Known mainly to the golf world for producing the great Jack Nicklaus, it should be unsurprising that Ohio boasts an incredibly rich collection of golf courses. Though the Golden Bear has undoubtedly left his mark on a few of these layouts—he grew up practicing at #4 on our list and #1 is famously referred to as “Jack’s Place”—some of the other courses might fly under most golfers’ radar, but are just as deserving of praise. Here are our top 10 courses in the Buckeye State.
1. Muirfield Village, Dublin
Jack Nicklaus’s homage to Augusta and venue for his Memorial Tournament, the Masters of the Midwest, it has led off the buckeye list since it debuted more than 40 years ago.
2. Camargo, Indian Hill
A Seth Raynor gem, restored by Tom Doak, with all the template holes, it plays across hilly, ravine-laced terrain to enormous undulating greens. The par threes are all standouts.
3. The Golf Club, New Albany
One of Pete Dye’s earliest designs (1967), replete with hundreds of railroad ties, it has been virtually unchanged since it opened, remaining an all-male enclave with just 150 members.
4. Scioto, Columbus
The place where Nicklaus learned the game, this traditional Donald Ross design is one of only four courses to have hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, PGA Championship, and Ryder Cup.
5. The Scarlet, Upper Arlington
The home course of Ohio State University, designed by Alister MacKenzie and updated by Nicklaus, is widely regarded as the best collegiate test in the nation.
6. Inverness, Toledo
Celebrating its centennial this year, Inverness has a venerable history that includes six major championships. The perilous last five holes are justly known as Murderers’ Row.
7. Double Eagle, Galena
Immaculate conditioning is the keynote of this Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish design set on a rolling tree-clad site dotted with several ravines and ponds.
8. Canterbury, Beachwood
A parkland course from the Golden Age, this design by Herbert Strong is full of movement and variety. It hosted two U.S. Opens as well as the 1973 PGA won by Nicklaus.
9. Kirtland, Willoughby
A C.H. Alison classic marked by his notorious deep bunkers, its front nine lies on high terrain while the inward half wanders beside a river. A cable car transports golfers back up for the final hole.
10. Moraine, Dayton
This lovingly restored 1930 Alex Campbell design with links-like features—few trees, rediscovered bunkers, greens tied to tees—plays fast and firm over hilly inland terrain.