Course Review and Comments
David Kidd has created a stunning Heathland course just outside of Bend. The panaramic views of the Cascades are spectacular and the course blends well with the high desert. Tetherow will only get better with time as the course matures. Playing on the fescue adds a flavor of the British Isles to be found in very few places in the US, never mind at an inland course. Tetherow is juxtaposed against Broken Top on several back nine holes and the coloring could not be different. Broken Top looks like the standard American layout - ie) dark green with houses on top of each other lining the holes - while Kidd has done an amazing job of creating sharp color contrasts between some of the natural dark vegetation of the high desert, selective use of water, the yellow/browns of bunkers and waste areas, the lighter shades of the fairways and the golden hues of the longer fescue. Hopefully the course will retain this element as houses go up (it looks like they will be set well back from the course). There are certainly some quirky elements to Tetherow which meant the fore-caddies were very helpful in guiding us during our adventure through the high desert. The members, who I am very jealous of, will have a big advantage over their guests as they get to know the nuances of Tetherow. The green complexes were top notch in that they are very well designed, challenging, beaufiful to behold, and fun to play. The greens seamlessly integrate with fairways in the true links style and many bunkers look like the natural blowouts you would see at Bandon. My only issue would be with the 16th green which is near impossible to hold and a ball rolling, make that trickling, over the back left puts you beyond the cartpath into an almost unplayable lie. The 17th green, which has been well photographed already, is awesome. In terms of getting around the course, I enjoyed walking but had to hitch a ride on a cart for several of the transfers from Green to Tee and back to the clubhouse after the 18th. This is a little frustrating because, in an ideal world, a course of this nature and character would be comfortably walkable and an 8 mile loop with a lot of elevation change, especially while carrying clubs during the summer, will not be easy for most golfers. Overall, Tetherow is an absolute gem and a unique edition to Cetral Oregon's growing portfolio of top golf courses. If you bring your "A" game and keep it on the fairways it is possible to score well, but, like many links course, if you hit an errant shot you should expect the worst. Although expensive at $175 a round, this is one treat worth allowing yourself any time you visit Bend. Big thanks to DMK for bringing a taste of the Old Country to Central Oregon.
More user reviews for Tetherow Golf Club
August 22nd, 2013 18:04
Very different links layout. A caddie is a must. You will never be able navigate this layout alone. Be on the top of your game or you will find it very punitive. Some good shots won't be rewarded. Gre
August 13th, 2013 09:45
Plays very much like the Bandon courses. Very fun to play a course that you can be rewarded by so many shot types. It's not just aim at the stick and hit 150 yards. Not overly difficult, just play f
April 15th, 2013 12:51
A caddy is a must for your first round. If I'm able to play again, I would pay for caddy.
I can see where the players who experienced the course when it first opened were disappointed with the &q
October 09th, 2012 18:11
Fabulous course, like playing in Scotland. beautiful views, elevated tees, true greens, fabulous fore caddies to line up your putts. Just hit the ball and enjoy. Difficult course, but fair and fun!
September 11th, 2012 18:06
We all read the mixed reviews of this golf course before we played it today. After the round we can honestly say that the negative comments must have either been written by competitors or casual "
November 22nd, 2011 07:46
VERY CHALLENGING COURSE, ESPECIALLY ON THE GREENS! DIFFERENT GOLF THAN WHAT I'M USED TO IN NORTH TEXAS. FIRST TIME OUT USE A FORE CADDIE-- ENORMOUSLY HELPFUL READING VERY UNDULATING PUTTING SURFACES.
November 05th, 2010 10:26
This course ranks right up there with the Bandon courses. Wish I could afford to play here all season. It's the kind of course that you need to play several times to get to know where to aim and ho
July 26th, 2010 21:33
I love the links style courses and this course was fantastic. A caddie is a good idea too.
November 03rd, 2009 18:04
Difficult course. Definitely need a caddie/fore-caddie. If the wind is not up, a well played round will still not hit handicap differential. If the wind is up, no one over scratch should step up to
October 07th, 2009 17:20
I play only the 4 star courses, this was definitely a 5 star! It was snowing and I still loved it.
Can't wait to go back and play this fabulous course.
September 17th, 2009 19:53
What a disappointment. The greens are not playable, and the fairways are full of junk. I like a challenge, but I want it to be fair. I will not play this course again. Our caddie said that most pla
August 23rd, 2009 13:52
I'm a 4 hdcp and love links golf. I've played all over Ireland and been to Bandon 4 times and in my humble opinion....this course is terrible. Tee to green is tolerable (although highly over-designe
August 09th, 2009 22:02
Tetherow is perhaps the best example of an "over designed" course that I have seen.
July 29th, 2009 20:17
unfair golf course. Tough fairways for driving and big green with lots of undulations. either one works but not both. I would put this it the top 5 of bad golf courses I have ever played and I play
June 03rd, 2009 23:11
Comparable to Ireland's & Scotland's best. Challenging? You bet. Unfairly difficult? Nope, just requires shot making and certainly not typical resort golf. Shoot close to your handicap and pat you
May 27th, 2009 20:05
Absolutely great golf. Played in Scotland, Bandon, Pebble, and all over and Tetherow holds up really well.The playability improvements are great. Love the heathland design and playing on fescue gre
December 15th, 2008 15:53
Just what the Bend area needs, another $175 golf course.
December 04th, 2008 06:33
October 21st, 2008 11:56
Sorry, but even thought the clubhouse, staff, and condition of the course was very good, I feel the design is just way too tricked up to allow for an enjoyable or fun round of golf - too much work. T
August 14th, 2008 14:49
I have been fortunate enough to play many championship golf courses around the world, and Tetherow ranks as an "elite" golf course in my opinion, on a level similar with Lahinch, The Europe
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