Best golf courses: Ohio (North & Central)

Quite a few of Ohio's golf courses that have made our list are private golf clubs with impeccable amenities. The best public golf courses here include the Avalon Lakes course, a lovely tree-lined layout with challenging holes, the top-rated Virtues Golf Club, and the championship layout at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Ohio on our customised maps.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Dye, Pete

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Cleveland / Akron

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Pete Dye

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Thompson, Stanley

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Cleveland / Akron

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Stanley Thompson

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Salemi, Joe

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Cleveland / Akron

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Joe Salemi
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cleveland / Akron
Strong, Herbert

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Private club

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Cleveland / Akron

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Herbert Strong (1922); modifications by Bruce Hepner (2016).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cleveland / Akron
Flynn, William S.

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Private club

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Cleveland / Akron

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Current layout designed by William S. Flynn (1928).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Columbus (OH)
Weiskopf & Morrish

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Private club

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Columbus (OH)

Designer

Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cleveland / Akron
Trent Jones Sr & Fazio

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Private club

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Cleveland / Akron

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South course: original design by Bert Way (1929), redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1960). North course (Robert Trent Jones Sr, 1969). West course (Tom Fazio, 2001).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Dye, Pete & Roy

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Cleveland / Akron

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Pete Dye & brother Roy Dye designed the original Lake and River nines.
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Columbus (OH)
Dye, Pete

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Private club

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Columbus (OH)

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Pete Dye
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Columbus (OH)
Ross, Donald

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Columbus (OH)

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Original design by Donald Ross (1929), later revised by Jack Kidwell.
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Toledo (OH)
Ross, Donald

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Private club

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Toledo (OH)

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Original design dates from 1903. Course remodelled by Donald Ross (1919); modifications by George & Tom Fazio (1979), Arthur Hills (1999) and Andrew Green (2018).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cleveland / Akron
Alison, Charles Hugh

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Private club

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Cleveland / Akron

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Charles "Hugh" Alison, long-time design associate of Harry Colt.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Hurdzan & Fry

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Cleveland / Akron

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Dr Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Ross, Donald

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Cleveland / Akron

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Donald Ross
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Toledo (OH)
Hills, Arthur

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Toledo (OH)

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Arthur Hills
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Columbus (OH)
Nicklaus & Muirhead

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Private club

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Columbus (OH)

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A Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus with input from Desmond Muirhead and Pete Dye.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Columbus
MacKenzie, Alister

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Private club

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Columbus

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Original design by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1939); renovated by Jack Nicklaus (2005).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Huntley, Brian

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Cleveland / Akron

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Brian Huntley
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Columbus (OH)
Hills & Forrest

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Columbus (OH)

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Arthur Hills & Steve Forrest
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Columbus (OH)
Ross, Donald

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Private club

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Columbus (OH)

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Original design by Donald Ross (1916); updated by Dick Wilson (early 1960s) and Jack Nicklaus & Dr Michael Hurdzan (2008).
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Thompson, Stanley

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Cleveland / Akron

Designer

Stanley Thompson
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Columbus (OH)
Hills, Arthur

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Columbus (OH)

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Arthur Hills
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Ault, Ed

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

Edmund B. "Ed" Ault

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