31 08, 2015

This weekend’s tent sale, Grapes & Golf event among September attractions

Bargain hunters will have another chance in September to score a deal on equipment or apparel at Black Butte Ranch’s annual Labor Day Tent Sale. Held Sept. 4-7, the tent sale at the Big Meadow Golf Shop tees off a busy month by offering some of the best deals of the year. Merchandise will be discounted from 30 to 75 percent off retail prices, and even much of the newest equipment that stock the shelves of the golf shop will be discounted. Of course, there are strategies to land the very best deals at such events, but otherwise it [...]

26 08, 2015

Black Butte Ranch set out four years ago to create a signature event that was truly unique

Black Butte Ranch set out four years ago to create a signature event that was truly unique. The idea was to craft something that combines the most wonderful things that couples can enjoy together. The event would feature world-class golf, a jaw-dropping array of wine, and delectable fine dining. And Black Butte Ranch wanted to offer it with value in mind. The result was the Grapes & Golf Couples Event, which will be held from Sept. 10-12 in what is the fourth annual edition of the increasingly popular event. Why all the excitement? “It provides a great opportunity to [...]

25 08, 2015

Strategy: Follow the bunkering at Black Butte Ranch

It might not always seem like it, but golf course architects do not necessarily want to punish golfers. I know. That might be a tough sell after a pure shot finds its way into a perfectly placed fairway bunker, but it’s true. In fact, learning to understand where an architect wants a golfer to go over the course of a hole can be crucial for a player to take the next step. Here at Black Butte Ranch, we have been blessed to have some of the very best course architects design Big Meadow and Glaze Meadow. Indeed, the late [...]

20 08, 2015

Family golf nights a great way for locals to spend time with the kids

One of Black Butte Ranch’s most popular package deals every year is perhaps its simplest: the Black Butte Ranch family rate. In fact, it would be difficult to find a better bargain anywhere. After 4 p.m. every day, two adults and two children (17 and under) or three juniors and one adult can play Glaze Meadow or Big Meadow for just $60. That is less than Black Butte Ranch’s prime time rate during the summer. “Our family golf is off the charts,” says Jeff Fought, director of golf at Black Butte Ranch. “We host a lot of families every [...]

14 08, 2015

Homeowner Guest tournament has Black Butte Ranch reaching for near-perfect conditions

Black Butte Ranch’s golf course conditioning works sort of like an arch. It builds all season long, hitting a high point before fading into the winter. That high point is upon us. The change in seasons obviously dictates much of the conditioning schedule. But Black Butte Ranch’s golf course maintenance staff has an added incentive to get Big Meadow and Glaze Meadow in peak shape by August: The annual Homeowner Guest Classic Invitational, which will be held Aug. 28-30. “To me, the homeowners are the most important segment of golfers that we see,” says Phil Lagao, superintendent at Black [...]

3 08, 2015

John Fought likes the progress of Glaze Meadow

Like any world-class architect, John Fought wants to see his design continually mature into the stunning golf course he had originally envisioned. The renowned architect, a native Oregonian who now lives in Arizona, led the way on the $3.75 renovation of Glaze Meadow that was completed in 2012. The renovation transformed Glaze Meadow from an overgrown and out-of-date course into a gorgeous throwback design that is playable for golfers of all skill levels. Glaze Meadow initially reopened to almost universal praise. But a crucial element to the renovation is how well the golf course matures well after the course [...]