Caleb’s Corner: The Masters, The Golf Trip of a Lifetime.

04/06/2012

Spring is here and, along with it, comes the beginning to the 2012 golf season. No, I’m not referring to our opening day at Tetherow on April 1, but rather the Masters Tournament, held at beautiful Augusta National Golf Club from April 5-8.

For many golfers, myself included, Masters week is their favorite week of the year. Each year, Augusta National expands its online and television coverage, allowing for the “patrons” to experience more and more of the Masters Tournament.

The Masters and Augusta are particularly special to me. I attended my first Masters as a freshman in college  in 1997 with my father—the year a young kid named Tiger Woods won his first major, setting almost every Masters record along the way to his 12-stroke victory. I’ll never forget my first footstep onto the turf at Augusta National. I had goosebumps. My father and I purchased our obligatory green Masters folding chairs, and walked down to Amen Corner to set up our chairs at the 13th green. I was amazed to find out that we could simply leave our chairs set up, wander around the property, watch the best players in the world play the best course in the world, and when we returned in the afternoon with a Coca Cola and a $1.25 Pimento and Cheese sandwich, our chairs were still waiting for us, unoccupied.

I’ve since been back to Augusta for two additional Masters, and watched Phil Mickelson win his second green jacket, and Angel Cabrera pick up his first in a three-way playoff victory. Each and every day, I’d follow my same routine: speed walk (you don’t run at the Masters) down to 16 green (the par 3 with the pond), set up my green Masters chair, then walk to Amen Corner and soak in the beauty of 11, 12 and 13. Each day, I’d stand behind the 12th tee box and dream of someday being able to walk across the Hogan Bridge and cross Rae’s Creek. Like almost every other golfer, my dream has always been to play at Augusta, but I never fathomed that I’d have the chance.

Then, in September of 2009, I received an email. A good friend of mine, a high school golf coach in the Atlanta area, invited me to come to Georgia in November for a golf trip. Each year, he travels to central Oregon with his team, and I always do my best to help set up a golfing itinerary for their group. In the email, he thanked me for helping with the high school team over the years, and listed a number of courses which I could choose from for a three-day golf trip. I was amazed as I read through the list of great private courses in the Atlanta area—and there, at the end of the list, was “Augusta National Golf Club.” The shock eventually wore off and I quickly made plane reservations and circled November 21, 2009, on my calendar as the day that would change my golfing life.

A very gracious member of Augusta whose son was on my friend’s golf team hosted me, another local pro, and the high school golf coach at Augusta. We pinched ourselves as we drove down Magnolia Lane toward the iconic white clubhouse. After changing our shoes in the Members Locker room and hitting a few practice balls, our caddies took us over to the Par 3 course, which hosts the Par 3 tournament each Wednesday of Masters Week. After getting a few of our nerves out of our system, we walked over to the first tee at Augusta National. The rest of the day was a blur. My nerves got the best of me, as the 81 on the scorecard showed, but I did manage to birdie the 7th and 11th holes, and was even par through the three holes that make up Amen Corner. After our round, our host gave us a tour of the clubhouse where we saw the Champions Locker Room, the Crow’s nest—where the amateurs stay during the Masters tournament—and the Member’s Dining Room. Other than my wedding day, and the day my daughter was born, it will go down as the greatest day of my life.

Caleb Anderson, PGA Head Professional, Tetherow Golf Club 


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!

The Cushings Celebrate their 25th Anniversary!

02/17/2012

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.

1986!

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.”

2012

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!

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