Destination Guide

Destination: Bend/Central Oregon

Parts of the northwest may be known for the rainy season, but the high desert town of Bend sure isn't one of them.

Once a small logging town with just a few town streets, today Bend is central Oregon's largest city, lying on the eastern end of the Cascade Mountain range. It's proximity to the mountains, as well as streams, Deschutes River and desert have helped generate a culture of outdoor buffs that come for hiking, rafting and in the winter, skiing.

Bend experienced tremendous growth during the recent real estate boom, and has subsequently suffered from its bust. Many developments built in last decade came with golf courses attached and now the area is loaded with golf courses. Pronghorn Golf Club is the most recognized name here, and recently opened its Nicklaus course to the public. Brasada Ranch was built with the intention of making Top 100 lists and drawing in more residents and golf members to the Bend area, though most of the new real estate ventures here have stalled in recent years.

Not all golf around Bend is in the high desert. Head up into the foothills of the Cascade mountains to a Top 100 regular listing: Crosswater at Sunriver Resort, a Bob Cupp design that's tough enough to host a Champions Tour major event.

In the tiny village of Sisters around the corner from Bend, family-run Aspen Lakes Golf Club is an affordable, modern-designed course where the locals like to play. Black Butte is an older, understated golf resort where the "new money" feel of Bend's new, upscale developments is long gone.

For golfers, Bend can be played year round, though winter temperature highs stay in the 40s, but average rainfall never goes higher than about an inch a month, so your best bet for sunny golf is here in the Great Basin High Desert Plateau.

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Sunriver Golf Package
Dates: October 12, 2014 - October 31, 2014
Sunriver Resort's late fall golf package includes lodging in one or our Lodge Village Guestrooms, a shotgun start on Meadows or Crosswater with unlimited cart use and practice balls, as well as a $50 credit good for any Sunriver Resort outlet!
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Courses

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Course City Rates from
Ridge Course at Eagle Crest Resort
Tee Times
Redmond $35
Greens at Redmond
Tee Times
Redmond $32
Juniper Golf Club
Tee Times
Redmond $29
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn
Tee Times
Bend $120
Fazio Course at Pronghorn Bend $145
Woodlands at Sunriver Resort
Tee Times
Sunriver $99
Lost Tracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Bend $39
Glaze Meadow at Black Butte Ranch
Tee Times
Black Butte Ranch $52
Brasada Canyons Golf Course Powell Butte $69 - $135
Big Meadow at Black Butte Ranch
Tee Times
Black Butte Ranch $52
Meadows at Sunriver Resort
Tee Times
Sunriver $79
Meadow Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Prineville $25
Widgi Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Bend $25
Challenge Course at Eagle Crest Resort
Tee Times
Redmond $29
River's Edge Golf Course
Tee Times
Bend $33
Resort Course at Eagle Crest Resort
Tee Times
Redmond $39
Caldera Links at Sunriver Resort Sunriver $29 - $45
Old Back Nine at Mountain High Bend $20
Crosswater Sunriver $85 - $175
Bend Golf & Country Club Bend $110
Quail Run Golf Course La Pine $42 - $55
Aspen Lakes Golf Course Sisters $45 - $75
Awbrey Glen Golf Club Bend N/A
Tetherow Golf Club Bend $80 - $175
Crooked River Ranch Golf Course Crooked River Ranch $31 - $42
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