Your dream is closer than you think at Tetherow!

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!

The Cushings Celebrate their 25th Anniversary!

Each year, Tetherow members John and Judy Cushing celebrate their December 31st wedding anniversary by wearing their original wedding garb from 1986. This year, they graced Tetherow’s presence on New Years Eve, ringing in the New Year and ringing in their 25thwedding anniversary.


For some belated Valentines Day inspiration, I asked them to share what makes their marriage work, how they fell in love, and what keeps them going strong as a married couple.

 Q)      Tell us a bit about your tradition of wearing your wedding clothes every year for your anniversary on New Years Eve.

A) Wearing our wedding clothes every New Years Eve helps us remember that night.  Our favorite part is that they still fit well enough that we can wear them.

Q)      What was unforgettable about your wedding 25 years ago?

A) We were married just before midnight on December 31, 1986, in our Olympia house where we had been living for several years. We had invited about 75 friends to a black tie New Year’s Eve party with no hint of the impending event.  About 11pm we announced that we were going to get married – right then, and there.  Everyone came upstairs to our bedroom (the largest room in the house), where we had built a platform on top of our bed.  There we stood with the clergyman who married us.

Q)      When did you two first meet?

A) We met at Cornell University in Ithaca NY, in 1975. We were both working in the computer services group there.

Q)      What initially attracted you to each other?

A) Judy liked John’s smile and how smart she thought he was. John liked her self-assurance and unfailing optimism.

Q)      What piece of marriage advice has particularly helped you two?

A) Friends gave us two pieces of marriage advicethat have really rung true:  “Find out what she likes, and give it to her every day” (originally from Fats Waller) and “Never let the sun set on your anger.”


Q)      How long have you lived in Bend?

A) We moved to Bend in 2005, completing our home on a lot we had bought in 1985.  Before that we had lived in Olympia, WA, where we had both worked at The Evergreen State College since 1976.

Q)      What brought you to Bend?

A)  We came to Bend for the skiing, the hiking, and the absence of rain.  Other places offer those things, of course, but we wanted to be close to family and friends.  John had grown up in Corvallis, where his parents had retired from the OSU faculty, and we had friends and relations in the area.

 Q)      What initially attracted you to Tetherow?

A) We were attracted to Tetherow when a golf course appeared directly below our home just as we were finishing its construction.  We had grown used to having nothing between us and the mountains, so we bought the Tetherow lot below us.  And in spite of having never played serious golf before, we thought it might be fun to take up the sport.  Then we discovered how much fun golf is, what a fabulous course Tetherow is, how nice the staff and the other members are, and how good the food at the club is.  We keep trying to recruit our old friends who don’t golf: “It’s more fun than it looks and a lot harder!”

 Q)      What makes you tick?

A) We love skiing, golf, and the out-of-doors. John was on the hill 62 days last winter and registered over a million and half vertical feet.  (Judy will catch up when she fully retires.)  We have been playing Tetherow about three days a week during golf season. Judy is a consummate cook (says John) and we enjoy good food with friends and each other.  We like to watch good films.  John collects and restores neon signs, vintage radios & TVs, and early computers (especially Macintosh). Judy remains devoted to her ongoing information technology research in support of science and to her teaching in computing and environmental studies.  Our golf goal is to break 100 before we do.

 Q)   What is your favorite part about being a member at Tetherow?

A) One reason we joined Tetherow was the opportunity it offered to meet people in a new community. It’s hard to do this once one stops working, so a great benefit of Tetherow for us is the growing social network as Tetherow grows.

 Q)   Do you have any kids and if so how many and do they live in Bend as well?

A) We have more than 2000 children — students with whom we have worked for at least a quarter (more often a year) in our classrooms during our 25+ years of teaching.  They are scattered all over the world, and we continue to hear from many of them.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Cushing for a long and happy marriage. Next time you see Mr. and Mrs. Cushing, wish them happy 25th!

Member’s in the News: Chris and Jeremy Cox of 10 Barrel!

10 Barrel has quickly become a beloved Bend trademark, and Tetherow is delighted to be the golf club home of its business partners, Chris and Jeremy Cox.

The brothers were recently featured in Cascade Business News to share about their revolutionary business practices. The thing that differentiates 10 Barrel and makes them so innovative stems from their motto, “cross the river and burn the boats”, which they explained is drawn from the George Washington story of “going to war and after crossing the river ordering the boats to be burned so there would be no option for retreat” (Cascade Business News, November 16, 2011, p. 13).

Since 10 Barrel opened in 2006 as a small brewery, it has grown into a full sized, ever so popular and always packed pub. Every time I pass 10 Barrel on Galveston, it reminds me of a fun, outdoor party at a friend’s house where everyone is welcome and everybody is on a temporary vacation. This is a key aspect about what makes their business so successful. Opening up the pub, they say, has given them exposure to the local community–both visually as the enticing pub that can’t be missed, and also from their local charity, “Locals Supporting Locals” (on the last Tuesday of every month). Just their first year of opening, they generated $28,000 from this weekly event. All profits are donated to a local charity.

10 Barrel also supports fun endeavors such as Blitz to the Barrel, of which Tetherow Golf Club was also a proud sponsor. In this event, World Class Championship mountain bikers all race for cash (including a course through Tetherow) and end at 10 Barrel to party.

The Cox brothers are planning much growth in the future, including moving into a 15,000 square foot building which will enable them to increase from a 10 barrel system to a 50 barrel system. This also means the pub will have 20 beer faucets on tap instead of 10! Also in the works is opening up a pub in Boise, Idaho come summer 2012.

Congratulations to 10 Barrel for being such an integral part of Bend’s local economy and for paving the way for other small businesses!

Kelsi Shelton

Boutique Tetherow—A cozy, local way to shop for the holidays

 December 8th, Tetherow Golf Club provided space for artisans to display an array of creative, handmade gifts—a perfect way to make holiday shopping in Bend fun, convenient and meaningful.

Among the treasures were Tetherow member Nancy Brunkal’s handmade, vibrant platters and plates, fun, creative jewelry by Rachel Dean with Navone Jewelry and vintage pillows by CJS. All local, Central Oregon artists.

beatiful CJS pillows


As soon as you walked in Tetherow’s clubhouse, you were greeted with an array of delicious, artisan teas by Metolius Tea, and F&B Manager Kevin Gilman was there to showcase his selection of wines that he had in mind to go perfectly with a holiday roast or ham dinner.

It was a cozy, festive atmosphere; complete with delicious finger foods such as bite sized crepes and cucumber hummus crotinis. Tetherow is looking forward to having the opportunity to do this again next year!

–Kelsi Shelton

Q & A With Tetherow’s Event Planner: Secrets to a Perfect Party!

With the holiday season quickly approaching, now is the hot time to be booking your holiday party or corporate event at the “Best Golf Course” in Bend, Oregon.

Spend time laughing, eating, dancing and building memories with your family, friends and co-workers at a breath taking location. Golf in Central Oregon is a hot commodity—and so is finding the perfect spot for your event. Tetherow’s distinctive staff, location and personality make all the difference.

Our holiday parties are produced by the finest event staff in Bend. We have a variety of rooms and configurations available. Live music is included on certain dates and special deals are also available!

Weddings and holiday parties in Bend, Oregon have never been the same since Tetherow’s staff showed up on the scene. And when it comes to event planning, Tetherow’s Heather Arns knows how to do it right. With years of experience and insight, she will ensure your next party, private event or wedding is unforgettable.

So as the best event coordinator in Bend, Oregon, we asked Heather some “secrets to success” to planning the perfect party:

Q) What are some most memorable moments at an event that you have planned?

a.  The first Slip and Slide at the Annual Member’s Luau was so much fun! Although, seeing amazing pictures from the weddings– there is truly nothing better than weddings.

Q) What would you recommend to someone planning a holiday party here that most people don’t think about?

a.  Utilize the Fireside Room! The real fire and beautiful decor can really add an     ambiance here that you can’t get elsewhere.

Q) What piece of advice would you give to someone planning a wedding here?

a.  Not to stress the little things… While I understand a wedding can be a lot of work, our staff is amazing at putting the pieces together come “game time”.

Q) Why should a business pick Tetherow in Bend to have their party?

a.   Being so close to town makes it easy for travel and time. There is no better   ambiance, food or professional (but fun) staff around.

Q) Why should a couple pick Tetherow to have their wedding?

a.  With a staff that has done so many events here, we have all of our ducks in a row. Not only do you have the amazing views, sunsets that Bend, OR has to offer, but you also have Tetherow’s spectacular setting and food. Most importantly you also have a group who is truly invested in taking care of you on your big day.

Q) How much time ahead do you recommend booking a room?

a.  Ideally, a month in advance, but for smaller rooms such as the card room or media room, we can often accommodate with just a week’s notice.

Q) What makes you tick at work?

a.  Whether it’s a new event opportunity or a new client that we are excited to impress, every day is different.

Q) What makes you tick at home?

a.  At the moment, football season. I love it. Otherwise it is being active in one way or another, spending time with the people I love and watching my guilty pleasure shows, GLEE and Jersey Shore!

Q) What makes working at Tetherow unique?

a.  Definitely the people that I work with at Tetherow. There is truly nothing better than actually enjoying the people you’re with every day. 


 Interview by Kelsi Shelton

Tetherow’s Members Shine

Felder in "Chicago"

Did you make it to Cat Call Production’s  “Chicago” in September? If so, you saw one of our very own members, Erin Felder, dancing her heart out as the Hungarian character, Hunyak.

Felder started ballet when she was in the 2nd grade. Her part in Chicago was actually the first time she has danced since high school.

Erin’s motivation to audition is inspiring.

“I try to do something that scares me every year. Last year I tried out for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ but did not get cast. The audition process was more anxiety producing than I had anticipated.”

Yet Felder is not one to be defeated. When she heard that this year’s production was “Chicago”, one of her favorite shows,  she threw herself at it. Her goal, she says, was “simply to audition”.

“Dancing brings a joy to my soul like nothing else, except for figure skating.”

In order to get the lines down for her Hungarian character, Tetherow member Susan McLean connected Erin with a Hungarian gentleman. He taught Erin the correct pronunciation, inflection and timing. “I felt proud to really know and understand that the words were authentic.”

Now, with a successful show behind her, she has been inspired to take dance classes again for the first time since high school. If you did not get to see Erin in Chicago, your chance to see her perform could be next spring. She plans on auditioning in May for the upcoming “Producers”.

In the meantime, she is appreciating more time with her family, who was awesome in supporting her 100% while she rehearsed three to four hours a night, five nights a week for four months.

“I could not have considered this adventure without their support.”

Erin and Jesse Felder have an 11 year old son, Kurt, and a 10 year old daughter, Virginia—who is a budding tap dancer and actress herself.

Now that she has a bit more downtime, she is excited to get back out on the course at Tetherow and perfect her game for next season.

Many Tetherow members came out to support her, and she really appreciates all the support and interest that members have shown, during the process and afterwards.

“It is a great community at Tetherow and my husband and I are so proud to be a part of it!”

Kelsi Shelton