Par-3 eighth hole on resort’s Tom Fazio Course selected as one of the ‘Great Holes of the Northwest’
Federal Way, Wash. – In the November issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-3 eighth hole on the Tom Fazio Course at Pronghorn, An Auberge Resort, located in Bend, Ore., has been recognized as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running golf publication.
Measuring anywhere from 187 yards to 106, the hole calls for a high, soft tee shot to a small green that sits perched and tucked amid rock outcroppings. Club selection is paramount, always taking into account the wind that comes through the high desert in Central Oregon.
What makes this hole unique is that there are caves which run underneath it for hundreds of feet in either direction. These lava tubes were discovered during the construction process and only became apparent to Tom Fazio, the designer, during dynamite work for the original design of the hole. Once the caves were discovered, the hole was completely redesigned around them. For a while during the construction of the course, Fazio and the developers used the caves as a remote office. The club now hosts small events in the amphitheater area between the caves.
Using water features and capitalizing on the natural lava rock outcroppings, the Fazio course is a 7,456-yard, par-72, 18-hole private golf club that creates a visual “wow factor” and provides a unique experience for golfers at every level.
Along with the Fazio layout, Pronghorn is also home to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, which is open to the public and was the host site of the 2013 OGA Tour Championship in October. Visit www.pronghornclub.com for more information.
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Attached photo courtesy Pronghorn, An Auberge Resort