Golf Courses

Want to help South Bend Golf?

The City of South Bend, in cooperation with JJ Keegan+, is conducting a survey regarding our three golf coursesYour insights and perspectives, whether you golf or not, will assist us to create value for our golfers on a foundation that optimizes the financial foundation and stewardship on which they are managed.

Please click on the link below to take the brief survey that should take 8 to 10 minutes to complete.
Once you complete the survey, by entering your email address, you will be entered in a contest to win one of five foursomes with carts valid through 2016. Even if you are not a golfer, you will receive a comparable prize package if selected. 

South Bend Golf Survey

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With four city-owned golf courses, plus public and private courses within a chip shot, it's no wonder Golf Digest Magazine in 2005 names South Bend the 16th best place to play in the United States.
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Blackthorn Golf Course:  A Dr. Michael Hudson design, opened to rave reviews in August of 1994. The Irish-Cottage style clubhouse sets upon a rolling naturally contoured heavily wooded 226 acre site.

  • Par 72, 7136 yard layout with four sets of tees offers a strategic test for golfers of all abilities
  • Broad fairways framed by 94 bunkers, wetlands, ponds and native prarie grasses lead to subtly contoured and swept-up-tiered bentgrass greens

Elbel Golf Course:

  • 18 Hole, Public Course, opened in 1964
  • Par is 72 for a 5,750-6,700 yard course
  • Bent grass greens, bluegrass fairways and water hazards in play
  • Putting Green, Sand & Chipping Area, Teaching Pro on staff
  • Call for appointment & fees: 574.271.9180

Erskine Golf Course:

  • 18 Hole, Public Course, opened in 1925
  • Par is 70 for a 6,100 yard course
  • Bent grass greens, bluegrass fairways. 
  • Beverage cart, snack bar and restaurant available, Bar with beer service on premises
  • Putting Green, Sand & Chipping Area, Teaching Pro on staff
  • Call for appointment  & fees 574.291.3216

Studebaker Golf Course:

  • A 9-hole bent grass greens and bluegrass/fescue course with water hazards in play.
  • Par 29 course measuring 1,900 yards.
  • South Bend's oldest, built in 1919. 
  • Pro-shop opens at 6:00 a.m.