b'can mean playable conditions well into November. That isnt just at the regions most famed resorts, either. The hidden gems of Central Oregon, such as Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters or the budget-friendly Juniper Golf Course in Redmond, considered the top municipal course in Oregon, are also at their very best.The leaves are changing, and the native fescues that surround our courses become so colorful, Willis said. Its off-the-charts awesome.Off the course, things change, too. With nearly 40 breweries, distilleries and cideries, and a creative culinary scene that includes everything from fine dining to an eclectic food truck culture, Central Oregons epicurean attractions are not seasonal. But in the shoulder season, finding a table at the regions favorites is just a touch easier.The best accommodations in the region, say Huntington Lodge at Pronghorn, the hotel at Tetherow, or the vast lodging and vacation rental options at Sunriver and Black Butte Ranch, are more available and often more affordable than during the peak summer season, too.Mid-September all the way through the month of October are quickly becoming some of our most popular golfing months here at Pronghorn, said Andrew Silvestri, the PGA head professional at Pronghorn. With summer crowds beginning to dissipate, you can expect less impacted hotels and restaurants throughout town. That, combined with cooler temperatures, makes for the perfect time for a last-minute golf trip.Perhaps its a misnomer that a golf trip to Central Oregon is some great secret. Its not really. Rather, its that with kids and jobs and other responsibilities, escaping for a fall trip isnt easy for everyone. But for those who can get away, the shoulder season presents an opportunity to enjoy the best golf of Central Oregon in a way not possible any other time of year.Photos by Steve HeinrichsEverything is more accessible, and that makes it easier to experience more of Central Oregon. Fought said. Its just a great time to be here.SEPT 2021 |PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER13'