MAY 2019 | PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER 13 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd. Bend, Oregon 97702 855.530.1613 the three perhaps most influential golf course characteristics (among many) for the raters and listers when they craft a Top 100. “We increased the size of some of the greens in order to make the course more playable to targets,” Kidd said. “That doesn’t make it any easier to get close to pins.” For a Top 100 panel, the first criterion, always, is esthetic beauty. Tetherow is blessed to lie in the absurdly scenic Central Oregon region on a rugged site. “An architect has only minor influence on that,” said Kidd. “The sense of place is pretty strong before you even start. That part I think we nailed.” Kidd saw a chance to do something different when he accepted the challenge, in the mid-2000s, to design Tetherow. “I thought that of all the courses in Central Oregon, none of them had truly embraced the high desert environment – they were all golf courses with an edge between the high desert of ground game going on. You can use the contours of the land to your advantage, if you can read it.” The learning curve can be steep. Good players learned that in 2008, early in Tetherow’s life, when the course played host to the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship. “It ate their lunch,” Kidd said. Van der Velde rode the home-course advantage to the tournament title. “Chris won it, much to the chagrin of Northwest golf pros,” Kidd said. “He won because he understood it, not because he was the best striker of the ball.” Which brings us back to resistance to scoring. To score at Tetherow, you better play defense. “It’s pretty resistant to at-will scoring,” Kidd said. “You can see a shot and execute it, but if you are overly aggressive without talent, she will bite. From a design perspective, the margin for error is extremely small.” If you need to play Tetherow more than once to learn the bump-and-run approaches to greens, so be it, said van der Velde.  There are compensations: The great vistas. The “Scottish Highlands linksy feel.” Smell the roses, is van der Velde’s advice. “The natural beauty of Central Oregon draws us all here,” he said, “and you get to play in it.” In the end, Top 100 considerations aside, playing the course is its own reward. – Bart Potter and the course. “I saw the opportunity to blur that edge and bring the high desert into the golf course,” he said. “The edges are blurred, and Tetherow blends, hopefully seamlessly, into the landscape.” The high desert climate brought other built-in virtues. “That has huge advantages for golf,” Kidd said “You’re going to get dry, which leads to firm. The superintendent dictates the rain, so you’re going to get firm and fast.” Fescue grasses are naturally drought- tolerant. “The very grasses that a Scotsman would love are easy to grow here. They want to grow here.” The second measure for Top 100 judges, van der Velde suggested, is shot creativity, or shot value, or in Kidd’s preferred parlance, shot variety. “Tetherow is created in the classic model of the British Isles,” Kidd said. “There’s lots