Golf Course Overview
Located at the Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort & Casino, the golf course at Kah-Nee-Ta lies in Oregon's “Banana Belt,” a rain shadow cast by Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson. This advantageous location allows the course to remain open for play year-round under sunny skies and mild temperatures. Winding along the valley floor and stretching across the Warm Springs River, the golf course at Kah-Nee-Ta offers guests play that is both scenic and challenging.
The front nine holes were designed by Billy Bell in 1972 and the back nine by Buddy Mason in 1976, with each providing guests a distinctly different challenge. The front nine allow higher caliber players to score well immediately out of the chute with ample fairways, fast and relatively flat greens, and easily manageable yardages. The back nine present a greater challenge. Several doglegs demand good placement off the tee, the contour of the greens makes putting more difficult, and the signature 17th hole requires a carry over the Warm Springs River.
Measuring 6,352 yards from the back tees, the par 72 course has a USGA slope of 124 and USGA rating of 70.7. Four sets of tees are provided to accommodate players of all levels, with the forward tees having a USGA slope of 119 and a USGA rating of 70.2. The staff at Kah-Nee-Ta is ready to accommodate tournaments of most any size and every spring they host the Professional Opener for the Oregon Chapter of the PGA. Guests will also enjoy the clubhouse, which offers a full snack bar to keep golfers energized through the back nine. The clubhouse also houses a pro shop featuring a full line of top-notch clothing, equipment and accessories.