It's a tale of two nines at Darby Creek Golf Course in Marysville
MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- It is a tale of two nines at Darby Creek Golf Course.
The front nine, called "The Links," feels open and forgiving. The back nine, called "The Woods," tightens its grip on a player's psyche, taunting golfers to hit it straight or else. Together, they form a strong 7,074-yard course on the northwestern outskirts of Columbus in central Ohio.
Architect Brian Silva did most of the work on the routing for Geoffrey Cornish, opening the course on 204 acres of rolling orchard land in 1993. An old church cemetery still maintained by the golf course near the fourth tee box and an unmarked grave near the 14th tee give Darby Creek that country feel players love about the place.
The front nine certain isn't easy -- the par-4 eighth requires a precise tee shot -- but it's the back nine where scorecards are made or broken. The 12th and 13th are tight tree-lined par 4s. The tricky par-5 14th features a creek crossing the fairway. The 475-yard par-4 18th requires a titanic drive just for a shot at a green protected by water.
Head Professional Ken Collett said he often hears golfers at the turn talk about how well they're playing. "The holes on the back nine can wear on you," he said. "If you have a bad day with the driver, it can be a long day."
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