Black Butte Ranch Golf Stay & Play

Black Butte RanchLocated on the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains and just 7 minutes form the charming western town of Sisters is one of the best resorts and golf stay and play resorts in Oregon. Black Butte Ranch offers majestic mountain views, peace and tranquility, awe inspiring scenery, year round recreation, and several lodging and dining options. Blake Butte Ranch is a sprawling 1800 acre ranch with 120 vacation homes, 36 holes of golf, glistening lakes, and lots of resort style amenities to keep you busy - it's impossible to get bored here. Their motto of "There Is A Place" to me means that Black Butte Ranch is a place that has it all!

We stayed at Black Butte Ranch during a 10 day Golfing Vacation To Bend and here are just a few of the reasons why we can highly recommend you consider a stay at Black Butte:

  • there is something for everyone to enjoy from the kids activities and rec room to a martini by the fire pit or soaking in the hot tub
  • the Resort has been around for 40 years and that experience shows from the time your register to the sad time when you depart - service is excellent, the staff is friendly and outgoing, and everyone seems focused on making sure you enjoy your stay
  • the two golf courses are excellent and each is a little different than the other
  • from your room - all of which have spectacular views - you can walk or bike on the paved trails to all of the amenities

Golf at Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch and their golf courses were recommended to us by Central Oregon Visitors Bureau and one of the reasons for that recommendation was because we were in Bend to write an article about the Central Oregon Golf Trail which includes both of the Black Butte Ranch Golf Courses - Glaze Meadow and Big Meadow.

Big Meadow golf hole at Black Butte RanchBig Meadow has won numerous awards and recognition including being recognized by Golfweek as one of the "Best Courses You Can Play in Oregon." This Robert Muir Graves design offers golfers a fairly traditional and straightforward scenic journey over 7000 yards with expansive fairways, sweeping cape and bay bunkers, elevated green complexes, and more to make for a fun and challenging round. And Robert's Pub in the club house has a great bar, outside patio, and a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to play Big Meadow but saw several holes and they looked fun and seemed to be in near perfect condition.

Glaze Meadow Golf Hole at Black  Butte RanchGlaze Meadow underwent a $3.75 million dollar renovation in 2012 and won Golf Inc's "Renovation of the Year" award. John Fought did the renovation and it resulted in a course that is reminiscent of the classic designs of the 1920's and 1930's but with stunning views of the Cascade peaks including North Sister and Mt Washington. The renovation included slightly elevated and all new bent grass greens, grass faced bunkers, and lots of unique and interesting holes. The Glaze Meadow fairways are shaped by aspens and ponderosa pines and they are very generous off the tee but the approach shots are demanding thanks well guarded turtleback greens. Here is a link to our review of Glaze Meadow Golf Course.

Lodging at Black Butte Ranch

Every day during our three day stay at Black Butte Ranch we would be up early and bundled up (it was usually 36 to 45 degrees in the early morning and 80 by noon) and ready to play golf by 8 or so. And after golf we typically had some other activity planned which was followed by food and drink - what a life! I mention that only because it meant that we didn't spend much time in our two bedroom Country House Condo but we sure enjoyed the comfy bed, the warm fireplace in the chilly mornings, and the stunning view of the Cascade mountains.

Our Condo was a two minute walk to the pool and Lodge and it was two stories with:

  • two bedrooms and a full bath upstairs - the master bedroom had a soft king bed and a sitting area with a chair and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake and mountains
  • a fully equipped kitchen with everything you need to cook a gourmet meal
  • a dining table
  • a smallish living area with a fireplace, couch, two overstuffed chairs, and beautiful views
  • a large outside patio which was perfect to watch the sun set or rise over the lake and Cascade mountains

View from the master bedroom at Black Butte RanchView from condo at Black Butte RanchCondo living room at Black Butte Ranch

Custom home at Black  Butte RanchThe Condo was somewhat dated, it was built over 40 years ago, but it was clean, comfortable, and convenient to everything. Some of the other choices for lodging include three bedroom condos, charming cabins, private lodge rooms, and spacious custom mountain homes.

Dining at Black Butte Ranch

I loved our Condo location because it was just a couple minute walk to the Lodge Restaurant for dinner, the Aspen Lounge for drinks, or the Lakeside Bistro for breakfast, lunch, drinks, or appetizers around the lake view fire pit or at the pool. The recently renovated Lodge is really cool:

  • a huge pine is growing up the middle of the Lodge and through the ceiling
  • there are three stories of rich wood, stone fireplaces, and comfortable conversational seating
  • the Aspen Lounge perched on the third floor and it's outside patio with a magnificent 270 degree view is fantastic
  • fine dining room also has a view of the lake and mountains

Lodge at Black Butte  RanchWe had a great dinner at the Aspen Lounge, but we ordered from the award winning Lodge Restaurant menu and really enjoyed a tasty soup and Caesar Salad, a perfectly cooked Rib Eye, and a Miso Chilean Sea Bass with coconut green curry, basmati rice, edamame red pepper, shitake mushrooms, roasted cashews, and fresh herbs plus a very tasty dessert with ice cream - wow. We wobbled home after all of that and fell asleep within minutes of hitting the bed!

All of the ingredients are farm to table fresh and cooked with a Northwestern flare. The Aspen Lounge is a casual pub style restaurant and bar with it's own menu of appetizers, burgers, unique sandwiches, and more. We had a good time interacting with our friendly waiter and a table of locals. How can you beat some good food, a lively crowd, a cool setting, and cold beer!

Ribeye at the Lodge Restaurant Friendly waiter and some happy locals Delicious Sea Bass

Some of the other choices for dining at Black Butte Ranch include: the Bistro adjacent to the Lodge with indoor, outdoor, and poolside dining overlooking the lake and mountains; Roberts Pub at Big Meadow has an outside patio with a magnificent view and a Northwest style pub menu that features savory pubwiches, fresh salads and classic sandwiches, and some breakfast items (the sourdough oak pancakes are delicious and huge!); and the Glaze Meadow Grill at the Glaze Meadow Clubhouse has limited breakfast items and burgers and more for lunch.

Amenities & Things To Do At Black Butte Ranch

In 2015 Black Butte Ranch spent $11.5 million on the new Bistro, a retail area, hot tub and expansive pool complex, dining and poolside services, fitness center, activity center, and playground. In addition to 36 holes of golf, some of the other fun things you can do to have fun include:

  • Explore the Ranch - rent a bike (recumbent, 4 wheel 4 seater, kids bikes, fat tire and city bikes, and push bikes) and explore the Ranch on any of 6 different trails (level, paved, wide, and scenic and ranging from strenuous to easy) covering 18 miles within Black Butte Ranch - bikes can be delivered to your lodging and rented for an hour to a week or more
    Trail ride at Black Butte Ranch
  • Saddle Up Cowboy - put on the Levis, boots, and cowboy hat and go for an hour to half day horseback trail ride with lunch on trails with spectacular views that meander through pine and manzanita lined trails, a variety of wild flowers, and past some interesting points of interest
  • Compete in Some Games - play some tennis (there are 19 courts) or pickleball, head to the recreation center for foosball, pool, or shuffleboard; play a round of corn hole or horseshoes or bocce ball; or play some basketball, soccer, or frisbee golf
  • Pamper Yourself - head to the Spa for a facial, massage, or a hand or foot treatment
  • Chill at the Pool - relax in one of the five pools - at Glaze Meadow there is an indoor and an outdoor pool and the lakeside pool next to the Bistro is stunning, it's an infinity type pool with pool water that seems to flow into the lake plus it's got a kids wading pool and a big stone hot tub overlooking the lake and Cascade mountains
  • Work off Some Calories - spend some time on the exercise equipment at the Lakeside Pool
  • Paddle the Lake - rent a canoe, kayak, or SUP (stand up paddleboard) and enjoy the scenic clear lake
  • Catch a Fish - try your luck at fly fishing

Infinity pool at Black Butte RanchTennis courtsKayak Rentals

Nearby Activities

Black Butte Ranch is 5 or 6 miles from the charming rustic western themed town of Sisters which is home to: some good restaurants, a brew pub, some quaint shops, a fantastic golf course (Aspen Lakes) with red cinder bunkers, and several mountain bike trails and scenic road bike trails. Mt Bachelor is nearby and during the summer you can take bikes up the lift and enjoy any of the several downhill trails or during the winter ski any of 88 runs. Smith Rock is about 30 minutes away and it's one of Oregon's 7 Wonders - it's a haven for hiking and climbing. And nearby Bend is loaded with golf courses, excellent restaurants, lots of brewpubs, white water rafting, live music, biking, hiking, and lots more.

Some of the climbing rocks at Smith Rocka store in SistersAspen Lakes Golf Course


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