What We Love
- Pronghorn’s Jack Nicklaus signature 18-hole golf course is a serious challenge, intertwined with lava rock ridges and offering magnificent views
- The 55,000-square-foot clubhouse, designed in the style of the grand lodges of the national parks
- 300 days of sun make outdoor activities possible year-round
- During the winter, skiers revel in the powder at nearby Mount Bachelor, the fifth-largest ski resort in North America
What To Know
- The Tom Fazio course is available to guests only if accompanied by a member host
- Dress to impress at the golf courses and facilities
- It’s a 30-minute drive into Bend and three hours to Portland
- One-Bedroom Suites are best for couples
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
Pronghorn Resort is a golf lover’s haven in the middle of Oregon’s high desert country, an area renowned for outdoor adventure, as it boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The polished hardwood accommodations have a rustic ambience and views of one of the most beautiful greens in the world: the 18th hole of the Jack Nicklaus signature course. One- and three-bedroom units are fully furnished with original artwork, spa-style baths and full kitchens that the concierge can stock with groceries ahead of check-in. Outside, private patios feature stone firepits and barbecues for cool evenings. Nationally recognized as one of the finest golf developments in the country, Pronghorn has a private Tom Fazio course side by side with the Jack Nicklaus course. What really sets the golf facilities apart, however, is the Tour Academy at Pronghorn. Run by a staff of golf experts, the futuristic facility uses state-of-the-art teaching technologies including V1 video analysis and a Dynamic Balance System. For non-golfers, Pronghorn is a destination for outdoor activities. Situated on two acres, the Trailhead activity center has two seasonal pools, hot tubs, basketball and tennis courts, and a playground. After a full day of action, dine on regional fare at the upscale Chanterelle restaurant.
In the Area
While there’s plenty to do on-site, it’s worth the 30-minute trip into Bend. The city’s Old Mill district offers some rich history along with amazing mountain views and river vistas. It’s also a terrific place for name brand shopping, drinking, dining and watching a movie or a live performance. When it comes to culture, the High Desert Museum has a surprisingly fascinating collection of creatures and heritage. Not only can visitors enjoy historical reenactments, they can get up close to foxes, reptiles, bald eagles, owls and a prickly porcupine family. And if you haven’t had your fill of activity, the 252-mile Deschutes River is renowned for rafting and kayaking, with hair-raising rapids and rugged scenery. Hikers may want to climb the craggy spires of Smith Rock or trek along the world’s largest obsidian flow, at Newberry Volcanic Monument.
How to Get There
As you arrive at Pronghorn greeted by the friendly staff at the welcome cottage you get a feeling that you are entering a special place. when the gates open and you drive through only to be greeted by amazing landscape and grounds which will surround you throughout the whole property. The amazing staff is engaging and friendly, the golf is world class and there is no shortage of activities for all ages. There is three restaurants onsite each boasting a different feel and cuisine, not to mention the live music that is complimented by stunning views on the back patio. For me Pronghorn is one of my favorite places to visit I have had the privilege of staying at Pronghorn for business, with friends and with my young family that includes three children under 5yrs old. Every time I am at Pronghorn I am remind why this place is so special.
This 15 year old resort is a 30 minute drive to Bend and longer to other attractions like hiking and such. Smith Rock is closeby and should be visited. Other good hikes are west of Bend and an hour away but worth going. So as long as you dont mind driving, Pronghorn is a great spot. The resort is located at the end of a remote road surrounded by Bureau of Land Management lands. The high desert with ancient juniper trees, sage brush and views. I enjoyed the remote feeling. Two golf courses are available but one course costs $120 and the other is twice that at $240, not really sure why. Both courses are excellent. Food and service at the resort was good. The pool and hot tub area was nice and in October we had it all to ourselves. Housekeeping did not show up for the last two days of our week stay. Security is good with a gatehouse entrance. Sunny days and cold nights. The spa massage was also a nice experience. A lot of money was spent to develop this resort and they maintain the place pretty well.
The Trailhead at Pronghorn is a cozy place for quick dinner -- bring a jacket as it can be cold inside. Limited menu though food is good. Waitstaff friendly and helpful. Plus you get a great view depending on when you go.