By Nora Tooher
Good news, golfers: There’s no shortage of great golf courses nearby where you can play. Golfweek magazine’s ranking of the best golf courses open to the public in Ohio includes several area links.
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in the city of Brecksville, just 22 miles northwest of Tallmadge, is ranked No. 2 on Golfweek’s list of 2014’s top public golf courses in Ohio.
Boulder Creek Golf Club in Streetsboro, a mere 12 miles northeast of Tallmadge, is No. 3, and Quarry Golf Club in Canton, 27 miles south of Tallmadge, is No. 4. Hawthorne Valley Country Club, 23 miles north in Solon, was ranked fifth.
Longaberger in Nashport claimed the top spot among golf courses in Ohio where you can play. Little Mountain in Concord was sixth; Stonelick Hills in Batavia was seventh; Shaker Run, Lebanon, was eighth; Cooks Creek, Columbus, was ninth and EagleSticks in Zanesville was 10th.
Golfweek also ranked the best courses on a nationwide basis, breaking them into "classic" – those built before 1960 – and modern.
Ohio golf clubs that qualified among the "best modern courses 2014" include The Golf Club, New Albany, 11th; Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, 12th and Double Eagle Golf Club, Galena, 32nd.
Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb., was rated the top modern golf course, followed by Pacific Dunes, Bandon, Ore., and Friar’s Head in Baiting Hollow, N.Y.
The top-rated "classic" golf course built before 1960 was Pine Valley Golf Club, Pine Valley, N.J., followed by Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, Calif., and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
Ohio courses ranked among the best 100 classic courses nationwide include Camargo Club, Indian Hill, No. 18; Inverness Club, Toledo, No. 40; Scioto Country Club, Columbus, No. 47; Brookside Country Club, Canton, No. 64; NCR Country Club (South), Kettering, No. 76 and Kirtland Country Club, Willoughby, No. 88.
To produce Golfweek's lists, an expert team of more than 725 course raters used a 10-point ranking system to identify the best layouts from pre-1960 and 1960-present. The system recognizes that before 1960 – the year that separates classic from modern – most course designers relied on native contours for course features. Since 1960, as the game became more popular, designers began to utilize high-tech engineering and advanced mechanical means to transform the landscape to suit their designs.