Brasada Canyons Course Tour
Hole-by-hole with the pros
The Brasada Canyons Golf Course in Central Oregon was designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy and is undeniably one of the most beautiful and enjoyable golf courses in Bend and Central Oregon.
Click the image below to begin the tour. On each hole you'll find multiple images and tips from our Pros.
#1 . PAR 5 . HCP 3Brasada Canyons opens with a breathtaking, uphill par-five. The fairway, nestled beautifully in a natural canyon, invites an aggressive line up the left side. A good tee shot will leave players with a decision to make: play a fairway wood over the right approach bunkers in hope to reach the green in two; or lay back leaving a short iron to the putting surface. A semi-blind shot awaits the conservative player from the left. However, note the kick slope right of the green that feeds shots down toward the pin. Miss the green left and face a difficult up-and-down from deep greenside bunkers.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 573 Black 516 Gold 468 Silver 417 Red 389
#2 . PAR 4 . HCP 13A gorgeous par-four awaits players at the second. Unlike Hole #1, which snakes through a canyon, #2, plays on top of a long, natural ridge. Cross-bunkers just beyond the tees shouldn't come into play, but they do help orient players on the proper line.
A solid drive down the right side will leave a short-iron approach into this well-contoured putting surface. This natural green setting rests at the end of the ridge with a spectacular view of a natural lava escarpment as its backdrop.
There are two hollows behind the green to catch the overly aggressive, however.
Miss these hollows and say goodbye.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 430 Black 391 Gold 350 Silver 322 Red 289
#3 . PAR 4 . HCP 15Tee shots at the third play from atop the ridge down into another canyon. Be careful to avoid the fairway bunkers that flank the right and left sides of the landing area. An uphill approach to a blind punchbowl green awaits, as do bunkers front left and front right that encourage players to hit past the pin leaving a difficult downhill birdie putt. The green rests in a natural bowl that feeds offline shots down toward the pin.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 404 Black 372 Gold 331 Silver 287 Red 239
#4 . PAR 3 . HCP 9After a steep climb from the third green, players are greeted with the first of two lovely par threes on the front nine. The fourth plays downhill and back toward the mountain range in the distance. The tees have been scattered along a natural ridge to provide a variety of playing angles. A large approach fairway swings into the green from the left and features a gentle kick slope to help work shots back toward the pin. Two greenside bunkers and steep slopes covered in native vegetation guard the right side of the green.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 222 Black 201 Gold 174 Silver 152 Red 134
#5 . PAR 4 . HCP 11A "Cape" hole looms for players at the par-four fifth. A natural wash, or dry streambed, lies all along the left side, daring players to reach for driver and bite off as much of the dogleg as they dare. Fairway bunkers up the right side serve as useful targets from the tee. A shot played down the left, near the wash, leaves a more open approach into this semi-blind green. A conservative drive up the right leaves players with a tricky approach over two deep bunkers that guard the putting surface. Classic risk/reward, ladies and gentlemen. Long and left is no picnic either, as the natural wash works along and behind the elevated putting surface.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 383 Black 337 Gold 274 Silver 249 Red 204
#6 . PAR 3 . HCP 17This par-three may be the shortest hole on the front but it packs plenty of punch for players who miss the green. The narrow putting surface has been benched gently into a ridge and is guarded by a deep natural wash that works in from the right and runs down and left of the green. A small bailout area right of green is a good target for the timid player. Find the deep pot bunker short and left of the green and expect a difficult up and down to save par. An attractive catch bunker behind the green, tucked into a ridge, will please the eye and save overly aggressive shots from oblivion
Tee Yards Jacobsen 171 Black 152 Gold 133 Silver 105 Red 110
#7 . PAR 5 . HCP 7The par-five seventh plays uphill along a natural ridgeline. A tee shot up the left side over three deep bunkers will leave players the best chance of reaching in two. Use the target bunkers up the right and work the draw back into the middle of the fairway. Three bunkers on the left guard the second landing area. Challenge these bunkers and be left with a flat open approach into the green. Play away from them and be left with a difficult approach over two right greenside bunkers. The putting surface is tricky, so a premium wedge shot is required to have a flat putt for birdie
Tee Yards Jacobsen 548 Black 520 Gold 492 Silver 460 Red 419
#8 . PAR 4 . HCP 5Another beautiful par-four along the side of a ridge awaits players at the eighth. The hole works slightly downhill from tee to green and is fortified by a natural wash that works along the entire right-hand side. A left fairway bunker makes for a tight landing zone; accuracy is a must. A downhill second shot with a short to middle iron will be required. The green is guarded right by a steep slope and the wash. Two bunkers sit left. There is plenty of contour within the putting surface, which places a premium on selecting the correct club when attacking the pin
Tee Yards Jacobsen 457 Black 418 Gold 383 Silver 350 Red 311
#9 . PAR 4 . HCP 1This is probably the prettiest tee shot on the golf course. From the back two tee boxes it's probably the most intimidating as well. Players will face a tee shot across a deep ravine to a diagonal fairway on the other side of the ridge. The remaining tees have been scattered to the right and allow for an easier approach into the fairway. The fairway does look narrow from the tees, but players will discover a generous landing area once they've reached the fairway. An approach bunker, cut softly into the ridge before the green, adds some deception to the second shot. Again, the green was set comfortably into its natural surrounds and rests just at the end of the ridge. Deep bunkers left and right of the green will make finishing the front nine at Brasada Canyons very interesting
Tee Yards Jacobsen 499 Black 480 Gold 406 Silver 373 Red 319
#10 . PAR 5 . HCP 6The back nine begins with a slight dogleg right par-five. From an elevated tee the aggressive line is over two fairway bunkers nestled into the canyon wall at right. The successful aggressor will have a decision to make, however: try to reach the green in two with a heroic carry over the right-hand approach bunkers — protecting the small green — or flirt with the left-hand fairway bunkers, which are carved into the canyon wall short of the second landing area. For the conservative player who decides to lay-up down the left, a tricky approach over a left greenside bunker remains. The putting surface is one of the smallest on the course. However, the contours are soft and subtle
Tee Yards Jacobsen 543 Black 510 Gold 455 Silver 419 Red 372
#11 . PAR 4 . HCP 14This short and visually narrow par-four offers golfers a chance for redemption. From an elevated ridge, the tees have been positioned to create a variety of playing angles. A deceptively landing area at the bottom of the canyon is actually much wider than it looks. Mother Nature formed the hazard here — a natural ridge that protrudes from the left side of the canyon wall, blocking views to a portion of the landing zone. This ridge adds mystery and some intimidation to this drive-and-pitch par-four. A right greenside bunker and a bunker to the rear protect the slightly elevated putting surface
Tee Yards Jacobsen 390 Black 341 Gold 314 Silver 290 Red 254
#12 . PAR 3 . HCP 18This par-three plays toward the east and a mere 160 yards. However, players shouldn't let the yardage fool them, as they are almost certain to discover par a welcome score at this deceptive one-shotter. The challenging green orientation – short left to long right – will require a well executed iron played over a deep desert wash. A group of bunkers cut below the green surface guards the right-side pin locations while a large catch bunker protects the back left pin locations
Tee Yards Jacobsen 169 Black 156 Gold 128 Silver 100 Red 73
#13 . PAR 4 . HCP 12A slightly uphill par-four across native sagebrush meadow awaits players at thirteen. A set of bunkers guards the hole's right side on this sloping right-to-left fairway. The strategy here is to play the tee shot as close to these bunkers as possible for the clearest shot into the green. Tee shots finding the fairway left will bring the deep, front-left greenside bunker more into play on the approach shot. However, to avoid this menacing bunker use the right-to-left kick slope within the green to feed approaches to a back-left pin. Players losing their ball right of the green will find they face a tricky bunker shot to a green sloping away from them
Tee Yards Jacobsen 405 Black 377 Gold 333 Silver 300 Red 267
#14 . PAR 4 . HCP 2From the tee, players drink in a breathtaking view of the Cascade Mountain range in the distance. An aggressive tee shot over the left fairway bunker will gain an additional 30 yards, thanks to a natural 'speed-slot' that helps funnel shots toward the fairway and create short-iron approaches. For those playing safe, be sure to miss the right fairway bunkers that turn the hole left. The at-grade green is rather large and wide-open in front. The only green-side bunker is situated inconspicuously to the left of the putting surface. When the wind kicks up and becomes a factor on approach shots, players are encouraged to use their imaginations with various bump-and-run shots to this inviting green.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 491 Black 446 Gold 401 Silver 374 Red 335
#15 . PAR 4 . HCP 16At fifteen, players are likely to be enticed to go for this drivable par-four. Golfers looking to drive the green will need to take an aggressive line over a natural desert wash and carry deep bunkers down the left side. A heroic carry of 270 yards from the 'Jake Tee' might give the stern-hearted a chance at an eagle putt. Risk, might equal reward. However, a missed hit from this tee could easily lead to a big number. A series of large bunkers down the right turns the hole left. They are good targets for those who want to play the long way around. For those laying-up to the right, a short pitch remains over a large, lurking bunker that guards the right side of the putting surface. The green sits out on the tip of a natural ridge and, for those approaching from the right side of the fairway, slopes slightly away from them.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 377 Black 333 Gold 292 Silver 260 Red 260
#16 . PAR 4 . HCP 4The sixteenth is a 456-yard par four that plays along the top of a natural ridge, adjacent to a juniper forest at right. A drive down the left side over the carry bunker is the preferred line. However, don't miss left, as a deep ravine awaits shots hit only slightly left of the fairway. The green has been deftly positioned at the end of this natural ridge. Miss left or long and the ball could fall 30 feet below the putting surface, though the architects have placed a catch bunker there. A large bunker protects the green's right side.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 448 Black 404 Gold 370 Silver 334 Red 293
#17 . PAR 3 . HCP 10A spectacular par-three awaits at seventeen. The tees are 30 feet above a green carved into a natural plateau on the other side of a large wash. A deep bunker protects the right while two approach bunkers left make the wide approach seem small. Use a kick slope on the left side of the green to feed tee shots to a back-right pin placement. A miss-hit to the right will force players to play a blind pitch from some 20 feet below the putting surface.
Tee Yards Jacobsen 201 Black 186 Gold 178 Silver 155 Red 132
#18 . PAR 5 . HCP 8Brasada Canyons finishes with an exciting downhill par-five through a canyon. The fairway is found at the bottom of this canyon between the native grasses and sagebrush that define the bold contours of the canyon walls. A big drive may encourage some players to go for the green in two. But be cautious of the deep bunkers cut into the canyon walls on the right and left of the first landing area. A bunker right of the second landing area acts as a good target for those laying up. The only pond on the golf course protects the left side of this green and pinches down the approach. A deep bunker awaits those who are long and left, and another greenside bunker can be found to the right, below a natural rock outcropping.
Serving as the visual backdrop for the eighteenth is Brasada's signature trestle bridge, preserved and ready to bring everyone back to the clubhouse in style
Tee Yards Jacobsen 584 Black 540 Gold 507 Silver 462 Red 322
More Pro Tips
- Arrive early and enjoy the 5-acre practice facility with towering Cascade Peaks in the distance.
- From the tees, be aggressive, as most of the fairways are wide. Just pick a spot that will give you a good angle on your second shot into the well-guarded greens.
- In your approach, note the daily pin placement or you'll find yourself navigating some well undulated greens. Given the tightly cut fairways, firm and fast greens - some of the best in the state - and many false edges, it pays to keep your approach shots low and run the ball to the pin. If you air it out and land it on the green, there's a good chance you'll overshoot the green.
- Putts typically break towards Bend, aka Mt. Bachelor, and most players over read the break. If you see six inches of break, it is probably three.
- Stop to enjoy the tremendous views along the way.