Black Butte Ranch the ideal vacation getaway

Updated: May 31, 2024

Black Butte Ranch is a secluded retreat nestled amongst the breathtaking scenery of Oregon’s High Desert, where rugged mountains meet rolling hills.

The resort is home to 36 holes of championship golf, lodging options that fit most any budget, incredible dining, and an endless array of activities. For years golfers have considered Glaze Meadow at Black Butte Ranch to be the most iconic course in Central Oregon.

When the course reopened in 2012 after an extensive $3.75 million renovation by architect John Fought, golfers were treated to an experience unlike any other. With slightly elevated greens, square tee boxes, and deep grass-faced bunkers, the new Glaze Meadow reflects the spirit of classic golf course design in a true mountain setting. Black Butte’s other course, Big Meadow, plays to 7,002 yards from the back tees and has long been a favorite among Oregon’s golfers, garnering numerous awards over its 50-plus years. In

2013 it was honored by GolfWeek Magazine as one of the “Best Courses You Can Play” in Oregon.

This straightforward Robert Muir Graves design takes golfers through a grand journey of the Oregon Cascades. Updated in 2007, Big Meadow features expansive fairways, newly renovated cape-and-bay bunkers, and elevated green complexes to challenge golfers of all skill levels.

Black Butte Ranch is also home to a 12-hole putting course, which opened for play in late 2020. The Little Meadow Putting Course was also designed by John Fought.

In 2023, Black Butte unveiled its newest amenity with the grand opening of its flagship $20 million Lodge, a 22,100-square-foot dining and meeting facility. The new lodge includes a restaurant and bar, second-floor lounge and bar, private dining room, event space, meeting room, outdoor dining, and state-of-the-art kitchen that includes a catering facility. The second floor Aspen Lounge   deck   has   an   unmatched   view of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and   Mt. Washington

If golf doesn’t appeal to everyone in your group, Black Butte Ranch also features a variety of other outdoor pursuits like horseback riding, fitness centers, swimming, tennis/pickleball, disc golf, biking, fishing, birding, trails, rock climbing, water activities, or just relaxing in a lounge chair. And, of course, there is always the golf.

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