Travel: The Running Y Resort
It’s tough being a travel writer, but I suppose someone has to do it. It’s especially tough when three members of your Monday golf group are in the back seat kibitzing about exactly how the article should be written.
It was a cool late September morning, and we were heading up to the Running Y Ranch Resort & Golf Course just outside Klamath Falls for a tour of the resort and a round of golf. My research assistant, Michael, was going through the brochure and thought he’d trip me up with some questions.
“How many acres does the resort cover?” he asked.
“3,600,” I replied.
“Okay, how many rooms at the Lodge?”
“Very good. What’s the name of the spa at the Resort?”
Dang. What was it? I knew it was one word that sounded like two words. “The Honeydew,” I said, which drew some guffaws from the peanut gallery.
“Bzzt, it’s the Sandhill Spa, and it has all the bells and whistles … massage, body wraps, aromatherapy steam treatments, facials, foot reflexology, the works.”
“I could use a massage before we start golf,” David said. “Lifting all those boxes of olives at the restaurant threw my back out.”
Phil was a little mute on that subject, since he was scheduled for shoulder surgery in four weeks and came along just to chip and putt around the greens.
So we rolled into the resort right on schedule and were met by Director Victoria Haley, born and raised in K-Falls and a full-time employee of the company for seven years, the last two at the Running Y. We began our tour on the deck outside the Ruddy Duck Restaurant overlooking the grounds … 3,600 acres to be exact.
“The Running Y Ranch Resort is committed to preserving wildlife and reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible,” she said. “We consider ourselves one of the top choices for adventure resorts in Oregon, and we offer a variety of lodging options, from the Lodge and chalets to townhomes and luxury custom homes.”
Year-round outdoor experiences include white water rafting, guided snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing, geocaching, ice-skating, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and of course, the 18-hole, Arnold Palmer designed golf course. The consensus among my golf group is that the course rates a ten on a ten scale.
There are two full-scale restaurants at the Resort. The Ruddy Duck features “hearty, New American cuisine with an innovative twist in a casual setting,” while The Greenhouse “believes in sustainability and providing fresh, seasonally grown ingredients,” many of which are grown year-round in the property’s gardens.
The rooms at the Lodge sounded comfy, with plush King-size beds, 42” flat screen TVs with HBO, spa-size bathrooms, Wi-Fi, decks, and patios. It also includes complimentary use of the Resort Sports Center, tennis and athletic courts, a fitness center, locker rooms, and more.
Victoria guided us over to the Sports Center, and it’s an impressive facility. Up front is a spacious game room with a pool table, video game machines, pinball, and board games. The fitness center was a large room containing all the equipment needed for a robust workout. There was also an indoor lap pool with a swimming area for the kids.
And, of course, the Sandhill Spa was available for anyone wishing to relax and get pampered.
Anyone wishing to obtain more information about the Resort and its facilities or to make a reservation can go to RunningY.com. Tell them that the world renowned travel writer from the Sneak Preview sent you.