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    One of North Carolina's Top Ten Golf Courses

    Elk River Club is home to Jack Nicklaus' first Signature Golf Course in North Carolina where the altitude ranges from 3,450 feet to 4,650 feet. Since it opened in 1984, it has remained one of North Carolina's Top Ten Golf Courses and 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-lines fairways.

    "With relaitively wide fairways, the real character lies in the approaches to the fast, undulating greens, which typically run at nearly 12 on the Stimpmeter. The short 13th plays to an elevated, almost blind two-tiered green that gets your attention even with a wedge in your hands. Add a quartet of challenging and beautiful par threes and Elk River is easliy one of the best mountain courses in the Southeast" Links Magazine, click here to read the full article

    Pristine Preparation

    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 practice 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 Club being rated one of the top ten courses in North Carolina.

    “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

    Pristine Preparation
    "Elk River is an exceptional golf course. But the best work was accomplished by nature long before I got there."
    - Jack Nicklaus

    Perfect Your Golf Game

    One Lesson at a time

    Golfers of all levels benefit from our Learning Center, affectionately named “The Bear’s Den.” Incorporated as part of the practice range, The Bear’s Den houses two hitting bays and the most sophisticated Trackman® measurement and training equipment. Touring pros regularly visit Elk River to receive world-class instruction from our staff under Brian Newman, Director of Golf and Fitness, and PGA Tour Instructor Jeff Pierce.

    Director of Golf and Fitness, Brian Newman, is professionally devoted to the golf and wellness experience of our members. His unique professional background as a PGA Member and Personal Trainer allow for him to tie both golf and wellness programs together creating an overall country club experience like no other.  Utilizing the Jack Nicklaus signature designed golf course to its fullest potential, Brian leads a team of PGA Professionals that provide a season packed full of club sponsored major and social tournaments for both men, women, juniors and couples.  As a former full time instructor and golf fitness injury and coordination specialist in SWFL, Brian is able to provide world class instructional programs including Aim Point Green Reading, golf fitness classes and an overall wellness program designed to specifically to meet the needs of Elk River’s active lifestyle.  

    Bear's Den Close up
    Jack Nicklaus Golf Course Hole 15
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