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however: Crosswater is a shot-maker's course with a premium on accuracy into its challenging greens. Sunriver also features the Meadows, designed by John Fought, and the classic Woodlands design by Robert Trent Jones Jr. There's also the family-friendly 9-hole Caldera Links design, with holes ranging from 60 to 185 yards, that can be played using individual-rider GolfBoards for extra fun. It is this charming short course that's a big reason why Sunriver was named a Top 10 "Destination for Family Golf" by Golf Digest. And if your game needs a tune- up—or a family member wants to give the game a try—the Sunriver Golf Academy offers private and group instruction with a full range, a short game practice area and clubfitting services. Sunriver's accommodations range from upscale lodges to vacation homes and condos, and there's a wide range of culinary options from classic American fare to the Twisted River Tavern's selection of local craft brews. There are plenty of activities beyond the golf course, including horse- back riding, bike trails and a marina with canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and rafts for tours of the Deschutes River. A unique new option in the Bend area is Tetherow Golf Club, named for Solomon Tetherow—one of the settlers of the area who traveled to Oregon from Missouri in the mid-1800s. The course opened in 2008, and three years ago the property added the Tetherow Lodges. This 50-room boutique hotel blends old-world charm with mod- ern amenities, such as Tesla car charging stations and a dog wash to keep things clean in the pet-friendly rooms. Tetherow's golf course was designed by David McLay Kidd, architect of Bandon Dunes. Ranked 54th on the current GOLF Magazine"Top Courses You Can Play list," Tetherow is a walking-only facility with out- standing caddies. The rolling terrain and fescue grass promote fast and firm playing conditions, creating a links-like experience with high-desert weather and views of the nearby Cascade mountain range. Tetherow also has the largest fleet of GolfBoards as an alternative to walking for golfers who'd prefer to "surf the Earth." Tetherow's culinary game is equally as strong. Solomon's offers a fine dining experience with a rotating menu of local game and seafood and the West Coast's finest wines, while The Row is a pub-like restaurant with American and Scottish-in- spired foods and 12 beers on tap. The Blue Diamond Burger is not to be missed— much like Bend, Oregon, itself. Smith Rock Celebrate a day on the links at a local vineyard. If you're making the journey to Bend by car, you might want to make the most of your road trip with some side excursions on your way in or out of town. • Driving north on Hwy 97 from California toward Bend takes you right past Crater Lake National Park. Not only is this the deepest lake in the U.S., it's also the peak of a dormant volcano that collapsed nearly 8,000 years ago. Be sure to check Crater Lake's status on nps.gov before stopping by—the roads don't open until winter snows are gone and cloudy conditions can make the lake "invisible" on some days. But when the park is open, it is one of the most stunning sights in the entire country. • West of Bend—halfway to Eugene in the Willamette National Forest— is Tokatee Golf Club. Built in the 1960s by a golf-loving lumberman named Nat Giustina, the course was designed by Ted Robinson, whose handiwork also includes Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle. The course was created with minimal disruption to the land and remains rustic and peaceful to this day, with striking views of the Three Sisters mountains. Side Trips for Drivers TRAVEL OREGON NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2017 43

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