Peak Con­di­tions, Off-peak Prices: Fall Golf in Cen­tral Ore­gon is Worth the Road Trip

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Con­sid­er­ing Cen­tral Ore­gon is home to 30 golf cour­ses in­clud­ing three of Golf Di­gest’s Top 100– Pronghorn, Cross­wa­ter and Tetherow – and half of Golfweek’s Top 10 cour­ses in Ore­gon, there’s re­ally no bad time of year to tee it up in the BendSun­river area. But for my money, fall is by far the best time to hit up the Cen­tral Ore­gon Golf Trail. Here’s why:

PER­FECT WEATHER

Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber are usu­ally pretty mild and a wel­come reprieve from the sum­mer heat. Sure, the day­light might not ex­tend as far into the evening, but there’s still plenty of time to get in 18 holes. (And if you tee off early enough, you can even get in 36 – made eas­ier by the fact cour­ses are so close to­gether. Tetherow and Widgi Creek, for ex­am­ple, are on es­sen­tially the same road less than 3 miles apart. While re­sorts like Black Butte and Sun­river fea­ture mul­ti­ple cour­ses near each other.)

CHEAPER GREEN FEES

Be­yond the weather, fall golf in Cen­tral Ore­gon means dis­counted green fees. As a tourist des­ti­na­tion, some of the re­sort green fees dur­ing the sum­mer are a lit­tle steep for some folks. Come fall though, those rates go down dra­mat­i­cally mak­ing some of the coun­try’s best cour­ses more af­ford­able. Even bet­ter, you can take ad­van­tage of some great stay and play deals through the free Cen­tral Ore­gon Golf Trail concierge ser­vice.

You can get three nights of lodging and un­lim­ited golf for as low as $399 per per­son or, get three nights at one of our amaz­ing des­ti­na­tion re­sorts PLUS three rounds at our Top 100 cour­ses start­ing at just $799 per per­son. The pack­ages can be cus­tom­ized to fit your needs, but the bot­tom line is that you’ll be get­ting a great stay-and-play deal.

FEWER PEO­PLE

The crowds have thinned and the tee sheets are WIDE open, mak­ing it the per­fect time for that group out­ing you’ve been want­ing to throw for your clients or of­fice. I know a course or two that’ll even al­low a five­some play if the course isn’t busy and you’re able to keep pace.

OFF THE COURSE LIFE

The “shoul­der sea­son” as we call it in the tourism biz, also means fewer crowds at some of the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar off-the-course spots. Brew pubs like Deschutes, Crux and Bend Brew­ing Co. can get packed dur­ing the sum­mer, but you’re bet­ter off quickly find­ing a ta­ble for you and your 7 bros come fall. (Speak­ing of Deschutes, a brew­ery tour is a fun group ac­tiv­ity af­ter a round of golf and be­fore din­ner. Look­ing for a great golf-n-grub combo? Af­ter a round at Tetherow, head up­stairs to The Row for one of the best 19th Holes in Cen­tral Ore­gon. Ready to book that dream fall golf va­ca­tion? Just give one of our Golf Concierge mem­bers a call at 888-280-3336 or visit us on­line at cen­tralore­gongolf­trail.com

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