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18 hole par 71 championship course in Norwalk Ohio. About one hour west of Hopkins Airport, using Rt. 10 and Rt 20. Near the Norwalk Raceway. One of the area's best kept secrets, the Brian Huntley layout and design is superb and no two holes are the same. It used to be a old nine hole course that was renovated in 1995 into one of the areas best courses with the addition of more land. Some beautiful new homes being built on a few holes but not interfering with the course or its aesthetics. Once we played following a few days of rain and this was the first time I was told to keep the carts "in the fairways." Apparently the drainage is that good in the fairways. Excellent first and finishing holes. Not too punishing, but offering a very good challenge. Nice moderate, rolling elevation changes. Some very scenic and grip it and rip it tee shot opportunities especially at the par five 18th where a big drive is required if you are going to try to get home in two. A good driving course which often requires you to move the ball one way or the other. The par four 15th hole is perhaps the most underrated in difficulty. You need a great tee shot to shave off as much of the corner as you can or you will be over 200 yards out to a tough green. The trouble is that on the inside of the dog leg there resides a nasty pond which is tough to carry from any tee, and hitting to long straight away you will be either blocked out in the trees or in the hidden pond behind the fairway. Very well marked with excellent fast, undulated greens. Usually a good value with excellent conditions. In 2004, two bunkers were added on hole 17 on the left side of the fairway, giving added definition and a nice target. Range: Grass • Total Tees: 4 with two additional split tee options • Total Yardage: 6633

18 holes par 71 course located six mile south of Rt. 20, in Wellington, about 36 minutes west of the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The course lies in a rather large valley and the conditions, particularly the tee boxes in spots, leave a lot to be desired. The fairways need some help too. The greens are bit smallish and hard to hold, but are surprisingly good and on the modern side. Most of the greens appear pushed up with a few cut into the hillsides. Eight or so small bunkers. The front side is a bit easier and more open, but has several blind tee shots where water lurks. The back side tightens up dramatically. The course is on the short side, but you may well chose to leave your driver in the bag on a good number of tight driving holes. Where you dare to drive the ball, the play is to shape your shot left or right, often through chutes of tall, mature trees. Lots of tree cover, dramatic elevation changes and a good deal of water to contend with. These factors can easily lead to big numbers, even on short holes, if your do not keep it in the short stuff. They appear to be trying to add some length and improve some tee boxes. Pace of play is usually very good and the price is right for this lazy farmer's track. Call before your go, they have lots of outings, sometimes are closed, and "don't take no tee times. Range:  no • Total Tees: 3 • Total Yardage: 6110

18 hole par 71 course located in Hudson, about a 15 minute ride from the I-80 / I-77 interchange. Just a short ride off of State Rt. 8. An older style course that the City of Hudson acquired in 1997 to preserve the "green space" and make renovations. Big renovations occurred in 2003 and 2004 under the auspices of former Arthur Hills assistant, Brian Huntley. The gentle rolling terrain contains tree lined holes with a good bit of wild grass expanses. There are also several sneaky creek beds meandering about the course. The changes brought several brand new holes, some new greens, new tee boxes, improved routing and the customary improvements such as drainage, contouring, and lengthening. The many changes are much appreciated and keeps the course current with the modern golfer. We just wish all the holes were renovated to keep the course seamless but we'll take what we can get. The old greens were a bit smallish and the new rebuilt greens keep with that theme. The greens complexes themselves are not overly penal and the bunkering is conservative providing you reasonable opportunities to get up and down. The five par 3s could have been more varied and tend to slow play. Hole eight, the number one handicap hole, troubles everyone. It is a long par 4 which requires a serious drawn just to hit the narrow fairway with a driver. Too far left and your out-of-bounds, too far right, where almost everyone ends up, gets you blocked by trees. Perhaps the best advice is to take your medicine with a long iron off the tee and on the approach. You will immediately recognize Huntley's work from holes 10 and 11. But the reachable par 5 seventeenth, which snakes around a lake, is the most interesting. A big reward could await those that manage a long tee shot down the middle but be cautious since the fairway runs out at about 150 yards in. A long tee shot sets up a mid iron approach over the lake leading to a reasonable chance at birdie or even eagle. Eighteen plays longer than you expect but beware of the two collection ponds on each side of the fairway. They can be reached by the longest of hitters. Course conditions are good with a great practice facility. Range: grass range with chipping and putitng greens • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6831

36 hole hack-a-round in Columbia Station. Out of the entire 36 holes, only a few holes have potential. Relatively flat with generally below average conditions. Very few bunkers and some water hazards. Price is somewhat high for this type of course. The Audrey's/Heatherstone par 70 eighteen is somewhat open and the Pine Valley/St.Andrews par 72 eighteen has trees and tighter holes. There is also an executive nine call walk in the park of about 2100 yards. Range: grass range with chipping and putitng greens • Total Tees: 3 • Total Yardage: Audrey/Heatherstone 6612, Pine Valley/St. Andrews 6360. 

18 Championship quality holes located in Columbiana. About one hour from the I-77 and I-80 Ohio Turnpike interchange. While occupying the extreme south-east corner of the GCO map, it is conveniently only 7.5 miles from the Ohio Turnpike exit. Good conditions and great value make this 2003 design a worthy trip. Once again, golf master-minimalist designer Brian Huntley has struck with a fun design in a unique environment. There are two basic style holes featured at this fine layout. There are farm-links type holes where contoured fairways run up and down hillsides bordered by windy farm fields. Then you have woodland type holes which carry over marshlands through thickets of pines with cool lakes. All the holes are smartly designed requiring some management skills. Placement and club selection is always an issue and the process does not end on the tee, it continues though to the deceptively difficult green complexes. The great putting surfaces are often seriously undulated, although the locals ought to be more conscientious about repairing ball marks. Well marked with critical hazard yardages nicely on the tee box plates. Everyone talks about hole three, a two part par 5 dissected by a deep creek ravine, causing you to pause for thought on the tee. It is possible to go for it in two, but you will need two amazing shots to get to the green tucked against a lake. The smart play is to lay up on your second shot. The silo fourteenth hole exemplifies how a fine golf architect designs the hardest hole in golf to design, that is, a short par 4. This is perhaps one of the most stimulating holes to play in Ohio. Take care not to hold up the rest of course with a lengthy discussions amongst your playing partners how to play this hole. Shots played toward the very cool little silo tend to come back toward the green. You want to finish in style? You got it. The par four 18th is not only beautiful, it can be deadly with water all the way down the left side. You need to bite off as much of the lake as you can. The housing built since the opening naturally takes away some aesthetics of the course but residential communities are sometimes needed if you want to build a new course that isn't owned by a municipality. This course will require all the clubs in your bag. In this day and age, there is no need to put "Links at" in the title of your golf course. It is fine to use informally, but stay away from it formally. It just comes off as pretentious, superfluous and dilutes brand recognition. "Links at" is descriptive and no diffent than saying "golf course." Range: grass • Total Tees: 5 • Total Yardage: 7220

18 hole Lorain County Metro golf course located in Elyria, 20 minutes west of Hopkins Airport using I-480 and Rt 10. While only a par 70 with only two par 5s, the course has some charm. The par 4 number 2 is the favorite with a downhill tee shot followed by a nice wedge over water. Many par 4s are just straight away and open, but there is a little elevation change and some doglegs. Also some nice wooded holes. Conditions are a little above average and the course is not too crowed. However, on a busy morning, there is an incredible backup a few holes deep into the front nine that will spoil your mood. Greens are good, your typical medium pace metro style with little undulation. Only a handful of poor quality sand traps to manage and water comes into play only three times. Price is reasonable. Some new tee boxes in 2001. Range: grass range with chipping and putitng greens • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6316. 

18 championship holes designed by Pete Dye and a 9 hole short course (2,985 yards). Located in Chesterland, about 35 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. A beautiful, natural and classic layout with excellent conditions. No gimmicks here, just great golf and no two holes alike. Although first opening in 1970, the Pete Dye design is timeless. It has the feel of a classic mature course with all the dangers and options of modern designs. A few undulations in the greens, but plenty of slope and roll. In 2009 they started to roll the greens and now they roll better than ever. Absolutely scenic with wonderful mature trees. Great clubhouse and decent practice facilities. Still probably one of the top courses in town and getting extra points for tradition. The Pete Dye 18 is definitely the better of the 27 but the third 9 has its own charm. Plenty of sand of water which includes a lake and numerous creeks and marshes. Wonderful natural elevation changes and split fairways. Also signature Pete Dye railroad ties and deep greenside grass hollows. Excellent starting hole to get rolling. The par 4 cape fourth is perhaps the most famous hole here where the entire holes wraps around an intimidating lake. The tee shot and approach usually have to flirt with danger and the closer you can keep your tee shot to the water, the less water you have to hit over on your approach. Chose the split fairway on the par 4 ninth that best fits your approach for that day's pin. Hole 11 appears to be a cupcake par 4 but beware, in typical Dye fashion, the tee shot is deceptively dangerous with a small and very undulated green which requires precise wedgeplay. It provides a great chance for birdie, especially if you can hit a nice fade which leaves an unobstructed look into the green. But more often than not, balls are pushed out to the left and blocked by trees or sliced far right which is either in the woods or O.B. The par 5 eighteenth has a slightly downhill tee shot with a long, slow dogleg left to the elevated green. Position is key on your tee shot or you will have to lay up around the corner and have a long third to the green. Beware of the bunkers waiting on both sides to snag any misplayed shots and do not play any lay up shots through the fairways on the right or the trees will block your approach. Range: shorter grass range with chipping and puttng greens • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 7025 

18 holes located about 45 minutes west of Cleveland in the City of Lorain. This used to be a private course that opened in the 1950s and is now open to the public. This course is a par 71 for the men and 73 for the ladies. Conditions do not resemble the days of private ownership but this is still a decent track. Either the teeing area is elevated or the green sits on a pedestal, but never both. The course lies in a valley with river and water hazards commonly coming into play. Some sand, generally flat fairways and average greens. This is a fun course to let shaft out on and your can be rewarded for your bravery or punished for your foolishness. Two tough, back to back par 5s at 12 and 13 will test your game. Range: none • Total Tees: 4 but not true four-station • Total Yardage: 6397 

8 holes located about twenty minutes south of the Ohio Turnpike in Stow. A municipality owned par 72 with plenty of charm while also being relatively player friendly. Very nice rolling greens with some challenging elevations. Most fairways are framed in with decent tree cover so working the ball into the hole from the tee can save several strokes. Crafty hazards makes ball placement everywhere all the more imperitive. The unusual par 5 sixth requires a mid iron or hybrid from the tee, then ninety degrees to the right and straight up a large hill. Don't be greedy from the tee, get it in play. But as of 2017, the course is doing a redesign of this awkward hole and the following so we are optomistic for a rating increase. The deadly par 3 twelfth almost plays like a drivable par four. Don't miss left! If you can hit fairways, and with reachable par 5s, this course will yield good scores. A few hole on the back seem to have been reworked with modern contouring making them particularly enjoyable. Usually there is an emphasis to showcase the holes facing the public roads. Well, not here. But don't worry, the course is much nicer once you get away from the clubhouse. Range: grass • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6513 

18 hole course in Twinsburg, 20 minutes west of I-77 and the I-480 interchange. A very nice, modern course inside of a residential development. Opening in 1996, it was always a bit of something is missing. The City of Twinsburg has thrown down some real money and suddenly, since 2017, the course is a solid play with a fun assortment of holes. Some new tees and a few more bunkers and it seems like a new course. A blind tee shot awaits you on the opening par 4.  There is plenty room out there so get cracking. Watch out on hole three, a sharp dogleg par 4. The green you see is not your green. The woods and creek are in range so layback some the take a mid iron into the elevated green. Most of the holes are separated from other holes by woods and the homes are set back a good way. You will experience nice contouring, moderate bunkering and plenty of creeks and mature tree strands.  Stay right on the par 4 ninth. You must carry a lake on your approach and the lake is reachable with your tee shot. The real long hitter can reach the greenside creek with driver on 18. Gleneagles is an enjoyable and vsually appealing course, and for the most part, all right in front of you. Sure there are some tight holes but the course balances length and accuracy nicely. Plus, being a muny track you can expect a decent rate. Super nice Range: grass and mat • Total Tees: 5 • Total Yardage: 6757 

18 hole par 71 golf course located in Solon, 20 minutes west of the I-77 and I-480 interchange. This municipal course, owned by the City of Solon, is a wonderful and well laid out course. It serves as a fine example of how a city can take over an old course, rehabilitate it and provide a quality course for its citizens to enjoy while also preserving the green spaces which are rapidly being over developed these days. This course has no residential housing but a train track does dissects it. This course has a modern feel with subtle contouring while still retaining smallish greens. It seems most greens are hard against hazards, hanging or pedestalled. You will need a good short game here. The course has gentle rolling fairways and some elevations, but the most prevalent hazards are the many creeks which endanger your tee shots. There are more than a few holes where position and distance control off the tee are imperative. Decent conditions, but drainage could use some improvement. Range: grass and mat • Total Tees: 5 which includes a family tee • Total Yardage: 6429 

Once a top ten course in north east Ohio and a modern masterpiece from the Von Hagge design team that opened in 2004.  Downgraded in 2012 and it continue down a sad path. Serious problem persist with the conditions on the fairways and rough. The greens for now are just fine. But now the actual design is being altered to reduce maintenance. Grey Hawk is a par 72  course located in Lagrange, 22 minutes west of Hopkins Airport. The layout is nothing short of spectacular with ten very deep lakes and extensive contouring. Only three holes play through mature trees and some young trees have been planted throughout. There is no mistaking this course, it is a modern links style course where wind is always a factor. Here you will need to contend with over 82 bunkers, rough with difficult lies and tall grasses, bordering and dissecting lakes and streams and plenty of manufactured elevation changes. The course is tough and plays longer than indicated due to many raised and plateaued greens. The difficulty increases geometrically with the wind. Every green complex presents something interesting with a fair amount of undulation as well as tricky collection areas and grassy hollows. Only play driver on holes 7,8 and 9 if you are swinging incredibly that day. You like par 5s? You get five stunning and varied par 5s which test your power, placement and courage. You will also find five beautiful but deadly par 3s, especially the signature island green at number 11. Bring plenty of balls to his course. The course resides in a new residential community and many for the most part the homes are out of play. The mass of housing comes with its accompanying white stakes, detracting from this wonderful design and compromises the actual "links" design, somewhat. If you build a course with no trees to showcase a windy "links" style course, stuffing tons of houses in between the holes sort of defeats the purpose of having no trees. I'll take trees over houses any day. But in this day and age, if it takes housing to have a course like this, well that's the deal you have to make. Allegedly. Now that most of the houses are sold, the course is spiraling downhill. We hope this is not going to be another Blue Heron. Range: grass  • Total Tees: 5 • Total Yardage: 7079 

18 championship holes in Creston, located about 50 minutes south of Cleveland using mostly I-71 or I-271. Without a doubt one of the finest courses in the area. This 1993 design is the brainchild of Steve Burns who once worked with the Fazio Design group. While the course lies in the in the middle of farm country, the terrain is surprisingly perfect for golf. Also one of the best values in all Ohio and not too hard to walk. Every hole is a pure pleasure to play. Some of the holes play through a thick forest with great elevation changes and greens protected by creeks. Some holes play like true Scottish links, with mounding, wild grasses and rolling fairways. There is an good usage of the heather and elevations to create a feeling of privacy and solitude everywhere. Overall conditions are very good to sometimes excellent. No two holes are the same and alternate strategies can usually be employed. A good example is the short par 4 fourteenth. It is drivable, but the downhill green is seriously protected and only the very best should have a go. The rest of us should lay up, but where? If the pin is on the right side of the green, the best is to layup to the left side and vice-a-versa. Hit enough club to reach the flat short of the hazard and it is an easy pitch. Another approach is to lay back a bit and target the 100 yard marker where there is also a flat spot. From there a well struck wedge can have enough spin and utilize the backstop, drawing the ball back to the pin in pro-fashion. Greens are usually fast and in good condition with a good deal of undulations and tiering. The original owners sold the property to a group sponsored by the Ohio State University, so they have some financial backing. With that they have undertaken a scheme to repair and renovate all the bunkers and the project is going along nicely. A few bunker still need some work but we are confident they will get to them. The only complaint we have it the removal of several bunkers, notably two from the par 5 sixteenth, one in play from the tee on the left and a target bunker in the layup area. They claim that they did not get much play and cost to much to maintain. In these tough golf times, it is hard to argue finances, but they were important from an alignment, depth perception and aesthetic perspective. Please don't remove any more bunkers. Great grass range. Range: grass • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6680 

A 1926 par 70 classic Donald Ross gem located in Aurora. Formerly a country club, it began accepting public play in 2010. Back and forth between open and closed so conditions fluctuate and not quite as nice as once at its peak. But how fortunate we are in Cleveland to have two Donald Ross golf courses to play, and this one right in Solon, easily accessible from all major highways. Like Manakiki, there are a lot of hand cut nuances around the tiny greens and carefully plowed fairway contours. The par 4 tenth is a great example of the architect's ingenuity in a few square yards of grass. You think after a solid drive you have a simple pitch into the green but you don't realize the fronting bunker gives the illusion of proximity and obscures a mini hollow just short of the green which actually sits lower than your mind calculates. Those that fall for the Ross trap find that approaches to front pins unexpectedly end up short in the hollow and shots to a back pin shockingly end up long. They did not have massive dirt movers in the day so they had to rely mostly on mules and the terrain. And great terrain they have. The old adage that all the good sites for golf courses were used up decades ago might have been referring to places like this. Unlike Manakiki, which has made tremendous strides to keep with the golfing times, Hawthorne Valley could use some updating. Regardless, golfing in this environment of gorgeous trees and ample vegetation in a lush quiet valley with no homes or highways to distract remains a blessed rarity in modern golf. It also remains a strong and complete test of all aspects of your game. It is definitely not a driver-wedge course. Don't let the yardage fool you, 6500 yards for a par 70 is plenty long and this baby is tight. You must be able to put it in the fairway yet the length still forces most golfers into driver. If you manage to find the fairway on this exceptionally tight tree lined course, don't expect many flip wedges into the tiny greens. The par 5 thirteen has a large hill protecting the inside of the sharp right dogleg. A big drive can carry the corner and leave you with just an iron into a receptive green. If you don't carry the corner, head back to the tee with your burs and pine needles. Having just two par fives is a bit of a negative. Range: grass and mat • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6533 

18 holes in Geneva, 32 minutes west of I-90 and the I-271 interchange, only 4.4 miles from the highway. Completed in 1965, this Ben Zink design is a traditional course that can be enjoyed by all levels of play. Driving in past the wineries, you get a sense there could be a nice hidden gem back here in the eastern hills. Sure enough, the course occupies some very nice terrain, free from residential developments. There is just something special about the massive Weeping Willows they have on this golf course. Standing alone they can define an entire hole. The course as is a good test for your driver with a nice mix of tight tree lined holes and more open ones. There isn't much in the way bunkers to navigate from the tee, but the matures trees can really narrow the fairways and sometimes a creek can shorten your landing zone. On some holes you ought to consider another club when you are not driving your best. Other times, the holes beg you to just bomb it. The conditions are average throughout and like many older courses, the rough can suffer a bit with the dry hot season. But the traditional greens are clearly the grounds crew's priority and they keep them in very nice shape that putt pretty true. The medium to small greens are conservatively bunked and slightly elevated from the fairways. There are clearly areas where you don't want to be if you miss these green. Beyond the greens sloping mostly from back to front, there is also usually a high and low shoulder which complicates chips from the wrong spots. When they have the greens rolling, some of the heavy tilting can be daunting. They say the par 3 eleventh is their signature hole and rightfully so with beautiful landscaping and a great looking long iron tee shot over a pond to a difficult green. But we liked the scenic par 4 sixth and the par 4 thirteenth best. Beware of the lurking water on hole thirteen, it lies on the right side of the landing area, hidden from view. A fairly struck drive just slightly down the right rough can find the hazard A very solid and sweeping par 5 awaits the conclusion of your round. Even though the lake on the right is not really in play, it still seems to get its share of visitors. They could use more yardage markers. Even with the elevations here, it is still a walkable course. In today's age of residential development golf courses, a total golf property like Hemlock Springs is sadly becoming a rarity. Range: grass and mat • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6812

18 parkland holes located in Columbia Station, on Rt.82, 4 miles west of I-71. A shortish par 71 course over most flat terrain with some subtle contouring. The diminutive clubhouse sort of tells you this round is budget friendly. All the greens are basically slightly pushed up from the fairway and the medium small size is more difficult to hit than you expect. There underlying conditions are generally below average and basically either too hard or too soft most of the year. Probably due to the lack of good drainage and quality golf soils. The fairways are sometimes hard to differentiate from the rough. But they have been improving what they can and conditions are indeed better than they have been in years. To be straight about things, this is not a course to impress your client or have a top notch tournament at. They don't pretend to be that. It is a decent place to get in a bargain round away from highways and housing. The thick mature tree strands serve as the main defense here, challenging you to keep it straight off the tee on more than a few holes. Where the forest does not pinch in, thin tree lined holes let you swing away. With no housing on the course, which is a good thing, you would have though there would be less o.b., which is not as good a thing. There are some bunkers that help with definition and few small ponds come into play. The score cards shows four sets of tees, but in reality, most holes have two tee stations. Range: short range available • Total Tees: 2/4 • Total Yardage: 6424

36 low quality holes at the corner of Green and Chagrin right in the heart of East-side Cleveland. While located in the City of Highland Hills, it is actually owned, unfortunately, by the City of Cleveland. A convenient location and decent terrain helps, but conditions are way below standard at this 1920'S design. Very sparsely lined fairways which are not really distinguishable from the rough. Stupid looking sand traps which seem to be just an afterthought. Some are thirty yards long but only one yard wide. The Red Valley course is shorter and seems to get more play by the nines because it turns at the clubhouse. The Blue Links course is a bit more challenging and longer but does not turn at the clubhouse. The rough and fairways blend together. Course conditions are poor. Range: short range available • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6322 (Links) 6740 (Valley)

18 holes located in Westlake. Not real long and sporting a below average layout and below average conditions makes this a below average course to play. Extremely flat. The only elevations come where the greens and tees are pushed up one to three feet above the fairway. This is one of the big problems with the course. Even thought they have some water features and creeks, the fairways have little contouring and do not drain away properly, leaving many bare spots and grassless ruts. And if you get several feet into the rough, you often find yourself on roots or nasty hardpan. Actually, it is hard to tell where fairways end and the rough begins. The unimaginative green complexes are Xeroxed over and over again, routinely showing the same two bunkers guarding each side of the thirty foot green entrance. After a while you begin to think you are playing the same holes over and over again. A good number of fairway bunkers do little else than give you something to look at. The par 4 eighteenth is somewhat uneventful but at least it is a tough finishing hole and the longest par 4 on the course. For being in the middle of Westlake the price is acceptable. Some redeeming features here are the many mature trees which lend the course its definition. The many tight holes require a good bit of accuracy and serve as the main protection from scoring. The par 5 sixth is a good example where anything but a driver is a good option off the tee unless you can hit a seriously hook. Being in the middle of west Cleveland suburbia with virtually no housing is also a nice plus. Very easy to walk. They list four sets of tee, but in reality, there are only one or two tee stations where they place three tees. The maximum yardage listed does not seem to add up. Range: available • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6985

18 holes in Hinkley, off of State Rd. Easily the hilliest course in town. Very hard to walk. Many, side hill, uphill and downhill lies. Medium to slow, spongy turtle back greens and some sand traps. Below average conditions and no fairway sprinkler system. Pace of play is usually slow. The course property occupies one of the highest points in the county and you are afforded some very scenic vistas of the North East Ohio canopy. This is the greatest assets of the course besides it's spectacular unrealized potential. The first two holes are par fives, so you better be stretched out. There are many elevated greens, a few good blind tee shots and some exciting opportunities on the tees. Very good starting and finishing holes. Four new holes added and more planned. However, you basically have to scratch your head and say, "who hired this guy to design the new holes?" Except for the new par 3s, the other new holes basically suck. Give us back the old holes. Very poorly marked because all you have is a 150 yard shrubbery. Too pricey for this design and conditioning. Range: none • Total Tees: 3 • Total Yardage: 6509

18 hole par 71 located in Hinckley, just a cross the street from Hinckley Hills Golf Course. Not a real long course but possesses abundant elevations. The main defense of the course comes in the form of the often narrow fairways where trees, some O.B. and a few ponds come into play. Driver is not always needed, but if you can keep it in play you will be rewarded with plenty of opportunities to score. For a mid-20th century design, the greens complexes are surprisingly large and often rise nicely from the fairways making up and downs a bit more precarious despite the glaring lack of bunkers. The blandly round medium sized greens also lack any sort of chipping or collection areas. No one will mistake this place for a modern design or old school architecture. Most holes are plainly straight without defining bunkering. Yet the natural elevations, heavy wood cover and lack of residential development, makes this an enjoyable place to play, despite some unimaginative holes. All four dramatic par 3s will test your iron game with two going uphill and two downhill. Back to back beasts come in the form of the long par 5 seventh playing uphill into the wind and the long 442 yard par 4 eighth. Getting home in regulations is no small feat. Thankfully, the cupcake 462 yard par 5 ninth follows, offering a chance to balance your portfolio. The back nine is probably a bit more dramatic than the front side. The closing uphill par 5 eighteenth, a favorite, requires a tee shot up the right to avoid the pond lurking on the inside of the dogleg. Conditions are average to less than average in dry months. For the lady's, the course plays to a par 74 and is not particularly female friendly. The course offers useful hole maps for your phone on their free app. Range: none • Total Tees: 3 • Total Yardage: 6360

18 hole par 71 just off of I-77 in Akron. Owned by the City of Akron and named after its benefactor, Mr. J.E. Good. This throwback style course features smallish traditionally guarded greens that are often dangerously tilted. Designed in 1924 by Bertie Wey who also designed the famous Firestone South Course. The "Park" is a solid enjoyable classic test in a natural environment at a good price. Being below the hole is generally a good play. Plenty of tight tree-line driving holes threaten to take the driver out of your hands if you cannot work the ball. And we really mean "work the ball" down these tight fairways. This is perhaps the toughest driving course around and will really test your ability to keep it on the short stuff. If back you lay, face long approaches you will. The massive mature trees permit only accurately shaped shots down the fairway and mock wayward shots. Just when you think you hammered one, whack-clickity-clack, the ball gets snatched from the sky by the bark adorned demons. Missing the fairway or even being on the wrong side of a fairway will force you into recovery shots. Those that can chase a low hook and fade recovery shots up into the greens will have a chance to stay in the match. No water but a fair amount of bunkers and a few marsh areas. They generally keep this place is good condition. Range: none • Total Tees: 3 • Total Yardage: 6683

A par 71 championship caliber course just south of Youngstown. Fortunately from the Cleveland area, it is all highway to get there. Driving into the development that hosts the course, you might not expect that the busy roads, commercial establishments and flat fields of Canfield melt away into peaceful fairways which run through lush green valleys and water just behind the beautiful clubhouse. This 2006 Brian Huntley design utilizes flowing elevations, wonderfully preserved mature trees and clever bunkering that, for a few hours, helps you forget the cement and asphalt of daily life. The opening par 4 reveals Huntley's intentions right out of the box. Your tee shot requires you to navigate four strategically placed bunkers that frame the slightly uphill tee shot. Refreshingly, there are many occasion on the course where there is more than one option off the tee. The par 4 fourth features a Huntley favorite, the center fairway bunker. It may appear that you need to throttle back of the bunker with a hybrid but there is also room over the right of the bunker which can be challenged with a driver. The driver might be a more demanding effort, but it could take the marsh on the left out of play and yield a better approach into the green. The 326 yard short par 4 fourteenth is another fine example of strategic design. Driver really isn't the play, as the extensive bunkering and runaway fairway requires precision off the tee, yet there are several targets off the tee which will work. The smallest green on the course is guarded by a semi-pot bunker dead smack in the front awaiting any weak approaches so the shorter your make the hole the better. While not a penal course, there are a few daunting tee shots and approaches over ravines and around lakes that will get your blood pumping, especially the beautiful par 3 thirteenth which is all carry over a ravine. While the green is receptively large, it is seriously tiered. The course will likely be known for its intriguing par 4s and collection of five wonderfully varied par 3s. Kennsington is part of a housing development with a master plan that did not forget the golf course. Most of the holes have no housing and the few that do are well back from the fairways, furnishing more than a satisfactory urban compromise. Range: grass • Total Tees: 5 • Total Yardage: 7050

27 holes of great golf located in Massillon. The course is broken down into three nines, North, South and East. About a 55 minute drive from the I-480 and I-77 interchange, but well worth the drive. This exceptional modern layout which first opened in 1995 was designed by Canadian John Robinson who studied under Pete Dye. Another nine holes opened in late 2001. Course gets a lot of play. Moderate elevation changes, lots of water and sand hazards. Creative and defining contouring. Very good greens and very good conditions. The price is very reasonable for such a sweet course. Most holes provide various club selection options, lay up points and entrances to the greens. A couple plain par 3s, but very solid par 4s and well laid out par 5s. Great finishing holes on the East 9th, which is a enjoyable downhill par 4 and the South 9th, which is a par five tempting you to get home in two over a large lake. Most holes are well laid out. Not a tightly tree lined course but some hole have trees that make things interesting. Perhaps the most interesting hole is the South 3rd, which is a par five bordering the abandoned Massillon State Mental Institution. Those with the mental fortitude to take their tee shot just right of the funny farm will be rewarded with crazy distance. However, danger lurks everywhere on this hole, and you may well find yourself in a straight jacket. Wind can be a big factor on this course as it is relatively open. There is some housing around the course but its not too intrusive. Don't forget to pick up the handy tip sheet in the club house. All three nines are equally comparable and enjoyable. There are those that feel that they took a solid eighteen holes and chopped it up to much. Good practice facilities.  Range: grass • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: East/South 6898 North/East 6674

9 hole executive type metroparks course down in the scenic metroparks valley along Rocky River. Deer and other wildlife often visible. Can be a pleasant experience in the Metroparks but not meant for the low handicapper. No sand and no water hazards, very short. Three elevated tees. A 251 yard par 4 and three par 3s back to back usually cause a traffic jam. Two nice finishing holes await you if you aren't fed up with the slow pace of play. Even when most courses in the area are dried out, this course is still green due to the morning mist which settles in the valley. Range: none • Total Tees: 2 perhaps a 3rd coming soon • Total Yardage: 2527

18 championship holes from the design team of Hurdzan and Fry. Located in Concord, 18 minutes east of the I-90/I-271 interchange. You can actually see the fine clubhouse on the southern side of I-90 west of the Rt. 44 exit. First opening in the fall of 2000, this modern course has become a favorite. There are some conditioning issues lately and we hope this is just a temporary blemish on a great course. Little Mountain is a challenging par 70 with five par 3s and only three par 5s over beautiful and unique terrain. Make sure you take the par 70 and the total yardage into consideration before selecting your tees. Although part of a new residential development, very few homes actually border the course, and the ones that do, are far recessed. The course runs up and down seamless elevations changes and mounding through a very mature forest of tall trees. The is some beautiful homes on the course, but only on a few holes, very set back and not in any way in play. While decidedly Hurdzanish, this course has its own unique feel and flavor due to the wonderful terrain. Well marked. Better bring your best sand game, tons of the deepest sand-faced bunkers you will find anywhere. You may find yourself eight feet below the putting surface. But the bunkers, their signature, is also their biggest problem. They require far more maintenance than they can keep up with and it is keeping them from being the absolute premier course they originally envisioned. We would not be surprised if someday they abandon this style of bunkering and go with more conventional ones. More than a few holes have the left side of the fairway bordered by hazardous deep gorges. Better not hook the ball off the tee on this course, left is punished more often than right. A tough but great starting par 5 playing slightly uphill with a creek coming into play. Holes 10, 13 and 18 are long par 4s that are tough to get home in two with little room for error. Two shortish par 4s tempt you're your driver at holes 8 and 11. But beware, Hurdzan's bottomless bunkers can easily turn par into easy double bogeys. Fine par 3s and a great finishing hole to a pedestal green protected by a deep ravine and menacing bunkers. You really need to bust a long drive on eighteen or you will be thinking about laying up. The greens here are very fastest with nice undulations. Most green complexes require you to fly one in softly since they are so heavily bunkered and usually somewhat elevated. Not much water but numerous creeks and other hazards. The conditions here are top shelf. The green fees are a bit heavy, but thankfully, they do offer some twilight rates. This course is actually a par 72 for the ladies. You cannot reasonably walk this course due to the long distances between several holes. Range: grass but in a flood plain so conditions are below what you expect here • Total Tees: 4 • Total Yardage: 6628

18 municipal holes located in Willoughby, just north or Rt. 2. Lost Nation is owned by the City of Willoughby but its history is as a former country club. Designed by the famous UK team of Harry Colt and Charles Alison in the 1920's, you will find lots of old school county club touches you might not find at other Municipal courses. Now you can play it at a great bargain. There are barely any homes on the course, several holes border the quiet Willoughby Lost Nation Airport and the course sports a good bit of nature, trees and wild areas. The course's many flat fairways can be blamed for some of the poor drainage issues and hence less than idea conditions at spots. But that is pretty much the only thing holding this place back. You can see that substantial efforts have been made to enhance the courses to more than a flat patch of city parkland with flag poles. Many fairways are bordered by or incorporate mounding providing needed definition. They even have a great assortment of par 3s here, rivaling many upper end courses. Don't go left of the par 3 twelfth green, o.b. comes up way to quick. The smallish greens are generally a bit on the slow side but the green complexes seem to be where the bulk of the money was spent on this course. You will find greens fronted by mounding, protected by bunkers and lots of deep fall off hollows that can really test one's short game. The net result is fun and challenging approaches where precision is a must. There always seems to be a penal side to avoid. The main topographic feature on the back nine is a stream that winds through the course providing some additional elevations and water hazard elements in the form of stream beds and high channels. The stream's prevalence is apparent on several holes. The par 4 thirteenth requires a tee shot up over a high stream channel to a difficult blind fairway. The target is the large tree in the distance. On the number one handicap hole, the 440 yard par 4 fifteenth, a big tee shot is needed or you will have to layup before the stream which protects the entire approach. The stream again fronts the green on the par 5 eighteenth making a go in two very difficult although there is a small bailout area short and right of the green. Or favorite holes were the par 5 second and the par 4 eleventh which seem to showcase the true potential here. There is room for improvement and it looks like management is on a course to do so, a little at a time. Easy to walk. Range: grass • Total Tees: 3 • Total Yardage: 6410