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 Paradise Lake Golf Course in Mogadore, OH is a public golf course that opened in 1975. Designed by John Rainieri, Paradise Lake Golf Course measures 5655 yards from the longest tees.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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 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.
  • 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.

    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.
    Tom Fazio designed the course at Belterra Golf Club, which boasts the reputation of being one of the best casino courses in the country. Although there are closer courses, many golfers from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington still bypass those to play at Belterra, but thankfully it is only a short drive from all three.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.

    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.
    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.