The par 72, 18 hole layout provides challenges for every player. The rolling fairways leave few levels lies for approach shots into strategically bunkered, crowned greens. The difficult rough makes accuracy essential. Water hazards are limited and penalizing, but not intrusive. A word frequently used to describe this design is "fair". Good shots are rewarded and poor shots are appropriately challenged. This characteristic makes Salem a delight for players of all abilities. True to Donald Ross's vision, this classic Ross course is considered one of his finest enduring legacies.