Not Your Daddy’s Golf Club
Blitz 2 The Barrel
Only in Bend Oregon would you have an event like the “Blitz 2 The Barrel”–a ball-busting mountain bike downhill featuring 35 professional riders (by invitation only), racing from Mt. Bachelor to the 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in downtown Bend, with $20,000 in prize money at stake.
The course began at Wanoga Sno-park (near Mt. Bachelor), headed down the Funner and COD trails, before crossing Skyline Ranch Road, and entering Tetherow.
Only at Tetherow
While proclaimed “the best course you can play” (Golfweek, 2009-2012), and “#3 of America’s Best New Courses ” (Golf Digest), Tetherow is not your daddy’s golf club! On the evening of the race, as the shadows lengthened and the vibrant colors began to soften, the two-tiered driving range at Tetherow looked more like a rock concert scene. Children frolicked, using the sloping terrain as a giant sledding hill.
As music pounded, racers had the option of straight-lining a huge jump
or taking a more circuitous (and safer) route that added roughly 30 seconds (and incurred good-natured “boos” from the crowd) to the course.
Bunny-hop the Sand Trap at Tetherow
To the delight of spectators–already enjoying libations, rock music, and the early summer weather– the riders then proceeded across the par 3 course at Tetherow, either leaping over or riding through a sand trap
One last pass across the David Kidd-designed course, and the racers were headed downtown to 10 Barrel.
Tetherow–A Modern Perspective on a Golf Community
Contrary to the words of Mark Twain, a great game of golf is still a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon, yet, this event (Blitz 2 The Barrel) helped folks to realize that this is not “your Daddy’s golf club,” and that the grounds at Tetherow are ideal for a variety of different events.
What a great place to live!