Tetherow encompasses 700 acres on Bend, Oregon’s desirable west side. We boast an 18-hole golf course, 50-room boutique hotel, pool, two restaurants, vacation rental homes, event pavilion, golf academy and various residential neighborhoods. In 2017 we anticipate the opening of our new recreation center and neighborhood park! Great things are happening at Tetherow and we are thrilled to tell you more about this special place. We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions below.
2004 – The resort planning began (initially called Cascade Highlands)
2005 – Name changed to Tetherow
Our name honors pioneer Solomon Tetherow, who led a wagon party through this area in the mid-1800s as they traveled from Missouri to Oregon.
2006 – Golf course construction began
2007 – Clubhouse construction began
2008 – Golf Course & Clubhouse opened
2009 – Tetherow Grill opened
2012 – Golf Academy opened
2013 – The Row (pub-style restaurant) opened
2014 – Tetherow Lodges opened
2016 – Event Pavilion, vacation rental homes & swimming pool opened
2017 – Recreation Center and neighborhood park open
Golf at Tetherow FAQs
- Who is the designer of the Golf Course?
David McLay Kidd. He also designed Bandon Dunes, Nanea Golf Club, Huntsman Springs, Gamble Sands, St. Andrews Links (Castle Course), Machrihanish Dunes, and more.
- What is Tetherow Golf Course currently ranked?
#54 of “Best Courses you can Play” for 2016-2017.
- What type of grass and sand are used?
A mixture of fine fescue and Colonial Bentgrass. Fine fescue includes Chewings fescue and Creeping Red fescue. Only a dozen or so clubs in the US have such a unique grass mixture. Our bunker sand is from the coastal town Florence, Oregon, not shipped in from Utah or Idaho.
- Is there a snack shack or beverage cart?
Our snack shack is located between holes 9 and 10 and offers a delicious variety of fresh items and adult beverages. Tetherow does not have a beverage cart, but drinks can be ordered at the snack shack or delivered on course. Per OLCC rules, golfers cannot bring their own alcohol to the golf course.
- When is the course open, and why does it close in the winter?
The general timeline for course availability is April 1-Nov 1. When we close in November, we perform scheduled maintenance including a heavy topdressing and spraying fungicides. These practices allow for consistent playing conditions during the playing season as well as protect against vulnerability during the cold months. The amount of this sand topdressing disallows play in the early spring which additionally gives the fescue grasses a longer time of recuperation from the traffic and play the previous season. Unlike other courses in the area that may open earlier than us, we have a more consistent playing condition for the months we are open.
- When/why are caddies mandatory?
Caddies are required as course hosts and ambassadors to all non-member play at Tetherow. They provide insight into the challenges of playing the course (which often requires a totally different approach than people are generally accustomed to). Also, caddies are an integral part of maintaining an enjoyable experience for everyone on the golf course (even outside of their own assigned group). They do this by raking bunkers, fixing ball marks, replacing divots, maintaining the pace of play on the course and protecting the overall integrity of the condition of the golf course. In a way, the caddies are the protectors of the assets we have in our golf course.
- What makes Tetherow unique?
With influences of David McLay Kidd and his usage of naturally rolling terrain, a genuine Scottish links-style course is very uncommon in the U.S., let alone in the high desert with Cascade views. All of these factors with the addition of the fescue grass mixture lead to a facility that is truly unlike any other. Playing links-style golf is traditionally done so near seaside locations, but Kidd was able to have a vision that reminded him of a childhood dreamland. Most other courses in the area are either a Creeping Bentgrass or Kentucky Bluegrass grass mixture – which allows for softer playing conditions. With fescue, the grass doesn’t require as much water or fertilizer and can withstand a playing condition which is very firm and fast (ideal for links-style play).
- How much does it cost to play Tetherow?
It all depends. We have different rates for guests of our members, resort guests or locals (977xx zip codes). Tetherow is a private resort, but we do allow limited access to the general public based on availability. Green fees range from $90 to $175.
- What in the world are those Segway/Scooter/Skateboard things?
GolfBoards. They are essentially an electrically powered 4WD skateboard. They are speed controlled with a throttle accelerator which will also be the braking function when released. They go from 7-14 MPH and are maneuvered similarly to a skateboard or snowboard (all about body weight). We were the FIRST facility to have a fleet of boards, and we still have the LARGEST fleet in the world at 32 boards. They are available with a $20 upcharge to your green fee. Anyone heavier than 85 pounds can ride them, although parental permission is required for minors!
- What are the dining options at Tetherow?
We have two outstanding onsite restaurants located in the Clubhouse and both are family-friendly.
THE TETHEROW GRILL is our understated yet elegant fine dining option with endless views and an intimate setting. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended. Prices range from $10-$35.
THE ROW is Tetherow’s relaxed pub experience and features delicious fresh food and multiple flat screen tvs. Open daily for lunch, dinner and nightcaps. Reservations are not accepted in The Row. Prices range from $10-$20.
- Can items be made gluten-free?
Most menu items can be made gluten-free.
- What kind of specialty cocktails are available?
Our bartenders are constantly creating new masterpieces. Come try a “GINGER GINGER MULE” with Bend Distillery Sweet Ginger Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Bundaberg Ginger beer. From the Department of Redundancy Department, or “I SEE A SIDECAR & I WANT TO PAINT IT BLACK” with Tuaca, Fee Brother’s Black Walnut Bitters, Lemon Juice, Cointreau or perhaps a “DID YOU CHECK THE DOOR FOR HEAT, TIM?”
- Do the restaurants have televisions?
You can catch your favorite game in either restaurant. Each one has four flat screen tvs.
- Is there a special kids menu?
- Can either restaurant be rented out for a special event?
The Tetherow Grill can be rented out for an occasion. The Row cannot be rented out for special occasions.
- What about the drink selections?
We have 30+ beers available in The Row and a unique, rotating list of cocktails. The Tetherow Grill offers a wide selection of wines and house-infused vodkas.
- Who is the Executive Chef?
Executive Chef Zac Hoffman joined Tetherow in 2011. Our Banquet Chef is Miguel Mendoza and Executive Sous Chef is Justin Birtola.
- How many potatoes do we go through weekly to keep up with the demand for the Grill’s delicious fries?
- What is the most popular selling beer in The Row?
Tetherow Lodging FAQs
- What are the lodging options at Tetherow?
Tetherow Lodges have 50 rooms with a variety of double queen or king rooms and two Junior Suites.
Vacation rental homes are also available. These have 5 bedrooms each and are located in the heart of the resort.
- Does every Tetherow Lodges room have a soaking tub, patio and fireplace?
Soaking tubs are available in a few of our double corner king bedrooms. Nearly every room has a patio or deck. Every room has a gas fireplace.
- What are the amenities Tetherow?
We offer an 18 hole golf course, two onsite restaurants, pool, clubhouse, walking and biking trails, golf academy, and recreation facility (coming in early 2017). Hotel guests receive complimentary shuttle transportation to downtown Bend and the Old Mill District. Wifi and parking are complimentary!
We border the Deschutes National Forest and it offers an abundance of outdoor recreation, including hiking, kayaking/rafting/boating, bird watching, mountain biking and more.
- What about the views?
Both the Lodges and the vacation rental homes offer outstanding views of the Cascade mountains and golf course (northwestern views) or of the Paulina Range (southern views).
- Are dogs allowed in the Tetherow Lodges?
We love your four-legged friends! We have many dog-friendly rooms (please make sure to ask for a “dog friendly room” at time of reservation) and they’ll be welcomed with our ‘Dog Package’. This includes a special bed, doggie bowl, dawg grog and a chew toy. A pet fee of $50 applies and dogs must be under 75 lbs. A maximum of two dogs are permitted. Doggy wash areas are available outside to clean your pooch after a day of adventure.
- I’m bringing a lot of gear with me, is there room for storage in the hotel rooms?
Yes! Our rooms have large ‘mudroom’ areas with storage for your golf clubs, mountain bikes, skis, paddleboards and more. Additionally, the Guest Services building has extra room for storing bikes, luggage, etc.
- Is there coffee in the rooms?
Complimentary locally sourced coffee and teas are available in the rooms. Enjoy!
- Is there an athletic facility?
Ours is currently under construction and will be complete in 2017. Until then, Tetherow guests can utilize the Athletic Club of Bend. This is just minutes from the resort and offers exercise options, swimming, classes, tennis and more.
- What items can I purchase at the front desk area?
We have handcrafted soaps, organic teas, locally handcrafted chocolates, VOSS water, assorted candy bars and snack bars, sodas and souvenir robes available for purchase.
- What is the cancellation policy?
Hotel rooms must be canceled within 48 hours of arrival to avoid any cancelation fees. Inside of 48 hours, guest will be charged one night’s lodging. For the Vacation Rental Homes, reservations canceled within 45 days of arrival, are non-refundable.
Real Estate at Tetherow FAQs
- What are the main real estate options at Tetherow?
Homesites range from 1/3 to just over 1 acre, starting in the mid $200,000s (including the Glen, Crescent and Heath neighborhoods)
Homes are available in the Tartan Druim and Rim neighborhoods, starting in the high $900,000s.
Tripleknot Townhomes, starting in the high $700,000s
Vacation Rental Homes “The Cairn” neighborhood, starting in the low $700,000s
- Does Tetherow have timeshares?
No, everything is wholly owned – there are no timeshares at Tetherow.
- Who is Tetherow’s real estate agency?
Our developer real estate is proudly represented by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty. Brokers are available on-site 7 days a week.
- Is membership required in real estate purchases?
To ensure club viability and future success, all real estate purchases include a golf or social Tetherow membership. Members may choose to designate their membership; contact us for more information
- Is there a standard or timeline to for owners to build?
No, there is no timeline to build and property owners can use any quality builder they want. However, final plans must be submitted and approved by an Architectural Review Committee.
- What are the styles of homes at Tetherow?
While all homes conform to the community’s Architectural Design standards, they embrace a range of modern designs with simple, clean lines to homes that reflect the area’s rich timber resources with thick beams and a solid, organic feel. Driving around the various neighborhoods, the design diversity is nearly as striking as the mountain views.
- What schools will children attend who live in Tetherow?
The Bend-LaPine School District has some of the best schools in Oregon. The Tetherow community feeds to Miller Elementary, Pacific Crest Middle and Summit High. Seven Peaks School is the nearest private school (K-8).
- Where can I learn more about Tetherow Real Estate offerings?
www.tetherow.com/LIVE or you can contact the Real Estate Office at 541.388.2599 seven days a week.
Tetherow Golf Course Maintenance FAQs
- Who is the Golf Course Superintendent?
Chris Condon. Chris is also the longest running employee and started working here during the construction of the course. He’s pretty amazing!
- Where does the water come from?
Tetherow has a well on property.
- How many acres is the golf course?
160 acres, of which 80 acres are turfgrass.
- How many pesticides, fertilizer, and water are used on the course?
Tetherow generally uses half as many of these as the neighboring golf courses. This has helped gain certification from Audobon International, an environmental education company in New York. Wildlife, especially birds, have flourished since the course has been built.
- Why is it not as green as other golf courses in the area?
We picked our grass (fescue) because of the architecture of the course and it works well for a links-style design. The fine fescue does not naturally get as green as other turf types. While some courses use additional fertilizers and irrigation to enhance the green coloring, Tetherow does not.
- What are some recent improvements to the course?
We expanded the size of our range by nearly 30% in 2016, and also made enhancements to holes 5, 7 and 17.
- During Tetherow’s golf course initial construction, how many pounds of grass seed were used for the native and maintained areas combined?
41,000 lbs of seed were used.
- What kinds of wildlife might I see on the course?
Get ready and bring your binoculars! We have elk, deer, marmots, bunnies, coyotes, countless birds, frogs and so much more.
- How much water is there? Natural areas?
160 acres of total golf course property. 9 acres of lakes and wetlands. 80 of the 160 acres were left natural or were re-naturalized. 80 acres are maintained turfgrass (The average Bend-area course has approx 110 – 130 acres of maintained turfgrass.)
Tetherow Sustainability FAQs
- Were any on-site resources used in the resort’s construction?
Absolutely. Some of the natural resources found on site were used during construction including plant material, rock and soil. For instance, the rock fascia on the buildings, patio and pool area is tri-colored basalt. It was mined from the golf course (Hole 13) and used throughout the clubhouse, outbuildings, pathways and patio areas. Rock piles and snags have been retained to provide shelter for natural animal habitat along the golf course. Additionally, a majority of the plants that are disturbed for development are replanted throughout the resort.
- What steps did Tetherow take to be environmentally friendly when designing the golf course?
160 acres of total golf course property. 9 acres of lakes and wetlands. 80 of the 160 acres were left natural or were re-naturalized. 70 acres are maintained turfgrass (The average Bend-area course has approx 110 – 130 acres of maintained turfgrass.)
- What about water usage?
Our grassing plan allows Tetherow to use half the amount of water, fertilizers and pesticides compared to other golf courses in the region. Grasses that are similar to the native grasses found in the high desert are more resistance and less ‘thirsty’ than many of the greener grasses.
- What are the boxes attached to trees I see around the resort?
We provide over 30 nesting boxes for various bird species. Most recently, all but a couple of these nesting boxes were occupied with many having eggs ready to hatch.
- What kinds of recycled products are used on the golf course?
Tetherow uses many products that are either sustainable in their production or come from a waste product. We are using fertilizers that contain plant waste, chicken waste and kelp that is harvested and processed in Ireland. We create our own beneficial microbes that keep our ponds clean and clear, help with our nutrient release from our soils, produce better soil structure and control the mosquito population.
- What kinds of pesticides are used on the golf course?
Pesticides are very limited in their use. The only fungicide application we use is to protect the turfgrass from winter disease. We have been able to virtually eliminate any disease outbreaks by maintaining the fine fescue dominate turfgrass. Weeds are taken care of on a spot-spraying basis throughout the maintained portion of the golf course. Anywhere else, hand picking/pulling is utilized.
- What educational opportunities are there?
We love sharing our knowledge and experiences! Grade school class field trips and member open house to the maintenance facility allows us to provide answers to question that someone may have during the course of a round concerning the maintenance of the golf course.
We also host seminars on ornithology, how to have a ‘fire-free’ landscape plan and more.
- What does Tetherow recycle?
Recycling, recycling and recycling. A cornerstone of any environmental program. We recycle plastics, grass clippings, glass bottles, tree branches, paper, bedknives, food waste from the kitchen, wash water/rinse water, motor oil, plant material from thinning projects, rock, fertilizer jugs and barrels, etc.
- What is the Audubon Sanctuary Plan?
This comprehensive document guides the development and management of the property in conjunction with the requirements and guidelines set forth by the Audubon Sanctuary program. Each year we work with Audubon International and our Advisory Committee to update our goals as we continue to improve our work in being a sustainable golf course. There are only 87 Audubon International certified signature sanctuary golf courses worldwide. We are proud to be one of them. Operational costs for implementing our Natural Resource Management Plan are comparable if not lower than those of a non-signature development. This makes ‘sustainability’ both a physical and financial reality.
- What kinds of wildlife might I see on the course?
Get ready and bring your binoculars! We have elk, deer, marmots, bunnies, coyotes, countless birds, frogs, bats and so much more.
- What steps is Tetherow taking to help with wildlife?
The Lewis’ woodpecker is currently on the watch list for endangered species. We are working with the Cascade Bird Conservancy to help improve their nesting potential by placing bird boxes in strategic locations around the property. We also provide bat boxes and educate our residents on creating special habitats. Provide habitat for other animal species other than birds around the golf course. There is a bat box on #6, a brush pile between #3 and #6 and the lakes have been stocked with Bluegill and Black Crappie which have grown to 4-6 inches in just a few years.
- Has Tetherow obtained any ‘green’ certifications?
We are proud to have the Trip Advisor “GreenLeaders” Silver Level certification. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Temperature set to save energy
- Tracks energy use
- Window films help keep building cool
- Staff training on green practices
- ENERGY STAR kitchen appliances
- Click here to learn more about this program through Trip Advisor.
Learn more about Tetherow’s sustainability efforts here.