Shoulder season: Mid-September—mid-October
Average high and low temps: 100/68 in September, 89/56 in October
Sample green fees:
Both ★★★★½ Talking Stick courses (pictured): $110 vs. $175 in peak, a 37-percent savings.
Sample lodging deal:
Talking Stick Resort's Par Fore the Course (one room for two people, two rounds): $254 vs. $409 in 2013's peak season, a 38-percent savings.
After a course has been overseeded (as most here do in the fall), its greens might run a bit slower than usual, and the course might allow carts on paths only.
Time your trip accordingly.