Aspen Lakes Golf & Country Club

4.5882352941 4.6 stars from 5 (3)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7302 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 16900 Aspen Lakes Dr, Sisters, Oregon 97759, Deschutes County
  • (541) 549-4653
  • (541) 549-6947
  • www.aspenlakes.com
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Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Bill Overdorf
Type: Public
Golf Season: Apr - Nov.

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $17
Pull-carts: Yes - $6
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: No

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7302 yards 74.4 139
Blue 72 6919 yards 72.7 134
White 72 6535 yards 70.8 120
Gold (M) 72 6064 yards 68.3 115
Gold (W) 72 6064 yards 74.3 141
Red 72 5594 yards 72.0 128

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 3 Reviews
5 stars:
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4 stars:
2
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

3 out of 3 reviews


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"Christmas all year around..."


sorenj's avatar
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Idaho Advisor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

One of the first things you notice about Aspen Lakes is the red bunkers. Ground from the local cinder (as a choice by the course designer to avoid shipping in white sand from out of state), the bunkers give the course a distinctive (dare I say christmas'y) look.

Beyond being visually appealing, though, it should be noted that the bunkers do play differently since they are essentially ground up lava. I was fortunate to have a chat with a local before playing and it helped on the one fairway bunker I found as well as the single green-side trap I needed to play out of. Simply put, the cinder bunkers pack down and play a little heavier than regular sand. It's not "bad" like wet or "dirty" sand... but it is different. What I was told is that often (when possible) even the green-side traps should be played like a fairway bunker or waste area.

Beyond the traps, there is plenty to love about Aspen Lakes. The course is in fantastic shape, especially given that it spent a significant chunk of the winter under as much as four feet of snow. It lays out very nicely among creeks, ponds and enough in the way of elevation changes to keep you actively testing the various capabilities of your clubs.

I actually played a very good round (relative to me) and carded an 85 just inside of three hours. I was second out, playing as a single behind a local who was also playing by himself, so I don't think this is something you should typically expect. However, pace of play seemed to be good all day long as far as I could tell.

I was fortunate to avoid any real trouble, however I can see how you could have a completely different scoring experience with a few breaks going the wrong way. There is no shortage of challenge on the course. I also played the whites, protecting myself from some of the tougher shots. The #2 handicap 14th was (by far) the toughest hole for me, with a waste area in the landing zone of the typical driver, it almost requires a 200+ yrd approach shot (albeit from an elevated fairway) from just about anyone playing the hole.

A club Without a PA system, Aspen sends it's players to the tee courtesy of an old fashioned human starter. Whether you are on the range or practice green, the starter will track you down and get you on the tee box ready to hit at your allotted time. This personal touch is nice and I'd love to see it more often.

On that note, the staff at Aspen Lakes were energetic and enthusiastic about their work, and it really created a good vibe heading out to start the round. Laurie even took time out to give us a quick tour of the Sisters Mountains from the deck outside the clubhouse; a view well worth taking in especially when the “girls have their dresses on” as the locals call it when the mountains are snow capped.

Overall, Aspen was a terrific experience; Beautiful course, great staff and set against an absolutely stunning backdrop of major Pacific Northwest Mountains. I not only recommend the course, but have every intention of making the trek back to play again myself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Very Nice Track"


hacksalot05's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The overall conditions of the course were very good, very green, nicely manicured, greens were in excellent condition, and the scenery is beautiful. I thought the course was a little overpriced compared to what I paid at other courses in the area, but definitely worth the play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"All the benefits of family owned & operated golf courses."


MattGinellaGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2013
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

One common theme to my travels is that family-owned golf courses—especially when they’re managed by The Family—is a great experience. You always get service with a smile, the food usually consists of some famous family recipe, there’s great attention to detail throughout the property, and there’s the general hospitality you might get when you’re visiting someone’s house. That was all true at Aspen Lakes in Sisters, Ore., which is owned and operated by the Cyrus family. The course was built by William Overdorf, and among the memorable features are the views of the surrounding mountains and the red sand in the bunkers, which they got by crushing red cinders that naturally exist on the 1,084-acre piece of land that is adjacent to the family farm. Green fees range from $20 to $75, depending on what time of day you play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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