Elks Run Golf Club

4.2585764706 4.3 stars from 5 (258)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6845 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 72.9
  • Layout

  • 2000 Elklick Rd, Batavia, Ohio 45103, Clermont County
  • (513) 732-0295, (513) 735-6600
  • (513) 732-0874
  • www.elksrun.com

Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Greg Norman (1999), Tad Burnett
Type: Public
Style: Links
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Colared shirt required, no denim.
Credit cards accepted: Amex MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6845 yards 72.9 138
Blue 71 6486 yards 71.3 136
Silver 71 6053 yards 69.3 132
Gold 71 5334 yards 70.7 134

Elks Run Golf Club in Batavia was designed by Greg Norman. It sprawls across 163 lush and secluded acres where golfers will be hard-pressed to find a home anywhere close to the course. Norman carefully utilized the natural terrain, incorporating the meandering creek on several holes and also adding a few holes that venture up the side of a hill. Thanks to the dramatic elevation changes, there are some tees where your ball seems to stay in the air forever. The first nine is more open with a traditional links-style layout that then leads to the more densely wooded back nine. In addition to the trees and other natural hazards, there is also an unusually thick first cut of rough as well as tall stands of native grasses.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 258 Reviews
5 stars:
111
4 stars:
105
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

227 out of 255 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes water hazards   Great for drinks watching the game brunch  

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"Nice change of pace"


u784822392's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2019
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Reviewed on

Nice mix of challenging holes. Greens putted true, with few straight lines. Fairways are ample, but if you get off of them you may not find your ball,.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Layout"


u000001134763's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is a great layout and is in very good shape. They have 10 minute tee time increments so pace of play was great for a weekend. We finished in just over 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/21/2019

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time at Elks Run! Come see us again soon.


"Greens are excellent!!"


Golfgrind71's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

The best I’ve ever seen the GREENS they are outstanding!! The bunkers and rough could use a little work. Always enjoy playing here!!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/20/2019

Thanks for the 5-star review, GG! We look forward to seeing you again next time.


"Nice course"


Rjf24kmf6's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2019
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Reviewed on

Course was a little soggy but in great shape. I play it often and enjoy always. You must score on the front because the back nine gets tuff. The last three holes are a Very tuff finish !!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/13/2019

It's not how you start, it's how you finish! Thanks for coming out to Elks Run, we hope to see you again soon.



Nagohneb's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/09/2019

Thanks for the 4-star review!


"Elk Run"


m19tang's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was friendly and helpful being first time playing here. Course was in excellent shape and you could see it is well maintained.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/09/2019

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time at Elks Run! Be sure to book another round with us soon.


"Solid Course in Cincy area"


blakek1982's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2019
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Reviewed on

One of the better course in the Cincinnati area. Course was in great shape...tee boxes, fairways and greens were well manicured. GPS on the carts are a nice addition. Greens rolled a little slow today compared to previous trips, but that’s a little picky. Would highly recommend the course and it has great views and some challenging holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/12/2019

We appreciate you taking time to review us on Golf Advisor, Blake. Thanks for the five stars! Be sure to book another round at Elks Run soon.




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/10/2019

We appreciate the 5-star review, thanks for choosing Elks Run!



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/01/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review, thanks for the five stars! Hope to see you back at Elks Run again soon.


"Very well maintained course"


rodneyreis69's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2019
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Reviewed on

I have played this course a few times and have never seen it in this good of shape


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/28/2019

We're glad to see our hard work isn't going unnoticed! Thanks for coming out to Elks Run, Rodney, and thanks for the 5-star review! Be sure to book another round with us soon.


"First time"


u000007667077's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It had rained and been for many days before today, so course was understandably wet and muddy and fairways were completely filled in. However, course layout was interesting, no two holes alike. Not wide open, it definitely forgiving.

I definitely want to come back when the course has had a chance to regenerate.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/09/2019

Thanks for the great review, we appreciate you taking the time to rate us on Golf Advisor. Be sure to book another round at Elks Run soon!



Pateggert's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/28/2019

Hi Pat, thanks for the 5-star review!



u517200872's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/09/2019

Thanks for the 5-star review!



Stewart5504's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout & elevation changes"


andrewpope5287's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course was in solid shape for this time of year, greens still recovering for aeration. Staff always friendly, gentlemen will load your bag onto the cart from your trunk when he sees you pull in. New GPS on the carts, great upgrade


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/05/2019

Hi Andrew, we appreciate the 5-star review! Thanks for coming out to Elks Run, we hope to see you again soon.


"Elks Run"


mecapo's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2018
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Reviewed on

This course has a lot of elevation changes, a very pretty course. Bring extra balls because the rough is always high and missing the fairway usually means losing the ball. And don’t bother going into the heather, you’re wasting your golf time. This course requires shaping tee shots both left and right to score well. This is a challenging course that plays on the longer side.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Elks Run on 11/06/2018:

Thank you so much for the 5-star review of Elks Run Golf Club! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your round despite the challenges the course provides. Please be sure to tee it up with us again soon!

"So much potential"


sevatc's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Elks is that one place that could be great, but will probably never get there. It is a great layout, and makes you hit every shot. It is challenging, and really does have a ton of potential. Conditions can be hit and miss. Some of the tee boxes are right up there with the worst tee box conditions in the city, where others are very nice. Some of the fairways and greens will be plush, and others will be burnt. Lots of inconsistencies throughout the course. Doesn't make much sense. That being said, the condition of the course ISN'T the problem, and isn't what will likely keep my friends and I away. It is the course management.

We have played here A LOT. Unfortunately, it has just gotten to the point where it is always something when we go. Someone is finally filling the water coolers. There was a time when they always seemed to be empty. That difficult task seems to have been resolved. However, when you aren't arguing with someone in the pro shop about the rate that someone else told you that you would have, and didn't notate it in the system, you are spending the bulk of your time sitting in your cart, waiting over EVERY shot. A couple of trips ago, we were part of a traffic jam that was already formed on the FIRST TEE. It was cart path only, which happens, but they let off a group of 4 older, and much less skilled golfers that were 90 minutes LATE for their tee time, in front of the 2 or 3 groups that were sitting there ready to go. You just can't do that. We were already being backed up, and then they just slammed a group of terrible golfers into a full tee sheet in front of us. That round had nightmares written all over it. We left...

On this latest trip, there was an outing, and it clearly wasn't being policed. We once again waited on every tee box and every shot. We came off of number 9 at 25 after the hour. By the time we finally got to play number 10, and finish the hole, it was 10 after the next hour. Yep, 45 minutes to get through number 10. You almost ALWAYS sit on the back at Elks anyway, but this was a whole new level. We muddled our way through 11, watching and waiting. We got to the 12 tee box, and the group in front of us was still sitting in their carts. After almost 20 minutes, and finally getting to hit shots on 12, we had had enough. All rhythm that we managed to keep up on the front (and better golfers know about rhythm)was completely gone. It wasn't worth it anymore. We left. Again.

I tend to play wherever my buddies want play. I will go anywhere, and can enjoy just about any course. I don't think I can enjoy Elks anymore. I truly hope my friends have had enough as well, and don't want to go back. At least not until they work their tee sheets better, and police the course. They are too many other courses to play that don't have those headaches.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 11/06/2018

We would like to apologize that your experience with us was anything less than a 5-star experience. Would you mind calling the pro shop and requesting to speak with the GM about your round? Thank you.


"Course is suffering from weather"


u00000929952's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course looks like it has taken a beating from the weather the fairways are spotty at best the greens look like they've been bombed and scorched. It will take this course a while to recover.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from Elks Run on 10/01/2018:

We are very sorry to hear that your experience was anything less than a 5-star experience.


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Elks Run on 10/01/2018:

Thank you so much for the 4-star review of Elks Run Golf Club. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Beautiful Setting"


Dennis2279448's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great time in a beautiful, serene setting. A few fairways off limits due to new grass growing but really no problem for us.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Elks Run on 10/01/2018:

Thank you so much for the 4-star review of Elks Run Golf Club. Please be sure to come back and tee it up with us soon.


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