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Central Oregon’s Largest Golf and Culinary Event Cites Desire to Expand Offerings and Accommodate Growing Demand

December 14, 2011

(SUNRIVER, Ore.) — After five years at Pronghorn, The Ghost Tree Invitational – Central Oregon’s largest golf and culinary event – today announced plans to relocate the three-day celebration to Sunriver Resort beginning with the 2011 Invitational.

Scheduled for Aug. 11-13, 2011, Ghost Tree will feature a Thursday afternoon golf Skills Challenge and Celebrity Auction, a double shotgun golf tournament on Friday, and the famous Dinner on the Range Saturday evening. The organizers of the Ghost Tree cited the main reason for relocating the event as a need to expand the celebrity auction of the Ghost Tree. In 2010, the Ghost Tree Invitational hosted more than 220 golfers and more than 1,300 guests at its Dinner on the Range.

“Pronghorn has been an incredible host for the past five years and we are nothing but grateful and appreciative of that relationship,” said Ryan Chackel. “In order to expand the celebrity auction and to add new future elements such as a free youth sports clinic, we needed to look to a larger host location and Sunriver Resort is a perfect fit.”

Following is a preliminary overview of Ghost Tree events for 2011:

- Skill Challenge: Scheduled for Thursday afternoon/evening, the skill challenge includes a long drive contest, putting challenge and approach shot splash for cash. This will take place at the Sunriver Resort Lodge and Meadows Golf Course on Thursday August 11, from 4pm to 6:30pm.

- The Celebrity Auction begins at 6:30pm on Thursday at Sunriver Resort. More than 20 sports and entertainment celebrities will be auctioned off for inclusion in foursomes for the golf tournament the following day.

- The double shotgun golf tournament will take place on Friday August 12 at the famed Crosswater Club. More than 55 teams will compete for prizes including a golf vacation to Las Vegas for the gross and net division winners.

- Saturday night is the main event, Dinner on the Range. More than 1,300 attendees will sample fare from 17 local chefs on the Meadows driving range at Sunriver Resort. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to sample wine from 10 wineries, 6 breweries, gin/vodka tastings, a huge silent auction and a great dance band.

Additionally, Sunriver Resort plans to offer special discounted lodging packages for Ghost Tree’s golf tournament participants and guests of Dinner on the Range.

“Ghost Tree has grown and evolved into one of the Northwest’s premier golf and culinary events, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to host it at Sunriver Resort,” said Tom O’Shea, managing director of Sunriver Resort.

About Sunriver Resort:
Located in Central Oregon, Sunriver Resort features nearly 250 guestrooms and more than 360 vacation rental properties comprised of private homes and condominiums. A Destination Hotels & Resorts property, Sunriver Resort is a year-round outdoor enthusiast’s dream with 63 holes of championship golf, 28 tennis courts, 35 miles of paved bike paths, three swimming complexes, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, and skiing and snowboarding at nearby Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. Other amenities include the Sage Springs Club & Spa, first-class programs for youth and teens, and a nearby shopping village, and the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory. For more information call 800-801-8765 or visit

About Ghost Tree:
Entering its sixth year as Central Oregon’s largest golf and culinary celebration, Ghost Tree features three days of activities and events highlighted by a double shotgun golf tournament and the signature Dinner on the Range. Ghost Tree is a registered 501c3 non-profit event, and donates 100 percent of net funds to Central Oregon charities. For more information call 541-585-3560 or visit

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Katy Sparks, Sunriver Resort,, 541-593-4808 (office), 541-410-4113 (cell)

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