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.
Illahe Hills Golf 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.