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Boulder is a tough course. Sleepy Hollow is great and tough as well. I play in a league at Boulder, you need to have your A game there for sure. Also, anyone complaining about pace of play.....being pushed. You are too darn slow....its driving players away. No matter how tough the course, if you are in a cart w 90 degree crossing, playing ready golf, not analyzing putts for 5 min. 2 hours is plenty of time. Any guy with a girlfriend or wife, we can t keep leaving our families for 6 hours, and that is without a drink on the 19th hole. Many of those guys have to quite or constantly fight for the right to play. Not worth it.

Added: May 18, 2016
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It has always been about how you are treated at Boulder Creek, which in a lot of folks experiences has been lousy and why I haven't played there in about 5 years. I used to live exactly 2 miles from the course but could not get friends/family to come out and play that course because they didn't like the treatment.

Sleepy Hollow is most definitely in the same level as Boulder Creek, c'mon now. It is the tricked up greens at SH that kill the average golfer.


Added: May 18, 2016
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Played Little Mountain the other day. Bunkers are still being repaired but overall is great shape. Greens were vastly improved. i waited a couple years to get back on this course and am very happy to have it back.

Added: May 18, 2016
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Crazy to think Madison Country Club is back on the auction block on May 26th 2016

First a clubhouse fire and how golf course 4 sale...


Added: May 17, 2016
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Note on St Denis Golf Course in Chardon. For those of you who play this OK but nothing special course - there's new owners and they jacked up the rates. It's a rather bland course although plesant enough, rather easy, and used to be worth the ride way out there. That's no longer the case considering the better values at superior courses, some in the same general area. The walking rates and the senior rates are totally out of line considering what this course offers.

Added: May 9, 2016
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Gary, I am clearly in the minority with my thoughts on Boulder Creek. I have never had an issue with management, rangers, or pace of play. I simply am not a fan of courses that need to try that hard to add aesthetic value to it. Plus 1, 10 and 18 are just plain boring par 5s.

Sleepy Hollow is the opposite. It is a naturally gorgeous course with some of the best scenery in NE OH. Not to mention it is a classic design by an architect known around the world (Stanley Thompson). Sleepy is an absolute joy to play.

But like I said I don't expect a lot of people to agree with me. Just my opinion.


Added: May 7, 2016
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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.

Added: May 5, 2016
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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!

Added: May 1, 2016
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Just verified that Hawthorne Valley is open for the 2016 season, under new management, as a fully public course.

Added: April 22, 2016
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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
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