Elkhorn Course

Now accepting new memberships

Sun Valley Resort's Elkhorn Golf Club is a golf club with members that is now accepting new memberships. Membership entitlement includes unlimited golf, priority tee times and many other membership benefits.

To learn about membership possibilities please contact Head Golf Professional Greg Seitz at 208-622-2803 or email gseitz@sunvalley.com.

Originally opened in 1974, Elkhorn Golf Club was created in the last collaboration between the famous design team of father and son Robert Trent Jones Senior and Junior. After an extensive renovation in 2004, the club reopened in 2005 and was acquired by the Sun Valley Company in July of 2011. Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed the front nine, which is quite hilly, while Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the back nine which follows a creek and has a water hazard on every hole but one.

Although Elkhorn Golf Club has memberships, Sun Valley's Resort Guests have access to one of the best challenges of golf that the state of Idaho has to offer. With large undulated greens, 7,214 yards long from the tips, and boasting over 100 sand traps and bunkers, Elkhorn will prove to be a test of your golfing abilities. Your concentration on the game of golf will also be challenged, as the vistas ranging from the Elkhorn hillsides to Sun Valley's White Clouds golf course fight for your attention.

Elkhorn Golf Club also offers guests a 16,000 square foot clubhouse that includes a restaurant and bar. Dine in and watch your favorite games on one of two 60" flat screen televisions, or enjoy a more quaint setting on the large patio that sits in the shade most of the day.

 

Hole 1 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 444
Gold 381
Silver 348
Handicap 7

Copper 266
Handicap 11

 

Pro Tips

This opening dog-leg right, par 4 will test your concentration from the start. Play your tee shot to the left to avoid the deep fairway bunkers that guard the landing area. Although the green is elevated, avoid over-clubbing as an up-and-down from the slope behind the green is a daunting task.

Hole 2 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 352
Gold 328
Silver 285
Handicap 15

Copper 246
Handicap 15

 

Pro Tips

Number two at Elkhorn is a great risk/reward hole. Either tee off with a driver to the bottom of the hill and have a short wedge into the green, or tee off with a long iron, leaving a mid-iron in. Again, be careful to not over-club as out-of-bounds guards any shot going over the green.

Hole 3 - Par 3

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 228
Gold 202
Silver 176
Handicap 13

Copper 127
13 15

 

Pro Tips

This hole is probably the hardest par three at Elkhorn. Concentrate on direction instead of distance as there is danger of high brush to the left and right of not only the fairway, but also the green.

Hole 4 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 427
Gold 390
Silver 339
Handicap 5

Copper 292
Handicap 9
   

 

Pro Tips

Keep your tee shot on the left side of the fairway as it slopes severely to the right. As with Hole #1, play to the front of the green, as any shot hit over the green will most certainly end in bogey or worse.

Hole 5 - Par 5

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 650
Gold 606
Silver 572
Handicap 1

Copper 459
Handicap 1

 

Pro Tips

With great vista views, hole #5 is Elkhorn's signature hole. Almost every shot encountered on this long par 5 will be downhill, so play the ball back in your stance to guarantee solid contact.

Hole 6 - Par 3

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 171
Gold 151
Silver 138
Handicap 17

Copper 106
Handicap 17

 

Pro Tips

What seems to be a relatively straight-forward par 3, hole #6 can be quite deceiving. Pay close attention to the surrounding trees, as the wind changes on this hole quite frequently. Avoid any pin location on the left and aim for the center of the green to guarantee par.

Hole 7 - Par 5

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 497
Gold 465
Silver 450
Handicap 11

Copper 397
Handicap 3

 

Pro Tips

Hole #7 is a straight forward par 5 that can easily be reached in two shots. Aim slightly right on your tee shot and add an extra club or two for your approach, as the green is elevated dramatically.

Hole 8 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 425
Gold 401
Silver 398
Handicap 9

Copper 355
Handicap 7

 

Pro Tips

With greatly elevated tee boxes, enjoy watching your drive soar through the sky. Play your tee shot to the left as the fairway slopes right. On approach, favor the left side of the green as the bunkers guarding the right side are demandingly deep.

Hole 9 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 452
Gold 421
Silver 387
Handicap 3

Copper 339
Handicap 5

 

Pro Tips

Hole #9 is a blind dog-leg par four where your second shot is dramatically downhill. Consider clubbing down even two times, as danger of out-of-bounds hides behind the green. Play to the left-center of the green as both front and right are severely undulated.

Hole 10 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 392
Gold 351
Silver 299
Handicap 10

Copper 279
Handicap 8

 

Pro Tips

Pay attention to your club selection for your tee shot as a creek crosses the end of the fairway. Most approaches will have your front foot lower than your back, so position the ball back of center to ensure solid contact.

Hole 11 - Par 3

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 184
Gold 161
Silver 140
Handicap 14

Copper 84
Handicap 12

 

Pro Tips

With a pond guarding any shot left short, concentrate on distance rather than direction. There is plenty of room behind the green, so club up and swing easy instead of attempting to hit a shorter club hard.

Hole 12 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 431
Gold 405
Silver 285
Handicap 6

Copper 312
Handicap 10

 

Pro Tips

Hole #12 is a dramatic dog-leg left where those who are brave enough can attempt to cut the corner, leaving a much shorter approach. Regardless of pin position, aim your approach to the center of the green as any putt from there will have a good chance of going in.

Hole 13 - Par 5

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 553
Gold 517
Silver 482
Handicap 4

Copper 427
Handicap 4

 

Pro Tips

Another dog-leg left, #13 has water along the left side and a creek crossing the end of the fairway. On approach, avoid the large mounds to the right of the fairway as a ball hit there may never be found. Most balls hit short of the center of the green have a good chance of finding their way on.

Hole 14 - Par 3

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 204
Gold 189
Silver 165
Handicap 16

Copper 125
Handicap 18

 

Pro Tips

This is a par three where the wind is deceiving and a pond will swallow any shot left short and/or right. Pay attention to the trees to your left as they will dictate your aim from the start.

Hole 15 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 435
Gold 368
Silver 340
Handicap 12

Copper 307
Handicap 14

 

Pro Tips

A relatively short par four that has out-of-bounds down the left and a creek to the right. Open your stance a little for your approach to help lift the ball, as any shot coming in low will most certainly find its way into one of the many deep bunkers that guard this green.

Hole 16 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 370
Gold 345
Silver 309
Handicap 18

Copper 256
Handicap 16

 

Pro Tips

The creek that guarded the last hole now guards the right side of this hole. Play a conservative fairway club instead of hitting driver to allow a mid-iron shot into the green. On approach, again aim to the center of the green as the front undulates enough to force your ball into the surrounding rough.

Hole 17 - Par 4

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 455
Gold 424
Silver 379
Handicap 2

Copper 331
Handicap 2

 

Pro Tips

Although #17 is not listed as the number one handicap hole, most people agree that this is Elkhorn's most difficult hole. It is a par 4 dog-leg left, where your approach shot(s) are severely up hill. Play short and left of the green to give you a chance at an up-and-down par and bragging rights for the finishing hole.

Hole 18 - Par 5

Hole 1
Yardage
Black 544
Gold 519
Silver 480
Handicap 8

Copper 441
Handicap 6

 

Pro Tips

The final hole is a straight-forward par 5 where your concentration is tested one last time. Avoid the long trap to the left of the green and guard going past the green, as out-of-bounds is only yards away. Only the big hitters make it to the green in two, so take your time, swing easy and get that final chance at birdie.

   

Elkhorn Golf Club

Phone: 208-622-2271

Email: golf@sunvalley.com