Salem Golf Club in North Salem celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with stepped-up investment in membership amenities and anticipation of a strong year for its quietly impressive golf course, which opened for play in 1966 and was designed by Edward Ryder, who also crafted the nationally recognized Richter Park course in nearby Danbury, CT.
Salem’s management is known for continual improvements, upgrading the layout bit by bit almost every year, even during tough membership years like those following the Great Recession several years ago. Upgrades have included bunkers overhauls on all 18 holes, drainage improvements, new cart paths, and expanded practice facilities. The 110-year-old stately stone mansion was remodeled and extended to serve as the main clubhouse for member dining, entertainment, outings, catered parties, and other special events. That long-term positive outlook and willingness to invest has paid of experientially for both ownership and members.
This year, Salem celebrates by constructing a new pool as well as a building to house locker rooms, a fitness center, spa, private studio for Pilates and yoga, and a dedicated children’s activity room. Work is expected to commence later this summer and be completed by next spring. A new 10th hole will be routed to accommodate the new facility.
The facility occupies 165 acres of dramatic rolling landscape in a wooded parkland setting. At 6,800 yards from the back tees, the par-72 course sports a slope of 139. There are four other sets of tees to make the course playable for golfers of all skill levels. Numerous holes, including the 13th, 14th and 18th, have been featured among the best holes in Westchester in our annual composite course in Westchester Magazine Golf Guide.