The Willamette University Men's and Women's Golf teams practice at Salem Golf Club and Illahe Hills Country Club. Both Courses are about a 10 minute drive from campus. The teams have also hosted tournaments at Broken Top Club in Bend and The OGA Golf Course in Woodburn.
Salem Golf Club
The natural beauty of Salem Golf Course makes playing golf more like a nature walk. Trees line the fairways and the sight of deer wandering the course is not uncommon. If you take a minute and look towards the sky you may see one of the local hawks or osprey.
In 1925 local businessmen purchased the land to develop the first class golf course. Two hundred acres were purchased at $160 per acre including the surrounding land to prevent any housing that would obstruct the beauty. The first nine holes were finished in 1927 and the second nine in 1928.
Over the last 75 years the original buildings have been remodeled and enlarged many times. The club has re-built most of the greens and tees and added extensively to its practice facilities. It remains today, virtually unchanged, a semi-private facility enjoyed by the public as well as its members.
lllahe Hills Country Club
lllahe Hills Country Club provides a challenging golf experience in a grand setting. A backdrop of trees line the traditional layout, designed by renowned golf course architect William Bell and opened for play in 1961. Illahe Hills has played host to many of Oregon's major golf events, as well as USGA Championships.
The golf shop is fully stocked with all the latest trends in golf equipment and apparel. The member pricing structure allows Illahe members to save up to 30% over normal retail prices.
The absence of a housing development along the course adds to the beauty and serenity that is Illahe Hills. The countryside itself determined the course design, which is stimulating for golfers of all abilities. The challenge of golfing at Illahe may be in concentrating your next shot without being distracted by the spectacular surroundings
Broken Top Club
Broken Top is a private club located near the heart of Bend that was jointly designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. The former design team created a course with several intriguing holes that includes a driveable par four (a Weiskopf staple) and one of Oregon's great signature holes; the dramatic par four 11th with its cliff edge raised green.
While there are indeed a number of trees located on the property, they are spaced out well as to eliminate any claustrophobic feelings and simply add to the shaping and backdrops of the holes. The bunkering is attractive and the handful of water features on the course are well utilized in the layout. There are some elevation changes in the course but the majority of the terrain is pretty tame and presents itself as a nice walk.