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