Tetherow - Bend, OR
Situated on the Cascade Peaks and minutes from downtown Bend lies Tetherow Golf Club. Designed by David McLay Kidd the the 7,300 yard layout is visually striking and challenging. The course opened in 2008 to the title of "Best New Golf Course" amongst other awards. Let's just say, Tetherow had been on my list of "must plays" for quite some time.
On a fine day in August of 2015, I teed it up with the reigning club champion, Taylor Garbutt. Every single hole held my attention and called for me to pull out the camera. The most notable is the stretch of holes from 3-6 known as Kidd's corner. I was also immensely looking forward to the noteworthy par 3, 17th hole... It did not disappoint.
The course is challenging and is quick to punish golfers for errant or slightly misplaced shots. There are definitely preferred spots to miss and it is important to know where they are. Once you reach the green, you will find the complexes are extremely varied and sloped, I played several putts and chips with a great deal of imagination and had a lot of fun with them. 7 birdies and too many bogies later we emerged on the 18th green. A fantastic and fun challenge of golf.