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: September 17, 2015 - November 1, 2015
Sunriver Resort's golf package includes lodging in one or our Lodge Village Guestrooms, and golf on Crosswater, Woodlands, Meadows and Caldera Links, with unlimited cart use and practice balls.
Price range: $79


Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Greens at Redmond
Tee Times
Redmond $14
Woodlands at Sunriver Resort
Tee Times
Sunriver $59
Meadows at Sunriver Resort
Tee Times
Sunriver $49
Brasada Canyons Golf Course Powell Butte $69 - $135
Fazio Course at Pronghorn Bend $145
Big Meadow at Black Butte Ranch
Tee Times
Black Butte Ranch $50 - $75
Juniper Golf Club
Tee Times
Redmond $17
Lost Tracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Bend $28
Widgi Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Bend $25
River's Edge Golf Course
Tee Times
Bend $31
Resort Course at Eagle Crest Resort
Tee Times
Redmond $39 - $90
Ridge Course at Eagle Crest Resort
Tee Times
Redmond $30 - $90
Challenge Course at Eagle Crest Resort
Tee Times
Redmond $20 - $60
Meadow Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Prineville $32
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn
Tee Times
Bend $103
Glaze Meadow at Black Butte Ranch
Tee Times
Black Butte Ranch $50 - $65
Caldera Links at Sunriver Resort Sunriver $39
Bend Golf & Country Club Bend $110
Quail Run Golf Course La Pine $42 - $55
Aspen Lakes Golf Course Sisters $45 - $75
Old Back Nine at Mountain High Bend $22 - $26
Crosswater Sunriver $59 - $199
Crooked River Ranch Golf Course Crooked River Ranch $31 - $42
Tetherow Golf Club Bend $80 - $175
Awbrey Glen Golf Club Bend N/A
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