Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Ohio

Ohio is a state that is far more well known for its exclusive private courses than its public offerings, but that doesn't mean golfers aren't playing exceptional rounds themselves. The top 25 courses in Ohio feature an eclectic mix of courses in all parts of the Buckeye State, from Cleveland in the north to Columbus and Cincinnati farther south. Like many parts of the country, area golfers have had the benefit of certain private clubs opening their doors in recent years, and they're earning strong marks from golfers by opening up their tee sheets. The land of Jack Nicklaus, this list has no designs from the Golden Bear, but features designs from Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills, Donald Ross, Michael Hurdzan-Dana Fry and more.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Ohio in 2016

Course layout: Quarry Golf Club
Course conditions: Red Hawk Run Golf Course
Value: Flying B Golf Club
Off-course amenities: Legendary Run Golf Club
Pace of play: Red Hawk Run Golf Course
Staff friendliness: Red Hawk Run Golf Course

Top 25 golf courses in Ohio in 2016

25. Oak Shadows Golf Club

New Philadelphia

24. Delaware Golf Club


23. Raintree Country Club


22. Ridge Top Golf Course


21. Indian Ridge Golf Club


20. Shale Creek Golf Club


19. Virtues Golf Club


18. Manakiki Golf Course


17. Quarry Golf Club


16. Knoll Run Golf Course


15. Deer Ridge Golf Club


14. Windmill Lakes Golf Club


13. Snow Hill Country Club

New Vienna

12. Stone Ridge Golf Club

Bowling Green

11. Pheasant Run Golf Course

No. 19 for Pace of Play, No. 23 friendliest, No. 14 value in the U.S. in 2016

10. Heatherwoode Golf Club


9. Majestic Springs Golf Course


8. Fowlers Mill Golf Course


7. Eagle Sticks Golf Club


6. Sawmill Creek Golf Club & Resort


5. Legendary Run Golf Club


4. Turtle Creek Golf Course


3. North Course at Firestone Country Club


2. Stonelick Hills Golf Course


1. Red Hawk Run Golf Course

No. 33 in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 28, 2017

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hyung7748663's avatar
hyung7748663 wrote at 2017-07-24 03:36:30+00:00:

Are these really the BEST? I don't agree with some of these choices having played them regularly. I'm sure there are better public courses than the ones listed here. See my review of the #1 course in Ohio.

blucky64's avatar
blucky64 wrote at 2017-08-09 23:20:52+00:00:

Where can I see your Reviews I can only play one round a golf when I'm in town from Florida 

docdtm's avatar
docdtm wrote at 2017-03-16 17:25:01+00:00:

A list with the best Ohio courses that includes Raintree but not Boulder Creek is null and void.

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.