Makeover transforms Glenross Golf Club just north of Columbus
DELAWARE, Ohio -- The pristine Glenross Golf Club emerged from the former Tanglewood Golf Course, an old nondescript farm course dating to 1967 north of Columbus in central Ohio.
Local architect Jodie Kinney did most of the redesign work in 2005, creating new holes while keeping the routing of several of the original ones intact. The result is a 6,607-yard par-70 layout (opened in 2006) that puts a premium on wedge play. Hitting small greens that average just 3,200 square feet is no small feat.
Superintendent Jeff Crotty deserves plenty of credit for keeping course conditions up to par. Three ponds provide the day's drama. The signature hole -- an all-carry par 3 at No. 14 -- plays and looks great, and two stout par 4s bookend the front and back nine. It's the approach shots over water that make the 395-yard ninth and the 427-yard 18th so tough.
"The playability is exceptional," said Mike Emigh, the assistant head professional at Glenross. "The tee boxes are staggered, so the angle of the hole changes. It takes the water in and out of play."
Jim Warburton, of Dublin, Ohio, said the course plays tough in summer when it dries out.
"It's a fair course," he said. "It's got some trouble."