Ohio Golf Destinations

  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.

    Shaker Run Golf Club, located in Lebanon, Ohio, is an Arthur Hills/Michael Hurdzan-designed gem, opened in 1979. Dubbed "Ohio's Premier Public Golf Facility," Shaker Run features 27 holes, including the Meadows/Woodlands. The golf course measures 7,092 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 134.
    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.
    Green Crest Golf Club is a player-friendly course located in Middletown. The course was designed in 1971, 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.
  • 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.

    The 18-hole Sebastian Hills Golf Club in Xenia, OH is a public golf course that opened in 2000. Sebastian Hills Golf Club measures 6646 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 72.5 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    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.
    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.
  • 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 just 15 minutes north of Columbus, Buckridge Golf Course is situated between Marysville and Dublin. It's one of central Ohio's premier public courses. The greens are often framed by strategically placed bunkers and there are also five ponds that come into play on eight holes.
    With acres of wetlands, large oak trees, seven ponds and a natural creek, Glenross Golf Club is a daily-fee club with an upscale private-club feel. Opened in 2006, this 6,600-yard par 70, which was designed by Jack Kidwell, features more than 50 bunkers.
    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.