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4.5
495 Reviews (495)
5 Stars
249
4 Stars
187
3 Stars
32
2 Stars
20
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
95.5%
Recommend this course
453 out of 495 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.3
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
91.9%
Recommend this course
34 out of 37 reviews
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4.5
96 Reviews (96)
5 Stars
60
4 Stars
29
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.8%
Recommend this course
92 out of 96 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6845 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.0

Elks Run Golf Club in Batavia was designed by Greg Norman. It sprawls across 163 lush and secluded acres where golfers will be hard-pressed to find a home anywhere close to the course. Norman carefully utilized the natural terrain, incorporating the meandering creek on several holes and also adding a few holes that venture up the side of a hill. Thanks to the dramatic elevation changes, there are some tees where your ball seems to stay in the air forever. The first nine is more open with a traditional links-style layout that then leads to the more densely wooded back nine. In addition to the trees and other natural hazards, there is also an unusually thick first cut of rough as well as tall stands of native grasses.

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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Greg Norman (1999) Tad Burnett (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed Yes
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Colared shirt required, no denim.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Ohio (2021 #20)

Reviews

4.5
495 Reviews (495)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
Watching the Game 10
Brunch 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 36
Elevation Changes 33
Water Hazards 32
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 34
Advanced Golfers 25
Entertaining Clients 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 32
In the 'Burbs 16
Convenient to the City 7

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Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Bare Bunkers

Not what it used to be. Tee boxes worn, fairways hard as a rock and no depth of sand in the bunkers. So sad, was truly a great course many years ago. 5+ hour round.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great course and great staff.

Can’t beat it. Golf Elks if you get a chance. One of the best courses in the area. Course is in great shape and the staff is top notch.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great test of golf and tournament conditions

Been playing here for years, always in great shape. Other than the course, the proshop is well stocked, the bar has a good selection and the range is okay. Needs more targets to be a good practice facility. Will definitely be playing there a lot more!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
3.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wonderful Course

To be fair, I’d like to start with I just recently started playing golf and have only gotten to play on a handful of courses. But this course in specific definitely is a mile better than everything else I have played on (I haven’t played legendary run nor stonelick yet). The course layout and nature around the course is absolutely stunning, especially the clear creak running through many of the holes. I would 100% recommend this course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I Love Elks Run!

Definitely my favorite course in Cincinnati. Little expensive these days but still a great value for the money.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Slow Day

Course was wet from recent storms. Cart path only, which didn't set well with me considering there was a rough mower working, which weighs 10 times what a cart weighs. Other than that it was a good day of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This course has many great things

I attended Elks Run for my second round of golf ever. First of all, the course looked absolutely amazing. It is a great course for those who are new and trying to improve. But, there are also little creeks and sand traps around the greens that can make you pay for making even the slightest mistake. I would recommend this course to all my friends and I hope to learn and get better at this course myself.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This course has a nice layout!

Good course layout and in pretty good condition! Holes provide a good challenge and at times you have to use good course management! I will definitely play there again in the future!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Friendly staff but lots of dandelions

Great staff. No waiting for 3:00pm tee time. Only blemish was all the dandelions. Makes finding a white golf ball difficult. (Especially for players like me that tend to miss the fairway frequently).

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

GREAT COURSE IF YOU HAVE 6 HOURS

First- The course was in the best shape that I have ever seen it! Greens were super fast and receptive! Course was GREAT!
I would give course a solid 5 Stars! But……….OMG -Ridiculous pace of play!!! We made turn in 2 hours 45 mins to find 2 groups STILL on tee on #10! No ranger to be found , I finally left on 13- for sure would never play again on a Friday or weekend!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greed will ruin your business

I'll be brief. No rangers on the course. The golf course Rented EVERY golf cart - I had to wait past my tee time for a cart, even though I had reservations. Took me 1:55 minutes to play 3 complete holes. On hole number 4, I watched someone hit 2 approach shots and the parent kept dropping balls to allow them to hit again. WHERE ARE THE RANGERS?
If I am simply at a practice range, dont act like I'm on a golf course.
IMO, this course is already in a bad, hard to get to location. If you don't promote friendliness and quality- your competiton will wipe you out.

Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 77
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 39
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good choice

It’s early in the year but the course is in good shape, greens were smooth and fast, no complaints.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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