Aspen Lakes is part golf, part nature walk

The cattails have grown to a perfect height, framing beautifully some of Aspen Lakes best golf holes.
The cattails have grown to a perfect height, framing beautifully some of Aspen Lakes best golf holes.

The Sisters golf course is teeming with wildlife at the moment, making for a particularly pleasing round

The unmistakable sounds of the vibrant wildlife that inhabit the various habitats around Aspen Lakes Golf Course is part of what makes playing the course a pleasure.

For those who pay attention (and really why wouldn’t you?) two nesting hawks can be heard squawking about 100 yards from the seventh green. From the 12th tee, black birds can be heard singing a sweet melody. A woodpecker goes to work just a few short feet from the tee box.

Woodpecker
A woodpecker is seen just behind the 12th tee.

Deer prance just off the fairway. An osprey swoops down to snag a fish out of the pond that borders the par-4 11th hole.

At the moment, the sites and sounds of nature seem to be everywhere at Aspen Lakes.

Among the most pleasing features of playing Aspen Lakes Golf Course is the relaxing feeling most golfers can’t help but feel when surrounded with such beauty. Such a feeling is why so many of us fall in love with golf, as difficult as that feeling can be to find sometimes.

Aspen Lakes is particularly reliable this time of year to be teeming with wildlife. Just before fall the always-picturesque golf course seems to really blossom.

The cattails that grow in the many ponds around the course provide a perfect habitat for the native birds that inhabit Central Oregon. And some, such as the pond that borders the par-3 12th are so alive that it is almost difficult to concentrate on golf.

Aspen reeds
The par-3 12th hole is gorgeous and alive with song birds of all kinds.

“The ponds are gorgeous right now,” says Rob Malone, director of golf at Aspen Lakes. “They make for a great habitat for the black birds, which have just a wonderful song.”

Malone himself has a particular favorite. Just off the third green, a large pond bustles with wildlife. The cattails and reeds frame the hole perfectly when viewed from the right angle.

Yet, too many miss it.

“It’s one most people don’t see because they are not paying attention to it,” Malone says of the pond nestled between the third green and the seventh tee box. “But it is just beautiful.”

The pond near the third green of Aspen Lakes is often teeming with songbirds.
The pond near the third green of Aspen Lakes is often teeming with life.

Cool mornings are already upon us, offering just a hint of the fall that is to come. Until then, though, golfers would be wise to not hurry their way around Aspen Lakes.

There is no telling the beauty one would miss.

Click here or call 541-549-4653 to book a tee time.

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