Tucked back into the hillsides of Lyons, OR, Elkhorn Golf Course is a hidden gem that should not be overlooked when visiting the Salem area. Off the beaten path but worth the drive, Elkhorn Golf Course features sweeping dog legs, forced carries and small undulating greens that give the course teeth that can’t be accounted for on the scorecard. Previously considered one the premier nine hole courses in the country, an expansion in the late 90’s turned Elkhorn into a full size 18 hole course. Rumor has it only a handful of people have ever broken par on this layout, a testament to the shorter layout of old school style golf. Be sure to stock up on golf balls before your round, as he surrounding woodlands and tight layout of the course lend itself to lost balls if you spray the ball. Elkhorn Golf Course is truly a test of shotmaking and accuracy.
The forested setting of Elkhorn Golf Course lends itself to astonishing views from the first tee shot through the 18th green. The par 3s are the standouts on this course, particularly the 11th, playing just over 200 yards. Each par 3 at Elkhorn is unique and rewarding of quality ball striking. Trouble abounds at Elkhorn, in the shape of narrow fairways, streams meadering through landing areas and large water hazards throughout awaiting to gobble up your favorite golf ball. Elkhorn is a solid test of golf but don’t let that scare you off. The tranquility of the course will entice even the most sporadic of weekend warriors. The greens at Elkhorn run at a moderate speed and are generally well maintained. Practice facilities are limited to putting and chipping greens so a long game warm up may be needed off site prior to your round.