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: June 5, 2014 - August 13, 2014
Sunriver Resort's Unlimited Crosswater Golf Package includes unlimited play on the Meadows, Woodlands and Caldera Links Golf Courses, along with one round at the famed Crosswater Club per day during your stay.
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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
Woodlands at Sunriver Resort
Tee Times
Sunriver $99
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn
Tee Times
Bend $120
Resort Course at Eagle Crest Resort
Tee Times
Redmond $39
Widgi Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Bend $25
Lost Tracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Bend $39
Brasada Canyons Golf Course Powell Butte $69 - $135
Glaze Meadow at Black Butte Ranch
Tee Times
Black Butte Ranch $47
Juniper Golf Club
Tee Times
Redmond $29
Meadow Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Prineville $25
Meadows at Sunriver Resort
Tee Times
Sunriver $79
Fazio Course at Pronghorn Bend $145
Challenge Course at Eagle Crest Resort
Tee Times
Redmond $29
Big Meadow at Black Butte Ranch
Tee Times
Black Butte Ranch $52
River's Edge Golf Course
Tee Times
Bend $33
Awbrey Glen Golf Club Bend N/A
Aspen Lakes Golf Course Sisters $45 - $75
Old Back Nine at Mountain High Bend $20
Bend Golf & Country Club Bend $110
Crosswater Sunriver $85 - $175
Tetherow Golf Club Bend $80 - $175
Crooked River Ranch Golf Course Crooked River Ranch $31 - $42
Quail Run Golf Course La Pine $42 - $55
Caldera Links at Sunriver Resort Sunriver $29 - $45
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