Golf may have gotten its start in Britain, but it has Columbus to thank for producing the world’s best golfer – and some of the world’s best golfing. Take a look at our golfer’s guide to Columbus for the city’s best courses.
Jack Nicklaus grew up in Columbus and honed his golfing skills playing for Ohio State University. He’s never lost his fondness for the city — building a championship course in Central Ohio that’s considered one of the top 15 in the United States. Muirfield Village Golf Club hosted the 2013 Presidents Cup, and welcomes the world’s best golfers every summer for the Memorial Tournament. Many golfing fans view this invitation-only event as the “fifth major.”
Learn about all of the Majors and the history of the sport at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. A must-see for golfing enthusiasts; it pays tribute to Nicklaus’ long career, which included 18 Major championships and 100 worldwide professional victories.
Be sure to get on a course or two while you’re in Columbus. Golf Magazine dubbed Columbus the No. 2 Golf City in America for its low green fees and courses designed by big names such as Tom Weiskopf, Donald Ross and Arthur Hills. Choose from more than 100 public and private courses, including four ranked among the top 100 in America.
Listed as the United States’ 36th best course, Longaberger Golf Club is one of the rare ranked courses open to the public. Designer Arthur Hills called Longaberger “probably as beautiful a piece of property as I’ve ever had to work with.” Among the most scenic holes is the par-5 No. 4 with a 150-foot elevation drop from tee to green.
Another design by Hills, Winding Hollow, is considered Columbus’ toughest public course and one of the Top 100 public courses in America. A thick forest lines the fairways.
And if you’re on a budget, Donald Ross’ Granville Golf Club might be the best course in America for less than $40. Golf Digest gave it 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars on its “Best Places to Play” list.
Raymond Memorial Golf Course also earned a 4.5 star rating from Golf Digest. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. to have at least two sand bunkers — if not more — on every hole.
Want to play a course inspired by Britain’s links courses? Head to The Golf Club of Dublin. Inspired by Carnoustie, it’s considered the only true links course in the Midwest region of the United States. Play on fescue turf with stacked stonewalls and more than 70 hand-stacked sod face bunkers and water hazards on most holes.
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Written by Claudia Plumley
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About the author: ClaudiaClaudia Plumley
Claudia Plumley is a travel writer, life-long Columbus resident and a lover of all-things Ohio. Claudia is the senior editor for Ohio Magazine’s custom publishing division, where she produces visitors guides and magazines promoting the Buckeye state. She previously worked for Experience Columbus, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.