Offering a helping hand a way to play less expensive golf

Aspen Lakes is in rare condition so late in the season.
Aspen Lakes, seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, is in rare condition so late in the season.

Aspen Lakes to tee off its annual canned food drive; offer its lowest rates of the season

Hard to believe, especially with all the sun-drenched 70- and 80-degree days this October, but the holiday season is just a chip shot away.

For most of us that will mean a special time spent with our closest family and friends. However some in the Sisters community could use a little help. It is with this in mind that Aspen Lakes will once again offer its canned food drive and special fall rate.

Beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 13, golfers who donate three canned items can play 18 holes at Aspen Lakes for just $30 and nine holes for just $20 (additional fees apply for cart rental or GolfBoard). Aspen Lakes will then donate the food it collects to a Central Oregon charity.

It is just one way Aspen Lakes tries to enlist golfers to offer a helping hand to those families most in need.

A particularly great deal

The special rate could not come at a better time. The fall weather this year has been spectacular so far … some of the best in recent memory.

In addition, play tends to slow in October, meaning a round can typically be played much more quickly than during the busiest summer days.

“The course is in really great condition and typically have really nice weather,” says Rob Malone, Aspen Lakes director of golf.  “It’s cool in the morning but nice in the afternoons, and it is pretty much the prettiest time of the year to play.”

The course was aerified this week but it has gone smoothly. And with a new process implemented by superintendent Josh Knapp using smaller tines, the greens are far more playable than in past years. In addition, the dry, warm weather should help foster a relatively quick healing process.

“I was out rolling putts right after Josh completed the front nine (on Wednesday, Oct. 7), and though they were a little slower than normal, they were rolling true and not bouncing all over the place,” Malone says. “It’s still high-quality golf for a very inexpensive price.”

Lower rates in general

Even if a golfer forgets his or her canned food, Aspen Lakes reduced its regular rates, too.

Green fees  dropped earlier this week to $45 per round, which is a $30 discount off of Aspen Lakes’ prime summer rates. Nine holes can be played for $25. (Prices do not include cart or GolfBoard rentals.)

“As some of the other golf courses in the area close, we provide a very affordable option for players,” Malone says. “And with the good weather we have had in the fall, it is easy to take advantage of.”

To book a tee time, call 541-549-GOLF or book online at


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