Quail Run Golf Course carpets the pine-lined tundra of Central Oregon surrounded by the peaks of nearby mountain ranges. The 18-hole, par 72 layout features groves of towering trees that stud the edges of fairways and water hazards that come into play on four holes. The 9th and 18th holes are the hardest on the course, respectively, adding climactic conclusions to both the front- and back-nine without forcing any golfers to reconnect with estranged caddies.
Before taking to course, golfers can warm up at Quail Run's multifaceted practice area, which features an all-grass driving range, a putting green, and a short-game area with a sand trap. Those looking for an expert opinion on their swings or the messages encrypted in an ancient scorecard can call the pro shop to reserve a tee time with PGA pro Todd Sickles.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,897 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 73.4 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 137 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard
Despite its endless amenities and activities, the true gems of Elk Lake Resort are the towering peaks and evergreen-laden valleys of the surrounding Cascade Range mountains. The resort functions as a base camp for this landscape, inviting visitors to explore it with cross-country skis and snowmobiles during the winter and canoes and backpacking excursions during summer months. To accommodate longer stays, the grounds also sport 10 cabins featuring full kitchens with microwaves and combination coffeemaker/particle accelerators, as well as three rustic camping cabins that provide propane heat and shelter from the elements without the electricity or furnishings of the larger units. Regardless of the season, the resort's lodge welcomes visitors and plies them with everything from quick mugs of local beer to full meals made with locally grown ingredients.
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Basalt spires, Cascade Mountain peaks, and steep canyon walls tower around. Eagles fly overhead and 32-inch bull trout glint in the sunlight as they jump. Smells of grilled bass ride breezes to nostrils on 72 miles of surrounding shoreline. Cove Palisades Resort and Marina puts friends and families in the middle of this scene, floating them out onto Lake Billy Chinook in rental pontoons, WaveRunners, and party barges. The fleet's fishing boats give anglers an advantage as they hunt for rainbow trout, and houseboats grant luxurious respite for those weary of the poor diving opportunities and general lack of mermaids offered by land living.
To round out its offerings and let adventurers dry off, Cove Palisades Resort and Marina also facilitates activities such as hiking and camping. More than 10 miles of nearby trails grant photographers ample fodder for creating landscape images and let ornithologists fill up their journals with notes on plumage and bird phone numbers.
N8TV Adventures offers four ways to glimpse ospreys, bald eagles, and deer in their natural habitat along the Deschutes River. Three of these methods involve boats: kayaks, whitewater rafts, and fishing boats, to be exact. The last mode of transportation puts adventurers up close to the water: river boarding, a sport that hails from Europe. River boards resemble surfboards that have been chopped in half. Riders hold the handles of the foam board and ride the river rapids much like they would atop a raft. N8TV Adventures' courteous guides, who are all trained in first aid and CPR, chaperone each trip, providing transportation from N8TV headquarters as well as optional snacks, should clients request them.
In his decades-spanning career, Darren Kling has racked up thousands of hours piloting hot-air balloons both internationally and in his own backyard of Central Oregon. Since launching Big Sky Balloon Co. in 1993, he's maintained a perfect safety record, setting about-to-be-engaged couples and vacationing birds at ease. During balloon rides, he whisks Oregonians into the skies above the Cascade Range with views of the Central Cascades, treating them to unobstructed views and a unique experience during leisurely flights.