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Marion Country Club - Marion, Ohio. A nice old private club with many challenging holes. The irrigation system was completely remodeled last year.  Usually in great shape. Warren G. Harding's old golf stomping grounds!

Tiffin Mohawk - Tiffin, Ohio. Well kept club that features nine holes done by Donald Ross. That side, the current back, is my favorite. Very nice greens and friendly people.

Inverness - Toledo, Ohio. Site of many PGA and other professional and National amateur events. Great old course that has a terrific caddy program for the youngsters in the area. A real treat and test of golf.

The Lakes C.C. - Columbus/Westerville, Ohio. A wonderful facility for golf.  Excellent golf course that is playable if you can hit it fairly straight. Plays easier than it looks. Great practice range and gorgeous clubhouse.

Dornoch Golf Club - Delaware, Ohio. This was the old Delaware CC, a nine holer originally designed by Donald Ross. Fuzzy Zoeller was hired to design another nine and redo some of the original nine. 6741 yards, rating 72.2, slope 123. This club has just finished a gorgeous new clubhouse. A very nice course with a mixture of the old and new. Not terribly difficult but pleasurable. 

Shelby C.C. - Shelby, Ohio. Another old course that has undergone some changes over the years. A very nice course with a good mix of holes. You will use every club in your bag here.

Southern Pines C.C. - Southern Pines, N.C. The Elks course at Southern Pines. Another Donald Ross design. A fun track. New greens several years ago made a big improvement. 

Pine Needles C.C. - Southern Pines, N.C. Owned and operated by Peggy Kirk Bell.  Site of the famous "Golfaris".  Donald Ross design. The three toughest finishing holes I've ever played.

Oak Bridge Club at Sawgrass - Ponte Vedra, FL. Not long at 6383 yards but a good test of golf. Slope 129, Rating 70.5. Like most Florida courses, there's plenty of water, some of it not readily apparent from the tee.  It was in good shape when I played it and greens had good speed for Bermuda.

The Medallion Club - Westerville, Oh. Features 27 holes of links style golf with course ratings from 72.8 to 74.3 and slopes from 130 to 133 depending on which combination of nines you play. Very demanding off the tee with wetlands bordering many holes. A Jack Nicklaus II design. Very quick, undulating greens with more break than readily apparent. This one can jump up and bite you at any time. A player that can keep it out of trouble can be rewarded with a good round. Don't come here if you're spraying it!

The Country Club at Muirfield Village - Dublin, Oh. The "other" course at Muirfield. Certainly nothing like the big course but a decent layout none the less. Very wide fairways, very little water in play. Good greens and bunkers. Fairly easy to score on. 6875 yards all the way back, rating 72.4, slope 125.

Firestone Country Club - South Course - Akron, Oh. What a great course! I enjoyed every minute of this one. I've always wanted to play here, it was well worth the wait, I even birdied "The Blue Monster", the par 5 number 16.  Yardage 7139, Rating - 75.1, Slope - 128.  Play this classic if you get a chance!

Treesdale Golf & Country Club - Gibsonia, PA. Designed by Arnold Palmer. A 27 hole facility, depending on the rotation of the 3 nines, Orchard, Grove, and Lakes, it can play, from the tips, at between 6992 and 7138 yards. Rating and slope fall between 74.2/144 and 75.0/148. Sounds a bit tough, huh? Well, it is! Mountainous, rolling terrain, fast greens, plenty of trees and sand, and enough water to make it very interesting. Speaking of greens, these will make you feel foolish sometimes, breaking in ways you wouldn't think possible. Good players only need to apply!

Laurel Valley Golf Club - Ligonier, PA. My favorite Pennsylvania course! Designed by Arnold Palmer/Dick Wilson. Par 71 at 7066 yards with a slope of 144. Beautiful layout, great greens. The downhill dogleg right par 4 tenth is stunning, as is the par 5 18th. Many memorable holes. This club still has caddies! If you get to play this course, do yourself a favor, use a caddy and walk!

 

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