Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 13
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 13
The par-4 13th hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club is guarded by a large pond. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club
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The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club
The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club is managed by Troon Golf and open for the general public and stay-and-play guests. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 4
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 4
The fourth hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club is a short par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 5
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 5
The fifth hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club heads straight uphill. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - forecaddies
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The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - forecaddies
Forecaddies accompany public and resort guests at the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 8
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 8
The eighth hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club is a long par 5. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn G.C.
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The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn G.C.
Considered to be in the "banana belt" of central Oregon, golf can be played year round at Pronghorn Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 11
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 11
The 11th hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club is a long, well defended par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 12
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 12
The 12th hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club is a narrow but drivable par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 14
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 14
The 14th hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club plays 173 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 15
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 15
The first of back-to-back par 5s on the back nine is the narrow 15th hole that heads uphill to a well defended green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 18
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Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club - No. 18
The 18th hole on the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club is a long, downhill par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club in Bend is one of Oregon's top plays

BEND, Ore. -- Located in central Oregon, the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn Golf Club is one of the state's top public plays. The high desert course is part of the Pronghorn real estate and resort development that encompasses one square mile deep within a Juniper forest about 14 miles from the center of Bend.

The course plays 7,379 yards from the back set of tees, though there are five total sets that play up to 5,256 yards. At an altitude of 3,200 feet, the ball flies a little farther in the high, dry desert air. The back nine is particularly memorable thanks to back-to-back short par 4s, followed by back-to-back par 5s. Managed by Troon Golf since the spring of 2010, the Nicklaus is open to public play as well as guests of the Residence Club on stay-and-play packages. Rounds for the public and resort guests include a forecaddie.

The Nicklaus is one of two 18-hole golf courses at Pronghorn, which also includes the private Fazio Course. It's the only facility to have side-by-side Nicklaus and Fazio golf courses.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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