25 06, 2015

Sidewalk sale among golf highlights in July

Golf is a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th of July. Make the holiday even better by getting a fresh look at the most technologically advanced equipment and grabbing some significant discounts on gear, including Black Butte Ranch logoed items. Black Butte Ranch’s annual demo day and sidewalk sale — the headlining golf event in what should be a spectacular July at Black Butte Ranch — is a rare opportunity for golfers to get their hands on the very best equipment. The demo day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, [...]

17 06, 2015

The beauty of Glaze Meadow in bloom

The John Fought redesign of Black Butte Ranch’s Glaze Meadow, which opened in 2012, has certainly been well received.The praise comes for myriad reasons, including improved playability and better consistency throughout Glaze Meadow’s 18 holes. That is great for golfers. But perhaps the underrated improvement of the redesign is the aesthetic enhancements, particularly to Glaze Meadow’s opening five holes.Once choked off from an overgrowth of ponderosa pines, the meadow from which the golf course’s name is derived, has been opened up. That has improved the meadow’s health over the years, and made the opening holes spectacularly beautiful.And if you want [...]

16 06, 2015

Golf a healthy activity for juniors

School is officially out, which means Black Butte Ranch will soon be teeming with families. Why not use this summer and Black Butte Ranch’s three-day junior golf camps to get the kids going in a game that can be enjoyed for a lifetime?From age 8 to 80 anyone can fall in love with golf. Really, there is no other game quite like it in that way. This, of course, is what attracts so many of us to this game, even though it seems to take MORE than a lifetime to master.But golf is made easier when a player picks up [...]

12 06, 2015

Conditions update: Glaze Meadow, Big Meadow transition to summer

Those warm, sunny Central Oregon days are back, with temperatures this weekend set to reach into the 80s. Yes, summer weather appears to finally be here at Black Butte Ranch.For golfers, there can be no sweeter time than summer. The sun stays suspended in the blue sky to produce days that go on forever, warming us all while casting shadows from the towering ponderosa pines across the lush green turf.During summer, not much can stop a motivated golfer.Black Butte Ranch is ready for the long days ahead. And Glaze Meadow and Big Meadow begin the peak of the golf season [...]

11 06, 2015

Black Butte Ranch pros enjoying chance to compete at Oregon Open

Black Butte Ranch professionals Tom Baker (right) and George Mack Jr. (left) warm up Tuesday before teeing off at Crosswater Club in Sunriver for the first round of the Oregon Open Invitational. It might sound counterintuitive, but Black Butte Ranch’s staff of PGA golf professionals do not often get a chance to play during the peak of the golf season. During the golf season pros are often far too busy making sure that guests are enjoying their time or that students are perfectly honing their golf skills to get too many competitive golf rounds in. But every so often [...]

3 06, 2015

Working on game inside 100 yards the quickest way to shave strokes

Quick answer to a simple question: What is the easiest way to drop strokes off a ballooning handicap?Answer? Here is a hint. It is not adding a few yards distance off the tee. Yet, so many golfers spend much of their practice time wailing away with a driver.Funny because most players see the quickest improvement when they work to improve their short games. And the formula is simple enough.“You should have a game plan for your short game, which is the easiest way to lower your scores,” says George Mack, Black Butte Ranch’s director of golf.Not that higher handicappers couldn’t [...]