The Running Y Ranch is home to Oregon's only Arnold
Palmer-designed golf course, and this attracts year-round
vacationers. This is a public course that meanders
through restored wetlands and lush meadows with mountains
looming in the distance. Running Y residents have the
option of pre-paid green fee rates or regular rates.
This is not a retirement community per se, but it attracts a
more mature demographic. While there is no traditional
community clubhouse, there is a thoroughly (upscale) Western
lodge complete with flagstone floors and timbered
ceilings. Here residents and guests enjoy the Sandhill Spa
and the Sports and Fitness Center (with tennis courts, a
basketball court, a 22-meter indoor pool, a volleyball court,
weights, a hot tub, etc.), a restaurant and lounge.
Activities at the lodge include guided ATV rides, horseback
rides, canoe trips, rafting adventures, fishing tours; residents
may also stroll along miles of walking trails.
Birdwatching is a popular activity thanks to the bounty of
protected land around The Running Y. This area attracts wild
birds and is home to the largest gathering of wintering bald
eagles in the continental U.S.
The Running Y also sponsors a number of fun annual festivals,
including the Running Y 5K Fun Run and Walk, the Owner
Appreciation Weekend (music, food and chili cookoff), the Fall
Art Festival (regional artists, music and wine tastings) and the
Taste of Oregon's Best Chef's Competition. And the
renowned annual Shakespeare Festival in nearby Ashland should
not be missed. Visit www.runningy.com for more
Klamath Falls, the nearest town to
Running Y, occasionally tops lists of the best places to live in
the U.S. It is a pretty destination known for
its outdoor recreation, but it is also home to several museums,
including the Favell Musem which has 60,000 mounted arrowheads,
the Klamath County Library, numerous restaurants and shopping
outlets. Generally, though, this is a fairly rural region;
big city amenities are not close at hand (Medford, population
65,000, is 75 miles west).
The climate at The Running Y is on the cool side but is
comfortable. Winter temperatures average in the 20s and
30s, and summer temperatures average in the high 70s and mid
80s. The area receives some snow (32 inches per year on
average) but is not buried in it. The sun shines 300
days a year!
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