Mild weekend weather at Aspen Lakes comes at a perfect time

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Relatively warm, sunny weather Friday and Saturday gives golfers another great golf weekend and other long-term benefits

A dose of sunny, mild weather — exactly the kind of nice weather on tap this weekend — almost never goes unappreciated at Aspen Lakes. But a run of pleasant late-October weather is, well, particularly welcome.

For this time of year, few could ask for much more than 60 degrees and sunshine. For golfers, of course, relatively warm weather gives them at least one more weekend before the inevitable changing of the seasons.

A 60-degree day in October is sort of like pennies from heaven, and no golfer wants to waste those. More than that, after a week in which they were dusted with the season’s first snow the peaks of the Cascade Range will glow under the bright sun.

The views from Aspen Lakes will be at their most striking, and that is really saying something.

Warm weather now may actually lead to better conditions early next season.

How is that?

Well, the warm weather coupled with fertilizer applied to the greens in early October sparked a growth spurt for the turf. That actually provides some long-term benefits for the golf course by allowing the greens to heal from aerification, which was recently performed at Aspen Lakes, more quickly.

This means the putting surfaces will return to normal in days rather than weeks. That in itself is important, especially for golfers.

Perhaps more important for Aspen Lakes is that the warmth will allow the turf to extend its root system before a deep freeze sets in. And that will have the greens off to a great start to the season next spring.

“Fall is a very important time for the golf course,” said Josh Knapp, superintendent at Aspen Lakes said. “With the warm weather it is really good to try to get the grass to push more roots before it shuts itself off. It is going to help us harden up for winter a lot better. And it is actually going to push the disease period back.”

There is nothing better than perfect fall weather here at Aspen Lakes.

Best yet, Aspen Lakes is offering its offseason rates, which are $48 every day. Better yet, bring at least three cans of nonperishable, nonexpired food, and play 18 holes for $30.

Take advantage of the conditions before winter comes. To book a tee time, call 541-549-GOLF or book online at www.aspenlakes.com.

 

Perfect storm of fantastic golf on the horizon at Aspen Lakes

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Already in excellent condition, fall rates are now on the horizon

Within each Aspen Lakes golf season comes a sweet spot. A time when peak golf conditions, smaller crowds, fantastically mild weather, and budget-friendly fall rates come together to create a perfect storm of great golf.

By the fall, Aspen Lakes’ peak conditions have been around for months. But now the summer tourist season is a memory. And sunny, pleasant weather is the norm. Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 12, fall rates kick in, too, creating a narrow window that lasts until the weather turns.

“There really is no better time of the year to come out and play than right now,” said Rob Malone, director of golf for Aspen Lakes. “This is the time of year when we see a lot of local players, because they know well just how good this part of the season can be for golf.”

One of the values of fall golf comes with the adjustment of what constitutes prime time. In the summer, the mornings are the most desirable tee times, obviously as a way to beat the summer heat.

The fall is different though. With cooler overnight temperatures, the afternoons become more prized with highs that average in the high 60s this time of year.

That syncs well with our rates, which drop by $10 at 1 p.m. and another $16 after 3 p.m.

“I love playing in the afternoons in fall,” Malone said. “The weather is typically great, and the course is at its most beautiful as evening begins to approach. It is a really peaceful time to be out here.”

Aerification, a process that is critical to the long-term health of the turf, of Aspen Lakes greens begins on Oct. 17. Despite its importance to the golf course, the term “aerification” can send chills up the spine of a fall golfer.

But golfers can rest assured that the aerification process at Aspen Lakes is far less obtrusive than it once was.

The Aspen Lakes maintenance staff punches much smaller holes, making the holes less noticeable and more playable when the greens reopen. Plus, the staff now uses a drag brush, which allows the maintenance crew to use less sand to top dress the greens and apply it more evenly than a more conventional metal drag.

Finally, the staff will roll the greens and irrigate well to get the sand into the punched holes and smooth the surfaces.

“Our aerification process is about as nonintrusive as you can get,” said Josh Knapp, superintendent at Aspen Lakes Golf Course. “We always try hard to balance the needs of the turf with the playability of the golf course.”

Aspen Lakes will remain on summer rates through Oct. 11. Beginning Oct. 12, primetime green fees will drop to $48 per round, which is a $30 discount off of Aspen Lakes’ prime summer rates. Nine holes can be played for $28. (Prices do not include cart or GolfBoard rentals.)

To book a tee time, call 541-549-GOLF or book online at www.aspenlakes.com.