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Play the Most Interesting Golf Holes in Bend, Oregon
With two highly-ranked, internationally renowned golf courses, Pronghorn Resort is a golfer’s dream. The side-by-side golf courses offer varying experiences for all levels of play, plus an unbelievable backdrop in the high desert of Central Oregon.
Jeff Ritter, Pronghorn Resort Director of Instruction, has brought Golf Channel supported instruction to our Pronghorn Academy program. Named one of the Best Young Teachers in America by Golf Digest, as well as ranked among the Top 30 Teachers in America by Golf Tips magazine, Ritter is an expert communicator with an impressive pedigree working with top amateurs, elite juniors, collegiate standouts as well as players on the professional tours. He is also an accomplished media personality, author, speaker and regular contributor on Golf Channel and Golf Digest platforms. In 2016 Ritter was studio host for PGA National Instruction Day on Golf Channel, the most watched golf instruction event in history. In 2014 he created and produced the MAKE THE TURN Weekly Challenge Series on Golf Digest TV which garnered over 20 million viewers.
This fall we decided to get Jeff’s opinion on the two best golf holes at Pronghorn Resort. Stay tuned to Pronghorn Resort on Instagram for a special IGTV episode featuring Jeff’s simple tips for playing these two incredible golf holes.
Fazio No. 8, Par 3
The eighth hole on the Tom Fazio Championship Course at Pronghorn Resort is one of the most unique and memorable golf holes in the world. The 45-foot canyon and exposed lava tube make it a memorable life experience for any level of golfer, and it’s one of Jeff Ritter’s favorite holes. Jeff says that Fazio does a great job of making easy shots look very difficult. Case in point, Fazio No. 8 at Pronghorn Resort. At the tee you’re looking at lava rock pushing in front of the landing area, and the green looks smaller than it really is. You also have what appears to be a giant chasm between the tee and the hole, because the 45-foot canyon is between the tee and the green. Jeff says a confident swing towards the conservative target is the best way to elevate your game on this hole. And don’t be intimidated by the landscape.
“This shot is a lot easier than you think it might be,” said Jeff.
Nicklaus No. 13, Par 4
The thirteenth hole on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Pronghorn Resort is the signature hole both for its beautiful design and difficulty. A gorgeous waterfall cascades off the 18th tee box up above the hole, creating a spectacular lake on the right side of the green. A large, troublesome bunker lines the green on the left side. While it is beautiful to look at, this golf hole presents many challenges for all levels of golfers.
Do you have a favorite golf hole at Pronghorn Resort? Share it with us on social media! We may feature your favorite golf hole in our next quick tip with Jeff Ritter IGTV episode.