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PLANNING A STAYCATION AT SUNRIVER RESORT

bend itinerary future to-do list for central oregon’s hub

from nasa to tetherow with jim wetherbee


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Your guide for planning a staycation getaway to Sunriver Resort.

BEND ITINERARY

Check out these off-course activities in Central Oregon’s largest city.

PRO TIPS

A few pointers from Black Butte Ranch golf pro George Mack Jr. on golfing on warm, sunny days.

ON THE TEE

NASA astronaut Jim Wetherbee’s latest mission is perfecting his golf game.

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Enjoy fresh pasta from Pronghorn Resort Chef Kevin Linde, or make it yourself at home.

PARTING SHOT Adventures await in Central Oregon - but due to COVID-19, we are encouraging visitors to stay safe and hold off on visiting until the time is right and it is safe to do so. While we look forward to the day we can welcome you back to our beautiful region, here is some content that will remind you of every reason why you love Central Oregon. The Team at Visit Central Oregon

Meadow Lakes Golf Course is a unique, sustainable solution to wastewater management in Prineville.

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one destination. four distinct courses.

CROSSWATER STAY & PLAY STARTING AT $79* INCLUDES: Lodging • Unlimited Golf at Meadows, Woodlands & Caldera Links • Play on Arrival & Departure Days • Unlimited Cart Use & Practice Balls • One Round Per Day at Crosswater • Advance Tee Times • Complimentary Golf Experience GPS at Meadows, Crosswater & Woodlands *Priced per person, based on double occupancy. Two night minimum stay.

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SUNRIVER SANCTUARY Planning a staycation at Sunriver Resort

You don’t have to travel far from home to experience an epic weekend at Sunriver Resort. The resort is known for being familyfriendly, and offers countless activities year-round, making it a perfect place to spend the weekend. Use this itinerary to plan the details of your stay in advance and be prepped to enjoy a relaxing and entertaining weekend in beautiful Central Oregon.

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ust off of Highway 97 is an oasis for family fun, golf and the perfect place to unplug. Sunriver’s courses are currently operating under Park & Play guidelines. All tee times are at twelve-minute intervals and social distancing of six feet between guests is encouraged throughout the resort.

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ith a place like this in your backyard, there’s no need to settle in and recuperate from a day of travel, so head straight to the golf course to let the fun begin. At Meadows, the course features tremendous variety within its eighteen holes, seven of which border the meandering river. John Fought’s design pays tribute to the great American golf courses from the 1920s and 30s with its aesthetic grace, while its dramatic use of directional and fore bunkers serve up ample challenges for golfers of all skill levels. After your round, work on your short game at the Meadows practice facility or enjoy a match with your foursome on the Meadows nine-hole putting course. Ready for round two? Grab a tee time

at Sunriver’s Woodlands course, featuring dense ponderosa pine forests, lava rock and an abundance of water. Head to the Woodlands Golf Shop to compare the latest clubs, equipment and attire after a packed morning of golf. For even more golfing, Sunriver is also home to the highly acclaimed Crosswater course and the family-friendly ninehole Caldera Links.

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BRUSH UP ON YOUR GAME

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f it’s been a while since you’ve golfed, or even if it hasn’t, a few pointers can always help you shine on the course. Book a lesson through the Sunriver Golf Academy. Sunriver Resorts PGA professionals can help with fundamentals, swing tendencies or whatever goals you have to bring your game more consistency.

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fter a morning on the course, satisfy hunger in the sun at Carson’s American Kitchen. Order chicken wings for the table and then choose between half-pound cheeseburgers, fish and chips or the Oregon cheesesteak. Wash it all down with a refreshing Central Oregon craft beer. Nearby Bend is home to more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest.

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RIDE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON

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fter a morning of golf alongside the Deschutes, it’s time to get on the over forty miles of paved bike paths throughout the resort. Enjoy your own bikes or visit The Bike Barn to rent your perfect ride for the day. Whether you’re exploring the resort with the family, or solo, find the perfect balance of peace and adventure while cruising through ponderosa pines, viewing native wildlife, and taking in all that Central Oregon has to offer.

Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Club was recognized as a one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest in 2019.

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eminisce about your day, fireside, in a resort guestroom/suite or in the comfort of your vacation rental. During your stay, count on luxury resort amenities, like guaranteed advance tee times, massages, the fitness center, tennis and pickleball, access to Crosswater Club and Grille, and much more. Don’t forget to bring your best friend, as Sunriver Resort is the petfriendly oasis you’ve both been waiting for. Sunriver Resort is taking your stay seriously during times like these. With resort-wide safety and sanitation standards, sit back, relax and enjoy your stay.

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bend ITINERARY

we encourage would-be travelers to visit only when it's safe to do so.

the hub of central oregon is a vibrant home base for adventure No matter how familiar you are with Central Oregon’s biggest city, Bend, there’s always something new to add to the to-do list in this outdoor adventure paradise. So while COVID-19 keeps your next visit on hold, there’s no harm in daydreaming about what you might explore between games in the future when you find yourself in this growing city, which recently topped 100,000 residents.

Rise and shine It’s essential to be properly energized for a day of Bend adventure, and there’s no better way to do so than with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. After 10 years as a local secret tucked into Tin Pan Alley downtown, Lone Pine Coffee Roasters last year moved to a new, spacious shop on NW Harriman Street, just a block east from the bustle of downtown Bend. The shop offers a variety of roasts in a welcoming, industrialfeeling space, with a glass rollup door to let the sunshine and fresh air in during nice weather.

Off-the-green adventure While golf might be the impetus for scheduling a Central Oregon getaway, there are many other outdoor activities to try out during a visit. First up is the Bend Whitewater Park, which is lively with surfers not long after the sun comes up each morning. Walk along the Old Mill Trail and over to the pedestrian footbridge above the surf wave for the best views as surfers and kayakers take turns riding the wave. To get in on the action, rent a board from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe right on the water and dive in.

A wetsuit is the attire of choice for surfers jumping in and out of the chilly Deschutes waters. For another splash-free adventure fit for a group, try renting electric bicycles from Pedego and take a guided cruise around Bend, learning some history along the way.

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Happy Hour Long summer days mean more time for après-adventure drinks and snacks. The newest addition to the popular Box Factory area between Bend’s downtown and Old Mill District is Crosscut Warming Hut No. 5, a craft beer taproom with a spread of food carts outside. Marvel in the cozy wood on wood taproom design and then head outside to find a seat around the fire pit to unwind after a day of activities. For a happy hour that won’t soon be forgotten, check out Unofficial Logging Co., Bend’s new ax-throwing craft beer bar. Rent a private lane, sip on a beer and fling some hatchets at this spot in downtown Bend.

Dining Out Plan ahead to snag a reservation at Bos Taurus, which is open on Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bend. Limited capacity means a more intimate atmosphere for enjoying a variety of

tasty cuts at this upscale steakhouse. Choose between filet mignon, ribeye, porterhouse for two and other cuts, or try the West Coast Oysters, fish of the day and a variety of mouthwatering sides. Pair it all with a glass of Willamette Valley wine or a craft cocktail to cap off the night.

Resources COFFEE: Lone Pine Coffee Roasters ACTIVITIES: Bend Whitewater Park, Tumalo Creek and Pedego DRINKS: Crosscut Warming Hut No. 5 DINNER: Bos Taurus

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PRO TIPS

HIGH DESERT HEAT TIPS FOR GOLFING ON WARM FALL DAYS Black Butte Ranch golf professional George Mack Jr. splits his time between Arizona and Central Oregon, so he’s no stranger to hot days on the course—here’s a few tips to play your best while the high desert heat beats down.

Pre-hydrate and re-hydrate

Bring “ice towels”

Start drinking water or a combination of sports drink and water a couple hours before starting the game. We usually are dehydrated before we know it and this pre-hydration can be great prevention. Then, remember to bring more fluids with you to the course. You don’t want to be caught getting dehydrated part-way through a game without the fluids you need.

A small cooler with ice can be used for a great cool down—ice towels. Wrap ice in a towel and put it around your neck between shots. This is one of the best ideas to cool off quick.

Consider your tee time While late morning or early afternoon tee times are usually among the most popular, consider an early morning or twilight game when the temperatures are going to be reaching into the 90s. Early in the morning, the greens are in excellent shape, the temperatures are more manageable and it leaves you the rest of your day to do something else.

Consider your apparel Prioritize the weight and colors of your apparel over any other factors when deciding what to wear on a hot summer day. Central Oregon’s heat is dry and the sun strong, but lightweight, light colored clothing can help you stay as cool as possible. Not all apparel is created equal— look for clothing with a built in UPF to block against harmful UV radiation.

Know your limits If you’re feeling lightheaded, dizzy or feel a loss of coordination, sit down, find shade and get help if needed. Take a break to get out of the sun.

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ON THE TEE

Q&A WITH JIM WETHERBEE AT TETHEROW

Jim Wetherbee has lived an adventurous life as a naval aviator, aerospace engineer and NASA astronaut. As the only astronaut to have commanded five Space Shuttle missions, he knows a thing or two about living in the moment and executing tasks with precision—skills he applies on the course at Tetherow. After authoring a book about controlling risk in our dangerous world, he’s focused on his newest passion, improving his golf game.

What brought you to Central Oregon and your new home in Tetherow? My wife, Robin, a real estate broker, brought us here. Throughout my career, she had to put up with a lot of risk, danger and sleepless nights watching me launch into space. I always told her when we retired, she would get to choose where we live. She really wanted somewhere with four seasons, summer and winter sports, mountains and lakes, and when you have all those requirements, there aren’t really that many places out there. She did extensive research and we love Bend. Was the goal to live near a golf course? Moving to a golf course was not one of our prime motivations. Robin really wanted five acres of land. After not finding what we wanted elsewhere, I asked if we could look at Tetherow. My older brother was a PGA teaching pro his whole life, and I knew I would never have time to practice the game until I was semi-retired. We loved the neighborhood and love Tetherow. You had a long career with NASA—are there similarities between operating a space flight and golfing? Absolutely, yes. When you fly a space shuttle you must stay in the moment, you cannot worry about the future—which never seems to come until later— you really have to pay attention to the situation right now. You have to concentrate, have the ability to eliminate all distractions and really focus on the task. That’s identical to golf.

Your book “Controlling Risk: Thirty Techniques for Operating Excellence” takes techniques used by astronauts and makes them applicable for businesses and everyday situations. Any highlights you’d want to share? The book is about controlling risk in a dangerous world. While it caters to businesses that are involved in hazardous or dangerous activities, it’s applicable to everyday hazards people face, and offers 30 mental techniques used by astronauts. One that applies well to golfing is “balance confidence with humility.” To fly on a rocket you must have confidence, but you better have the humility to realize you might make mistakes. I’ve taken lessons from the three stellar golf pros at Tetherow, who have helped me improve significantly. But as soon as I think I can be great, that’s when I fail on the next shot. After making a good shot, I must have the humility to realize if I don’t focus on my next shot, my game can easily fall apart. What’s your favorite off the course activity? My wife loves hiking, and this year on the Fourth of July, we celebrated by hiking up Iron Mountain, a relatively easy hike with a spectacular view on the other side of the Three Sisters mountains. Everyone on the mountain was happy and smiling, and it was a great experience to pass people and see the greatness of America while hiking up the mountains. I think we have it all here in Central Oregon. It’s a paradise.

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HOUSE-MADE PASTA AT PRONGHORN RESORT Enjoy fresh pasta from Chef Kevin Linde

After a day at Pronghorn Resort’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course or Tom Fazio Championship Course, let the early fall breeze of Central Oregon carry you to one of the resort’s dining establishments. Here, enjoy a handcrafted dish from Executive Chef Kevin Linde, who has perfected the art of homemade pasta. Linde first trained in Florence, Italy, and while his style is primarily Northwest cuisine, there are Italian influences on many of the menus at the resort. Try Chef Linde’s fresh pasta, enjoyed in dishes like the mushroom and beef stroganoff at the members only Ghost Tree Lounge, or at Pronghorn’s Cascada restaurant, where the menu includes Italian sausage Bolognese, with house-made pasta fettuccini. Plan to go chanterelle hunting between games? Check out Linde’s recipe for egg yolk pasta with a sage brown butter sauce and wild Oregon chanterelle mushrooms.

Sage Brown Butter Sauce with Oregon Chanterelle Mushrooms Serves 4 Ingredients: ½ cup fresh picked, cleaned chanterelles, sliced ¼-inch thick Salt to taste 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 fresh sage sprigs Fresh lemon juice to taste 1 ounce Italian black truffle, sliced (optional) 4 ounces grated parmesan Directions: Heat a small saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chanterelles and sprinkle with salt. Toss in pan for 30 seconds, allowing the moisture to naturally come out of the mushrooms. As mushrooms begin to brown, add a pinch of butter, toss to coat and remove pan from heat. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a saute pan set over mediumhigh heat. As butter begins to brown, add sprigs of fresh sage and a squeeze of lemon. Remove from heat. Toss cooked pasta in brown butter sauce, top with chanterelles (and truffles, if using) and serve with parmesan.

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PARTING SHOT

Meadow Lakes Golf Course

Play a round at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville, where nine ponds and four river crossings are part of a storied history. After environmental agencies told city leaders in 1988 to stop discharging wastewater into the Crooked River, officials dreamed up a golf course solution, with evaporation ponds doubling as course hazards and clean water for irrigation. The 18-hole Meadow Lakes was designed in 1993 by Canadian course architecht Bill Robinson, incorporating the ponds, rim-rocked buttes, meadows and 62 bunkers. This unique wastewater disposal site that doubles as a golf course was the first-ever recipient of Golf Digest’s National Environmental Leaders Award, and the concept has since been replicated in other cities.

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