Ohio Golf Destinations

  • 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.

    Pebble Creek Golf Course wanders across the ridges and valleys of Colerain Township. The design closely follows the natural contours of the landscape and incorporates the mature trees, allowing it to blend seamlessly into its surroundings. Each hole has a different character, making it a true shotmaker's golf course that will have you using every club in your bag.
    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.
    Situated amidst lush, rolling hills in Batavia, Elks Run Golf Club has the benefit of being tucked away far from any homes or other distractions. Greg Norman designed the course. He worked carefully with the natural terrain to make a playable but challenging course with several risk-reward opportunities.
  • 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 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.
    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.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    Billed as central Ohio's best-kept secret, Royal American Links is a 6,800-yard par 72 that wraps around seven lakes. Designed by Ohio's own Mike Hurdzan, the golf course, as its name might suggest, plays much like a links course with wind playing a large role scoring, especially around the water.
    The semiprivate New Albany Links Golf Club, designed by Barry T. Serafin in 2000, delivers tee times open to the public with the feel and amenities of an exclusive country club.
    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.
  • 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.

    Located just 35 minutes from Cleveland, Little Mountain Country Club in Concord is known throughout the area for its bunkers. Deep hardly begins to describe them and they border both the greensides and fairways.
    Named after a native American word for maple forest, Manakiki Golf Course's defining feature is the abundance of maple trees that line the winding fairways. The course is a classic Donald Ross design. He incorporated a variety of challenges including tricky doglegs, water hazards, up-and-down holes, and two canyon holes.
    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.
  • 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.

    Madden GC: #10
    Madden Golf Course tumbles across gently rolling hills just southwest of Dayton. The design of the layout closely follows the natural contours of the terrain and blends in seamlessly with the existing landscape. Streams meander across the fairways and mature trees frame the greens. The back nine features a few long par 5s that seem even longer due to the hilliness of the golf course.
    Community Golf Center features two 18-hole courses that are tucked away in the hills of southern Dayton. The Hills and the Dales both offer a challenge but they each have a unique character. The Dales Course is similar to the other course, which is very hilly, but this layout is much shorter. For this reason, it is slightly more player-friendly but there are still several difficult holes.
    Pipestone Golf Course in Miamisburg is known for having some of the best greens in the Miami Valley, but that's not the only acclaim it's received. Arthur Hills designed the challenging golf course, though the natural contours of the landscape provided a good base to work with. The layout features rolling fairways and undulating greens. The elevation changes total more than 100 feet.