Ohio Golf Destinations

  • 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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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 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 Valleywood Golf Club in Swanton, OH is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1929. Valleywood Golf Club measures 6364 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 115 and a 69.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.

    Sugar Isle Golf Course in New Carlisle was designed by Jack Kidwell, an Ohio native who has contributed a number of golf courses all over the state. The course is player friendly enough for a wide range of skill levels and ages but it offers a fair amount of challenge as well. There are 20 strategically placed bunkers throughout and there are a few lakes that come into play.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
    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.