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4.5
258 Reviews (258)
5 Stars
143
4 Stars
96
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.8
96.4%
Recommend this course
242 out of 258 reviews
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4.5
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
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1
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
92.9%
Recommend this course
13 out of 14 reviews
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4.5
21 Reviews (21)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
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2 Stars
1
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.2%
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20 out of 21 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 70
Length 6461 yards
Slope 127
Rating 70.8
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Elk Ridge Golf Course at Carson Hot Springs
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Course Details

Year Built 2006
Golf Season Year round
Architect Russell Sheehan (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Reviews

4.5
258 Reviews (258)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 21
Watching the Game 11
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 43
Elevation Changes 35
Bunkers 31
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 39
Locals 28
A Weekend Splurge 21
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 48
At a Resort 16
Near Local Attractions 8

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Spectacular!

Beautiful setting with a well designed layout. Course official was friendly and accommodating, great way to spend the day despite the windy weather. We’ll be back for more!
Two areas for improvement:
1)more bathroom Facilities along the course and
2)pull carts that are more stable. My partner’s rented cart toppled over about 7-8 times with flat surfaces and wind.

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

Always an enjoyable round

Great course and was easy to work with staff. Snack cart always around and easy to check in and get out and play. Seems like a lot of new people working on the staff which wasn’t a bad thing. Worth driving from Vancouver for an hour versus playing closer by or heading to Oregon for a shorter trip. The views are amazing and the greens are as challenging as always. Great experience even on a busy Father’s Day. Will never stop playing this course! Well done.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem, But SLOW PLAY

The layout, course conditions, views make this course a Hidden Gem. However - here are the "downers":
Slow Play - most likely by the locals that have a very slow pace.
The Greens have LOTS of curves and turns (almost Mickey Mouse in places), which make putting very challenging/difficult - but rewarding when the very rare putt occurs.
Little to no stuff on course, but that is most likely due to the COVID restrictions. Speaking of COVID - they could (or should) do a better job of prevention techniques.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Elk Ridge Golf Course

This course is the hidden gem of the Columbia River Gorge.
It is a little east of the beautiful Skamania Lodge and the town of Stevenson in the little town of Carson.
It has a new owner and the course has great drainage for winter play and is well taken care of.
It would be hard to find a more beautiful setting to play golf!
Not a very long course, but quite challenging with undulating greens.
Very impressed with the new staff and restaurant!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Elk Ridge

Course was in great shape. Not a bad lie in the fairway. Fairways were in great shape, as good as any I have played. Greens were good.

No wind!!! a nice cloudy day.

Great views. Great golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Elk Ridge

Course continues to be in great shape. Firm greens. Ball rolls well and true when putting.
I would play here 2X/wk if the course was 20 miles closer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Elk Ridge

Course was in great shape. Excellent fairways. Fast greens, fair greens. Clean. Well maintained. Only complaint - wind. But what do you expect in the gorge on a warm day in May.

I will return as often as I can.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0

Restaurant

Well for one thing your web site says you are open till 8:00p.m. then you should be open till 8:00p.m. There is not anything that says temp hours, or we closed early. NOTHING! This is getting really old. I wish it was the Blue Collar again. At least then you could count on her! It sucks being there. The service has gone down hill. Everytime I've been there my order is wrong. You have to wait to get a refill. I want the Blue Collar Cafe back!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Course

Love playing this course when I can. A bit pricey but it has great views and is good shape most of the season. I try to introduce everyone I know who hasn’t played it to its majesty.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

I was super impressed with this course. The conditions were amazing and there was lots of staff taking care of every detail. The Course can play short, but the greens are anything but flat. Can’t wait to try this track out again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Love This Course!!

This is by far the best course in the Gorge!! The layout and design are top-notch as is the condition. The greens are fast, often big and lots of breaks. They putt quite true and hold fairly well. The views here are beautiful and it's really a course not to miss if you're going to be playing in the Gorge!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Incredible Course with Incredible Views

First off, the greens had been aerated perhaps 7-10 days before I played. So they were still sandy and a bit bumpy, but they rolled surprisingly true 9 times out of 10. In another week, they should be fine.

BUT... with that said, the course was in excellent condition. And so dry for late September in Oregon!
The drainage is legendary, according to the staff, and I believe it after playing. It rained heavily the day before and yet it rolled almost like a summer course.

It's a beautiful course, an open semi-links style layout with relatively few water hazards. The greens range from medium to extremely large, and if you are a good lag putter you should score well. They undulate a lot but the breaks are very readable and straight putts roll straight (other than a couple aeration pachinkos).

There are a few tough bunkers here and there and a couple of water hazards (most dangerous on #9) but most of the trouble is avoidable with strategy or power. The fairways were short, almost too short for a "picker" like me who takes shallow or no divots. The rough was fair - you can hit out of it easily but it will definitely slow the roll on an errant drive (or second shot on a Par 5).

There are no "gimme" holes from the blue tees but every Par 4 is reachable in two by a golfer of even modest skill, every Par 5 comfortably reachable in 3. The ball does not carry in the colder, damp air that tends to congregate on the high plateau where the course is situated, so be prepared to have your clean drives go 10-20 yards shorter than you thought. You may have to take an extra club on your mid irons, and the Par 5s are not as easily reachable in 2 as the yardage markers imply.

All in all, this is by far my favorite course in Oregon or Washington, of the courses I've played. It's high marks are deserved. It's a hidden gem, that's almost empty in the afternoons despite spectacular conditions. I played 18 in 2 hours 20 minutes and then played another 9 (mainly screwing around with cut shots and weird punch shots and multiple balls, basically an unscored practice round) in about another hour.

It's also scoreable - I shot a 79 from the blues but a few more missed shots and that score could easily balloon. It's a course that "levels" the playing field across handicap groups.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Course

Only 15 people in the tee sheet for the morning so I had the course. I’m surprised they don’t have any leagues but it is a resort after all. It’s a nice course but not a lot of elevation with any views of the river as was advertised so I didn’t take any photos.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Staff

A great day started in the pro shop with super friendly employee! Very nice guy! The golf course is in good shape & the greens have never been better. I definitely recommend this course to anyone visiting the Gorge!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course

Third time playing, really like the course. fairways were in great shape, greens roll true, but large and undulating. Surroundings are gorgeous in the gorge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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