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Black Butte Ranch

For more than half a century Black Butte Ranch has been the very embodiment of why visitors fall in love with Central Oregon. The majesty of Black Butte Ranch’s setting at the base of the Cascade Range is the first thing that strikes you. Get a bit closer, and you find a destination resort that is familyfriendly, high-quality, affordable, close to nature, and best of all, fun, too.

Black Butte Ranch’s 36 holes of championship golf — Big Meadow, a 7,002-yard Robert Muir Graves gem, and the 7,007-yard Glaze Meadow that John Fought redesigned in a classical style a decade ago — has long been a headliner. And for good reason.

More recently, though, Fought brought an extra helping of fun with Little Meadow. Black Butte Ranch’s new 12-hole putting course, which first opened in 2020, Little Meadow was shaped with the same attention to detail that Fought put into Glaze Meadow. Near Big Meadow, the sloping, undulating putting course looks as if it was always meant to be there.

Little Meadow has been a perfect complement to the playable designs Black Butte Ranch is best known for. Big Meadow, which was designed by Graves in 1970 and renovated in 2008 by Damian Pascuzzo, presents generous fairways, accessible greens, and panoramic views of neighboring Mount Washington, Three Sisters, and Broken Top.

With Fought’s lauded 2012 redesign, Glaze Meadow upped its game from its original 1978 design. Fought reached into the golden era of golf design for inspiration, adding grass-faced bunkers and turtleback greens to challenge golfers of any skill. But with a spectacular mountain setting that Donald Ross could have only dreamed about.

Golf is but one attraction at Black Butte Ranch, which is set to unveil its new Lodge in 2023. The addition includes an all-new Lodge Restaurant and Aspen Lounge, featuring fine dining with a side of incredible views.

There is so much else to do, too. Guests can settle into one of more than 120 vacation homes situated throughout the 1,800-acre resort and enjoy an array of outdoor activities, including biking, swimming, canoeing, tennis, horseback riding, paddle-boarding, fly-fishing, or something else. Or they can find rejuvenation at the full-service spa.

In other words, there’s something for everyone, which is what has always made Black Butte Ranch special.

For more than a half century, Black Butte Ranch has been a place that has offered something for everyone. A place perfect for family get-togethers, yet still ripe for outdoor adventurers or those in search of tranquility. Just 7 miles west of the charming Old West town of Sisters and a scenic and easy drive from Eugene and Portland, Black Butte Ranch is close to it all but in an authentically private, peaceful setting.

From private lodge rooms, to two- and threebedroom condos, to charming cabins, to spacious custom homes, Black Butte Ranch has an array of lodging options. Black Butte Ranch’s 120 vacation homes are scattered throughout the resort and offer a variety of accommodations to fit parties of all sizesfrom friends and families to retreats and reunions.

Once at the resort, guests roam Black Butte Ranch’s 18 miles of walking/biking paths and three Nature Trails — the heart and soul of the resort. Two 18-hole championship golf courses, and one 12-hole, fun-for-all putting course, welcome golfers of all skill levels. Swimming, horseback riding, tennis, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, kids’ activities, and more ensure that everyone in the family will have a great time.

In 2023, Black Butte Ranch will also unveil its new Lodge area, with revamped Lodge Restaurant and Aspen Lounge and event space. The Lakeside Activity Center is just steps away and a hub of activity, featuring an expansive pool, outdoor hot tub, Lakeside Bistro with outdoor dining and poolside service, General Store, and more.

The Glaze Meadow Recreation Center is also a popular draw, featuring an expansive indoor and outdoor pool complex, fitness center, steam room, snack outlet, equipment rental shop, retail shop, and full-service day spa. The family recreation area is just a short walk away, featuring a basketball court, bocce ball and pickle ball courts, and horseshoe pits.


The beauty of Black Butte Ranch — nestled on the eastern slope of the Cascade Range, in the shadow of towering white-capped peaks and amid ponderosa pines and aspen trees — creates an impossibly majestic mountain setting. It’s a place to step away from the usual wedding, and to experience something far more idyllic. Where you’ll stay in luxurious cabins surrounded by nature. Yet you’ll be just 7 miles west of the charming Old West town of Sisters and a scenic and easy drive from Eugene and Portland, so never be that far from it all.

Say “I do” under a cluster of aspen trees, with Phalarope Lake in the background and panoramic views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Mt. Washington. Or you can be among the first couples to get married at the ranch’s new 22,100-square-foot lodge, slated for completion in spring 2023.

With a full-time culinary and banquet staff, Black Butte Ranch takes the stress out of planning a wedding. Menu options offer a true farm-to-table experience, with many seasonal and local ingredients incorporated. Meals can be served plated, family style or as a buffet, with a wide range of menu options

From private lodge rooms, to two- and three-bedroom condos, to charming cabins, to spacious custom homes, Black Butte Ranch has an array of lodging options. Ranch amenities and vacation rentals are all connected by 18 miles of walking and biking paths within the resort, keeping guests within easy reach of one another. On-site amenities include a full-service day spa, five indoor and outdoor pools, and a fitness center, too. Nearby trails are great for hiking and mountain biking, or tee it up at two award-winning golf courses or a 12hole putting course — beloved by golfers and non-golfers, alike. The ranch also offers horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking and more, ensuring an experience to remember for all.

13899 Bishops Cap
Black Butte Ranch, OR


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