Apollo Elks Country Club

4.1789117647 4.2 stars from 5 (122)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6123 yards
  • Slope: 115
  • Rating: 70.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6123 yards 70.1 115
White 71 5885 yards 69.0 112
Red (W) 72 5060 yards 68.7 112

Apollo Elks Country Club, situated just northeast of Pittsburgh, is considered one of the area's must-play golf courses. It has appeal for a wide range of skill levels with a layout that is challenging enough for seasoned golfers but also not too difficult for beginners to approach. There is an interesting mix of holes ranging from reachable par 5s to short, tough par 3s and each hole has a distinct character. The greens are fast and the gently rolling terrain provides some subtle breaks that can be tricky. Bunkering is sparsely but strategically placed along the fairways and greensides. There are also a few water hazards that come into play at Apollo Elks Country Club. The round has plenty to hold your attention but don't forget to stop and admire the beautiful western Pennsylvania scenery.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 122 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
73
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

114 out of 121 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals seniors beginners   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks  

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"Great looking course for the value"


fcrfcr1983's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
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Other than the cart paths being horrendous it's a great course to play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Happyhobo's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
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Nice wide fairways well kept fair to all ages greens are semi fast nice contours with readable breaks. Would play here anytime


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good Golf Day"


richnedrow's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
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A good course for the m oney, nothing great but good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Apollo Elks"


u643140951's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good condition considering the amount of rain recently experienced. I personally enjoyed it as it is, in my opinion, an expansive property. Some green to tee rides are a beautiful jaunt through the woods so follow the signs. The greens were in impeccable condition and sometimes deceiving. The fairways were well maintained and the roughs were as they should be. Thoroughly enjoyed the round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



brandy721's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good course for the money"


David5338622's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
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The front nine layout was ok, but the back nine was great. Cart paths were very poor, but overall a great course for the price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



bobcalarie's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"If you aren't afraid of bumpy cart paths. This is the best value course within 50 miles."


greenandgreens's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This year they really hiked their rates up quite a but. Up until June 1st, this course cost $12 for 9 and a cart. Golf now used to have many deals for <$15 for 18 holes here and it was the best value golf I've ever played.

If you have to choose between the front and the back check recent weather. If there's been alot of rain recently the first 3/4 holes get swamped out pretty good. Play the back. If the weather has been nice play the front. If you're old and hate bumpy cart paths, the front is much smoother than the back. The back is far more scenic and in the woods though. If you want some privacy, definitely play the back.

The greens at Elks are consistently the nicest greens around. Not necessarily the fastest but from beginning of the year on the first nice days in Feb until the last days you can squeeze in in October/November, Apollo Elks has absolutely MINT greens. Any review that tells you otherwise is lying.

A weird fact you may not even notice is there are only two holes on this course (not counting par 3's) that you can see the pin from where you tee off. Albeit that, the course isn't particularly difficult.

There are 3 staff members I've seen in 2018. The older guy is incredibly nice and fun to joke around with. Be happy if you see him. The other staff members are a younger kid and middle aged woman. I've seen them both be nice and both be jerks at times. The clubhouse is a PoS. Show up, pay quickly, and get out on the beautiful course.

I'd pay a ton of money over the course of the year playing at Apollo Elks if their summer rates weren't so high. Check across the street at The Links of Spring Church and if the rates are very close, play the Links.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Michael6637388's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hidden gem"


rockinc322's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
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Great layout and better than what my friends thought.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun Course To Play"


danpilon's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
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Reviewed on

Other than the cart paths being eroded with water, this is a fun course to play and the greens and tees are always in good condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



dcjenkner's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
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Excellent conditioned course! Always one of the better manicured greens in Western Pennsylvania. Unbeatable value!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000003709675's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000007783793's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Very Average, Terrible Greens"


u579691731's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very average course. Drove over an hour to get there because the reviews were all good. Got there and was disappointed. The greens were like putting on shag carpet. Fairways were average. It was wide open so our twosome finished in 3 hours which was nice, but the condition was average at best.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"A lot of different playing hole layouts"


Swizjr126's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No 2 holes are the same, Course was in great shape for this time of year. Clubhouse is rundown but that should not matter when you are just golfing. I liked the course and will be going back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Sam6425080's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"value"


clemm207's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
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nice greens and fairways a few leaves on back nine but its October. wroth the trip


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Wonderful course"


TomLininger's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
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Reviewed on

Best greens around Course is in great condition Price is right


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"worth the money"


clemm207's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2017
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Good greens and fairways, ball held on greens not like a county park( north) witch has no water per usual and a good staff, worth the trip and money.


I recommend this course



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