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.

    Located less than a half hour from downtown Columbus, Split Rock Golf Club was carved from the rolling countryside of northern Pickaway County. Michael Hurzdan and Dana Fry crafted the course though they didn't manipulate the landscape too much since they wanted the challenges to come naturally from the terrain. The course begins with a more open and forgiving front nine but then gets more challenging as you move onto the back, which has tighter fairways that are lined with trees.
    The 18-hole Marysville Golf Club in Marysville, OH is a public golf course that opened in 1932. Marysville Golf Club measures 6403 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 121 and a 70.
    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.
  • 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.
    Dubbed "Ohio's Premier Public Golf Facility," Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio, offers 27 holes of great golf. Designed by Arthur Hills and Michael Hurdzan, Lakeside/Meadows measures 6,991 yards from the longest tees and has a slope of 136.
  • 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.

    Windmill Lakes Golf Club consistently ranks as one of the best courses in the state and is definitely the top golf course in northeastern Ohio. Located in Ravenna, it is the home course for the men's and women's golf teams at Kent State, which is only six miles east of the club.
    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 Chenoweth Golf Course in Akron, Ohio was designed by Rick Todd and opened in 1993. Featuring bentgrass greens, the course is suitable for golfers of any handicap.
  • 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 Tamaron Country Club in Toledo, OH is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1926. Tamaron Country Club measures 6060 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 109 and a 67.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    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.
    Sugar Ridge Golf Course sits on the border between Indiana and Ohio. The dramatic setting is half in Ohio and the other half in the Indiana hills. The course wanders across hills and valleys blanketed with mature trees. The course has elevated tees that look out almost endlessly upon ridge after ridge of verdant green, brimming with wildlife. Golfers shouldn't be surprised to share the course with deer or wild turkey.
    The 9-hole Tri County Golf Ranch in Springdale, OH is a public golf course that opened in 2001. Tri County Golf Ranch measures 1207 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 113 and a 35 USGA rating.
  • 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.

    Grey Hawk Golf Club is a challenging but playable course that is a Cleveland area favorite. It brings resort-quality golf to a remote location in LaGrange that is seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The rolling landscape is the ideal terrain for links-style golf.
    Sleepy Hollow Golf Course is the top municipal course in the state and it is also ranked as one of the top 20 in the nation. Overlooking the Cuyahoga River Valley, the course is known for its scenery almost as much as its challenging layout. It has a traditional design with a classic "out-and-in" routing, with the incoming holes playing uphill into the wind, making them seem much longer than the indicated yardage.
    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.