My wife and I will be in the Bend area and would like help in locating four top golf courses to play as well as lodging suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your time. – John P.
Depending on your handicap and energy level, you can actually play 36 holes a day in Central Oregon….there is just that much golf to be had. As far as top courses, I would recommend you consider the following:
- Crosswater Golf Club located at Sunriver Resort. If you are a resort guest, you can have access to this top quality course and you’ll love it. There are several tee boxes so depending on your level of play, you can make it as challenging as you like. Crosswater has hosted several NCAA, PGA Tour and USGA amateur events. The course is reopening after an extensive renovation the end of May so your timing to play the course is perfect.
- Brasada Canyons Golf Club at the Brasada Ranch Resort is also a fun course to play. It is located just outside of the airport area in Powell Butte. It is a Peter Jacobson design. The best part of playing this course are the views. Really spectacular views that follow you through out the 18 holes of play. Zach Swafford is the head pro and he and his team will take great care of you.
- Black Butte Ranch has two classic designed golf courses that in so many ways give you that authentic central Oregon golf experience. The Ranch is located in Sisters. The property has two courses, Big Meadows and Glaze Meadows…… tree lined and small greens. it may remind you of playing Donald Ross designed courses if you have traveled east to do just that. Jeff Fought, little brother to PGA Tour winner and course designer, John Fought, is the director of golf. They are super people there and will take great care of your every golf need.
- Pronghorn Golf Club – Nicklaus course – Pronghorn is a semi-private facility again not too far from the Redmond airport. The course may be most remembered for its manicured greens and over sized clubhouse. This course design is pure Nicklaus…..knowing his pattern for risk reward temptation in the hole designs. You will love playing this course for so many reasons including the very friendly staff, the views and the 19th hole patio area.
All four places I have recommended do provide overnight stay accommodations including all the amenities and restaurants. You really can’t loose if you choose to stay at anyone of these properties so depending on how much golf you want to play, you’re in a good spot. Finally, I would invite you to check out the Central Oregon Golf Trail and Visit Central Oregon for more information on courses in the area.
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About Ask Oregon Expert Noel Lucky
Noel Lucky is an avid, single digit golfer who, for the last 18 years, has played most of Oregon's golf courses. Because of her passion and knowledge of Oregon Golf, she has worked for Golf Digest and Golf World Properties to help promote courses big and small, for golfers of all skill levels. Noel and her husband, Jeff, live in Bend, Oregon which is considered by many the premier golf destination of the Northwest. She is excited to share her passion, many travels and insights on the Oregon golf experience.