This is an 18-hole public resort course just outside of Sisters in the Central Oregon Cascades. It is a very attractive course with tall evergreens and aspens, water, meadows, and white traps in a stunning setting with views of the Cascades (some perfectly framed by some holes). The course initially rolls its way through meadowlands and then enters into tall fir trees. Well maintained with some slightly elevated greens that can be quick. It is a good test, with five different tee boxes to accommodate a variety of skill levels. It is hilly, but walkable.
Opened in 1980 on the former Black Butte Cattle Ranch by a subsidiary of Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company. It went through an extensive remodel in 2012 that included the widening of the fairways (with the removal of about 3,500 trees), restoration of the wetlands on the early holes, addition of directional bunkers, returfing the greens, and installation of a new irrigation system. Home of the 2016 Oregon Amateur and the 2014 Oregon Open.
Built as part of the Black Butte Resort.
I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Played
The 3rd hole is a short, narrow par 4 that works its way around a pond (that guards the right and back of the green). At about 90 yards from the center of the green a trap comes in from the left followed by another trap left near the green. No reason not to lay up in front of the first trap, otherwise the water and other traps are more in play. On the 7th hole, a tree-lined, uphill par 5 with a dogleg left around a trap, you can drive over the trap and the ball should catch a hill and kick forward, but the better play to set up for the approach is center right. On the 12th hole, a tree-lined, uphill par 5, as you approach the green there is a trap front left you cannot see. The better approach is over the trap forward and right.
Did You Know
The original architect for the course, Gene “Bunny” Mason, was also the first pro at the course.
They conduct a Ladies Only school over the summer. They also conduct 3-day junior camps in the summer, and participate in SNAG (Starting New At Golf), introducing golf to elementary school kids. For several years, the course (in particular Billy A. Mitchell) has been working with Unified Sports, a local special education program, to bring participants to the course to get a feel for the game, including a little playing time.
Why Play This Course
A well-maintained, very scenic course in a stunning setting, with a nice mix of holes. It can be much harder than a typical resort course, but the multiple tee boxes allow players with a wide range of skills to enjoy the course.
- Type: 18-hole public course
- Price: $$$
- Phone/webpage: (866)901-2961/www.blackbutteranch.com/golf
- Address: 13899 Ponderosa Sisters, Oregon 97759
- Owner: Black Butte Ranch Property Management
- Designer: Gene Mason, John Fought (remodel)
- Pros: Jeff Fought (PGA, 2016 OGA Club Manager of the Year), Dan McCleery Jr. (PGA), George Mack Jr (PGA), Tom Baker (PGA), Emily Stewart (PGA)
- Practice Facilities: Driving range on grass, practice chipping and sand area, practice green
- Pro Shop: Minimal, mostly clothes
- Food: Full-service cafe opened during summer season, with a nice deck overlooking the 9th and 18th greens
- Bathrooms: Improved in clubhouse and on course
- Yardage Markers: 250, 200, 150 and 100 in-ground markers; yardage on sprinklers; take a pin sheet for pin position
- Clothing: Proper golf attire
- Walkable: Hilly, but a good walk
- Spikes: Soft
- Shoe Cleaning: Electronic brush machine
- Rentals: All and golf boards
- Closed in winter
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