Featured Columbus Area Golf Courses
Willow Run Golf Course was designed by a ubiquitous name in central Ohio, Jack Kidwell. The local designer played a role in creating many of the state's courses but he infused a different character into each.
Irish Hills Golf Course originally opened in 1928 as a nine-hole course and a back nine was later added in 1984. Thanks to the vastly different times in which they were built, the two nines offer a taste of the old and the new. The scenic front nine naturally has more mature trees and vegetation while the back nine is much more open.
Marysville Golf Club has been one of the most popular public golfing options in the area since it opened as a nine-hole course in 1932. A second nine was added in the 70s, completing the layout as it exists today. Save for a few mild undulations the course is mostly flat, providing an enjoyable walk.
Saint Albans Golf Club in Ohio is a public course that provides a casual atmosphere and a relaxing round. It is popular for its affordable rates and excellent conditions. The layout is fair and not overly challenging. It was designed to be player-friendly course with no hidden hazards.
Cooks Creek Golf Club (previously known as Raintree South Golf Club) is bordered by Little Walnut Creek on one side and the Scioto River on the other, providing a scenic setting that is ideal for a round of golf. The course is a certified Audubon Sanctuary and there is also a Blue Herron rookery on site.
NorthStar Golf Club measures out to a whopping 7,351 yards, which makes it one the longest golf courses in Ohio. The layout covers over 350 acres of woodlands interspersed with 21 ponds and three rambling creeks. Water is definitely a prominent presence on the course but there are also 41 sand bunkers strategically placed throughout.
Split Rock Golf Club was carved from the rolling countryside of northern Pickaway County. Its picturesque design is perfectly in sync with the natural surroundings. Designed by the local design team of Michael Hurzdan and Dana Fry, the golf course actually required little manipulation since much of the challenge comes from the natural features of the undulating terrain.
The rolling countryside occupied by Buck Ridge Golf Course provides an ideal landscape for a round of golf. The nearby farmhouses add to the course's rustic appeal. The layout closely follows the natural contours of the land and trees, ponds, and landscaping were tactfully added to blend seamlessly with the natural terrain.
EagleSticks Golf Club tumbles across gently rolling farmland situated just outside of Zanesville. The constant up-and-down characterizes the course from the rolling fairways to the undulating greens. The total elevation changes amount to more than 100 feet. The hilly terrain is adorned with pristine forests of oak, maple, ash, oak, and walnut trees.
Located in Licking County, The Links at Echo Springs sits at the third highest point in the state. The golf course winds through mature hardwood forests and sits adjacent to a winery. At least half of the holes were carefully carved from the dense forests.
Although the climate gives away the location, the Golf Club of Dublin is a more authentic interpretation of the traditional links of its Irish namesake than most other replicas you'll find. The flat terrain, which was formerly a cornfield, was transformed into an enjoyable linksland layout covered with tall, sweeping heather and hundreds of yards of hand-stacked stone walls.
The Estate Club is an 18-hole course in Lancaster. At 6, 249 yards from the back tees, the course is not particularly long but it does provide an enjoyable round for players of any skill level. The layout sprawls across rolling hills that provide dramatic elevation changes throughout.
Timberview Golf Club rolls across a diverse landscape that is ideal for a challenging round. The rolling terrain is covered with mature trees, ponds, and creeks. There is a housing development surrounding the golf course, but the houses do not intrude into the game.
Crystal Springs Golf Club tumbles across the rolling hills of western Muskingum County. The undulating terrain provides gently sloped greens and elevated tees from which there are scenic views of the surrounding countryside.
At first glance Mill Creek Golf Club may seem just like any other layout, but it packs much more of a challenge than similar golf courses of its length. At 6,300 yards from the back tees, the course is appealing to seniors and beginners but the hard, fast greens and tight fairways present a formidable test for all skill levels.
Carved from acres of rolling countryside, Valley View Golf Club blends seamlessly into its surroundings. The scenic setting has led to the club being known simply as "The View" amongst locals. It has been a standby for the area's golfers for more than 55 years.
Royal American Links pays homage to the birthplace of golf, the seaside links of Scotland, an inspiration also reflected in the architecture of the clubhouse. The course was created in the traditional link-style but with added features not typical of the classic design including water coming into play on nearly every hole.
Formerly home to the Ohio Orchard Company, four cherry trees still mark the entrance to Darby Creek Golf Course. The unique layout has two distinctly different nines. The course starts with a windswept link-style nine accented by native grasses and sand bunkers, providing an excellent representation of Scottish tradition.
The lush, rolling terrain occupied by Bent Tree Golf Club was sculpted into one of the most popular championship golf courses in central Ohio. Dennis Griffiths, the course's architect, seamlessly blended the design with the natural features of the landscape.
The Foxfire is the original course at Foxfire Golf Club. It was later joined by the Players Club Course in 1993. Foxfire has a classic design that is slightly less challenging than its sister course but no less enjoyable. The layout is demanding but fair.
Designed by Donald Ross in 1924, Denison Golf Club at Granville has a classic design that deftly utilizes the natural landscape of rolling hills covered with forests. The layout is fair and not overly challenging, providing an enjoyable round for players of all skill levels.
Champions Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, features rolling fairways, mature trees, demanding doglegs, undulating greens and hilly terrain. The golf course opened in 1948. The 18-hole, par-70 Champions course measures 6,536 yards from the back tees. It carries a rating of 70.8, with a slope of 125.
Although Homestead Springs Golf Course is just a few minutes southeast of Columbus, the surrounding countryside provides an idyllic atmosphere. It has a convenient location that is easily accessible from Central Ohio.
Pickaway Country Club is known for its welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. Jack Kidwell, a local architect who designed this course and many others in Central Ohio, utilized his familiarity with the terrain but still kept each golf course distinct.
Situated midway between Hebron and Newark, Burning Tree Golf Course is an 18-hole layout whose location has unique historical significance. In 1989 while digging a new pond for the course, a crewmember discovered fossils of the extinct American Mastodon.
Delaware Golf Club sprawls across rolling countryside that lends an idyllic and secluded setting. Donald Ross designed the original nine holes in 1922 and they were later joined by a second nine designed by Michael Hurzdan in 1998. The layout meanders through wooded valleys and ravines.
New Albany Links Golf Club sprawls across gently rolling hills covered with meandering creeks, mature trees, and native grasses and wetlands. There are also a number of lakes throughout that come into play on several holes. The golf course is a fair challenge but it prides itself on its playability.
National Road Golf Course has a versatile layout that was designed with beginners, seniors, and juniors in mind. There are also a fair amount of challenges on this par-71 course that will keep more advanced players entertained. The course is mostly flat, making it easy to walk.
Raymond Memorial Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, is a rare find, which includes twin par-3 holes. Each par-3 hole is actually two parallel holes, complete with tees, fairways and greens.
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Virtues Golf Club (formerly known as Longaberger Golf Club) in Nashport is Ohio's no. 1 public golf course and it's also ranked in the top 75 public golf courses in America. Situated about an hour's drive from Columbus, the Arthur Hills design tumbles across rolling hills, stretching from the ridge top down to the valley floor.
Rolling Meadows Golf Club has a traditional layout that still manages to feel modern. The diverse mix of holes on the course will have golfers using every club in their bag. As its name implies, the course sprawls across rolling, grassy meadows.
Glenross Golf Club seamlessly blends elements of traditional design with more modern features. Formerly known as Tanglewood Golf Course, five new holes were added in an extensive renovation. The original 13 holes were also redesigned from tee to green.
Big Walnut Golf Club is a nine-hole, executive-length course that sprawls across the rolling hills of Sunbury. A meandering creek divides the course, which is dotted with mature trees and sparkling ponds. The layout consists of four par 3s and five par 4s that provide an interesting variety that gives players of all skill levels the opportunity to hone their skills.
Located just northeast of Columbus, Chapel Hill Golf Course has a central location that makes it easily accessible. Its affordable rates make it doubly appealing. The course was designed with players of all skill levels in mind with four sets of tees and some fairways that are open and others that are carved from the forests.
Mentel Memorial Golf Course is one of seven municipal courses in the Columbus area. It underwent a major renovation in 2001 that gave it a new name, updated layout, and a new clubhouse. Although it is sometimes overshadowed by two of the city's more popular municipal courses, Champions and Raymond Memorial, it stands out for its meticulous maintenance.
Westchester Golf Course is known for its playability, which is further enhanced by five sets of tees that accommodate all skill levels. There are six lakes throughout the course and numerous waste areas filled with wildflowers and native grasses but sand is a more prominent element of the design.
Oakhurst Country Club was designed by Ohio native Jack Kidwell, who took great care to preserve the beautiful natural terrain while still providing a premier championship course.
Deer Creek State Park Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course that is one of Jack Kidwell's many designs. On this course, Kidwell, an Ohio native, utilized the scenic natural landscape of mature trees and native Ohio Bluegrass. The course has a gently rolling terrain but it is still easy to walk.
Situated in Knox County's rolling hills, Apple Valley Golf Club has an idyllic, undulating terrain covered with lush forests. The club is proud of the fact that the course's designers, William Newcomb and John Robinson, were successful in seamlessly blending the course with the natural surroundings and preserving the beauty of the landscape.
Founded in 1909, Lancaster Country Club is one of Ohio's oldest golf courses. The layout is the result of a collaborative effort involving Donald Ross and Jack Kidwell. The course was originally only nine holes that were designed by members of the club.
Located adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Safari Golf Club was carefully carved from mature forests. This tight course is not particularly long, but it has a varied design that appeals to a number of different tastes and skill levels.
Situated in a lush valley bordering Blacklick Creek, Turnberry Golf Course is tucked away amidst mature forests and high fescue grasses. The course is one of seven municipal courses in the Columbus area.
Little Bear Golf Club offers a unique concept, it is the first layout of its kind in the country. Rather than the traditional nine or 18 holes, Little Bear has an 11-hole layout. There is a 'front five' and 'back five' with a challenging additional hole that features an island green.
The Trout Club (formerly known as Licking Springs Golf Club) sprawls across a scenic landscape of rolling hills dotted with natural springs that is also home to an abundance of wildlife. Jack Kidwell, a local course architect who has played in role in many of Ohio's golf courses, designed the challenging layout.
Surrounded by dense woodlands, Clover Valley Golf Club has a secluded parkland setting that also allows for some links-style holes. The course is relatively young but it has a much older feel to it. The versatile layout has an interesting mix of holes that appeals to a variety of different tastes and abilities.
High Lands Golf Club is one of the most affordable private clubs in central Ohio. It also boasts one of the most challenging layouts of the private courses in the area. The versatile design appeals to players of all skill levels and four sets of tees further allows golfers to adjust the games to their abilities.
Upper Lansdowne Golf Course originally opened as a nine-hole course in 1961, designed by local course architect Jack Kidwell. More than 30 years later, Kidwell revisited the course with Michael Hurzdan and added another nine holes.
Oakhaven Golf Club's versatile layout appeals to a variety of different tastes and skill levels with two nines that are completely distinct. The front nine is more open with opportunities for both long hitters and precise shot makers to shine while the tighter back nine winds through rolling woodlands with more bunkers coming into play.
Raccoon International Golf Club sprawls across gently rolling woodlands, featuring scenic vistas of the surrounding countryside. The course is known for being home to the longest par 5 in the state, the notorious 17th hole. This treacherous hole measures in at a devilish 666 yards that will challenge even the longest hitters.
Wilson Road Golf Course is Columbus' only executive nine-hole course that features six par 3s and 3 par 4s. Wilson Road has a creek meandering its way through the tree-lined fairways, along with two ponds.
Sprawling across over 270 acres, Crown Hill Golf Club boasts a scenic landscape of gently rolling hills covered with mature trees, streams, and ponds. Unlike many other courses in the central Ohio area that are much flatter in nature, the layout features a variety of elevation changes that makes each hole unique.
At just over 3,000 yards from the back tees, Harbor Hills Country Club plays longer than it looks. The nine-hole layout is wide open, allowing some room off of the tees. A large creek runs through the course, coming into play on four holes.
Airport Golf Course, which opened in 1966, is a Jack Kidwell and Dr. Michael Hurdzan-designed championship course bordering Big Walnut Creek. The golf course offers mature tree-lined fairways, strategically placed water hazards and a unique parade of aircraft courtesy of the Port Columbus International Airport.
Table Rock Golf Club stands out from many other courses in Ohio thanks to the abundance of trees. This public course is not the most challenging or scenic, but it is fair test of your skills and it is known for its excellent conditions.
Foxfire Golf Club boasts 36 holes of championship golf, the Foxfire and the Players Club. The Players Club was added in 1993.The layout is a deft combination of traditional American golf and traditional British links design that provides the perfect complement to the original.