Fall is an unbeatable time to experience golf in Bend

Once the kids head back to school to hit the books, it’s an ideal time for their parents (among others) to hit the links, according to Tetherow staff. Although there are only two months left in golf season, Golf Group Sales Manager Grant Zimmerman – a dedicated player himself – said September and October are among his favorite times of year. While the weather remains good, the course opens up considerably. It’s easier to get popular tee times and play at your own pace, without worrying about groups behind you. Zimmerman said it’s great for golf neophytes, as makes for a less intimidating experience overall. “If you’re nervous on a busy summer day, especially about holding up the pace of… Read More

The Top Reasons to Golf Tetherow

As this beautiful summer progresses, we’ve heard some fantastic stories and experiences from our golfers! We’ve updated our “Top Reasons” to golf Tetherow; what are some of your ideas? Top Reasons to golf Tetherow Golf Digest ranked Tetherow #63 on the “Top 100 Courses” for 2017. The Challenge play it once and you’ll want to play again and again. Slip n’ slide on the range On the hottest days of summer, we’ll sometimes put our 100′ slip n’ slide out for golfers (or anyone else!) to enjoy a quick, slippery cool down. Links-style golf enjoying the game as it was meant to be played. Epic food and beverage options available at The Turn Snack Shack. Cascade Mountain views from Mt…. Read More

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

Golf Staff Ready for a Jam-Packed June

The Busiest Golf Month of the Season is Offering Up Some Awesome Events By McKenna Brown   The golf calendar is always jam‑packed in June, and this year is no exception. Head golf pro Jake Edwards and his staff are getting ready for a whirlwind month. “We’ve got some new outside service team members and we’re getting fully staffed for the busy golf season,” Edwards said. “We’re excited for it.” First up was the Solomon Scotch and Highlander Pairing Party on Friday, June 2nd in The Pavilion. Edwards and his staff announced the groupings for the Solomon Scotch and the Highlander, which are season-long competitions against fellow members. Twenty‑six members are getting ready to participate in the Deschutes Cup, which is still in its… Read More

The Secret to Success at Tetherow? A Good Caddie

“We’re weathermen. We’re psychologists. We’re bartenders. We’re scapegoats,” Caddie Master says. By Yoko Minoura   In his 20-plus years as a caddie, Lane Weidman jokes that he’s never had a client hit a bad shot. Miss a putt or watch your ball sail into a bunker? “It’s my fault,” Weidman quips. Scapegoat is just one of many roles a caddie must be willing to play, according to Weidman. As president and caddie master of High Desert Loopers – looper being slang for caddie – he provides caddies for Tetherow and Pronghorn Resort, and hopes to serve Crosswater Club, Brasada Ranch and Black Butte Ranch in the future. Tetherow and Pronghorn both use the forecaddie system, where one caddie takes care… Read More

Coming this Season at Tetherow: An (Even More) Firm and Fast Course

Players might notice their drives go farther this year By McKenna Brown   Members and resort guests who head out to the course this month will be relieved to find that it’s more or less exactly how they left it in the fall. “The golf course is in the same condition as it was when they left it,” says Golf Course Superintendent Chris Condon. “There’s nothing new, no surprises, everything’s normal.” Condon and his crew spent most of March readying the course for the March 31 opening. They laid out a layer of gypsum fertilizer over the course and are working on fully incorporating it into the grass. “We’re trying to get that to disappear,” Condon says. He said players might notice… Read More

The Secrets of the Course: Why Tetherow Closes for the Winter

‘We want to be the best we can be as soon as we can be’ By McKenna Brown   At the beginning of our very mild November, we heard some grumbles from Members that the course had closed too early. If it’s still sunny, shouldn’t we be able to play? It’s not quite that simple, though, as Course Maintenance Supervisor Chris Condon explained. There are many tasks that must be completed before winter hits full force, and those tasks take time. The comfort stations sprinkled throughout the course must be cleaned and shut down, of course, as do The Turn and The Revolving Dog. The course maintenance staff must also cover and secure the bunkers on the course, or else winter… Read More

Golf Season Wrapping Up With Cross Country Golf Day

The first weekend in November marks the end of golf — for now By Nathaniel Kitt   It is truly hard to believe that we only have a few more days of golfing at Tetherow in 2016. But it is the situation we find ourselves in. With that being said, let’s make the very best of what is still here for us. The weather is looking seasonal, and the course is playing wonderfully still! With this past weekend’s inaugural Death Row in the history books and our annual Cross Country Golf day upcoming, there are quite literally still hundreds of golfers taking advantage of playing opportunities! About a month ago, two members emailed me with the subject line, “Death row… Read More

There’s Still Plenty of Golf Left to Play at Tetherow

The season may be winding down, but exciting golf events remain on the horizon. By Nathaniel Kitt   The leaves have fallen and the nights are cooler. Welcome to October in the High Desert! Although snow might start flurrying at higher elevations, there is still plenty of golf left to be played this autumn. Hopefully, one or more of the upcoming golf events entices you to come on out and enjoy the course a few more times. October 4th marked the second annual Breast Cancer Awareness golf event. In a simple effort to raise awareness and support those currently or having previously fought breast cancer, we played nine holes, had lunch and enjoyed a great day of camaraderie. The ever-popular… Read More

Tetherow Hosting Second Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Day

The event is for women who are breast cancer survivors or are undergoing treatment By McKenna Brown Tetherow is proud to once again host Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Day this year, on Tuesday, Oct. 4. This outing is specifically for women who are breast cancer survivors or are undergoing active treatment. This fun and lighthearted 9-hole golf event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and will conclude with lunch in the Fireside Room. “In just our second year of hosting this event, we are dedicated to providing an experience that is memorable for all those involved,” said Nate Kitt, assistant golf pro. The event is $40 per person and includes nine holes of golf, cart and lunch; a… Read More

‘Renaturalizing’ Tetherow: How the Golf Course Got Its Look

A lot of work went into making the grounds look so believable By McKenna Brown   You’d be forgiven if you looked out at Tetherow’s golf course and assumed the many fairways and greens had simply been carved out of the natural landscape. In reality, nearly every plant, tree and rock you see has been carefully “re-naturalized” by Tetherow’s course maintenance crew. “It’s a little more difficult than it looks,” Golf Course Superintendent Chris Condon said. “Mother Nature has its way of doing things. We wanted to make sure it was believable, we wanted to make sure that it fit in the whole design of the golf course, and we wanted to utilize as much native plant material as possible… Read More

Ideal Conditions + An Excited Membership = A Great Kickoff to the Golf Season

“We are gearing up for the Ceilidh – the ladies member/guest tournament – which starts today and ends Sunday.” By Jake Edwards, PGA It has been an exciting start to the season here at Tetherow, and we are all looking forward to one of our best seasons yet. The golf course is in beautiful shape and everybody is so excited that the pool is open. The membership enjoyed some fun events in June with the ladies playing their first major Member/ Member tournament. It was a thrilling finish as we had our first aggregate putt-off, in honor of the US Open, to decide the 2016 net champion. Roxie Mills and Heidi Kjos hit two fabulous putts to narrowly defeat Paula Sansburn… Read More

Range Construction and Course Projects June 2016

Video: Experience the Range Revamp in Timelapse by Chris Condon, Golf Course Superintendent   Hello to all our members and guests! We are officially entering summer and the golf course is in great shape. With all of the projects that continue or are now complete, it will be nice to just focus on maintenance and playability of the golf course. It is very important to us that we provide you with the best and most consistent playing conditions. Our plan to provide these conditions is to closely track the various measurements that we can make that will help us make daily and weekly decisions. Greens speeds, firmness of greens, approaches and fairways, moisture content of greens, approaches and fairways, irrigation… Read More

Welcome Jake Edwards as new Head Golf Professional

Tetherow Resort in Bend, Oregon, home of the David McLay Kidd 18-hole championship golf course, has appointed PGA Golf Professional, Jake Edwards, as Head Golf Professional.   Jake Edwards Tetherow Resort’s Head Golf Professional Edwards joins Tetherow from the renowned Vintage Club in Indian Wells, California, where he was Golf Professional for seven years. There he provided the highest level of customer service in golf operations, membership and teaching. In addition to working with The Vintage Club members, Edwards worked alongside such legendary pros as Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Mike Weir, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Luke List, Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis and others. Chris van der Velde, Managing Partner at Tetherow Resort, said, “Jake worked for us when we first… Read More

The Ultimate Group Golf Event Starts Here

Plan The Kind of Golf TournamentThat Begs to be Repeated Every Year Give us your vision and let our experienced golf and events staff create the ideal group golf event in Bend! Whether it’s a family vacation, a fundraiser or club championship, let us turn your golf outing into the conversation of the year. Tetherow’s fully customizable golf packages include lodging at Tetherow Lodges. Or, for group outings taking place after June 2016, the brand new Tetherow vacation rental homes provide a fun, spacious and convenient lodging option. Whether it’s for smaller golf group of 12 people or a 100 plus person golf tournament, the Tetherow golf and events staff will plan and execute a stunning and hassle-free event. Personalized… Read More

Big Plans & Improvements for the Practice Range at Bend, Oregon’s best golf course.

Work also continues on #5 throughout the winter. by Chris Condon The season is over and now we all can take a breather and think about the winter.  Hopefully you can take a vacation to your favorite sunny spot.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, which is always exciting.  One thing that always makes the holiday season better is snow.  I hope that we receive an abundance of snow both in the mountains and in town, especially during the holidays.  As we wait for the snow to fly, the golf course maintenance staff will be involved with some minor and major projects. You are probably asking yourself, what will have changed that I can look forward to next… Read More

2015 – A Legendary Golf Year in Review

By Nate Kitt, Assistant Golf Professional, PGA There is no doubt that this past year was one for the golf history books. Both here at Tetherow and in the general world of golf, memories were made and records were broken. The purpose for me writing this account is simply a recollection and a reflection about where were are and where we can go in the future. Golf season in Central Oregon came earlier than most planned for (including most area golf facilities) as the weather conditions might have resembled more of late spring than of late winter. I recall playing in short sleeves at Brasada Ranch in mid-January and most every member that I spoke with got in some winter… Read More

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

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)