Beavercreek Golf Club delivers a dynamite muni near Dayton
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio -- Beavercreek Golf Club stands among the best municipal golf courses in the Midwest.
The city of Beavercreek, a suburb of Dayton, opened the 7,030-yard course in 1996. Architect Brian Huntley of Uniontown, Ohio, used an assist from Fuzzy Zoeller to create a picturesque palette of holes on a rolling canvas of land in central Ohio.
Zoeller, the 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open champion, has designed two solid courses in his native Indiana, Champions Pointe and Covered Bridge. Beavercreek remains the crowning achievement for both men.
Elevated tees serve panoramic views throughout the day. Two strong par 4s anchor the front nine. The 438-yard fifth hole cuts through trees before a dogleg to the left. The 431-yard ninth hole drops downhill to a topsy-turvy fairway before jumping a creek to an elevated green.
Two par 5s on the back nine are even more memorable. The 562-yard 11th hole demands a lay-up from an elevated tee before a creek, making an already stout par 5 even longer. Water guards the entire left side of the 545-yard 15th hole.
"I like it because of the variety of holes," said Kim Wright, a golfer from Spring Valley. "There's everything from blind drives to elevated tees."