Elks Ridge Golf Course at Carson Hot Springs Resort is a Resort, 18 hole golf course located near the Western edge of the Columbia River Gorge in Carson, Washington, an hour east of Portland.
The course first opened for play in 1990. Russell Sheehan redesigned the course in 2006. Shorty thereafter, the course was closed due to inability to pay depts.
Elk Ridge Golf Course, formerly Carson Hot Springs Golf Course, reopened in September 2012 after a multi-year closure that began in 2006 following foreclosure.
The location provides breathtaking views of Dog Mountain and the Columbia Gorge. The course plays to a par 71. There are five sets of tees, stretching from 6,461 yards from the tips to 4,442 yards from the forward tees. The layout boasts 40 intimidating bunkers, a mixture of plateau like holes, along with some steeper climbs and descents throughout. Because of its exposed hillside location wind can be a dominant. The course's setting on a sloping mountainside made up of steep rock makes it one of the Valley's best drained courses.
The course design includes a large double green shared by the hole # 8 and 10.. While most holes play parallel to the slope, making for slight uphill and downhill holes, nos. 9 and 18 both play sharply downhill toward the clubhouse.
This area is known for its natural beauty, as well as its mineral hot springs water. Carson Valley Hot Springs Resort and Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa are two area hotels that make for pleasant stay-and-play options near the golf course.
$51 (cart included), played on Thursday, August 2014 at 10am
Course slope rating is 112. Well below what it should be.
$26 (cart not included), played on Saturday, October 2013 at 8am
Course has been completely remodeled, and an excellent one it was. New greens are fun and challenging. Course plays longer than it is. I walked it but it was at the margin of courses I can walk.
$16 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, July 2012 at 10am
The new owner has completely redone the golf course. On the day I played, only the front 9 was open. Now all 18 are open. The previous owners let the greens go to seed and it was pretty awful. All the greens have been stripped and redone, a new sprinkler system has been installed. Definitely worth checking out. If you have golfed this course during the previous owners reign, it's worth golfing it again. It's great!!! The 360 degree view is tremendous.
$16 (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2009 at 10am
First of all I did not post the comment sept '09, that's still in the future this being aug., whoever did have the balls to use your own name. I played in may '09 fairways were not mowed and brown, greens were dried out and cracked, with omly some weeds growing on them. Not a playable course at all, barely adequate for practice. I would not play here again until its known that conditions have changed.
$21 (cart included), played on Saturday, September 2009 at 10am
Play this course 3-4 times a year, it keeps getting better all each time with the improvements they have been making. Keep it up , and see you again.
$16 (cart included), played on Saturday, March 2008 at 10am
We are fortunate to live close to this jewel. Over the past few years we have watched the revamping and redesigning of the course. We found out it was open last fall. The fee at that time was 2 golfers with a cart for $25. Now it's $40 for two with a cart, definitely a great bargain. Each time we go, there are some more improvements. The awesome part of the experience there is the 360 degree panoramic views. The Columbia River Gorge is visible as well as just a beautiful area. One drawback is the greens, quite a few bad spots, but that is improving each time also. The new clubhouse is absolutely gorgeous with knotty pine interior and excellent food as well as old-time pictures of the area dot the walls. Definitely a great bargain for the money! Would recommend to everyone.
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