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2.9
344 Reviews (344)
5 Stars
124
4 Stars
99
3 Stars
44
2 Stars
30
1 Stars
47
Conditions
2.4
Value
3.1
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.2
51.9%
Recommend this course
251 out of 344 reviews
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2.2
61 Reviews (61)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
27
Conditions
1.7
Value
2.4
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.6
StaffFriendliness
3.8
32.8%
Recommend this course
20 out of 61 reviews
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2.4
73 Reviews (73)
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
30
Conditions
1.8
Value
2.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.6
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
3.9
35.6%
Recommend this course
26 out of 73 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7071 yards
Slope 131
Rating 73.7

Cooks Creek Golf Club (previously known as Raintree South Golf Club) is bordered by Little Walnut Creek on one side and the Scioto River on the other, providing a scenic setting that is ideal for a round of golf. The course is a certified Audubon Sanctuary and there is also a Blue Herron rookery on site. Opened in 1993, the golf course is relatively young but it has already established a reputation for being one of central Ohio's best public courses. Local architects Michael Hurzdan and Dana Fry designed the course with the assistance of John Cook. Cooks Creek has two completely unique nines that offer two different sets of challenges. The diverse layout requires careful strategy and it will also test your shot-making abilities. With two bodies of water serving as neighbors, water definitely plays a role on the golf course.

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Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1993) John Cook (1993) Dana Fry (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "John Cook Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire. Collared shirt, bermuda shorts.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Ohio (2017 #21)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S. (2017 #12)

Reviews

2.9
344 Reviews (344)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Watching the Game 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 31
Bunkers 25
Elevation Changes 25
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 28
Locals 18
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 35
Convenient to the City 11

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Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Course Condition

I have played this course many times but not for a few years. This course used to be so beautiful and was enjoyable to play. Yesterday was a mess, steps leading to tees are at your own risk. Greens-Fairways and Tees are nothing but crabgrass or mud and burnt out. The course can't breath because of all the overgrowth and brush this would take at least 2 years to clean up the brush and cut down trees to let it breath. I never wright reviews but felt I had to on this one. This course used to be my favorite not anymore. The groundskeeper needs fired and bring someone in who has a clue about golf course maintenance. I hope it can come back, I cant believe John has seen this course in a long time. This is very sad!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

It’s a shame

I have played here several times and it has never been in this kind of shape. If you are unable to maintain your business then sell it I don’t mean to be so judgmental but after seeing how far this course has gone down hill it’s obvious the owner does not care about it. Avoid this course unless you like cow pasture golf courses for high prices.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Cooks weeds

What happened? The Cooks Creek I remember was beautiful. The tee box, fairways and greens are all weeds

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Sad Decline

Played here about ten years ago and went back recently. They said they were switching grass. The course is in worse shape than the average back yard. Tee boxes are covered in weeds and crabgrass. Greens have large bare spots and fairways are not any better. This was a beautiful course ten years ago and the condition it is in now is shocking compared to then.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wow, looks like my stepson cut the grass

Used to be my fav course in Columbus, haven’t been able to golf in few Hayward due to health.... but back at it!

Was very excited to go back, but wow! The course is dead, poor greens, tee boxes... and fairways? You mean crabgrass!!! I honestly have never seen a course in that bad shape.

They obviously know it’s terrible, but still yet had no problem charging $40 to play. I’m not one to write reviews... but here I am. It pains me to not wanna play there again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs Work

The course needs work in all aspects. Fairways and greens show damage or lack of maintenance, not sure which one.

All of their wooden stairs leading to tee boxes and greens are rotted and unsafe.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Sad

If you like a course where the fairways cease to exist and you prefer putting off of asphalt than Cooks Creek is the course for you. In all my years I’ve never seen a course in such poor conditions. Through only grit and mental fortitude we were able to finish the 18. It looked as though they had hosted a monster truck demolition derby just days before. The tee boxes were filled with clover and weed patches and the fairways were littered with tire tracks and dirt patches. The course likely does not own a lawnmower. And the greens? Oh the horror. Between the broken railings and the wet shingles nailed over the broken steps to keep them together we were lucky to make it out alive. There should be criminal charges brought on the course for accepting people’s hard earned money to play here. Stay away!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Dumpster Trash

This course is horrific. If someone told me a nuclear bomb was dropped in the middle of the course yesterday, I probably would have believed them. The fairways looked like a war zone. The greens looked and played like AstroTurf was laid on concrete and then someone took a blow torch to it. The name of the course should be changed to “Crooks” creek because whoever runs this place is running a criminal operation stealing money from people. Also, if for some horrible reason someone decides to play here, be careful walking up the stairs and using the railing on #10. It looks like wood hasn’t been replaced in a century and the railing is coming out of the ground. It’s a law suit waiting to happen. It’s also a miracle how anyone gets through 18 holes because the signage on the course is non-existent and it’s impossible to find some tee boxes. I wouldn’t come back here even they offered me free golf for a lifetime. For the love of God don’t waste your money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/25/2020

Hi, mwbyrne. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. We working to improve the fairways and greens. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We understand your frustration with the construction projects underway. Please bear with us as we work diligently to make improvements. We hope you'll give us another try in the future. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worst course in central Ohio

Unbelievable John Cook would lend his name to this dump Tee boxes non existent fairways all dirt greens are mud. I think i would rather play at Blackhawk which been closed over a year its probably still in better shape. Read they are in talks to sell this to a park/canoe livery if that is the case then stop stealing from the public and put on your website this course is unplayable

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/18/2020

Hi, joediana. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We understand your frustration with the current projects underway. Please bear with us as we work diligently to make improvements. We hope you'll give us another try in the future. Thanks for choosing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Simple - Don’t Waste Your Time

This course could not be in worse condition. Your choices are to hit off of dirt or weeds in the “fairway”. Best of luck finding a spot to get your tee into the ground on the tee box. The greens are completely dried out and are burnt all over. Your money is better spent elsewhere, this place needs a complete overhaul.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/17/2020

Hi, michaelestry. Thank you for reviewing the course. We apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. We are constantly working to maintain the fairways and greens. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game, and we will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Golf somewhere else than Cooks Creek

I played this course about 4 years ago and it was in excellent condition with amazing elevated tee boxes! I decided to play it again this year and it was a big mistake, the course was in such bad condition I wanted to go back to the front and ask for my money back. I continued to play the course hoping it would get better, but the greens and fairways were almost completely bare. There was no water in majority of the ponds and the ponds that had water were not cared for, the grass looked as if it hadn’t been cut all season. The management of this course is extremely disappointing because the hole layouts are great and I know what the course looked like before, this course should be shut down and no one should pay to play on this course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/18/2020

Hi, Josh. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We understand your frustration with the current projects underway. Please bear with us as we work diligently to make improvements. We hope you'll give us another try in the future. Thanks for choosing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Don’t do it!

It’s sad because this use to be one of the nicer courses here. Unfortunately it has not been taken care of and is a complete dog track now. Even for only $25 for my round was to much. The layout is fun but they don’t take care of it at all anymore. It will be my last time ever playing there.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/13/2020

Hi ssrcsimon. Thank you for taking the time to review the course. We take single star feedback very serious at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/12/2020

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in Really Bad Shape

Today was the 20th round I have played at Cook’s Creek dating all the way back to 2013. First time playing in 2020. This was by far the worst shape I have ever seen the course in. Burned out fairways and greens. Some greens are over halfway burned out, cracked, crusty, and sandy. Overgrown and poorly maintained tee boxes. Most bunkers are grass grown-in or badly maintained. I’m very sad - we used to love the drive down from CBus to play here - but not today. I would certainly avoid for some time. I hope this course comes back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/13/2020

Hi, GoBucksGolfer. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1 star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single star feedback very seriously at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad shape

The course is in bad shape. Bare spots all over the place from the tee boxes to fairways even the greens. Used to be my favorite course. Will be very hard to go back. Needs a lot of work. Very disappointed.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/13/2020

Hi, Werner11. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We are working to get everything up to par. We are constantly maintaining the course to improve the fairways and greens. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

AWESOME STAFF at a beautiful course

LOVE the people at Cooks Creek. Left my wallet in a golf cart and one of the staff found it and called me immediately to let me know she had it. Went back to pick it up and play again. Everybody working there is soooo nice and friendly...and I was so happy to get my wallet back...that I had to write this review. I believe good people make a good golf course great. That is certainly the case at Cooks Creek. The layout of the course is really challenging but fair. The value for the money is great - golf can get expensive around Columbus ! But mostly the thing I LOVE about this location is the staff - friendly and helpful and Cathy makes an amazing chicken salad sandwich ! Will definitely play here many times in the future. I heard they are replacing the grass so it can only get better ! Awesome place to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/17/2020

You or a family member must work there because no one who swings a golf club would give it 2 stars let alone 5 that you gave

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Commented on 08/12/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Cow pasture in better shape

I’ve played this course many times, but this will be my last! There are more weeds in this course than this is grass and more bare spots on the greens than there was grass! I’m not sure who owns this place now, but I’d think the Cook family would be ashamed to have their name on this place now!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/13/2020

Hi, craigmenke. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1 star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single star feedback very seriously at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

What happen?

This course was elite back in the day! Now it horrible! There is nothing I can say good about this course right now! Save your money...

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/13/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. We are constantly working towards getting things up to par. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Horrible

Course has definitely seen much better days. Half of the fairways were literally dirt, and over have the greens had a decaying earth type of look. Rough was not mowed up to par. The only good thing about this course are the staff ( very friendly) and the carts are in good shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 08/13/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. We are constantly working towards getting things up to par. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We are glad you found our staff friendly and hope to see you again soon.

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