High-Desert Golf Graces Scenic Bend, Oregon...

From acclaimed Scotsman, David McLay Kidd, comes his latest masterpiece – a stunning course that marries the wild beauty of the high desert with his signature design traits. The Kidd course encourages elements of links-style play such as playing the game along the ground as well as in the air. Framed by ragged bunkers, knobs and knolls, the course’s imaginative routing fits cohesively with the natural terrain providing an eclectic mix of golf holes all surrounded by panoramic views of Oregon’s high desert and the central Cascade Mountains.


David McLay Kidd, known for his stunning golf course design at Bandon Dunes along the Oregon coastline and the Castle Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, designed the Tetherow course to fit as seamlessly as possible on its natural site. The fairway grasses are 94% fescue, which are native grasses to the area, and are an example of the care given to the overall planning of Tetherow. Kidd planned the course to be an exploration of the terrain where the unexpected occurs as the very thing that sets the course apart, while at the same time being an enjoyable outing that doesn’t beat the golfer up.


Tetherow was named after historic pioneer Solomon Tetherow who led a wagon train through the area in the mid-1800s. The site provides the perfect backdrop for the Kidd course as it winds through the tranquil forest clearing which is the home to diverse and plentiful wildlife and is resplendent with its native flora.


The Tetherow Golf Club course has been named an Audubon International Certified Signature Sanctuary, the first in Oregon and one of less than eighty certified projects in the United States to achieve this prestigious designation. Certification was granted to Tetherow for their outstanding commitment to environmentally sound philosophies, design guidelines and practices that were integrated into every aspect of the course. To achieve the Audubon International Signature Sanctuary certification, Tetherow designed and implemented a Natural Resource Management Plan that addressed: Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Enhancement, Water Quality Monitoring and Management, Integrated Pest Management, Water Conser­­vation, Energy Efficiency, and Waste Management.


The routing of the par 72, 7,298 yard course takes full advantage of the stunning panoramic views of the nearby Cascade peaks including Three Sisters, Broken Top and Mount Jefferson as well as the rugged high desert terrain. The 1st hole of the course is a relatively easy 400 yard, par 4, and gives the golfer who stays left a good chance for par. The 2nd hole is a split fairway par 5 playing 546 yards from the tips. Take the left side and go for par or go right and take a chance at a birdie although greed can backfire here. The par 3, 197 yard, 3rd hole starts a four hole stretch members call “Kidd’s Corner.” With a lake to the left there is always danger unless you stay to the right side.


The par four 4th hole, at 481 yards, is the hardest hole on the course with a stroke index of 1. The 5th hole is a shorter par 4 at 429 yards and offers breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountain Range from the elevated tees. Rounding out Kidd’s Corner is the 424 yard, par 4, 6th hole which is a classic risk-reward hole with a split fairway. The right side is the safer bet while the left will set up a birdie opportunity for those willing to brave the lake.


The 7th hole is the longest par 3 at Tetherow playing 226 yards from the back tees. In spite of its length it is a good scoring opportunity. The 8th hole is the shortest par 4 on the front nine at 395 yards and is another good chance to lower your score although there is a large tree in the middle of the fairway. Closing out the front nine, the 532 yard, par 5, 9th hole is framed by a large lava rock formation that actually overhangs part of the green.


The back nine begins with a tempting short downhill par 4, at 316 yards, which is driveable from elevated tees offering the chance for an eagle opportunity. The par 4, 466 yard, 11th hole is a dogleg right that plays into the pines. The 12th hole is a visually intimidating, but very playable, 425 yard, par 4.


With a large pond along the left, front and back of the green, the par 5, 588 yard 13th hole can be a challenge. The 190 yard, par 3, 14th hole is the easiest hole on the course. The deepest bunker at Tetherow guards the green on the uphill approach shot on the par 4, 437 yard, 15th hole. Hitting a driver can play into the lake on the left side so it is best to know your true abilities here.


The dogleg right, par 4, 476 yard, 16th hole can be very challenging while the 182 yard, par 3, 17th hole, built in a pumice quarry, offers a good opportunity for birdie. The finishing hole, the downwind 588 yard, par 5, 18th hole, is reachable in two offering a chance to score.


Endless recreation opportunities in the nearby Deschutes National Forest and Cascade Mountains, and the eclectic town of Bend just three miles away, makes Tetherow a perfect complement to a Northwest vacation destination.

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