Find plenty of courses and fall sunshine in Central Oregon. (Photo credit: Mike Houska / DogLeg Studios)

Fall is ready to tee off in Oregon. For golfers, it’s time to scramble for the central part of the state. There you’ll find 27 courses, lingering fall sunshine, mountain views and high desert scenery. Here are some suggestions for hitting the links in Oregon.

High profile: Pronghorn Club & Resort, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, was rated by Golf Digest as 23rd in the “Top 100 Courses to Play in the Country.” River’s Edge Golf Course, a par-72 course designed by Robert Muir Graves, has been included among Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.”

Windup and unwind: Cap off your 18-hole day with a massage or spa treatment. Eagle Crest Resort and Black Butte Ranch both offer exceptional courses as well as full-scale spa services like massage, body wraps and facials. While you’re at Black Butte, don’t miss Glaze Meadow, which just recently re-opened after a full-course redesign.

Old school: For an old-fashioned flavor, reserve a tee time at the Tetherow Golf Club, created by David McLay Kidd. The 7,298-yard links-style course is designed to mirror the Scottish Heathlands and incorporates the natural, high desert terrain.

Family fun: Check out Caldera Links, a family-friendly nine-hole course developed by renowned architect Bob Cupp and available to guests of the Sunriver Resort. The Desert Peaks Golf Club, owned by The City of Madras, is family-friendly, year-round fun.

Greener green: Meadow Lakes Golf Course, featured in the USA Golf Journal, is also one of the first-ever recipients of Golf Digest’s National Environmental Leaders Award for using the city of Prineville’s wastewater to create an 18-hole championship golf course.

For a complete list of courses in Central Oregon and around the state, visit

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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