Bend, Oregon (Public)
In the year that David McLay Kidd is debuting his much-awaited Castle Course at St. Andrews, it’s to be expected that another of his fledgling courses, the Tetherow Golf Club, would generate far less buzz. But this sporty layout, covering craggy high-desert terrain, also merits lavish praise. Tall pines frame some of the holes, but much of the acreage was ravaged by wildfire fifteen years ago, leaving open expanses that the Scotsman used to linksy effect. He created firm and wide fescue fairways pitted with penal bunkers and greens that invite run-up approaches. The most remarkable aspect of the course, though, is the plethora of playing options it presents. The par-four sixth, with its twin upper and lower fairways, is a dare-it-or-don’t driving hole. You can play safe to the upper fairway on the right and face a long second shot or try to reach the small, lake-guarded landing area of the lower fairway in hopes of having just a wedge into the green. The course will be part of a private resort community, and plans also call for a hotel to open within the next few years, at which time only residents and overnight guests will be allowed to play Tetherow. Until then, all are welcome.
David McLay Kidd.