Golf at Elk River
Where life happens at your own pace.
“This unique property has allowed us to create a truly dynamic golf course with varying golf strategies that are enjoyable for members yet challenging enough for world-class tournament play. I am pleased that Elk River has been ranked among North Carolina's finest and has played host to the North Carolina Open,
as well as a number of charity events.”
- Jack Nicklaus in a 2005 letter
Elk River Club is home of Jack Nicklaus’ first Signature Golf Course in North Carolina. One of NC's Top Ten Golf Courses since it opened in 1984, it has remained one of the most beautiful courses in the state. Nicklaus' design deliberately integrates with the natural topography and beauty that is characteristic of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The meticulously maintained mountain course winds around the Elk River, shimmering lakes, and tree-lined fairways. A staff of 20, managed by Josh Smith, begin a daily pre-dawn maintenance program that includes the mowing of 35 acres of fairways, cutting 19 greens, a large putting green, 75 tees, and raking 51 bunkers. All of these efforts, along with the members' dedication to maintaining a pristine golf course, has led to Elk River to be one of the best courses in North Carolina
The golf experience can begin in the Clubhouse with the professional staff, led by Brian Newman, Director of Golf. Brian and his qualified staff continue the rich tradition of teaching excellence at Elk River. The incredible addition of our Bear's Den Learning Center and a very talented group of Golf Professionals has led Elk River to be home to one of the most elite golf instructional programs in the country. Read more...