Comments: The issue with Boulder Creek is with some rangers on the course. Our Saturday league was scheduled there 6 months in advance. On the scorecard it says expect to finish a round in 5 hours on the weekend. After 4 holes the ranger came up to our group and said that if we don't speed up play, we would have to skip a hole. He did it on 6 and 8 also. He also did the same to other groups in the league. We finished the front nine in 2 hours 15 minutes which is below expectations for a weekend. Frustrating to have someone dogging you when the pace of play was faster than published course guidelines. The issue got resolved before it got ugly and no ranger appeared on the back nine. I have heard from other players that the same thing was experienced by their groups on different weekends. Our round was finished in 4 1/2 hours. The course ranking and rating on this site is appropriate but maybe customer service should have a separate rating.
Comments: Can't tell you how much I disagree with samscore re Boulder Creek!It's obvious to me the owner is putting in vast amounts of money to improve playability and the overall experience and this does mean work is being done. In my opinion the beauty of the course is enhanced by the flowers, landscaping and waterfall by the first tee. It is certainly a challenging course 9tough but fair) and, linked with the beautiful setting it's easy to see why they've achieved the # 2 ranking listed here and are rated # 3 in Ohio. This gold course affords all players the opportunity to play a high class country club that would normally not be available to the public. Candidly, sam putting Sleepy Hollow in the same category makes me shake my head!
Comments: I really like the site. Has some great info and great pics of the courses.
Gotta say though I think Boulder Creek is one of the most overrated courses in the area. I can see why people always list it as one of the best courses in the area but there are so many other courses I'd rather play around here. They need to spend a little less money on the stone walls and flowers surrounding the tee boxes and a little more on the conditions of the course (which have been going down year after year). It also seems tacky and way to "man made" for my liking. Doesn't help that ts next to the highway either.
Also think Ellsworth and Windmill Lakes are very underrated on the list. Some of my favorites in the area are...Sleepy, Quarry, Fowlers, Windmill, Ellsworth, Shale creek
Looking forward to this new Nicklaus course!
Added: April 15, 2016
Submitted by Name: Arnold From: The Land
Comments: It's April 4th and crappy weather forecast for next week at least. Come on already. I'm ready to get golfing. Been out a couple times for nine but ready to enjoy all these great courses we have in NE Ohio. Have played most on the Top 20 list and 8 of top 10.
Comments: Also have confirmed that Valley of the Eagles in Elyria will have a soft opening early summer 2016. There will be 5 sets of tees, with a goal of over 7000 yds from the tips. The exact date of the opening is dependent on the spring weather in our area.
Comments: A group of us come out to 1 Indians game a year and try to get in 2 rounds of golf. In past years we have played: Thunder Hill(My favorite all-time course - so sad), Fowlers Mill, Sugar Bush, Manakiki, Little Mountain, Gleneagles, Painesville CC, Madison CC, Powderhorn, Wicked Woods, Shawnee Hills (Yuck!). I was considering staying at Quail Hollow near Concord and playing their 2 courses. They are not on the list - does anyone know about their quality?
Comments: Played Hawthorne Valley. Heard it was closing after this year and saw that the banquet area seemed a bit shuttered, but the course was well worth the $65 we paid. Fast, fair greens. The fairways are a bit tight and demand accuracy from multiple clubs off the tee. The holes were just fun to play and look at. This course will make our regular play list. If you normally pay $45 per round, think of it as paying $1 per hole more for an extra treat.