30 PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER | MAY 2019 If your quest is to play a course designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, David McLay Kidd, and Peter Jacobsen then you’re in luck. This roster of all-star architects and many others have chosen Central Oregon as the site for their most innovative course designs. It may surprise you to learn that with less annual rainfall than San Diego, Central Oregon and its sunny, dry and mild temperatures is absolutely ideal for golf. Summer day temperatures average in the low 80s, while spring and fall provide crisp mornings and warm evenings for golf lovers. Several Central Oregon courses are open year-round. It is spring, and the region’s golf courses are To plan your Central Oregon Golf Trail excursion or customize a destination golf vacation with your buddies, visit CentralOregonGolfTrail.com or call our free golf concierge vacation planners service at 888.280.3336. snow-free. Yet up at Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo ski resorts, there’s still plenty of snow, and the Deschutes and Metolius rivers are prime for fly-fishing. So how about carving a few turns in the morning, playing 18 holes in the afternoon and casting a fly at twilight? This cross-training is an abundantly practiced Central Oregon perk. The best part may be when you kick back to sip your favorite Oregon Pinot Noir or craft brew at the end of a day and just share the stories. With 30 courses in the region comprising the Central Oregon Golf Trail, many golfers set their own itineraries that will, over several visits, allow them to play every course. FROM SCOTTISH LINKS-STYLE, TO TOWERING PONDEROSA-LINED FAIRWAYS and pristinely manicured resort play, Central Oregon Golf Trail courses feature the finest course architects in the world. What makes the Central Oregon golf experience truly special is not only the variety and value of 30 golf courses within a 45-minute drive of Bend and Sunriver, but the exceptional caliber and diversity of course design. From high-mountain to high desert golf, you won’t find any single fairway like the next in Central Oregon. With some of the most renowned names in course design, you can be sure of a “bucket list” golf experience in Central Oregon. For many good reasons, Golf Digest named Central Oregon No. 9 among its Top 10 Best Buddies Trip Destinations to play. And three Central Oregon gems are among Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America for 2017-2018 – The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn (33), Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort (51), and Tetherow (54). Central Oregon courses aren’t short on scenery, with shots that challenge you to carry over deep canyons and the famed Deschutes River; bunkers carved from lava flows and filled with red sand, and fairways framing the majestic Cascade Mountains. Just remember to call “Fore!” when the resident deer, rabbit or bald eagle ventures into the path of your shot. CENTRAL OREGON Pure Beauty. Pure Golf. GOLF TRAVEL Tetherow Golf Club Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Pronghorn