New Faces in Course Maintenance Keeping the Greens in Top Shape

Justin Smith is the New Course Superintendent, and Steve Ragan is the Equipment Technician by McKenna Brown The golf course maintenance crew has two new faces among them — well, actually three, if you count dogs! Justin Smith, and his 2‑year-old silver lab, Sadie, joined Tetherow in early June as the course superintendent. He spent the previous decade at Bandon Dunes as the assistant superintendent of the Old Macdonald course. He’s excited to make some tweaks to make the course more playable and enjoyable for golfers, but don’t expect anything too major — think smoothing out the transition from cart path to fairway, not any restructuring of the course itself. And he’s looking to hire a few more members of the… Read More

Introducing Dominic Gatto, Tetherow’s New Fitness Manager

Gatto hit the ground running this month, preparing for the fitness facility’s May opening By Yoko Minoura   When he was first hired at Nike 15 years ago, Dominic Gatto spent his days greeting guests, folding towels and cleaning fitness equipment at an employee gym. By the time he left to move to Bend last June, Gatto had spent six years managing two employee gyms at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, serving 800 to 900 people every day. As Tetherow’s new fitness manager, Gatto plans to offer a similarly top-flight experience. “(At Nike), you need to make the experience top-notch, world class. It’s very much the same here,” he said. “I have high expectations. I won’t beg or apologize for that.”… 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

Welcoming new Merchandiser: Melissa Nielsen

Approaching each day with creativity and a brilliant smile by Kelsi Shelton Tetherow’s Golf Merchandiser Melissa Nielsen knows what it is like to adapt to and juggle an array of  responsibilities. From being a hands on, devoted mom to two middle-schoolers, to starting at Tetherow during one of the busiest golf weeks of the season (she started this past summer during the Burning Bush men’s member guest tournament), Nielsen said that even though things are constantly changing at Tetherow, it is this excitement that makes her thrive. Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Nielson graduated with a BS in communications from the University of Idaho. She and her husband moved to Bend just over 12 years ago, where they both… Read More

Fresh New Faces in the Golf Shop this Season

Learn about the new staff manning the Golf Shop by Louis Bennett, Head PGA Professional The start of the golf season always brings a plethora of exciting new beginnings. I am thrilled this year to introduce three of the new faces in the golf department. They are eager to meet and serve you – please stop in and introduce yourself! Nate Kitt Position: 1st Assistant Golf Professional Nate comes to us most recently from Pueblo, Colorado where he worked as the Lead Assistant Golf Professional at Pueblo Country Club. At Pueblo, Nate developed programs that focused on junior development as well as introducing non-golfers to the wonderful world of golf. He has an interest in providing golf opportunities to people… 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

New Employees at Bend’s Tetherow Golf Club

Welcoming new staff and saying farewell to others Please meet our new Membership/Event Coord and Director of Sales By Carrie Ramoz With countless perfectly executed events and a long list of happy Tetherow Members, it is with mixed emotions that we say BON VOYAGE to Event Coordinator Heather Arns. In early November, Heather moved to the US Virgin Islands to pursue her career at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort on St. Thomas. Tetherow is thankful for Heather’s years of service and positive perspective she brought to every aspect of the company and wishes her endless fun and opportunity on her life’s adventures. Tetherow is pleased to introduce the new Membership/Event Coordinator Leann Schoales,who will begin in mid-November.  Leann is a true… Read More

Employee Spotlight: Assistant Golf Professional Colin Tucker

In his second season at Tetherow, turning heads and winning hearts.  by Kelsi Shelton Tetherow’s Assistant Golf Pro Colin Tucker was introduced to the game of golf at the ripe age of 6. As he recalls, “every Saturday there was a junior clinic for $1 at a local golf course, and my dad would drop me off.” Born in San Diego and raised in Portland, Tucker moved to Bend due to, as he explains, “the great golf and the opportunity to work at Tetherow with some good friends.” As an employee at another OB Sports property, Langdon Farms in Portland, Colin was drawn to Tetherow due to his love for links golf and his desire to work at a world-class… Read More

Beautifying an Award-Winning Golf Course

Revealing the Hard Work of Tetherow’s Maintenance Crew By Kelsi Shelton It is unanimously agreed that golf course maintenance is fundamental to a successful course. But the daily ins and outs of what actually goes in to making Tetherow’s award-winning course playable, consistent, and impeccably maintained are often a mystery to many. This is largely due to the fact that the maintenance team is intentionally elusive—a well-maintained course is also one in which a golfer can play a round without being interrupted or distracted by the very crew who is making this golfer’s game so enjoyable. To gain a better understanding of all the hard work that goes in to the maintenance world, I asked Superintendent Chris Condon a few… Read More

Tetherow’s new Principal Broker – Brian Ladd

Brian Ladd of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Tetherow is pleased to welcome Brian Ladd of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty as its Principal Broker. Brian and his wife Brittany moved to Bend from Steamboat Springs, CO with the plan to find a town that had the feel of a mountain ski town but with sophistication and year-round recreation. And it worked! The Ladd’s have fallen in love with their new community and are enjoying raising their two children Killian (7) Kelsey (4) here. You may find Brittany teaching children’s yoga or find Brian on the slopes as a volunteer with the National Ski Patrol. Brian has experience in master planned communities and comes from four generations of real estate sales and… Read More

Employee Spotlight: Executive Chef Zac Hoffman

The Man Behind the Charming Smile by Kelsi Shelton Meet The Grill’s Executive Chef Zac Hoffman! When former Chef Rian Mulligan and Food and Beverage Manager Kevin Gilman started working at The Grill at Tetherow Golf Club, word spread to Zac how great of a place it was to work. The two foodies invited him to join the force about three years ago, and he has since worked his way up from cook to Executive Chef. Prior to coming on board at Tetherow, Zac worked odd kitchen and construction jobs looking for a place where he would really want to invest himself. He knew his heart has belonged in the food industry ever since he was a child. “One year… Read More

Employee Spotlight: Lisa Fah in the Tetherow Grill

Having Fun in the Midst of Working Hard by Kelsi Shelton Tetherow Bar and Grill’s server Lisa Fah has been living and playing in Central Oregon for seven years now. Growing up in Lake Oswego and then living in Eugene, Fah says she needed a change and ended up “moving to Bend on a whim.” She loves the laid-back feel and size, and after living in the valley, the drier climate in Bend is much appreciated. After working with Tetherow Bar and Grill’s F&B Manager Kevin Gilman at a martini bar in Bend, Lisa came to dinner at Tetherow one night and Gilman informed her that Tetherow would be hiring for the summer. So, “that was that”, and Lisa joined… Read More

Employee Spotlight: Asst Superintendent Warren Gawlik

The Man Behind the Playability and Aesthetics of Bend’s Best Golf Course For Assistant Superintendent Warren Gawlik, it was a summer high school gig that led him to discover his passion for working on the golf course. His then next-door neighbor happened to be a Superintendent, and after working for him one summer, Gawlik was hooked. Upon moving to Bend from Portland, where he grew up, Warren immediately “tracked all the good courses in the area” and knew that he wanted to play Tetherow. He then heard they were hiring an Assistant Superintendent, and the job was his. Although every summer he gets out on the course and diligently works on his swing, he considers himself a “very average” golfer,… Read More

Employee Spotlight: The Grill’s Meghann Griffin

by Kelsi Shelton The Tetherow Grill has some pretty talented folks working behind the bar. But if you’re looking for one mean latte to either start the day off right or to fix a day gone bad, then look no further than the talent of redheaded beauty Meghann Griffin. She attributes her top-notch barista skills from working at Strictly Organic for three years. When Griffin started working at Tetherow Grill as a server and barista about a year and a half ago, she was thrilled to see that the espresso machine met her standards. Meghann loves being able to indulge her creative side, which gives way to all sorts of innovative and beautifully crafted espresso drinks. The best part, she… Read More

Bruce and Cosmo: The Dogs of Tetherow

Fighting crime one pest at a time by Kelsi Shelton Superintendent Chris Condon and Assistant Superintendent Coulee Prince both have a not-so-secret power that makes the cold winter days—or long summer days—on Tetherow’s course that much better: their dogs. Chris’ dog, Cosmo, is a purebred female Border Collie who will be eight years old on Christmas day, and Coulee’s dog, Bruce, is a four-year-old Border Terrier. Both animals have their own specialty when it comes to boosting Tetherow’s morale and maintaining a pristine course. Cosmo is the (un)official goose-chaser. According to Condon, the course has been goose free since 2008. This is actually why Chris sought out Cosmo in the first place. He heard Border Collies made great goose-busters, so when he… Read More

Meet Managing Partner Chris van der Velde

Navigating his way through this tough economy and coming out strong by Kelsi Shelton Managing Partner Chris van der Velde keeps things colorful and alive at Tetherow. Whether it’s playing the M&M “last color standing” game, or cracking a joke when things get heated, Chris manages to juggle multiple facets and keep things moving forward, while also deeply caring that each employee feels appreciated and esteemed with their particular strengths. Since Tetherow is about to undertake much growth in the coming year, we thought it appropriate to learn a few things about the man behind it all at Tetherow. I asked van der Velde to share with us how he caught the golf bug, and what it’s like running and operating… Read More

The Wonderful Coulee Prince

Employee Spotlight: Tetherow’s Assistant Superintendent   The beautiful, smooth greens and perfectly maintained native areas of Tetherow result from the dedication and brilliance of our talented golf course maintenance employees. Coulee Prince, our Assistant Superintendent, is one of the brilliant minds behind this playable beauty. Born and raised in Bend, Coulee attended Central Oregon Community College and earned his degree in turf science/management along the way. Starting from an entry-level position and advancing through the ranks, he has worked at four other courses in C.O. as well as spending 5 years at a resort in PA. Coulee worked in the golf course maintenance business for twelve years prior to beginning began his Tetherow career in January 2011. He was the Assistant… Read More

Jeremy Minteer

Meet our Staff: the talented Jeremy Minteer Tetherow’s master of good times, events and activities Three years ago, the multi-talented Jeremy Minteer was recruited to help Tetherow’s new Food & Beverage department hone their services and presentation. He has worked in the restaurant business since the early 1990s, including in the local Gregg’s Grill and as a restaurant manager on a cruise line. Jeremy started college after he was in the Air Force, with the plan of becoming a dentist. He had been a dental assistant for many years and enjoyed the science and art of the profession, but while attending school, he worked in restaurants (because of the hours and availability) and he felt a strong connection to the lifestyle. He… Read More

Clayton Moe: Living His Dream, Fully Awake

Q & A with Tetherow’s First Assistant Golf Pro  by Kelsi Shelton, Membership  Clayton Moe has been a loyal employee since Tetherow’s first full 2009 season. Having a Golf Pro for a dad, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. As soon as he could walk, a club was in his hand, and his earliest memories involve hitting balls on the driving range “because that’s what Dad did”. Ultimately, Clayton’s objective is to be a Head Golf Professional at a high-end club. He is well on his way, considering his longstanding reputation at Tetherow and his work at the Vintage Club in Palm Springs (during the offseason here). This, combined with a business management degree, PGA studies and experience… Read More