Your dream is closer than you think at Tetherow!

02/24/2012

2017 seemed like the distant future to Bend’s Tim Williams and his family. When they planned out their future, it looked like 2017 was the year they could fulfill their desire of living in Tetherow, a growing community on Bend’s Westside. Patiently waiting, they spent three seasons as guests of the Tetherow Golf Club, enjoying the Scottish links style golf, outstanding dining and a variety of social and family events. As the young family grew, so did their eagerness to live in such a convenient, growing area.

In 2011, the Williams family learned about Tetherow’s Jr. Executive Membership, which is available to those under 46 and includes a family membership to the Athletic Club of Bend for just $390 a month. It was the ideal opportunity to join Tetherow. When they saw an opportunity to purchase a beautiful homesite at a great price in late 2011, they realized they could build a home and actually make their dream come true within the next year instead of having to wait!

“The entire staff is so cohesive and you can tell they really enjoy their jobs. It makes such a difference when the staff is happy at a Club. We also love the other families living there, and the views and prime location to everything Bend has to offer just can’t be beat,” said Williams.

The Williams family is hardly alone in their migration to Tetherow. This budding community has experienced impressive growth the past 12 months. Tetherow welcomed 30 new families into the membership last year alone! With its ideal location – nestled between the Southwest edge of Bend and the Deschutes National Forest – the full Cascade Mountain views and award-winning golf, this renaissance is hardly a surprise.

Since January of 2011, 12 real estate contracts have been written, eight of which have closed with a property sale while the remaining four are pending. Construction begins on three custom homes between now and May. Additionally, local builders Greg Welch and Ryan Duble are both designing showcase homes that will begin construction this spring. They will boast mountain and fairway views, and range from $599,000 to $775,000. With a blend of primary residences and second homes, Tetherow is growing in leaps and bounds.

Tetherow’s Tripleknot Townhomes, which are in the first stage of construction, have already sold the model and construction should be complete by April, when the golf course opens for play.

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty (CSIR) continues to represent real estate at Tetherow. Deb Tebbs, owner of CSIR, says the trend there is not unique. “Built inventory around Central Oregon is drying up. Buyers recognize that they may not find their dream home already built. With reasonable property prices and construction costs, many buyers are taking the opportunity to create their own dream home.”

A variety of membership options are available at Tetherow, with or without real estate purchase. The David McLay Kidd course is open April through October, while the Tetherow Grill is open year round, seven days a week. The facility is also available for weddings, events and meetings.

Tetherow is located on Century Drive, on the way to Mt. Bachelor, just past the Reed Market roundabout. Stop in for a bite and check out the stunning mountain views!

Tetherow Member Drew Bledsoe Inducted Into NFL Patriots Hall of Fame

02/03/2012

Tetherow member Drew Bledsoe, father of four and husband to wife Maura, has recently been inducted into the

Drew and Maura Bledsoe

New England Patriot’s Hall of Fame. Bledsoe was the starting quarterback for the Patriots from 1993-2001 and subsequently played for the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. He retired from the NFL in 2007.  I sat down with Bledsoe to discuss how this impacted his life, and how he has been directing his energy and passion into other, community-driven business endeavors.

 

Bledsoe says being inducted into the Patriot’s Hall of Fame was “a huge honor, especially for my kids.” His two older sons were just old enough to understand what it all meant that their dad played for and was retiring from the NFL. His younger son, Henry, was at the age where he just assumed everybody’s dad was a pro football player on national TV.

 

It was also an incredibly emotional experience for Bledsoe, since he had the privilege to go back to Massachusetts, meet the team, practice and hang out with current Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.  So many memories flooded back, considering he lived there from ages 21 to 30. “I moved there as a single 21-year-old and left married with two kids,” he says. Since retiring from the NFL in 2007, he and his family moved to Bend to establish roots and invest in the community.

 

After leaving a 14-year NFL career, Bledsoe realized he needed to channel his passions and energy elsewhere. Luckily for the Central Oregon community and beyond, he has been doing this by founding and developing various philanthropic endeavors, such as the organization of Parenting with Dignity. His parents, who were both school teachers, originally ran the program. His dad, who was also a motivational speaker, developed the parenting curriculum which coaches parents on how to communicate with their children. Drew saw the value and potential in this program, and expanded it to reach parents nationally. It has now reached over 3 million people.

 

The curriculum is a set of 10, one-hour tapes, which is used among the PTA, prison systems, church groups and even private home groups.  One of the main ideas behind Parenting with Dignity is to provide a framework for consistent communication techniques among parents and kids so children can experience a consistent, compatible communication style even as they spend time with other families and friends.

 

For Bledsoe, the most impactful aspect of Parenting with Dignity is working among prison systems. He said it is deeply rewarding to see fathers have the opportunity to learn how to develop relationships with their kids. He has seen it give fathers purpose for living and most importantly, it breaks the cycle. It is a healing experience for both fathers and children, and it gives children the hope and tools to raise their future children in a different way.

 

In addition, Bledsoe also created Doubleback Wineryin Walla Walla, which he started with his old neighbor and

Bledsoe kids helping to plant the vineyard

now highly-esteemed winegrower Chris Figgins. The winery’s grapes are harvested from McQueen Vineyards and Flying B Vineyards, all in the surrounding Walla Walla region. Doubleback is known for its more finessed, subtle and elegant Cabernet Sauvignons which makes them stand apart from the otherwise traditionally dense and dark Cabernets.

 

Bledsoe and his wife are both wine enthusiasts, and currently Oregon Pinots are on the top of Bledsoe’s list. He also has a passion for Italian wines, such as Barolos.

 

As far as balancing his hard work with play, Bledsoe appreciates the quality family time he finds on Tetherow’s golf course. Bledsoe says that he immediately knew he wanted to make Tetherow his Golf Club home when he discovered the course was designed by David McLay Kidd. He has had the privilege to play many of Kidd’s other courses, including Bandon Dunes and St. Andrews, and has always been impressed with Kidd’s course design.

 

Congratulations, Drew Bledsoe! We are honored to have you and your family as an integral part of the Tetherow community!

–Kelsi Shelton

Ask Tetherow’s Superintendant—Q&A with Chris Condon

01/21/2012

Tetherow Golf Club’s Chris Condon is the vital “behind the scenes” guy to all things golf course and landscaping-related. He is the hard work behind ensuring the greens are properly maintained, invasive pests remain at bay, and golfers are happy with the speed and overall quality of the golf course. Essentially, without his hard work, Tetherow Golf Club in Central Oregon just may not have been nationally recognized and earned ranks in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Golf Courses.

Fresh from a pesticide conference which he attends annually, I asked Chris some questions about working at the best course in Bend, Oregon.

Q)     How long have you worked at Tetherow Golf Club?

A)      I have been the Superintendent at Tetherow since December 1, 2005.  I was involved in Tetherow from the very beginning, day one so to speak.  It was and has been a great experience to be involved in the project since the planning phases to today.  Not very many golf course superintendents get to be involved from day one.

 Q)     What were you doing before Tetherow Golf Club?

A)     Before coming to Tetherow, I was busy working for OB Sports.  Working for OB Sports has given me the opportunity to have worked in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Wyoming.  Just before Tetherow, I had completed the opening season at the Three Crowns Golf Course in Casper, WY.  I was there during construction, grow-in and opening.

 Q)     How did you catch the Superintendant bug?

A)     I have worked in the golf course industry since I was 16 years old primarily to become an Evans Scholar (the movie Caddyshack is about the Evans Scholarship).  After earning the scholarship, I continued working at Broadmoor Golf Course in Portland, OR.  It was during college that I began working on the golf course maintenance staff and that was all it took.  One summer on the crew and I knew exactly what the future held for me.  I have been working on the golf course maintenance staff since.  Caddyshack is somewhat of a biography of my life only by coincidence.

Q)     When did you start golfing?

A)     I guess I was about 10 years old when I started golfing.  I did not actually become a decent golfer until late in high school.  I am still trying to become a better golfer.  If I did not work so much and play more I might actually surprise myself on how good I could be.

Q)     Who is your favorite golfer?

A)      My most favorite golfer was and still is Payne Stewart.  If I had to pick a current golfer, I would say Luke Donald.  His style of play closely resembles mine except that he is #1 in the world and I am #1 in my own mind. 

Q) What makes your tick at work?

A)  I was asked this during the interview process by David McLay Kidd.  My answer was and still is, I like to watch the grass grow and I love to watch a sprinkler run.  Those two things make me want to come to work on a daily basis. 

Q)     What makes you tick at home?

A)     Relaxing at home.  I enjoy a good meal, good drink, a funny movie or tv show and listening to music. 

 Q)     What is the most interesting part of your job?

A)     The interesting part of my job—and the most challenging–is figuring out how to get more done with fewer people and getting things done without anyone seeing us doing our job.

 Q)     What make working at Tetherow Golf Club unique?

A)     Working at Tetherow is definitely a unique experience. Because Tetherow is in Bend, Oregon, we are managing fine fescue in an arid environment which is the most unique.  I know of only one other course in a similar circumstance out of all the golf courses in the United States.  Definitely the look and style of Tetherow is very unique because I am/was in charge of how the golf course ultimately looks.  But I would say the most unique thing about Tetherow is those who are involved from Chris and William to the entire staff.  I have not been around a more passionate group of people who just want Tetherow to succeed.

 Check out Chris Condon’s article about his pesticide conference in January’s newsletter as well!

–Kelsi Shelton

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