Designed by Patrick Wyss, the course at Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club is laid out within Frawley Ranch, a National Historic Landmark. The front nine is routed along the side of a mountain, with the back nine winding through Polo Creek Canyon and an underpass has been built to link the two circuits that lie on either side of the I-90 highway.
The course was designed by Rapid City-based architect Patrick Wyss, with construction work starting on the first nine in 2007. Two years later, golfers were able to play the full 18-hole layout which now measures 7,200 yards from the back markers, playing to a par of 72.
Elkhorn Ridge is one of the true black hills golf experiences available to the public. Built into the side of a large hill, the front nine winds its way up the hill covering beautiful drops and canyons, as well as the occasional rattlesnake pit (not kidding). The par 5 6th is the signature hole, dropping nearly 150 feet from the back tee box to the fairway, which is surrounded by bunkers in the shape of elk hoofs. The back 9 was recently completed. While incorporating less elevation change, the back utilizes undulations and slopes to its advantage to create a cohesive feel and experience across the entire course.