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.