1000 Clubhouse Drive,
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
Elk River Club is home of Jack Nicklaus’ first Signature Golf Course in North Carolina. One of NC's Top Ten Golf Courses since it opened in 1982, it has remained one of the most beautiful courses in the state. Nicklaus' design deliberately integrates with the natural topography and beauty that is characteristic of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The meticulously maintained mountain course winds around the Elk River, shimmering lakes, and tree-lined fairways. A staff of 20, managed by Josh Smith, begin a daily pre-dawn maintenance program that includes the mowing of 35 acres of fairways, cutting 19 greens, a large putting green, 74 tees, and raking 54 bunkers. These daily chores might also include fertilizer and weed control applications, laying sod, seeding, trimming plants, or picking up limbs.