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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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

Pete Dye

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

Stanley Thompson

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

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

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Private club

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

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

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

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

Nearest city

Columbus (OH)

Designer

Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cleveland / Akron
Jones, RT Sr & Tom Fazio

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Private club

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

South course: original design by Bert Way (1929); redesign 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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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

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

Nearest city

Columbus (OH)

Designer

Pete Dye

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Columbus (OH)

Designer

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

Nearest city

Toledo (OH)

Designer

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

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

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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Visitors welcome

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Cleveland / Akron

Designer

Hurdzan/Fry Design (Dr Michael J. Hurdzan & Dana Fry).

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

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Visitors welcome

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Cleveland / Akron

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Toledo (OH)

Designer

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

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Private club

Nearest city

Columbus (OH)

Designer

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

Nearest city

Columbus

Designer

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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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cleveland / Akron

Designer

Brian Huntley
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2020)
Columbus (OH)
Hills & Forrest

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(Closed in 2020)

Nearest city

Columbus (OH)

Designer

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

Nearest city

Columbus (OH)

Designer

Original design by Donald Ross (1916); updated by Dick Wilson (early 1960s) and renovation by Jack Nicklaus & Dr Michael J. Hurdzan (2008).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cleveland / Akron
Thompson, Stanley

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

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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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Columbus (OH)

Designer

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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