Tetherow adds electric-car charging stations in Bend, Oregon

Building on its mission to offer eco-friendly options, Tetherow Resort announces the installation of three electric vehicles (EV) charging stations. Helping to connect the dots for EV charging accessibility for tourists and locals alike, the stations at Tetherow include two Tesla level two 100-amp stations capable of charging any Tesla model car, and a universal 40-amp charging station for other EV brands. The stations are located in front of The Lodges at Tetherow and accessible for resort guests and members. Tetherow’s commitment to the environment is integrated into nearly every aspect of the course development and its ongoing agronomic practices ensure sustainability. The EV charging stations are another stride toward reducing environmental emissions. With over one million EVs on the road today, with the… Read More

Reworking Tetherow Hole #17

Reworking Hole #17 The golf construction of Tetherow was started in the spring on 2006. I was fortunate to travel to Scotland and look at the construction of the Castle Course at St. Andrews that David McLay Kidd was building. Chris van der Velde and I met David on site while David was meeting with several American reporters doing a story on the Castle Course. I will never forget the response from David to a reporter’s question on which hole will be the signature hole. I am paraphrasing David’s response: “Why would I design and build one great hole and seventeen mediocre or poor golf holes. My intent is to not design one great hole, I look it as, the… Read More

Meet our New Members: The Tee Family

Looking forward to taking many adventures in the Pacific Northwest by Kelsi Shelton The Tee family moved to Bend just this past August to enjoy what makes Bend such an irresistible haven for many: the four seasons and the small town sense of community. From Carlsbad, California, Steve and Danielle Tee were initially attracted to Tetherow due to the links style golf course and the remarkable setting. The couple adds, “the staff at Tetherow was genuine and welcoming, and the overall feel is just entirely different and better than many golf clubs.” Steve and Danielle have two young kids, Keira, 3 and Henry, 2. For Steve, golf and anything outdoors keeps him happy, and Danielle’s sanity comes in the form… Read More

Sean Mercer, The Row Manager

Getting to Know Our Staff: The Row’s Manager Sean Mercer “By far the best group of members I have met.” Kelsi Shelton The Row’s Sean Mercer moved to Bend right after high school to attend COCC, but the not-so-secret motivation was to ski. In the past 10 years, Mercer has gained a dynamic breadth of experience to apply to his current management position. “I’ve been a cook, busser, server, bar back and bartender. I’ve worked in both resort and dive bars, restaurants, breweries and country clubs.”  Working in the restaurant industry, he explained, is a “building passion” which continues to grow. Managing The Row since last summer, Mercer says he welcomes the challenges as Tetherow grows. “The Row is young and… Read More

The birds that call Tetherow home in winter

Our Wintertime Friends: The birds that call Tetherow home in the cold months by Cal Elshoff Winter has arrived! We have the lowest number of species for the year around Tetherow, but there are still many birds in the area.  Those you should be seeing include:Robins, Spotted Towhees, House Finches, Juncoes, Crossbills,  Fox Sparrows, Quail, White Crowned Sparrows, Ravens, Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Pygmy and Redbreasted and White Breasted Nuthatches, Mourning Doves, Bushtits, Golden Crowned Kinglets, Chickadees, Kestrels,  RedTailed Hawks, Sharp Shinned Hawks, and Coopers Hawks.   Great Horned Owls are also present. If you are fortunate you may see some Cedar Waxwings passing through.   When the ponds aren’t frozen, they may contain Mallards, Ring necked Ducks, Coots, Teal,… Read More

The Row will highlight local breweries with specials and events

Cheers to the winter months! by Carrie Ramoz There’s nothing quite like a tasty local beer to warm your belly after a day on the slopes. This winter, Tetherow is dedicated to bringing you a fun variety of brews to choose from along with opportunities to learn more about our local brewing industry. Beginning this November, The Row is thrilled to partner with a variety of local breweries and will highlight a different one every month throughout the winter season. The selected breweries and beers will be available at special prices and used in unique recipes on The Row’s menu. Member-only events will be offered which may include brewery tours, ‘Meet the Brewer’ events or cooking with beer classes. The… Read More

Tetherow Club Championship Winners

Club Championship Winners & Results Ladies’ Gross Champion: Kathy Fleck (167)Congratulations to the champions in the 2014 Club Championship, which took place Aug 23 – 24. Ladies’ Net Champion: Darlene Allison (157) Men’s Net Champion: Gwil Evans (146) Men’s Senior Champion: Dave Duerson (156) Men’s Club Champion: Taylor Garbutt (150)  

GolfBoards Arrive at Tetherow

“SURF THE EARTH” at Tetherow with the new fleet of GolfBoards The Wave of GolfBoards Across the Country Begins at Tetherow Not a skateboard or a golf cart, Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Oregon, introduces a new adrenalin-pumping mode of transportation around the golf course, the Golfboard. Tetherow is the first golf course in the country to host a fleet of twenty Golfboards at the resort. Golfing with a GolfBoard, or “GolfBoarding” as they like to call it, changes the golfing experience, without changing the game of golf. The ancient game and all its’ traditions are safe. Traversing from shot to shot across the golf course, however, has now taken on a whole new dimension of fun, action, and excitement… Read More

Conditions Update & Our Annual Poa-Pulling Party

Having fun and bringing the greens back to their full glory. by Chris Condon, Director of Agronomy Thank you to all of those who attended the Poa picking party.  We had a great time and actually picked a lot of Poa annua from the greens on #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.  A third of the golf course greens have less Poa annua than before and we owe it all to our dedicated members. We are having another Poa Party on Mon, Sept 8 and hope you can join us! I also want to thank all of our members, guests and employees for being patient while we deal with the circumstances surrounding our putting surfaces.  My staff and I really appreciate your support while we… Read More

Meet our New Members: The Steelhammer Family

“Tetherow’s a wonderful place to build friendships” by Kelsi Shelton Brandy and Geoff Steelhammer primarily moved to Bend for reasons so many of us do: the outdoor, active lifestyle year around. Moving from Salem in 2012, the couple was ready to get out of the rain and into the high desert and sunshine! Both Oregonians from the Willamette Valley, Brandy and Geoff grew up vacationing in Bend. And with Geoff’s parents living here part-time in Eagle Crest as well as Brandy’s grandfather living in Bend, the couple are grateful to be so close to family. Since moving here, Geoff has fallen in love with mountain biking, and also stays busy skiing, hiking, golfing and hunting. He has also been a… Read More

2014 Ceilidh: Ladies Invitational Results 

by Nate Kitt, Asst. Head Professional The Ceilidh: Tetherow’s toughest event to pronounce. Many might try “See-Lid,” but I have a sneaking suspicion that few would know the actual enunciation of “Kay-Lee.” This Gaelic term means “party” and the events that transpired Thursday night could not have represented a “Ceilidh” any better. The festivities kicked off with a cocktail hour followed by a Par 3 Social. What does that mean, one might ask. Let me tell you, if this part of the event doesn’t having you coming back year after year, then I don’t know what will. With gambling specialist Kelly Wechter on hand, we decided to facilitate a special kind of “Five Card Draw,” in which on every hole the participants would… Read More

2014 Burning Bush: Mens Golf Invitational Results

 Congratulations to overall winners Ian McLean & Troy Johnston by Nate Kitt, Asst. Golf Professional Burning Bush is undoubtedly the premier member event at Tetherow year in and year out.  This 2014 Men’s Invitational did not fail to impress anyone in the field with fierce competition and great camaraderie fuelled by the vibrant Tetherow culture.  The golf tournament was just the start of the festivities with a skills challenge including a penalty kick, putting course and “flop wall” on Thursday night and a Par 3 Tournament on Friday and Saturday nights.  The record number of 134 participants divided the field into 12 flights.  After five 9-hole (sometimes laborious) matches, the victors of each flight emerged.  Some flights were closer than… Read More

Bringing the Course Back to Pristine Condition

Help up eradicate the Poa on July 28 – we’ll supply the beverages! by Chris Condon, Director of Agronomy It has been a little more than a month from the herbicide application for Poa annua.  And that is in the past and the future is to solve the problem and get back to a great golf course.  We are working as quickly as possible with a plan to cure the unsightly areas on our greens. You have probably already noticed that we have done some over seeding and sod work on the severely damaged areas. The plan and the work will take some time so please help us in our efforts and think positively. The biggest thing that we can do or… Read More

Celebrate July 4 with Bend’s best new hotel

Celebrate July 4th in Bend with Tetherow Lodges, Bend’s best new hotel Stay at Tetherow and golf, paddle board, relax and enjoy all that Bend has to offer! Experience the best of the July 4th holiday weekend in Bend while staying at Tetherow! Tetherow Lodges are just minutes from the bustle of downtown Bend and a short drive from the recreation opportunities of the Cascade Lakes and Deschutes National Forest. We have new fleet of paddleboards available to rent and will also provide the pads and straps so you can safely transport it to the lake or river of your choice! Our hotel offers some of the most panoramic views of the July 4th fireworks spectacular (off Pilot Butte State Park) along… Read More

Races in Bend: Let the Training Begin!

by Kelsi Shelton Given Bend has secured a fair reputation for being one of the best trail running towns in America (via Outdoor Magazine in 2006, among others), we thought we’d impart some motivating wisdom as to why now is the time to start training for a summer run (whether it’s a fun run, a marathon, or somewhere in between). Beyond the fact that there is new trail access right outside of Tetherow  providing even easier access to the 5 mile Alpine Loop trail around Tetherow, there are dozens of races coming up that not only often support good causes, but they also open your eyes up to fun, accessible running routes around town, give goal-oriented folks something to train… Read More

Our Seasonal Bird Inventory

CHIRP CHIRP! by Cal Elshoff & Carrie Ramoz Tetherow’s resident bird and Audubon expert Cal Elshoff performed his annual Christmas bird count at Tetherow and discovered a hearty flock of 25 Red Crossbills. The Red Crossbill is a stocky finch of mature coniferous forests; the Red Crossbill is dependent on the seed cones, which are its main food. Its peculiar bill allows it access to the seeds, and it will breed whenever it finds areas with an abundance of cones. In preparation for spring, Cal cleaned out all nesting boxes around the property and covered the Lewis Woodpecker nesting boxes with bark. He continues to make nesting boxes and these are available to anyone at Tetherow. To learn more about… Read More

Hike, ski, golf, experience local culinary delights all in Bend, Oregon

Spring Break—Look no Further than Out Your Front Door!  by Kelsi Shelton Spring break and Central Oregon go together like bacon and chocolate. It’s not the most assumed combination (Bend will never be Cancun or Florida), but after giving it a try, Bend wins for being an unexpected delight to a broad spectrum of spring break adventure-seekers. And for the lucky ones of us who already live here, it makes our travel expenses enviable. The inaugural week of spring (spring break typically runs from March 24-28) is a sweet spot for Central Oregon, given Mt. Bachelor has one of the longest running seasons in the US (usually ending in May), and given the average high in March is in the… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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,… Read More