Updated: June 14, 2015

Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls, Oregon:

Running Y Ranch is definitely a remote resort in Southern Oregon, but they have all the amenities you could want and more. Running Y is located near the town of Klamath Falls, Oregon. It's situated near the Cascade Mountains in somewhat of a high plateau region. Upper Klamath Lake is what the golf course overlooks and the views are spectacular. The Ranch itself has been around for less than a decade and the main lodge is a beautiful piece of architecture. One of the reasons I prefer visiting the Running Y Ranch is because of it's isolated feeling yet still being able to swim, golf, or canoe at my leisure. Running Y has gained some popularity in recent years, but during my recent visit, the place felt eerily empty on a weekday in the summer. I'm sure as the word gets out about this majestic resort, more tourists will come.


One of the main attractions is the Arnold Palmer designed Running Y golf course that takes you through "rolling hills" and "wetlands". The greens are fast and the fairways give you a favorable roll. There are golf packages available on the official Running Y website or you can call 888-850-0261 for more details on seasonal specials. For those not interested in playing golf, consider the Sandhill Spa on-site for a massage, facial, manicure, or pedicure. When I visited in July 2007 the weather was unseasonably wet and muggy so I was able to enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub and sauna. Other activities include a fitness center, basketball court, tennis court or even volleyball. The main lodge has a morning buffet breakfast which works out great if you have kids that want cereal or bagels. The official website is at Runningy.com and there is an excellent map of the facilities HERE. If you really enjoy the Ranch, you can look into new home sites that start between $100K-$300K+.

Getting There:

I live in Oregon and have been to the Running Y multiple times, but for most visitors coming from out of state I get the question "Where is the Running Y Ranch located". It's not an easy trip to get there unless you fly into Klamath Falls which isn't a likely destination. Most people fly into Portland (PDX) and make the 5 hour drive south or they come up from San Francisco which is about 6 1/2 hours drive. Either way, expect to drive quite a ways, which makes the ranch a touch difficult to get to. You can find a nice map located HERE or get driving directions HERE. Amtrak is another option and it travels right through Klamath Falls on a regular basis. If you are approaching from San Francisco (south) take I-5 north until you reach Hwy 97 and follow that out to Klamath Falls. Coming from the North, you can head all the way down I-5 to Ashland and head due east or angle inland towards Bend much further up along I-5 and then head down Hwy 97 to Klamath.

Accommodations:

The Running Y Ranch Lodge is a beautiful building with 83 guest rooms. Some rooms overlook the golf course while others are on the parking lot side of things. The room we stayed in had two queen beds with a small work desk and a balcony with 2 chairs and a table. One nice feature was the combination DVD/VHS player that was in the room. We had been on a road trip and had several DVD's that our kids watched while going to bed. I thought it was strange that the main lodge didn't have a restaurant for dinner still. You have to go to the golf pro shop area where they have the Ranch House Restaurant. This time our service was unbelievably bad. There are also 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes for rent which work great for golfers that come with 4 in their group. The rates are a little high ($170+) for regular lodge rooms and the town homes are even more.