGA Business Meeting

The focus of this year’s business meeting included an overview of the OGA’s current year achievements, allied association updates including PNGA, Evans Scholar Foundation and a focus on a renewed direction for the OGA that includes strategic planning and partnership development. The Directors also voted on two bylaws changes that would see OGA Directors also become PNGA Directors and a two dollar per member dues increase.

“This year’s theme spoke to our ongoing efforts to really focus on the future of the Association and the vision we have to best serve our members and our communities through golf,” said Oregon Golf Association CEO Barb Trammell. “It’s important that we continue to scrutinize what it is we do and to look at how we can do things better to grow and thrive as an organization.”

New Employees at Bend’s Tetherow Golf Club

Welcoming new staff and saying farewell to others Please meet our new Membership/Event Coord and Director of Sales

By Carrie Ramoz

With countless perfectly executed events and a long list of happy Tetherow Members, it is with mixed emotions that we say BON VOYAGE to Event Coordinator Heather Arns. In early November, Heather moved to the US Virgin Islands to pursue her career at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort on St. Thomas. Tetherow is thankful for Heather’s years of service and positive perspective she brought to every aspect of the company and wishes her endless fun and opportunity on her life’s adventures.

Tetherow is pleased to introduce the new Membership/Event Coordinator Leann Schoales,who will begin in mid-November.  Leann is a true veteran of the Central Oregon hospitality and event planning industry.  Her impressive background includes working with Broken Top Golf Club (Special Events & Membership), C3 Event Productions (Event Manager), and over 10 years at the Athletic Club of Bend (Membership, Marketing and Personal Training).An alumnus of the University of South Florida, Leann is originally from Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, which makes her a huge Red Sox, and Patriots fan!

Additionally, please welcome our new Director of Sales Kristi DiTullio! 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 and joined the Tetherow team in early November.

Please join us in welcoming our newest employees to the Tetherow team!

Winter’s Approaching: Fine Tune your Golf Game During the Winter Months

Tips from the Tetherow Golf Academy Staff 
by Kelsi Shelton
As the last leaves fall to the ground and that Central Oregon autumn wind picks up, the time is drawing near for the course’s winter hibernation. (Although the fall still offers some prime golfing!)

Exercise insight – Skiing + Golf can mix…

Though most of us Central Oregonians take advantage of the great winter sports right here, the benefits for training for them can go hand and hand with your golf game. Most winter sports have attributes that could be transferred over to golf. Skiing, for example requires ample lower body strength, stability, and coordination. Golf requires similar demands from the lower body, but certainly different movement patterns are used. Utilizing stability tools, such as a Bosu or Versa Disc, during your exercise routine is a highly effective way to train balance and lower body strength. Exercises such as the standard squat or single leg balance are a great place to start when using these tools. 

Winter Academy Activities
As for Academy activities this winter, Mike and Adam are in full swing! The fall/winter Jr. Golf programming is currently running and looking to expand for the winter. These sessions meet for 1 hour Monday through Wednesday.

Additionally, Mike is offering the following lessons/packages:

Private, individual sessions: These focus on exactly what YOU need to improve your golf experience. $200/mo includes one lesson per week and Academy access for practice.

Custom Club Fitting A two hour session using Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade for a full swing analysis and club fitting.  All custom specifications are dialed in for putter through driver.  Swing recommendations are defined and an improvement plan is put in place. $150/session.

Training for Two: This monthly training for two people includes four instructional classes for $150/person, with one lesson per week and Academy access for practice.

Group clinics for Four: Weekly topics change and are limited to the first four players who sign up.  $100 for four people ($25/person)

We need your help
Adam would like to help you stay fit and ready for whatever the winter months bring. The Academy offers a great space for small group training classes. Would you be interested in a SKI CONDITIONING CLASS? Perhaps a CORE, STRENGTH, or even BALANCE class? Let us know exactly what we can provide to make your experience here at Tetherow even better.

Please help us help you, by letting Adam know exactly what you are looking for this winter. Write him at [email protected]


September Foursome of Golf Winner: Monica Nguyen


Eugene’s Monica Nguyen won a foursome of golf at Tetherow simply by entering online! Her bio is so fabulous we didn’t dare edit it. Below is a little about Monica in her own words:

I’m Oregon grown.
I’m Vietnamese.
I think honesty in friendship is most important.
My feet are pretty cute.
I love the sight of snow.
I love, love, love to cook and eat.
I love, love, love to travel.
Plane rides make me happy, cause then I know that adventure is just around the bend.
I wish I could afford everything at Manolo Blahnik.
I want to be Martha Stewart (not in commit fraud kind of way, but the fabulous homemaker-baker-entrepreneur kind of way).
I love wearing green….Go Ducks!
I gravitate to people who enjoy food and golf as much as I do.
I use a mac, and will never, ever go back.
Skiing and golfing are my favorite pastime. There’s nothing better than turning off the cell phone, enjoying the scenery  and chasing that Callaway ball for 4 hours.  Sometimes I find more than balls then I started, BONUS!
I live for sunny warm weather.
Sparklers, intense laughs, a game of chess and a neat martini makes me happy.
2013 motto is “ Overpack. That is why suitcases have wheels”.

Thank you Monica! We can’t wait to see you on the course and yes – GO DUCKS!!!

Real Estate at Tetherow: Momentum and beyond

In the past 12 months, Tetherow has sold 43 properties and 16 more are currently pending.
by Carrie Ramoz
The choice truly is yours when living in the Tetherow community. Nestled between Bend and the forest, it provides a gateway to everything that makes Central Oregon great. This ideal location is often cited as the reason young families and retirees alike have chosen Tetherow as their home. Other reasons include the mountain and golf course views, the area’s exceptional topography, proximity to some of Bend’s best schools and the current pricing/availability of home sites.East or West? Head out to the garage, grab your biking gear and decide – turn east and ride an easy 4 miles to find yourself in the heart of downtown Bend; or head west less than a mile and find yourself in the Deschutes National Forest with hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails in the Phil’s Trail Complex. Venture just a few more miles west to experience Mt. Bachelor, the Deschutes River and countless Cascade Lakes!

In the past 12 months, Tetherow has sold 43 properties and 16 more are currently pending. For those looking to create their dream home, the home sites can entertain a wide assortment of styles from clean, modern designs to classic Northwest-style homes. The Architecture Review Committee ensures each the homeowner’s personal touch is evident while maintaining community design standards. All real estate purchases at Tetherow include either a Social or Golf membership (dependent upon the neighborhood), which includes membership to the Athletic Club of Bend.

While weathering the recent recession, Tetherow steadily laid the groundwork to foster progress and sustain success. In 2013 alone, the community’s growth includes a new outdoor event facility and state of the art golf academy, while construction has begun on the 50-room overnight lodging accommodations and the expansion of the restaurant to include a pub-style experience. A new guest services building is slated for groundbreaking this autumn. Additionally, Tetherow’s overall membership has nearly doubled in the past year.

Imagine yourself at Tetherow! To learn more about current real estate opportunities, please contact us at 541.388.2582 or

Labor Day golfers win football tickets

We love football and are so excited the season has begun! Over Labor Day Weekend, for every resort golfer who wore something to promote their favorite team, Tetherow entered them to win two tickets to a Ducks or Beavers game. Thank you to everyone who golfed and showed the football love. Below are the winners of the football tickets:


Winner of the Oregon State University vs. Washington – Curtis Parks

Curtis Parks, a native Portlander, lives in SW Portland and is a third generation Beaver (his mother Kathy, father Doug, and paternal grandmother Dorothy all attended there). Parks graduated from OSU in 2005 with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and  served as recruitment chairman.  He was also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineering where he completed his senior project on Continuously Variable Transmissions as part of the Mini Baja team.  In his 8th year at Daimler Truck North America (Freightliner), Parks is a Senior Design Engineer in the chassis department responsible for rear and auxillary suspensions as well as wheel end components.  He is an avid golfer playing to an 11 handicap, and just played  Tetherow for the first time this past Saturday, August 31, while spending a weekend with friends in Sunriver.  Parks says Tetherow is “a great course, would certainly play again.  I shot an 87, proved to be very challenging for someone accustomed to playing in Portland with the tight lies on the fescue grass.  We had a wonderful time with the assisstance and commroderie of our 4-caddie named JJ.”

Parks and his  fiance (and fellow OSU grad Tiffany Phelan, class of 2007), are getting married soon  in Calistoga, California, at Hans Fahden Vineyard.  They like traveling, finding sunshine, Oregon State Athletics of course, jogging, and trying new restaurants.

Thanks Curtis – GO BEAVS!

Winner of the University  of Oregon vs. California – Kelly Bogle


Kelly Bogle lives in Beaverton with his wife and three sons and is an avid golfer who has played for 40 years. It’s paid off – his current handicap is 6. Kelly is an alumni of Washington State but his oldest son graduated from the University of Oregon in 2009 and will accompany him to the game. Labor Day was his first time playing Tetherow and in his words, “I was very impressed. I prefer links golf courses and the chance to play an excellent course in lovely weather is a great treat. I am looking forward to visiting you again.”  He is a District Sales Manager for Hewlett-Packard, where he has worked for 27 years.This photo of him is on #17 at Pebble Beach earlier this summer.Congratulations Kelly and WIN THE DAY!!!


photo[2]UPDATE 10/8/13

Thanks to Kelly who sent us this photo of the game! It was a torrential downpour but he and his son had a great time. Thanks Kelly.

July Foursome of Golf Winner

Matt Gravett of Portland won a foursome of golf by signing up online!

Matt Gravett of West Linn, OR won the July foursome of golf just by signing up online! Here’s a little about Matt, in his own words.

“ I am a 1998 graduate of the University of Oregon and am the District Sales Manager for Pepperidge Farm. My wife and I have a son Keegan who is 11 months and is a ton of fun. We are members at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn and try to get out and play once a week. My guest and I took 1st Net in our flight in our Member Guest tournament 2 weeks ago.

We love to travel, get outside and hike, or bike, or just have a picnic by the river and enjoy the sun. We love wine. Try to get out to wine country every other month. We have a wine collection that we are trying to grow and age.

Other than that we love watching Keegan grow! He has just started walking, that’s a game changer! He loves water, we go to the pool at the OGC as often as we can.”

Thanks Matt, we hope to see you and your family at Tetherow soon!

Member Kristin Shields: 2013 Sisters Quilt Show Honoree

by Kelsi Shelton 

To be honored the 2013 Featured Quilter of the Year at the largest quilt show in the world is no small deal. For Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show honoree Kristin Shields, quilting has been a part of her life since childhood. Self-described as a liberated quilter and textile artist, Shields explains, “My mother was always making things, so I grew up learning all sorts of crafts, predominantly needlework.” However, it wasn’t until her 20s that she discovered quilting.

With over 1300 displayed quilts at the Sisters quilt show, Shields has entered her work every year since she and her husband Mark moved to Bend in 2004. Kristin has volunteered most of those years as well. Without hundreds of hours of volunteer work in addition to paid staff, the Sisters Quilt Show would not be the worldwide success that it is each year.

Shields attributes her growth as an artist to being a part of this exhibit, and it was at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show where she first learned of the idea of book quilts. “I love seeing what the other quilters are doing”, she explains.

When Kristin discovered the books of Gwen Marton, the mother of the liberated quilt making movement in the 90s, her craft evolved from, as she describes, “making very traditional quilts,” to “experimenting with some small liberated pieces”, and she just kept going from there. “I have been very lucky to have several classes with Gwen and she is truly amazing—one of the most supportive and happy teachers I’ve ever met.”  Shields also attributes the blogging movement to much of her influence. She has her own blog,, and appreciates that she has “met many wonderful people in the blog realm, both online and in person. Ideas are shared so freely and I’ve learned a lot by following other blogs.”

Always on the lookout for inspiring sayings and quotes, her signature pieces are inspired by novels, poetry, and lyrics. Shields is also a member of a quilting book club, the Undercover Quilters. Each year, they choose a favorite book from which to make a quilt, and these have resulted in some of her favorite pieces. The lyrics of Imagine by John Lennon are in one of Kristin’s quilts, and for the past three years, she has also made quilts inspired by the Library’s Novel Idea pick.

Born in Colorado and then living briefly on the East Coast, Shields then lived long enough in Massachusetts to consider it the place she grew up. After high school she moved to the West Coast, lived in Hawaii for a year, and then settled in Bend nine years ago.

In addition to quilting, you can also find Kristin’s hand dyed linens and greeting cards on ETSY. Often finding linens in antique shops, some of Shield’s favorite sources are Sage Antiques in Sisters, and Iron Horse, Trivia, and Glenroe Antiques in Bend. When employing natural dies in her linens, Kristin uses black walnut for brown, avocado peel, and seeds for pink. She has yet to try flower dying, but has some flowers in the freezer for future use. Although she loves the color result from natural dyes, Kristin explains that the result can be “fugitive”, resulting in color that fades quickly. Because synthetic dyes do not fade and wash well, she mainly utilizes synthetic dyes in her quilts and fabric packs.

Artists have used Kristin’s linens in many creative ways. A wire sculpture artist has used Shields’ fabric to make 3D flowers. Another uses it for appliqué pieces. Kristin has also started selling her hand spun yarn for sell, which she explains, “makes for a great embellishment when couched down” which, she adds, creates a “lot of texture to a piece.” In addition to selling her pieces on ETSY, she has also had demos and items for sale at the Fiber Art Stroll in Sisters, and is planning on selling some items at the Mt. Bachelor Quilters Guild quilt show in August.

Kristin and Mark have been married for 27 years, and the couple has two children. Their daughter Chloe is a student at Linfield College about to do a semester abroad in Ecuador, and their son Ryan just graduated from Summit High School and will be going to Transitions Co-op this fall in Bend.

When Kristin is taking a break from quilting, she enjoys knitting or spinning— anything to do with fiber arts. She is also exploring with other art media such as painting and art journaling, and her other passion is birds. She actually has a Masters in Avian Sciences. Exploring new places and traveling is also big for Shields and her husband, whether it’s by air or in their Airstream.

Congratulations, Kristin on being honored the 2013 Sisters Quilter of the Year!

Construction Photos

WOW! The scent of freshly cut wood has never smelled so sweet! Photos taken July 29, 2013.LodgesEast

The Tetherow Grill expansion and Lodges West with the Three Sisters in the background.
The Tetherow Grill expansion and Lodges West with the Three Sisters in the background.
From the tee, the Lodges West fireplace is well underway.
From the tee, the Lodges West fireplace is well underway.
Interior rooms under construction. Love the smell of fresh wood!
Interior rooms under construction. Love the smell of fresh wood!
The lovely Amber enjoying the views from Lodges West.
The lovely Amber enjoying the views from Lodges West.
Walls go up on the Lodges East.
Walls go up on the Lodges East.
This could be your view! Looking over #1 from the Lodges West.
This could be your view! Looking over #1 from the Lodges West.
The Restaurant expansion - check out the view of Mt. Jefferson!
The Restaurant expansion – check out the view of Mt. Jefferson!