Ultimate Golf Roadtrip: Tetherow, Brasada and Pronghorn
We woke to rain and high winds, three rounds at Bandon with minimal moisture and not much winds, we lucked out!
We had a meeting with a tee time at Tetherow in the afternoon so we hightailed it up the coast. The drive from Bandon to Bend is five hours so we decided to stop in Elkton and have breakfast at Tomasellis. This restaurant is a gem, they bake all their pastries, breads, energy bars. They have great homemade fare with a small town ambiance.
Fed and happy we hit the road once more , we took I-5 to Springfield were we made headed up the McKenzie River Valley, this is a spectacular drive that takes us to the high dessert. Today we could see nothing but rain and clouds, so we entertained ourselves with playing Oregon trivia with Chris playing Alex Travick. The closer we got to Bend the lighter the skies got so our mood was getting brighter.
The staff at Tetherow was fantastic they were ready for us and even provided it the Caddie Master Doug Searcie as our guide for our round.
Tetherow is a world class golf couse designed by David Kidd. The font nine is more wide open with water on some of the holes. Make sure you choose the correct tees for the full enjoyment. We had a couple of squalls come through to make sure we had the full Bandon experience in Bend.
The back nine is a wonderful and magical couple of hours, Mr Kidd takes us on a wonderful journey thru a pine forest, the sun sun made an appearance, gortex was shed and scores started to make a comeback. From the par 5 thirteen to the signature 17th is a visual paradise.
Brasada Ranch was the middle day of our Best of Bend trio. It is located some thirty minutes outside of Bend at Powell Butte. It is a Jeld Wen Corporation development and like anything else they are involved with it is a top notch property.
The course is a Peter Jacobsen design which features generous fairways, great par threes and some of the best greens anywhere. The course meanders in and out canyons with some wonderful views on most days. Unfortunately for us we got one of the fifty days of moisture. We got in eight holes before the rain headed our way over the Cascades.
There was not much play so we sat outside the pro shop and shared sandwiches and beer talked story and waited for the squall to go past us. We finished the back nine with some showers as part of our day. Despite the showers we all commented what a world class property they have here at Brasada Ranch.
The Nickalaus Course at Pronghorn
Pronghorn oozes luxury . From the road to the front gate is four miles. The clubhouse is a 50,000 square foot lodge that demands your attention. The staff is top notch. The setting is spectacular.
It rained Thursday night and the forecast for Friday was a good news bad news thing. The good news the storm was moving thru and the skies were clearing . The bad news they were calling for fifty mile an hour winds!
Friday is the last day of our trip. The weather people were right on the clearing part, the winds were in the 10 to 20mph range, we were ecstatic that they got the wind part wrong. We were sad to leave our little palace but excited to play the Nicklaus course.
We checked in at the pro shop put our clubs on the carts and drove the carts to the Trailhead Grill for breakfast. We made quick work of our meals and were ready to roll.
We were met on the putting green by Michael Marion, Head of Operations of Pronghorn who hosted this wonderful two days. We also met Kenny who would be our guide for the day. Couple putts couple swings and we were ready. The first thing you notice is how manicured the course is. The sad part is that it is going too fast we are all playing pretty well (nice weather helps) , at times I have to tell myself to soak it in.
One of my favorite holes is number 12, a par four fronted by bunker on the left hand side and a lake that guards the green on the right, just to make things more beautiful there is also a waterfall. As we get closer to 18, I get a little sad that this fantasy is coming to an end.
At the end of the round handshakes are not enough I hug my friends and thank them for partaking on this trip of a lifetime!!
Ken informed that the fine staff at Pronghorn had set up a tour of the Fazio course. That course is incredible, we even got to go to the lava tube on the par three seventh and walk back into the cave, what a treat. the photos are amazing.
Our last stop was was back at the Trailhead Grill where we had sanwiches made for the road and pondered what we had just done. As a group we struck the ball 2,425 times and travelled 690 miles in seven days and played seven rounds in six days. Good work boys!
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