I started this blog to help spread the word of the great amount of public golf courses the Tri-State area of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky all have. Some are in the vicinity of major cities such as Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Louisville. Other courses require a good drive and navigating skills to find, but you’ll be happy once you’re there.
You might be thinking about a buddy trip to Myrtle Beach or the Alabama Robert Trent Jones Trail. I’m going to try to convince you that great public golf can be found within a day’s trip of your home.
Indiana tops my list with the most amount of great public courses in the region. The Indianapolis region is especially blessed with great golf with courses like The Fort, The Trophy Club, Brickyard Crossing, and more.
Believe it or not, Kentucky public golf is wonderful as well and has boomed in recent years. The Kentucky Golf Trail has gems such as Hidden Cove, Eagle Ridge, Dale Hollow, and Wasioto Winds. Each one of these courses are equal, if not better, than those you’d have to drive further down I-65 to find.
Ohio has one of the best collection of private courses in the entire world. Although it’s public golf may not be in the same caliber, there are plenty of great courses throughout the entire state. Whether you’re in Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland, or Columbus, you’re surely to find a great public course nearby.
I’ve had this idea in my head for about a year. I went through many different site variations trying to figure out exactly what I wanted this site to be. In the end, I decided to make it a simple blog. I simply show up at the course, take a few pictures, and write my thoughts.
So how do I evaluate courses? For a final ranking, I’ll be using a modified Doak Scale of 0-10. Expect a lot of 5s and 6s, a few 7s and 8s, a handful of 9s, and very few, if any, 10s. I’m looking mostly at the design of the course. I’m less concerned about courses being in optimal condition and more concerned with them being interesting to play. I take a look at price, amenities, and how the staff treats me. Courses don’t know who I am and don’t know when I’m playing. I’ll keep this blog honest, but remember it’s just one man’s opinion.
I’ll be posting a detailed look at my rating scale and write ups of Sultan’s Run Golf Club in Jasper, IN, Heritage Hill Golf Club in Shepherdsville, KY, Dale Hollow State Park Golf Course in Burkesville, KY, and Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, OH.