Ohio Golf Destinations

  • Columbus

    Many top-flight golf courses ring Columbus, from Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village Golf Club, to an array of public courses created by the prolific and creative design firm of Hurdzan-Fry. The city's golf offerings include Cumberland Trail Golf Course, StoneWater, Little Mountain and Cooks Creek. Play one of Dr. Michael Hurdzan's earlier works at Mohican Hills. If you're a purist, check out Pine Lakes Golf Club, which opened in 1926.

    Cumberland Trail Golf Course is one of several courses in the Central Ohio area but it was able to separate itself from others thanks to its playability. The course offers a fair challenge that is approachable to a wide range of skill levels.
    Although it's located less than a half hour from Columbus, Cooks Creek Golf Club (formerly known as Raintree South Golf Club) feels much further thanks to its beautiful natural surroundings. The course is next to a Blue Heron rookery and it is also frequently visited by a variety of other wildlife.
    The 18-hole Virtues Golf Club (formerly known as Longaberger Golf Club) in Nashport, OH is a public golf course that opened in 1999. Designed by Arthur Hills, Virtues Golf Club measures 7243 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 75.
  • Toledo

    Toledo also has an array of quality golf courses. The classic South Toledo Golf Club (originally known as Heather Downs Country Club) was designed by William Rockefeller in the 1920s and spruced up by Arthur Hills in the 1990s. Red Hawk Run south of town is a water-laden, 7,000-yard top-tier course designed by Arthur Hills. Closer to town, Pike Run tightens the screws for the back nine that squeezes through tall trees, and Valleywood is just minutes from the airport.

    The 18-hole Heather Downs Country Club in Toledo, OH is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1925. Heather Downs Country Club measures 6250 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 124 and a 70.
    The 18-hole Maumee Bay Resort in Oregon, OH is a resort golf course that opened in 1991. Designed by Arthur Hills, Maumee Bay Resort measures 6941 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 73.
    White Pines Golf Course in Swanton takes its name from the dense stands of trees that line the fairways. You'll find more than a thousand pines sprinkled throughout the course. Situated just 20 minutes southwest of the Toledo International Airport, it has been ranked as one of the 10 best golf courses in the Toledo area.
  • Cleveland

    Cleveland prides itself in classic golf, from Riceland Golf Course which began in 1922 to Manakiki Golf Club, a 1920s Donald Ross design. Sleepy Hollow is another Cleveland classic, laid atop and in ravines by designer Stanley Thompson in 1925. For a modern flourish, try Little Mountain C.C. with its views of Lake Erie. It makes the most of the rolling hills and woods and tosses out challenges in the form of 80 bunkers, a large lake, waterfalls and Ellison Creek.

    Shawnee Hills is home to two different golf courses, an 18-hole regulation course and a nine-hole, par-3 layout. The 18-hole course has a front nine that plays across gently rolling hills accented with water hazards while the back nine presents a different set of challenges with more dramatic hills covered with forests of mature pines, maples, and oaks.
    Big Met Golf Course boasts the title of being Ohio's most-played golf course. Since opening in 1926, it has hosted an impressive 6,000,000 rounds of golf. The course is nestled into the Rock River Valley along gently rolling hills. One of the course's defining features is the dike that helps to hold back the Rocky River, which can be viewed from several holes.
    Hawthorne Valley Golf Club in Solon is a Donald Ross design that is considered one of the best public golf courses in Ohio. Since opening in 1926, the course has undergone several improvements over the years that have built upon its longstanding reputation.
  • Dayton

    The city of Dayton boasts an abundance of fine public golf courses. Kittyhawk Golf Center is comprised of three 18-hole courses, led by the challenging Eagle layout. Dayton's Community Golf Center has two 18-hole courses, and Madden Golf Center is much more than a "muni" that rises and falls over rolling hills and traverses a stream that cuts through the back nine.

    Jamaica Run Golf Club is located just west of I-75 in Germantown. The course has a fair amount of challenges, but overall it's player friendly enough to appeal to a wide range of skill levels. The small greens are hard to hit and provide most of the trouble.
    Windy Knoll Golf Club opened in 2001 but being one of the newer golf courses in Springfield hasn't stopped it from gaining a reputation as one of the area's best public plays. It has a traditional links design that utilizes many of the features of the original horse farm that formerly occupied the site. The course is seemingly easy but there are many risk-reward opportunities that will challenge even the most experienced players.
    Located in the northwest corner of Dayton, Moss Creek Golf Club in Clayton sits just minutes from the Dayton International Airport. The championship course measures over 7,200 yards but beginners shouldn't feel intimidated. The fairways are nice and wide and the greens putt fast and true. There are also a variety of tees so you can play to your skill level.
  • Akron

    Akron has come a long way from being Tire City, once the home of Goodrich, Goodyear and Firestone. Golfers will be glad to know there are many public courses around the city, including two munis. J.E. Good Park -- "The Park" -- is an 18-hole course with an nice mix of doglegs, slopes, undulations and trees. Nine-hole Mud Run is a great spot for a quick round through wetlands and woods. Turkeyfoot Lake dates back to 1925 and has 27 tree-lined holes. Chenoweth G.C. is another well maintained course set amid thick forests.

    Chippewa Golf Club in Doylestown sits just a few minutes south of Akron. It's one of the area's most popular public courses. Opened in 1962, the golf course has a traditional layout that sprawls across rolling hills. The undulating landscape provides a variety of elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic. Accuracy is key since mature trees frame most of the holes and the massive, contoured greens also present a challenge.
    The 18-hole Raintree Country Club in Uniontown, OH is a public golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Brian Huntley, Raintree Country Club measures 6936 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 127 and a 73 USGA rating.
    The 18-hole Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent, OH is a public golf course that opened in 1970. Designed by Bill Steifin, Raccoon Hill Golf Club measures 6299 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 121 and a 70.
  • Cincinnati

    When it comes to golf, Cincinnati didn't skimp! Check out Tom Fazio's Belterra Golf Club or the classic Deer Run C.C. that rises and drops over western Cincinnati's hills. The Golf Center at King's Island has hosted professional tournaments and has three courses. For a resort course, play Harbor Links at Sagamore Resort in nearby Liberty, Ind. You have to work hard not to find things to do in Ohio's southern-most city.

    Tucked away in an eastern suburb of Cincinnati, Legendary Run Golf Club may seem to be run-of-the-mill but the course offers a unique layout and challenging design. Each hole on the layout is named after great golf holes that can be found around the world. The layout was meant to pay an homage to these great courses with a European-style front nine and a classic American back nine.
    Green Crest Golf Club is a player-friendly course located in Middletown. The course was designed in 1972, offering a traditional layout with wide, forgiving fairways and short roughs. Strategically placed bunkers lurk along the medium-sized greens on six holes and there are water hazards coming into play on eight holes, but the challenges are straightforward and don't present too much trouble for high handicappers.
    The 18-hole Walden Ponds Golf Club in Hamilton, OH is a public golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Jack Kidwell, Walden Ponds Golf Club measures 7001 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 134 and a 74.