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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Meadows at Sunriver Resort
Tee Times
Sunriver $50
Lost Tracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Bend $30
Woodlands at Sunriver Resort
Tee Times
Sunriver $50
Widgi Creek Golf Club
Tee Times
Bend $29
Juniper Golf Club
Tee Times
Redmond $20
Challenge Course at Eagle Crest Resort Redmond $20 - $60
Ridge Course at Eagle Crest Resort Redmond $30 - $90
Old Back Nine
Tee Times
Bend $22 - $26
Resort Course at Eagle Crest Resort Redmond $39 - $90
River's Edge Golf Course
Tee Times
Bend $23
Meadow Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Prineville $15
Crooked River Ranch Golf Course Crooked River Ranch $33 - $75
Fazio Course at Pronghorn Club
Tee Times
Bend $145
Greens at Redmond Redmond $18 - $34
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Club
Tee Times
Bend $99
Caldera Links at Sunriver Resort Sunriver $55
Awbrey Glen Golf Club Bend N/A
Glaze Meadow at Black Butte Ranch Black Butte Ranch $44 - $79
Putting Course at Eagle Crest Resort Redmond N/A
Bend Golf & Country Club Bend $110
Quail Run Golf Course La Pine $42 - $55
Aspen Lakes Golf Course Sisters $45 - $75
Brasada Canyons Golf Course Powell Butte $85 - $179
Tetherow Golf Club Bend $90 - $195
Big Meadow at Black Butte Ranch Black Butte Ranch $47 - $82
Crosswater Sunriver $80 - $200
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