The golf season is not over yet. And if weather permits, it may not end at all.
Central Oregon may not be known as a winter paradise for golfers. But in actuality, Aspen Lakes spent of much of last winter challenging golfers in often clear, crisp conditions.
Aspen Lakes is hoping to do the same this winter, taking advantage of superior course conditions left over from an unfathomably nice fall.
“The course is nicely healed from fall aerification and playing well,” said Rob Malone, director of golf at Aspen Lakes.
Aspen Lakes will be moving to winter hours in short order. Beginning on Monday, Nov. 16, Aspen Lakes will be open only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But the plan is also to be open on those days so long as there is no snow or standing ice on the golf course.
“If there is snow or ice on the course, then the course is closed,” Malone said. “Other than that, it is going to be open every day other than Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”
There are some advantages to playing in the winter. For one, the light play at Aspen Lakes mean golfers can play at their own pace. Also, Aspen Lakes’ incredibly popular GolfBoards will be more available than they would ordinarily be during the summer.
Of course, golfers should approach their winter rounds of golf carefully. First, frost delays are to be expected during the late fall and winter.
But Aspen Lakes will also do everything it can to make sure every golfer who wants to play will play.
“We have to wait until the frost is gone to let people out,” Malone said. “Typically, though, if I have a number of players and we have a frost delay that lasts a long time, we’ll do a shotgun start so people don’t have to wait even longer to get off on the first tee.”
Of course, every golfer should dress smartly. That means moisture-wicking layers that will keep you warm even in chilly weather. And layering will also prepare players for changing conditions.
“The word of the day is ‘layers,’” Malone added. “It’s cold in the morning, but it could get up into the mid-50 or early 60s. That’s kind of the rule: You come out bundled up and then shed layers throughout the day.”
Winter rates are $45 daily, but Aspen Lakes’ canned food drive will continue at least through Thanksgiving Day. Golfers who bring three nonperishable food items will receive a $15 discount off the courses regular greens fee. The donations will benefit the Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank.
Aspen Lakes to once again honor veterans on Veterans Day
Aspen Lakes Golf Course is offering a free day of golf on Veterans Day to current and former members of the U.S. uniformed services, as well as discounted greens fees to the general public as part of the course’s canned-food drive.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, service men and women of the U.S. military, including active duty, reserve, and retired members, can play a free round of golf at the Sisters course.
Brand 33 now on FALL/winter hours
The Brand 33 restaurant will be open Thursdays through Saturdays at 11 a.m., and will serve both lunch and dinner, through the winter.
And there are a couple of dates to remember.
On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26), Brand 33 will be serving its special Thanksgiving buffet. The meal will be unforgettable. Cost is $37 for adults, $15 for children, and free for kids under age 5.
Also, Brand 33’s famed New Year’s Eve crab feed will be back again on Dec. 31. Keep your eyes open at http://www.aspenlakes.com for details.
“It’s very well-known and very well-attended,” Malone said of the annual crab feed. “It’s a lot of fun.”
For more information, or to make a special event booking, call the restaurant at 541-549-3663.
No too early to think about next season
Aspen Lakes is already putting together group packages for 2016. In addition, registration for the 2016 Central Oregon Shootout, which is scheduled for April 22-24, has already begun.
Hope to see you there!