Salem Golf Club

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  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6236 yards
  • Slope: 116
  • Rating: 69.3
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  • 2025 Golf Course Rd S, Salem, Oregon 97302, Marion County
  • (503) 363-6652
  • salemgolfclub.com
View of a green at Salem Golf Club
View of a fairway at Salem Golf Club
Salem GC #14: A short par 5 with one fairway bunker to the right. As with all other holes, trees line both sides of the fairway so down the middle is the way to go.
Salem GC #1: Trees and more trees line both sides of the fairway. Water comes into play from the elevated tee box about 100+ yards. The middle of this tight fairway is where you want to be. Hanging branches can make club selection difficult if you land le
Salem GC Driving Range
Salem GC #15: The par 3 starts with a tee shot to an elevated green. There are no bunkers to contend with but trees line both sides. A tee shot too far right or short will leave you with a difficult uphill chip shot.
Salem GC #7: Huge trees line both sides of the fairway. The green is elevated with one bunker guarding the right front. The heavy shadows are from trees to the left of the fairway.
Salem GC #1: Reaching this green in regulation is easy on this relatively short par 5. The tee box is elevated and the fairways are lined with trees. Straight down the middle is your best bet. Fairway bunkers left and right 200+ yards out will make it har
Salem GC Clubhouse
Hole #18 is a straightaway par 5 with thick trees and brush to the left and sparse trees to the right. One bunker guards the right front of the green. Beautiful finishing hole
Hole #10 is a slight dogleg right with trees lining both sides of the fairway. One bunker guards the left front of the green.
Salem GC Putting Green
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Year built: 1928
Architect(s): Ercel Kay
Type: Semi-Private
Golf Season: Year round
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Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: No

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6236 yards 69.3 116
White 72 5894 yards 67.9 109
Gold (W) 72 5519 yards 70.9 121
Red (W) 72 5205 yards 69.8 118

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Rating Breakdown 73 Reviews
5 stars:
29
4 stars:
35
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

70 out of 71 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for walkers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes forced carries   Great for drinks  

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"Major Let-down"


Oregon Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

Played on 09/15/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Salem Golf club used to be one of my old favorites, started playing here 20 years ago in high school and usually go back at least once a year.

Unfortunately it has never been in worse shape than it is right now. It's mid September and the course should be firm and green, instead it's desert fairways or swampy near the greens. Irrigation is a joke there, obviously no one is checking anything.

The greens were plugged about a week before we played, that is okay, it happens twice a year. But the greens were still obviously diseased or burnt out in places. Poor efforts on the greens.

Maybe the most pathetic part of the round was each tee box. Hadn't been mowed in weeks, massive divots that don't get sanded or seeded ever. Hitting driver out of the rough basically.

I'm tired of the lack of effort, starting from ownership being too cheap to hire the right people.

I doubt I'll be playing here on my own dime unless something changes drastically.

PS this wasn't a one time deal. The last 3 years have been the same experience in August/Sept.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/27/2016

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit at Salem. We are always striving to improve customer and course experience. We hope you can visit the course in the future to give it another chance. Have a great day.


"Great Course"


Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

Played on 08/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is a mature course with well established trees and is very well maintained. The weather was perfect and the course played well. There are several challenging holes with beautiful scenery on every hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful and surprisingly challenging"


Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

Played on 07/11/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

For a course that "seems" straightforward, the beautiful setting with verdant green trees and water requires careful placement of shots or your game quickly goes astray. Fun!! The staff in the pro shop were terrific and helpful. Lunch in the old school club house bar was yummy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

Played on 06/15/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in excellent condition, not extremely long, but mature trees line the fairways and require accuracy. Potential for low and high score for short and long hitters alike.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great trees"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

Played on 06/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course always enjoy Salem if pace not to slow. Beautiful big trees. Greens were in good shape


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great place to play"


Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

Played on 06/06/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is a wonderful golf course!! I will play here again!! Course is good shape and the green were good. Pace was a bit slow but on a narrow course like that it will happen.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great golf"



Played on 02/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Couldn't have been any better. course has a nice layout. weather was perfect. played it in feb. and was dry enough to drive the cart anywhere on the course. nice people.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A perfect day for golf"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

Played on 10/01/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Upon arrival, we were told that the ft. nine was closed. But since we hadn't been notifiedof this before hand, the course gave us a very reasonable reduced rate to play the back twice. Very decent of them. The course was in nice shape.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Golf on Saturday"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

Played on 09/20/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was a little dry in spots. Pace of play was a little slow.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Morning of Golf"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

Played on 08/12/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape. We got off early and played 18 in just over 3 hours which totally changes the enjoyment of the game at Salem Golf Club. SGC play is so slow normally.

Love to play there when the pace is reasonable.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Decent old Course, but no Course Management"


Oregon Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

Played on 08/10/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Let me just start by saying I have a soft spot for Salem Golf Club. I grew up playing here, I have a lot of great memories. But I am a little shocked at everything that went on with round yesterday.

The course: it has been hot and dry in this area for weeks now, so I understand the course drying out somewhat. But there were some big time dead spots all over the fairways, even on some of the greens. Then on the flip side many of the green fronts and shaded areas were sopping wet and muddy. Most holes if you hit 5 feet in front of the green you plugged and your ball spun back. The greens rolled okay but the cups and greens take a beating from poor etiquette players who play here. Back tee boxes were beat up pretty bad too, overall the course is in below average condition right now.

Pace of Play: We teed off at 9:30 yesterday and the round took 5:15. Mind you this is a 6300 yard course with hardly any walking from green to tee. It felt like 6 hours. The groups in front of us 2-3-4-5 groups out were not even trying to move along. They drank beer, heckled each other, took their sweet time and at one point we watched the group in front of us look for their ball for 15 minutes. Where were the marshals? None to be found. The management at SGC does not care about pace of play. It was brutal and made the round far less enjoyable.

Overall: I can't realistically play here again. It takes too much of the day and the course is not even worth $50 right now. It's a bit sad as I was nostalgic and excited about coming back to play. Play at your own risk, even 9am tee times don't guarantee any sort of pace of play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



"Great course"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

Played on 07/23/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I loves the course! Greens roled smooth fairways good condition some under repair. Didn't effect the course at all... Great staff. I did overpay for food at the turn :( 11 bucks for a soda and 3 chicken strips.... But overall I will continually return!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course is great for walkers with wonderful scenery"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

Played on 07/22/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When I arrived they did not have the reserved tee time in their system. Our tee time was delayed by 25 min. because it was their women's day and we had to wait for 8 women to tee off. It was lucky I not only brought my confirmation, but also my receipt that proved I had paid in advance and nothing was owed to the course. Kind of a hassle.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Quiet, peaceful,"


Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

Played on 07/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value for the money. This was the first time I used GolfNow.com


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"beat the heat"


Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

Played on 07/07/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

With the forecast for 90's, we took a early time to beat the heat. The fairways and greens are excellent. We made the turn before saw our first other golfer. SGC is a very nice place with a wonderful restaurant although today we did not stop in as we had to return home for a later BBQ. The only flaw we noticed is the bunker care and maintenance ( or lack of). The greens were the fastest we have played since Springhill. We played as a twosome in 3 hrs. Could have been less but I was in the trees a lot.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"this course is in great shape!"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

Played on 06/18/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this is the best well kept course i have played this year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course."


Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

Played on 06/08/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition. It is great to look at the old growth cedar trees as the have many shapes.<br/> The play was slow as there was a fivesome four groups ahead of us so there was waiting on every tee instead of continuous play. I have played this course before and this was the first time there was a problem with play.<br/> I will still play it again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course!"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

Played on 06/08/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wonderful landscaping, interesting hole design. friendly staff, fair price. Great experience at Rudy's, though service was a bit slow at dinner (understaffed at patio tables). We ate brunch and dinner there!<br/> Clubhouse showing its age (carpet, bathrooms).<br/> Overall, a great golfing experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Salem Golf Club"


Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

Played on 06/04/2014
Previously played Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I missed my tee time, called about 10 minutes from scheduled time, told them I got held up in traffic. Staff assured me it was no problem and they would get me out anyway. Weather was excellent, course was excellent and I had a great time.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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