Tetherow Resort – A Memorable Experience

by | Jun 28, 2023 | Where to Play

Tetherow Resort is a premier destination just a few minutes from the vibrant downtown and Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon. Carved into the heart of the captivating Central Oregon landscape, built in the area of the 1990 Awbrey Hall Fire site, this exceptional resort offers a unique blend of world-class amenities, exquisite accommodations, and an unrivaled golf experience. Boasting a stunning 18-hole championship golf course designed by David McLay Kidd.

David McLay Kidd, known for having a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the game, has crafted some of the most visually stunning and challenging courses across the globe. His passion for creating unique and strategic layouts has earned him a reputation as a visionary in the field. From the iconic Bandon Dunes in Oregon to the picturesque Gamble Sands in Washington, Kidd’s designs showcase his commitment to preserving the natural landscape while offering golfers an unforgettable experience.

When it first opened in 2008, Tetherow was recognized as the top Best New Course You Can Play in the country by Golf Magazine and since has received recognition from almost every major golf publication.

Kidd’s ability to seamlessly integrate the natural features of a site into his designs, coupled with his expertise in crafting memorable holes, has kept Tetherow rated as a Top 100 course by Golf Digest year after year. The stunning Cascade peaks, including Three Sisters and Broken Top, and the rugged high desert terrain are expertly showcased throughout the course, providing unparalleled panoramic views.

For any golfer seeking a formidable test, a round at Tetherow is an absolute must. Locals call it Death Row, and it is easy to understand why; Tetherow is HARD. You will either love it or hate it, but it will be one of the most exciting rounds of golf you will ever play.

The rollercoaster ride begins after the relatively simple 381-yard par-4 (Tan Tees) first hole with the 2nd, a 514-yard par-5 that requires plenty of creativity to avoid the trouble lurking all the way to the massive rolling green complex.

As you make your way across the stunning bridge towards the third hole, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of the majestic Mt. Bachelor and its snow-capped summit in the distance. This is the perfect backdrop for playing Kidd’s Corner, a four-hole loop that plays around a pond. The third hole is a challenging par-3, requiring a long forced carry-over water to reach a sizable green positioned behind a foreboding pot bunker. The green’s raised back portion is guarded by sharp and steep ridges, posing a challenge for any putt.


The first hole of a four-hole stretch known as Kidd’s Corner, the par-3 third, is one of the most beautiful and challenging shots at Tetherow, with water all along the left side and bunkers in front and back of the green.

The last hole of Kidd’s Corner is the par-4 6th with a split fairway, creating two distinct sides. The landing area on the right side is elevated and interspersed with rocky outcrops and areas of desert sage wasteland. It will result in a challenging blind approach to an elevated green. The riskier tee shot is to play to the fairway’s lower left side and hug the pond’s edge. This is rewarded with a clearer look at the green and more room for error in the approach.

As you move to the back nine, an exciting drivable par 4 awaits you. The tee shot slopes downhill, and a precise drive through a narrow opening is necessary for success. A vast bunker on the front left can capture any shots hit offline. On the right, a small but tricky pot bunker tends to collect shots that fall short of the green.

The par-4 11th is a tremendously well-designed challenge; the dogleg right plays into a bowled fairway framed with high sand and sagebrush sides. A sentinel tree at the right corner must be avoided, so shaping your drive around it is paramount to a successful tee shot.

Completing a round at Tetherow may leave you feeling beat down, whether you loved it or hated it. But either way, you WILL want to play it again. If you loved it, you will be pumped and ready to give it another go. If you hated it, you will be eager to get back out there for a do-over and not let the course get the best of you.

Tetherow Dining

Tetherow Resort boasts an impressive selection of dining options that cater to every palate and craving. From the elegant and contemporary cuisine of Solomon’s to the relaxed and vibrant atmosphere of The Row, guests are treated to a delightful culinary experience. Solomon’s offers a fusion of local and seasonal ingredients, expertly prepared by skilled chefs, resulting in flavorful dishes that please both the taste buds and the eyes. Meanwhile, at The Row, you can enjoy a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere while indulging in delectable American and Scottish-inspired dishes. With a dynamic selection of 12 beer taps and an impressive collection of over 30 bottled/canned options, this pub-style restaurant is the perfect destination for a relaxed and family-friendly dining experience.


Farm to Table fine dining at Tetherow Resort

With a range of delectable dishes, accommodating staff, and picturesque views, Tetherow Resort’s dining options ensure that guests can indulge in unforgettable meals throughout their stay.

Tetherow Accommodations

Tetherow Resort offers a wide range of accommodations designed to cater to its guests’ diverse needs and preferences. From elegantly appointed rooms and suites to spacious vacation rentals, the resort provides a luxurious and comfortable setting for a memorable stay. Each accommodation is thoughtfully furnished with modern amenities and stylish decor, ensuring a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. At Tetherow Resort, guests can expect nothing less than exceptional comfort and sophistication, whether they are seeking a cozy room for a romantic getaway or a spacious vacation rental for a family retreat.

Last Thoughts About Tetherow Resort

Tetherow Resort presents an idyllic haven where guests can immerse themselves in the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest while enjoying unparalleled hospitality and sophistication. Rest assured that the golf course crafted by David McLay Kidd at Tetherow is guaranteed to leave an indelible and unforgettable mark on your memory.

For more information, visit tetherow.com
Photos Courtesy of Visit Central Oregon and Tetherow Resort


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<a href="https://golfonemedia.com/author/alan_darty/" target="_self">Alan Darty</a>

Alan Darty

Alan is the founder and publisher of Golf One Media and the former publisher of eSouthernGOLF—a second-generation Florida native who loves all things Florida. You can usually find him with his wife, watching their two daughters coaching volleyball at Oviedo (FL) High School or Mississippi State University when he's not golfing, hunting, or fishing.