My Town: Peter Jacobsen
The tranquility of Central Oregon makes it a great place to visit for golfers and non-golfers alike
Golf résumé: Turned pro in 1976; won seven PGA Tour events in a 24-year span (1980-2003).
Second act:Despite injuries on Champions Tour, won the 2004 U.S. Senior Open and 2005 Ford Senior Players Championship.
Keeping a tune: Was founding member and lead singer of Jake Trout & The Flounders, which included Mark Lye and the late Payne Stewart.
900 Wall is a great casual fine-dining spot in Bend. It utilizes a lot of local food and produce. The menu features a nice variety of dishes, from risotto to lamb to stone-oven pizzas. The place has a high ceiling and a lively feel...Another place worth checking out is staccato at the Firehall. This restaurant, which opened in 2005, is located in the former Bend fire station, which was built in 1920. It's an Italian place with great atmosphere -- the vintage fireman's pole is still there. Among the strengths of Staccato is a huge wine list.
The Deschutes Brewery offers tours showing how its various craft beers -- the star of its brew pub in Bend -- are produced.
Peter Jacobsen was born and raised in Portland, Ore., but he has a long history with central Oregon too, having first visited the area on a family ski trip to Mount Bachelor when he was 14.
Recently Jacobsen has been in the area during the summers for the Jeld-Wen Tradition, held at Sunriver Resort near Bend. Not only does the 56-year-old play in the Champions Tour major, but his sports and entertainment marketing firm, Peter Jacobsen Sports, has managed the tournament since 2003.
Oregon's high-desert region, with its warm days and cool nights, is an ideal summer vacation spot, offering plenty of golf and other outdoor sports.
The Jeld-Wen Tradition moved from the Portland area to the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort (3) in 2007. One of three 18s at the resort, it's a scenic layout by Bob Cupp with the Little Deschutes River coming into play on seven holes. It's rated 76.9 with a 150 slope from the tips, but five sets of tees make it enjoyable for any golfer. The huge green at the par-4 ninth hole has a Scottish feel. The par-3 17th is a brute, but there is room to run your ball onto the green.
I'm also partial to Brasada Canyons GC in Powell Butte, which I designed with my partner Jim Hardy. A private club that opened in 2007, there is limited access to guests staying at Brasada Ranch. The high-desert terrain provides a great setting for golf, and that's certainly the case here.
Sunriver Resort is a terrific place to stay, particularly if you're on a family vacation. It offers so many fun activities, including rafting, fly-fishing, horseback riding and cycling. You can even go up in a sailplane and see some fantastic vistas as you glide over the area...The Oxford Hotel is a sophisticated boutique hotel with an urban, organic decor in downtown Bend.
A number of pros take the time to drive down to Crater Lake National Park when they're at the Tradition. It's about a 2˝-hour drive, but it's worth the trip -- you've never seen water so blue and driving through the winding roads in the park to get to the crater itself is a pretty amazing experience.
Taking the chairlift up to the summit of Mount Bachelor is another cool excursion. Bend is a wonderful place to pass some time; it's just great to walk around. It has art galleries and antique stores. And there are shops of all kinds in the Old Mill District.