Best Golf Courses in Ohio

Updated February 2024 to update booking information.

If you’ve never had a chance to experience an Ohio State football game in person, I’d highly recommend it.  Not only are they really good every year, words can’t describe what it’s like to be surrounded by more than 100,000 diehard fans inside Ohio Stadium.  I’ve been to plenty of college games in my day and this was by far my favorite experience.

While the Buckeyes are known nationwide for their gridiron prowess, you might not know that Ohio is home to some of the best golf courses in the country too.  Sure, there are plenty of private ones where you have to know a member to get on.  However, there’s no shortage of outstanding public courses you can play as well.  Check out our top 10 below.



The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills

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If you’re seeking a demanding and pleasant golfing adventure in Ohio, look no further than The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills. This course, designed by Jeff Osterfeld and Jack Kidwell, offers an exceptional layout that has garnered attention from both professional and amateur golfers.

The strategic design, coupled with stunning elevation changes, makes for an exciting and demanding round of golf. The course’s well-maintained fairways and breathtaking views further enhance the overall adventure. The reputation of The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills is bolstered by its history of hosting various prestigious events, adding to its allure as one of the best public golf courses in Ohio.

Additionally, the facilities and amenities provided, including top-notch practice areas and a fully equipped pro shop, ensure that golfers have everything they need for an enjoyable day on the course. Accessible to both locals and visitors, The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills beckons golf enthusiasts to come and go through a truly remarkable and bold round of golf.



The Sanctuary Golf Club

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With its reputation as one of Ohio’s best public golf courses firmly established, The Sanctuary Golf Club beckons golf enthusiasts to encounter another demanding and visually stunning course. Positioned in the scenic country of Ohio, The Sanctuary Golf Club offers a golfing adventure that seamlessly blends natural beauty with a meticulously designed course.

As you consider your next golfing destination, here’s what you can expect from The Sanctuary Golf Club:

  • It is a bold and highly regarded course in Ohio.
  • Scenic view including rolling hills and lush greenery for a visually stunning encounter.
  • Top-notch practice facilities, including driving ranges and putting greens.
  • Luxurious clubhouses with dining options and pro shops.
  • Professional instruction from experienced instructors for golfers.

Whether you seek to refine your skills under the guidance of top golf instructors or simply immerse yourself in the splendor of a Donald Ross design, The Sanctuary Golf Club promises a golfing adventure that stands amongst the best in Ohio.

From the esteemed Firestone Country Club to the iconic Muirfield Village and Ridge Golf, Ohio State’s golf business flourishes, with The Sanctuary Golf Club at its forefront.



Chapel Hill Golf Course

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Settled in the scenic countryside of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Chapel Hill Golf Course stands as a renowned destination for golf enthusiasts seeking a demanding and charming golfing happening. This public course, situated on McClintock Drive, offers a stunning layout with rolling hills and meticulously lined fairways.

If you’re in the Buckeye State, a short drive will lead you to one of the best golf courses in Ohio. Chapel Hill Golf Course provides an excellent golfing atmosphere with well-maintained fairways and greens, making it a popular choice for golfers at every skill level. The practice facilities, including driving ranges and putting greens, allow you to hone your skills before heading out onto the course. Additionally, the club offers professional instruction for those looking to improve their game.

After a round of golf, you can relax and unwind at the luxurious clubhouse, which features dining options and a well-stocked pro shop. Chapel Hill Golf Course truly delivers a top-notch golfing event, drawing golf enthusiasts from all over to its scenic and bold grounds.


Shale Creek Golf Club

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Shale Creek Golf Club offers golf enthusiasts a stunning and demanding course with colorful views of rolling hills and lush greenery. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a newcomer to the sport, Shale Creek provides an exceptional encounter with its championship layout and top-notch facilities.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Championship Course: The course is renowned for its impressive design, making it suitable for professional tournaments and providing an exciting event for golfers of all levels.
  • Practice Facilities: Sharpen your skills at the well-equipped practice areas, which include driving ranges and putting greens to help you master your game.
  • Clubhouse Amenities: After a round of golf, unwind at the luxurious clubhouse, offering dining options and a pro shop where you can explore the best golf equipment and attire.
  • Professional Instruction: Improve your game with lessons from experienced instructors who can help you refine your technique and enhance your performance on the course.

Shale Creek Golf Club stands out as one of the best courses in Ohio, providing an outstanding golfing adventure for players looking to elevate their game.


Cumberland Trail Golf Club

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Located in the scenic town of Pataskala, Ohio, Cumberland Trail Golf Club offers golfers a scenic and demanding course designed to test players of all skill levels. The renowned design by Jack Kidwell ensures an exceptional layout that provides beautiful views and a true test for golfers.

The club’s well-equipped facilities include top-notch practice areas, such as a driving range and putting greens, allowing players to hone their skills. For those looking to improve their game, professional instruction is available from experienced instructors.

The prime location of the club makes it easily accessible to both locals and visitors, adding to its appeal. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, Cumberland Trail Golf Club provides an enjoyable and rewarding encounter for all.

This Ohio gem is a must-visit for those seeking a top golf club with a bold course and stunning scenery. If you’re in Ohio, be sure to add Cumberland Trail Golf Club to your list of must-play courses.


Oak Shadows Golf Club

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Opened in 1995, Oak Shadows continues to receive rave reviews from both locals and visitors alike. 

Rolling hills and tree lined fairways give this course a lot of character.

Here, you’re going to use every club in your bag and opportunity for creativity abounds.  That’s especially true around the course’s many elevated greens.

Truly a pleasure to play, I highly recommend a round at Oak Shadows.



Majestic Springs Golf Club

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Mother Nature is what shaped the links-style course at Majestic Springs.  Sprawling meadows, native grasses, and copious wetlands make this round an experience unlike any other in the area. 

Less than 200,000 yards of dirt were moved in the construction of Majestic Springs.  That’s reflected in the natural topography the course inhabits.  It’s easy to see why locals love this course so much.

Along with being designed beside nature, Majestic Springs was conceived to be playable for every golfer.

The club’s staff are always welcoming and bend over backward to make sure every guest enjoys their day.


EagleSticks Golf Club

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EagleSticks is more than just great golf, it’s a great experience.  From the moment you arrive until you put your clubs in your car after your round, you’ll feel welcomed and cared for. 

The course itself is beautiful.  Frequent elevation changes, plush fairways, and numerous waterfalls accent the 150 acres on which this course sits.

I recommend playing this course early in the morning or late in the day when Mother Nature is on full display.

Truly an exceptional all-around experience, I’ll definitely be back to EagleSticks Golf Club.


Indian Ridge Golf Club

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Located in the rolling farm country of Southern Ohio, Indian Ridge is a must play.

Spacious vistas of the surrounding countryside can be found on nearly every hole at Indian Ridge.  Don’t let the views fool you however, the course demands your utmost attention. 

Bentgrass fairways are complemented by crystal blue lakes that come into play.

If you’re looking for a lesson from one of the best teachers in the state, be sure to get in touch with PGA Professional, Andy Anderson.  He’s spent his life coaching some of the best players in the game and really knows his stuff.


Chippewa Golf Club

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Located just 15 minutes from Akron, Chippewa Golf Club is one of the best values in the area.

Designed in 1962, the course meanders its way through rolling hills of green. 

Even though it’s spacious off the tee, the course’s undulating greens can present a real challenge. 

Just because you’re cruising along, don’t hold your breath as holes 14, 15, and 16 are called the “Bermuda Triangle.”  On this stretch, you’ll pay the price if you miss a shot.

Due to the lack of trees, frequent winds only add to the fun and excitement that is a round at Chippewa Golf Club.


Ohio is a rich state in every sense of the word.  From its diversity of landscape, to the people, to things to do, there’s nothing quite like it.  And don’t forget, lots of great golf. 

I’ve been fortunate to play some of the better public tracks in the state but I’m sure there’s many more I need to check off my list.  What are some of your favorites?  Let us know in the comments below.


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Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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