Ohio Golf Destinations

  • 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.

    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 6,944 yards from the longest tees and has a slope of 134.
    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 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.
    Willow Run Golf Club is about a half-hour drive northeast of Columbus. The club boasts one of the most affordable rounds you’ll find in the area. Opened in 1964, the course was designed by Jack Kidwell, an Ohio native that contributed numerous designs to his home state. The layout is a bit like playing two golf courses in one with a front nine that is target-oriented and a more open, links-style back nine.
    Located just 15 minutes north of Columbus, The Ridge Golf & Gardens 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.

    Located just minutes from downtown Canton, Quarry Golf Club was built on the site of an old quarry that dates back to the 1800s. The location provides a dramatic landscape featuring cliffs that stretch over 100 feet, meandering streams, and deep-water lakes.
    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.
    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.
  • 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 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.
    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.
    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.

    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.
    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.