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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Ewan Porter travels down under to visit some of the best golfing destinations in Australia. Porter visits Moonah Links to play a round with 2018 Australian Senior Amateur Champion Sue Wooster. Along the way, Porter spends time meeting koala bears at the Moonlit Sanctuary and diving alongside sharks in a Melbourne aquarium. A visit to King Island leads to a tour of Cape Wickham and an Australian cheese tasting. The round trip ends with an excursion to Tanzania that includes golfing at Barnbougle and mountain biking in Derby. (2019).
Matt Ginella travels to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to visit the “seaside golf capital of the world.” During a visit to Pine Lakes Country Club, Ginella spends time with Brandon Canesi, the founder of the Hole High Foundation. Along the way, he tees it up with junior golfer Jackson Cole and hits the water at Shark Wake Park with Greg Norman Jr. Between rounds, Ginella goes fishing at Paradise Reef and enjoys some delicious tacos from Bubba’s Love Shak. The round trip ends with a visit to Pawley’s Plantation Golf and Country Club to talk music and golf with Mark Bryan. (Original air date 2018)
Matt Ginella ventures across the pond to explore the culture of golf in Ireland. After discussing the updated Adare Manor Golf Club with Andy McMahon, Ginella heads to town to listen to some traditional Irish music at Aunty Lena’s. The tour of Ireland continues with a visit to Waterville Golf Links and Ardglass Golf Club. Amidst teeing it up along the coast, Ginella makes time to try Bushmills Whiskey and visit Lahinch Golf Club, home of the 2019 Irish Open. The round trip ends with a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland to play a round with John Bamber. (Originally aired 2018)
Join Matt Ginella as he travels to Big Cedar Lodge on Golf Advisor Round Trip. Overlooking Table Rock Lake in the Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is a golf resort founded by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, boasting four courses designed by legends including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Tom Fazio. Watch Matt play with Morris’ nephew Hudson at Top of the Rock, get adventurous at Fun Mountain, go bass fishing with hall-of-famer Stacey King at Bent Hook Marina, and play Buffalo Ridge with Les Garland, the founder of MTV. Get a sneak peek at Ozarks National, designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, and even go bow fishing with Johnny’s son, John Paul. (Originally aired 2018)