Ohio Golf Destinations

  • 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 Fallen Timbers Fairways in Waterville, OH is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1990. Fallen Timbers Fairways measures 6132 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 113 and a 69.
    The 18-hole Tanglewood Golf Club in Perrysburg, OH is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1950. Designed by Richard Wyckoff, Tanglewood Golf Club measures 5822 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 99 and a 65.
    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.
  • 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.

    The 18-hole Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, OH is a public golf course that opened in 1999. Designed by Arthur Hills, Longaberger Golf Club measures 7243 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 75.
    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.
    Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury boasts a reputation as one of the best championship courses in the greater Columbus area. Although it's not a terribly long course at 6,642 yards from the back tees, it offers plenty of other challenges to make up for any lack in length. If you're not careful, you'll end up in one of the layout's many bunkers.
  • 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.

    Gleneagles Golf Club, which is owned by the city of Twinsburg, is ranked as one of the area's top 15 most challenging courses, though, it is more player friendly than it seems. Beginners won't feel too out of place but accuracy is needed on this course with water coming into play on 11 holes and more than 20 strategically placed bunkers.
    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.
    Hawthorne Valley Country Club in Solon is a Donald Ross design that is considered one of the best public golf courses in Ohio. Since opening in 1926, the course has undergone several improvements over the years that have built upon its longstanding reputation.
  • 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.

    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.
    The 9-hole Water Nine at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links in Akron, OH is a public golf course that opened in 1931. Water Nine at Turkeyfoot Lake Golf Links measures 2252 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 98 and a 30.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.