Our recommendations on getting the most for your dollar on the area’s best golf courses.
We’ve officially entered the fickle falls season where the daily forecasts dictates whether we pack in the last of our summer adventures or hunker down and wait for winter to arrive in earnest. But these can also be the best days to sneak in a last trail ride, an afternoon of fly fishing on mountain stream, or a final 18 holes of golf with friends.
It’s the last option that we’re thinking about this weekend when a fingers-crossed forecast calls for temps in the mid to upper sixties with mostly sunshine. We’ve taken the liberty of gathering up the best fall deals from Sisters to Sunriver to help you get motivated to tee it and let it fly before the snow does.
Aspen Lakes (Sisters)
Deal: Fall Canned Food Drive Special: Bring three cans of food and receive a $30 greens fee for 18 holes. Valid seven days per week through the end of November.
Our Take: One of the most picturesque and best maintained courses in the Pacific Northwest, Aspen Lakes is a perennial member of the coveted Top 10 courses in Oregon list. The course is extremely walking friendly and at $30 for 18 holes, a virtual steal of a deal.
Black Butte Ranch (Sisters-Camp Sherman)
Deal: $35 for 18 holes
Our Take: Play either of the resort’s championship golf courses, including the relatively newly revamped Glaze Meadow, course for just $35 from now until the end of the season. Add in another $10 for a power cart. With resort’s mix of larch, lodgepole and aspens, this may the most colorful round you’ll play all year.
Deal: Early Twilight Discount: $30 with cart after 2 p.m. for 18 holes
Our Take: Maybe the most underrated course in Central Oregon, Juniper has employed a competitive pricing structure over the past two years in an effort to encourage more play at the city owned course. They have taken their discount deal deeper for late fall with a base rate of $66 (including cart) and slashed that in mid-afternoon for a can’t be beaten $30 rate on a course considered to be among the finest in the state.
Deal: Play the Temperature! Golfers pay the daily forecasted high for the day.
Our Take: Designer David McLay Kidd made his mark with the original course at Bandon Dunes, but Kidd makes his home in Bend where he created another masterpiece inspired by his Scottish homeland. While always more affordable than Bandon, Tetherow entices locals with some great spring and shoulder season deals including the “pay the temperature” promotion that is in effect through Nov. 4. (Note, golfers are required to hire a forecaddie at a rate of $20 per person. While some might balk at the provision, the caddies add to the old world experience and provide a huge benefit when trying to negotiate this often vexing track.)
Deal: $29 all day for unlimited golf
Our Take: The best all around bang for the buck in Central Oregon, bar none, Widgi is immaculately maintained, challenging and scenic. (Check the view of Lava Island Falls from the 15th tee). This course has been voted a local’s favorite again and again over the past decade and with good reason.
Deal: $49 Unlimited Golf for Deschutes County residents plus a $20 pro shop credit
Our Take: Home to three of the state’s top rated golf courses, including Crosswater, Sunriver is a golfers’ Mecca. Tee it up on the signature Meadows course that begins and ends at the Sunriver Lodge, or play Woodlands, a Robert Trent Jones III course that winds through pine groves on the north end of the sprawling resort community. The late fall deal includes a cart and represents a more than 50 percent discount from the resort’s standard rates.