22500 S.E. 275th Place
Maple Valley, Washington 98038
Review Date: 09/07/2010 – Pictures Coming Soon!
Golfchops.com Contributor Review – Matthew Clark, Handicap 20 (ish)
Elk Run Golf Course is a challenging and relatively well kept golf course in Maple Valley, WA. Elk Run is a public course that I’ve never had issues getting a tee time at. It tends to get back up out there and you will encounter a 5-some on the course now and then. There is trouble on the course, but they seem to have designed it to be easy to recover from in most cases. This past Saturday certainly was not my best performance, but if I can shoot a 91 out there then better golfers can really knock ’em dead.
The front nine winds through woods mostly, with houses only coming into play on holes 5&6. Although I have a pretty high handicap I still have yet to hit one….YET. The back nine is much more open with more homes and more chances to end up playing on an opposing fairway. Save your mulligans for holes 9 & 18 if you have any. Hole 9 is a tough second shot to the green with water to the left. 18 is a drivable par 4 but it’s ULTRA narrow with houses on your left and trees on your right…I’ve written down a 12 before, that hole is the devil.
The course is generally in good condition with the exception of the occasional abused green due to folks not fixing their ball marks and crew maybe not taking the time to do it every day either. The bunkers are cared for, but don’t have much sand in them which make a solid bunker shot an extra challenge. The fairways are pretty clean, but the tee boxes are beat up in the summer; remember this is one of two reasonably priced public courses in the Maple Valley area so they definitely get played and I imagine it’s not easy to keep up. I worked on a greens crew for a short time at a course that had fairly high standards, so I am pretty picky about the course conditions.
Pro shop staff is always friendly; a couple rogue course marshals have been known to cause you some heartache in the past, but not for quite some time. Didn’t see a beverage cart out there between 8am-12pm, but that was the first time that has happened to us. There are no real practice facilities to speak of other than a large putting green directly in front of the pro shop. No practice nets and no driving range; the range apparently lost a battle to a housing development several years back, but the shell of it remains on your left side as you make the turn.
Golfchops.com Contributor Rating: 14.5/25
Condition of Greens: 3
“Perceived” maintenance level of course: 3
Amenities: 1 (No beverage girl and the restaurant is a football field from the pro shop)