Aspen Lakes celebrates its 20th year

Updated: June 5, 2017

When Aspen Lakes Golf Club opened for play 20 years ago in Sisters, Ore. the reaction was swift. It was a course that golfers couldn’t believe – with its layout through the trees, red sand bunkers and terrific views of the nearby mountains, including the Three Sisters. Now, 20 years later, the reactions are still off the charts for the course.

The concept for Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters Oregon, began in 1988 when the Cyrus Family acquired a 1,084-acre parcel adjacent to their family farm. The first nine Aspen Lake golf holes were opened in 1997 under the watchful eye of World Class golf course architect William Overdorf.

The second nine Aspen Lakes golf holes were opened in 1999.The signature red sand for the bunkers originated on the Cyrus property. When it came time to install the bunkers, it was discovered that the “normal” sand that the other central Oregon golf courses use is hauled in from other states. In looking at alternatives, it was decided that it would be more environmentally friendly to use local red cinder material already in Central Oregon

A new clubhouse opened a few years ago and made the Aspen Lakes experience complete for all golfers.