An attractive, very-well-maintained, and private 18-hole course northwest of Bend. Built in and around the upscale Awbrey Glen housing development, Awbrey Glen Golf Club has great views of the Cascades. The course has a variety of holes, from wide-open, sweeping, dogleg par 5s, to narrow, tree-lined, downhill par4s. Along the way, you encounter trees and traps (on almost every hole), water (on many holes), good-sized basalt outcroppings (on a few holes), elevation changes, and many a dogleg. The course provides a number of challenges, but rarely seems unfair. Fairways roll out nicely and the greens are true and consistent. An excellent practice facility (including a 5-hole, par-3 course that has a variety of pins on each green, each with a different circumference for different levels of play), providing a nice space to learn and improve. Forward tees provide shorter distances and better angles. The course is hilly and there are distances between some holes; a cart is recommended.
The course opened in 1993, being built by Brooks Resources Corporation. The course has hosted the Oregon Open in 2011, and the Northwest Open in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2000.
Why It Is There
Built as part of the Private Residential Golf Community of Awbrey Glen.
In general, the course is in front of you, but there were a few points where I was glad I played with a local. On the short, narrow, downhill, tree-lined par-4 3rd hole, on your drive favor the center or right, which will tend to bring your ball back to center (and avoid the sharp drop-off on the left). On the slightly downhill par-4 7th hole, a pond guards the left front of the green, which you may not see when hitting your approach shot. The par-5, 15th hole has a late, sharp, dogleg right steeply down a basalt cliff. On your drive, stay left of the trap right. If you go far enough and left enough, you can get on in two. Otherwise, on the second shot, hit to the 150 marker, noting the tall pine on the right (that you want to be long or short of). Do not go right of the pine, as you may end up down the basalt cliff. And on the par-5 18th hole, your drive is into a sharp downhill dogleg left. Driving up the left side of the fairway provides you with the best chance to catch the hill (although you may end up with a downhill lie). Don’t cut the corner too hard, as there is a pond at the base of the hill on the left.
Did You Know
The development is built on and around Awbrey Heights, which was named for Marshall Clay Awbrey. Mr. Awbrey was born in Missouri, came to Oregon in 1850, and served in the Mexican and Rogue River Indian Wars. A mountain in Southeast Jefferson County and a waterfall on the Deschutes River (north of Tumalo) are also named for him.
Good For Them
The course is the home course for Mountain View High School.
A beautiful course with excellent views that is very well maintained. With a variety of holes, the course can be challenging, but is never unfair. Having six different tees (including a junior tee) and an excellent practice facility, the course is a great place for everyone interested in playing golf; you can learn, improve your game, and/or play a championship course.
- Type: 18-hole private course
- Price: Private
- Phone/webpage: (541)388-8526/www.awbreyglen.com
- Address: 2500 NW Awbrey Glen Drive, Bend, Oreon 97703
- Owner: Awbrey Glen Golf Club, Inc.
- Designer: Gene “Bunny” Mason
- Pros: Tommy Ber (PGA), Tim Fraley (PGA), Meghan Dobbins (PGA)
- Practice Facilities: 400-yard driving range with grass tees on both sides; a five-hole, 3-par practice course with three different pins on each green (each with a didderence circumference hole); practice chipping and sand area; large putting green; indoor golf simulator in winter
- Pro Shop: A good amount of clothing and some equipment
- Food: Nineteen, a full-service restaurant and bar in the clubhouse, with a great view of the course, is open to the public for lunch and dinner
- Bathrooms: Improved in clubhouse and on course
- Yardage Markers: 150-yard posts, yardage on sprinklers, flags color-coded for position
- Clothing: Proper golf attire
- Walkable: Hilly with distances between holes, cart recommended
- Spikes: Soft only
- Shoe Cleaning: Air hose and brushes
- Rentals: All
- Closed in winter
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