Central Oregon 3Though its coastal courses have grabbed the headlines in recent years, Oregon’s central region continues to stand tall as one of the top golf destinations in America. Any lover of the great outdoors would consider the area to be paradise found thanks to endless blue skies, clean crisp air and the rich diversity of both landscape and activities. Rugged lava flows, sage-scented high desert, spectacular snowy peaks and sparkling alpine lakes are the perfect elixir for invigorating the senses. They are also an idyllic setting for sonar of the country’s best and most playable golf courses. Central Oregon

Any course designer would relish the opportunity to shape such a spectacular landscape into equally spectacular fairways and greens. Among those who have are such creative legends as Robert Cupp, Tom Weiskopf, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Tom Fazio. A perfect way to sample many of the best is to tee it up in the west’s biggest amateur handicap golf event, the Northwest Dodge Dealers Pacific Amateur Golf Classic. Golfers will compete for three days at a different course each day. Those advancing to the championship roondwill tangle with the legendary Crosswater at Sunriver Resort, tanked among America’s best by Golf Digest.

Central Oregon 2After each day’s round, golfers can attend special 19th-hole activities at Sunriver, the PacArn’s official host site. The tournament’s comprehensive website (PacArngolf.com) has details about the event including information about the courses, the hotel options and the playing format.

With so many things to do and so many courses to play, it’s no wonder vacationers return to Central Oregon year after year.