Ohio’s rolling countryside and picturesque views of Lake Erie make it a prime destination for golfers from around the country. Whether you’re looking to play nine holes, 18 or simply want to putt around a bit, there are plenty of gorgeous, well-maintained courses to choose from in the Toledo area. Some of them were designed by championship golfers and world-renowned designers, and some are home to some of the most popular tournaments in the nation, but all of them offer a chance to get out in the sunshine and test out your skills.
So what are you waiting for? Make yourself a refreshing Arnold Palmer, and check out our nine favorite courses in the area.
Photo courtesy of Heather Downs
Heather Downs (as the name would suggest) was initially built as a horse racing track, but quickly transitioned into a private country club. The course now welcomes club members and the public alike to enjoy a round on the historic and picturesque golf course and enjoy dinner afterward in Bogey’s Bar & Grill.
Brandywine Country Club
The Brandywine Country Club celebrated its 50th birthday in 2016, and in all that time has made a name for itself as a must-play destination for golfers in the region and throughout the country. The top-of-the-line course was recently renovated and features a new, exciting 18-hole layout. If you’re not a member of the club, you can still enjoy dinner at the Champions Bar & Grille, which features gorgeous views of the course and a variety of indulgent dishes.
Highland Meadows Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Highland Meadows Golf Club
Highland Meadows Golf Club is an affordable, private club located in Sylvania. The staff makes club members feel like part of the family, is welcoming to new members, and encourages fun and camaraderie. Golfers will find sanctuary on the acclaimed, 18-hole golf course, which has been home to the Marathon Classic (a regular stop on the LPGA tour) for 27 years. You’ll also find a practice range, putting green, professional shop, indoor and outdoor dining areas, snack bar, and Olympic-sized swimming pool located on site.
Ottawa Park Golf Course
This beautiful, 18-hour public golf course is ideal for champion golfers and beginners alike. The course was designed by S.P. Jermain (known as the father of Toledo golf) in 1899, which makes it the oldest American golf course west of New York City. The grounds have a natural feel, as they have had more than 100 years to blend with the native greenery, but are also immaculately maintained.
Giant Oak Golf Club
Photo courtesy of The Giant Oak Golf Club
The Giant Oak Golf Club has gained a lot of loyal golfers over the years — Toledo-area residents can’t get enough of the well-maintained grounds, excellent service and interesting layout. One reviewer notes, “If you play there once, you’ll be hooked!” The club was established in 1969 and was designed by highly respected golf architect, Arthur Hills, who designed several of the top courses in the Toledo area. The namesake and centerpiece of the course is a magnificent 300-year-old oak tree, which marks the first green.
South Toledo Golf Club
The South Toledo Golf Club was originally designed to be a country club, which is why the stately greens are well-protected by 41 bunkers. The 18-hole course is open to the public but offers an elevated golfing experience. During the summer months, golfing couples can enroll in a couples league, which takes place on Friday nights.
The Legacy by Arthur Hills
Photo courtesy of The Legacy Golf Club
The Legacy Golf Club might feel like an exclusive, private course, but the well-kept grounds are actually open to the public. The gently-rolling course is located on 207 acres and contains five lakes, as well as the area’s only island greens. The immaculate course earned a spot among the top 200 courses to play in the country from Golf Digest. While you’re playing 18 holes on the weekends, enjoy refreshments from the food and beverage carts located throughout the grounds.
Eagles Landing Golf Club
Eagles Landing is a beautiful, 18-hole championship course located just east of Toledo in Oregon, and features views of Lake Erie. The course is open to the public and offers easy access to nearby recreation areas, including Maumee Bay State Park. The manicured greens, picturesque lakes, sand-filled bunkers, and four sets of tees make it the perfect venue for a leisurely afternoon game.
Sylvania Country Club
The Sylvania Country Club offers a premier, 18-hole course that is only available to members. The tree-lined course is built on 160 acres of rolling terrain and was designed by famed designer and golf champion Willie Park Jr., who dubbed it as one of his favorite courses in existence. Because of its quality, the course has hosted many state and local tournaments to the community. Visitors have included great golf names such as Arnold Palmer, Frank Stranahan, Byron Nelson and Mel Woelfling.
May the course be with you!
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