As the Triad area’s one and only Nicklaus Design course, Salem Glen continues the legendary Nicklaus tradition of accentuating and amplifying the beauty of the natural terrain. The layout takes full advantage of the 150 feet of elevation changes, four and a half miles of creeks and nine lakes. With two distinct nines, the course offers fun and excitement for players of all skill levels.
Salem Glen is first and foremost a course designed for players who love the game, from expert to novice. The five sets of tees offer a challenge that ranges from 4,816 yards from the front tees to a full 6,810 yards from the back tees. Experienced players will continually find risks and rewards, yet the course is designed to have the ultimate playability for those still learning the game. The design assures enjoyable play round after round, while its craftsmanship reveals its intricacies the more you play it.
Thanks to the Nicklaus Design group, Salem Glen plays almost as if it were two courses. The front nine is a links-style layout with generous fairways and several strategically placed water hazards. Five of the front nine holes are set in the Yadkin River basin. The most dramatic is the signature fourth hole, a 566-yard par 5 with an elevated tee shot that must avoid a meandering creek to the left of the fairway and trees to the right.
The back nine is typical Carolina mountain-style with dramatic elevation changes. Most of the fairways are tree-lined. The 13th hole is a breathtaking par 4 where your tee shot must carry a 70-foot deep ravine. The challenging 14th hole is a 550 yard par 5 that plays over the ravine to a long, shallow green cut into the hillside. The four closing holes are the toughest on the course, as they should be. The 17th, a 193 yard par 3 flanked by creeks in front and behind the large green, is a player favorite. The course closes with a challenging par 4 where the ideal tee shot utilizes the gently sloping fairway from right to left to avoid the water hazard off to the left.
Overall, Salem Glen is a picturesque, playable jewel of a golf course that takes full advantage of its unique setting and abundant acreage. Our guests relish every shot and every hole.