About BendCentral Oregon has been ranked among the top 50 golf destinations in the world, and Bend is a big reason why. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, low humidity and cool evenings, this mountain community is the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts, especially golfers. Of the more than two dozen courses in Bend, Pronghorn Golf Club is likely the most famous.
Pronghorn includes stunning water features on the Fazio Course and magnificent views of the Cascade Mountains on the Nicklaus Course. Tetherow Golf Club is a David McLay Kidd design that sports a Scottish heathland look. Eagle Creek Resort, which is great for families, has four designs, including the scenic Ridge Course and the more challenging Resort Course. Another tough test in Bend is Widgi Creek Golf Club, a Robert Muir Graves layout. He also designed River's Edge Golf Course, which is a great place to show off your shot-making and photography skills much like most of the golf courses around Bend.
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With more than 300 days of sunshine -- and a much drier climate than people think of when they picture this part of the country -- central Oregon is an ideal spot for golf. Ranked among the top 50 golf destinations in the world by Golf Digest, central Oregon remains somewhat of an unknown to golfers in other parts of the country. This area, however, should definitely be on their radar if they're considering a golf trip, Mike Bailey writes.
The best part about the golf scene in Bend, Oregon, in addition to the climate, is the variety. High desert courses are minutes from pure mountain courses. Updated classics straddle modern standouts. With 30-plus courses, the Bend golf scene is loaded. Brandon Tucker gives you an idea of where to start.
Mountain West golf destinations usually have short summers, while desert spots have hot summer months. Both issues are solved in the high desert town of Bend in central Oregon and at the Pronghorn Club and Resort. Featuring a stellar Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, guests of Pronghorn won't feel like they're in a larger, brand resort but rather a smaller, club getaway.
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