Cooks Creek Golf Club

4.3619941176 4.4 stars from 5 (201)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7071 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

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  • 16405 US Hwy 23 S, Ashville, Ohio 43103, Pickaway County
  • (740) 983-3636
  • (740) 983-4673
  • www.cookscreekgc.com
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Year built: 1993
Architect(s): Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1993), John Cook (1993), Dana Fry (1993)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire. Collared shirt, bermuda shorts.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Cooks/Black 72 7071 yards 73.7 131
Back/Scarlet 72 6648 yards 71.3 128
Middle/Gray 72 6182 yards 68.5 122
Forward/Green 72 5095 yards 68.2 120

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 201 Reviews
5 stars:
81
4 stars:
84
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

178 out of 200 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks watching the game  

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Sparti's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 07/17/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four stars! We are happy to see that you had a good round of golf out there the other day. We hope to see you again soon.

"Beutiful Couese"


basm01's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the layout and the course is beutiful. Too many courses now have housing developments so all you see are people's yards. Cooks Creek is a very scenic very fun course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 07/17/2018:

Hello, thank you for the five stars! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our course layout and found it beautiful. We hope to see you again soon.

"Good day of Golf"


john5599751's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall it was a good day of Golf. Course is in pretty good shape. Not quite to where it needs to be. Some of the fairways are starting to burn out,and the Bunkers are awful. Greens were decent for the most part. Pace of play was a bit slow,but not terrible. With a few Improvements Cooks will be back to where it once was a top 10 public course in Ohio.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 07/13/2018:

Hello John, thank you for the three-star review! We are happy to hear that you had an overall good time out there despite the conditions and pace of play. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to see you again soon.

"Really good but could be so much better!!"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Every time I play Cook's Creek I ask myself why I don't play it more often? While it's about a 45 minute drive, the layout is really good and the setting is beautiful. The course was in pretty good shape despite some spots being pretty wet/soft. The fairways and greens were really good with the exception of people not fixing ball marks. The only negative, as others have mentioned were the bunkers. Many were filled with standing water, and others had more mud than sand.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. I will definitely be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 07/10/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four stars! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our layout and had an overall good time. We appreciate your feedback regarding the bunkers and ball marks. Come back again soon!

"Great course, greens are fantastic, a few bunkers need work"


u000007783125's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, greens are fantastic, but a few bunkers need work and have standing water in them. Aside from a few of the bunkers not draining properly, the course is in fantastic shape. I love the layout, and I’m happy to see that the course belongs to the Cook family again...the quality of the course has improved significantly. Will definitely be back! (Hopefully the bunker drainage problem can be fixed...#17 was a pond with tadpoles, not a bunker)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 07/05/2018:

Hello, thank you for the five stars! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our course and found it to be in good shape. We appreciate your feedback regarding the bunkers, and we hope to see you again soon.

"Everything but the sand traps."


u000006222670's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
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Reviewed on

Other than the sand traps, the course is in great shape.

Sand traps lacked.....SAND!!!

Staff was friendly and helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 07/02/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four stars! We are sorry to hear that you found our sand traps in bad shape, but we are glad that you found our staff helpful and that you had an overall good time out there. Thanks for stopping by, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

"Slowly getting better"


jbergerjr's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Fairways much improved from last year. Rough is better too. Greens are better but still not up to par compared to other publics in Columbus area. People need to fix their ball marks. Traps are awful. We walked the front nine with pull carts in 2 hours and because of the threat of thunderstorms took a cart on the back. 3 hours to play the back nine. No sign of a marshal. Staff was very friendly and there was a beverage cart so we could stay hydrated. It will be a while before we go back given the other good options around.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 06/25/2018:

Hello and thank you for coming out to Crooks Creek and for leaving us a review. We apologize about the course conditions, but we are happy to hear that you were able to see some improvement since the last time you were here. Thank you for the feedback regarding the slow play. This will be passed onto our staff. We hope to see you out here again sometime soon, and we hope that you are able to see more improvements with our course.

"Love it!"


hock8's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of my favorite courses in Columbus. A little bit slow play but we teed off at 1:00 on a Saturday afternoon so to be expected. Looks like it's back in the right hands!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 06/25/2018:

Hello hock8, thank you for playing Crooks Creek and for the 5 star review! We apologize about the slow play. We will keep doing our best to ensure faster play in the future. Thank you for the compliments, and we will look forward to seeing you out here again.

"Great course that needs a little attention"


u000008207397's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Cooks Creek for the first time the other day. Overall it has a great layout that present numerous challenges throughout the round. Course would be 5 stars if the bunkers were in better shape. Almost every bunker was washed out. Was also disappointed by the number of cut range balls in my bucket before the round. With a little TLC, it would make a run for best public course near Columbus


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 06/14/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four stars! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our course layout. We appreciate your feedback regarding the bunkers and range balls, and we hope to see you again soon.

"Cook's Creek"


jlwomack3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways and greens were in great condition. Bunkers are in need of attention. Overall excellent value


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 06/12/2018:

Hello, thank you for the five-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you found our fairways and greens in great shape. Thanks for the feedback, and we hope to see you again soon!

"Best value around!"


Sean7418697's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
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Reviewed on

This course is one of my favorites. Great layout. Wish the greens were a little faster but still the best value on golf now. Thanks to the Cooks


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 06/12/2018:

Hello Sean, thank you for the five stars! We are happy to hear that you found our course great value for your money and that you enjoyed our course layout. Thanks for stopping by, and we can't wait to have you back again soon.

"Amazing Course"


Michael9783177's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
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Reviewed on

I never write reviews, but felt compelled to for this course. Certainly one of the finest public courses I’ve played in Central Ohio. Course was in amazing shape and was a lot of fun to play! I’ll Def be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 06/12/2018:

Hello Michael, thank you for the amazing five-star review! We are thrilled to hear that you decided to review our course. We appreciate your positive feedback and kind words, and we can't wait to see you again soon!

"A Hidden Gem"


kmlenha's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was looking for a course to play while in Columbus, Ohio and found Cooks Creek, a delightful treat. The layout was surprisingly challenging, yet fair. Even with wide fairways you still had to think your way around for positioning approach shots into the greens. I thoroughly enjoyed playing every hole.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 06/12/2018:

Hello, thank you for the five stars! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our course layout. Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see you again soon.

"Outstanding course with friendly accommodating staff"


JimandMindy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I wanted to find a place to play while staying in the Grove City area. I searched the courses in the area and read the reviews. Cooks Creek had the 2nd highest overall rating and a very reasonable hot deal price. What a find! It's too bad they got an inch of rain the night before. The course was still very playable, but a little soft in some spots. I thought the fairways and greens were in excellent condition. Excellent variety of holes with well placed hazards. You can lose a lot of balls if you start spraying them. Everyone we met was warm, friendly, and helpful. We even met several members of the Cook family; which was a real treat for us. My understanding from reading previous reviews is that the course is in a continuous state of improvement. If that's the case, that's wonderful....but don't wait to go check it out. We will definitely be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 05/30/2018:

Hello Jim and Mindy, thank you for the amazing four-star review! We are happy to hear that you had a great experience both on and off the golf course. We are continuing to make improvements, and we are so happy that you chose to golf with us. Come back again soon!

"except for that twosome ahead of us..."


doctorsteve's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got an excellent deal for the foursome from the course ($25). Busy day, had to wait a little to tee off. the ranger told the twosome behind us to join up with the twosome ahead. The first twosome refused and sped off. the second twosome was told to return to their spot in line behind our foursome (our teetime was earlier) but he pitched a fit and ranted about wanting his money back, etc, didn't want to wait, moan groan whine. I was glad no children were nearby. we told him to go ahead and tee off, that every one would finish eventually. (we ended up waiting for them on every hole, but saturdays are busy...) the course itself is very nice, rebuilding a bit, and may benefit from some signage for directions. Interesting variety of holes. The owner (father of John Cook and Kathy Cook, professionals) chatted with us in clubhouse after the round. His family runs the course; very pleasant. Plenty of water present on the course, but really only for wayward shots, except when obvious from the tee or GPS device.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 05/30/2018:

Hello Steve, thank you for the four-star review! We are glad to hear that you had a great experience despite the slow pace of play with the twosome in front of you. Your feedback is important to us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

"Intresting layout"


MichaelBogutz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cook’s Creek is the best layout in Ohio. The course forces you to think ; driver off tee, or hybrid ? Go for sucker pin, or the center of the green ? Conditions have improved from last year, and although a few bunkers still need attention, it does not take away from the excellent experience.

Mr. Jim Cook was there to greet, and he was a joy to speak with.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 05/30/2018:

Hello Michael, thank you for the four stars! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience both on and off the golf course. Thanks for playing with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

"Delightful. Ssssh. Don't tell anybody"


joyleeyaw's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wonderful afternoon

Only observation ---- the pacing at some time was pretty squeezed. That's the only challenge

Lovely. Please don't come. Hahahaha


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Cook Creek Golf Club on 05/30/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four stars. We are happy to hear that you had an overall good time with us. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to see you again soon.

"Great course"


u000002788246's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ever since this course returned to Cook's Creek, it has returned to the excellent course it once was. The course was well groomed and the pace of play was good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 05/22/2018:

Hello, thank you for the five stars! We are thrilled to hear that you had an enjoyable experience. We appreciate your feedback, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


teeitupaw's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 05/17/2018:

Hello, thank you for the five stars! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our course and had an overall great time out there. Thanks for playing with us, and we hope to see you again soon.


u000007188504's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Cooks Creek Golf Club on 05/16/2018:

Hello, thank you for the three-star review. We hope that you had a good time with us the other day. We hope to see you again soon!


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