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Layout
4.4
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4.2
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4.0
Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Parkland
Par 72
Length 7243 yards
Slope 139
Rating 75.2

Virtues Golf Club (formerly known as Longaberger Golf Club) in Nashport is Ohio's no. 1 public golf course and it's also ranked in the top 75 public golf courses in America. Situated about an hour's drive from Columbus, the Arthur Hills design tumbles across rolling hills, stretching from the ridge top down to the valley floor. Wide, undulating fairways flow seamlessly to immaculately manicured greens bordered by beautiful mature trees. The setting will make you feel as though you've been transported to southern Appalachia. You'll be greeted with stunning panoramic views everywhere you turn. Be careful though because the dramatic slopes make the golf course just as challenging as it is scenic. Multiple sets of tees keep Virtues G.C. playable for golfers of all skill levels but no matter which you choose to play from, a bevy of uneven lies await you.

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arthur Hills (1999) Spencer Holt (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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4.1
154 Reviews (154)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 26
Drinks 23
Patio Dining 16
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 44
Water Hazards 35
Bunkers 33
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 34
Advanced Golfers 33
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 31
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 44
In the 'Burbs 7

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5.0
Previously Played

Second Time Playing Here

Another great experience at Virtues / Longagerger. Greens were in good shape and fast. Course layout is very fun’ with lots of elevation changes and really made me think about shots and club selection. There are also a number of holes with risk reward options. We played the White @ about 6200 yards, but with the elevation changes I thinks it plays longer than that.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Poor and Indifferent Management

$84 for the sat 7:30am tee time. Played the front in two hours only to find four foursomes starting off the back nine when we made the turn. Had to wait 1/2 hour. Management didn’t think there was a problem. Won’t be back.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Play This Course

I consider the Virtues a must-play whenever I'm in the Columbus area, and you should, too. Pleasant staff, superior course conditions and a fabulous design by Arthur Hills.

This is the sort of special course where you'll remember every hole long after your first round. Well-measured doses of drama within a routing that uses the rolling terrain and natural, abundant prairie vegetation like a curtain that raises to reveal each hole just as you reach the tee.

The 400-yard-plus par-4 eighth is a gem, temping a drive that favors the right side, to a steep, swooping right-to-left pitched fairway, which then presents a downhill approach to a thumb of a green surrounded by water. From the tee, it looked like the safe route. Upon arrival, you may face the mother of all hanging lies and a backdrop where it's hard to see anything but the water around the green.

The other option is to challenge the left side with a longish carry from the tee, over scrub to a fairly ample landing area. From a flatter lie, that will leave a wedge or high iron approach, but almost all carry over water. The number 3 handicap hole, it feels like a victory to be putting for birdie, and very satisfying to make par.

Play this course. And then play it again. It's even better when you can enjoy it with someone experiencing The Virtues for the first time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Lofty ranking falls a little short

Good layout with a handful of really memorable holes, but I was a little underwhelmed by The Virtues, considering its ranking in both of the top two golf magazine’s Top 100 public courses list.

To be fair, this is the end of the golf season in eastern Ohio, so conditions weren’t going to be top notch. Additionally, the course took on considerable rain the day before. The fairways, despite being damp, were just fine. The greens, however, were very slow for Bentgrass. The biggest detriment was the dire condition of many greens due to unrepaired and poorly repaired pitch marks. Perhaps this isn’t paid as much attention to by the maintenance staff since it is the end of the season. I would be curious if this is a problem in peak season.

As I stated, there were some really memorable holes. The opening par four is unusual. The 90-degree dogleg tempts cutting the corner. But playing at the large tree in the center of the fairway with less than driver leaves 125 yards.

The short par-4 sixth was another standout for me with an excellent risk/reward proposition.

The eighth would appear to me to be the course’s signature hole, though I can’t say that with certainty. Arthur Hills did a great job designing it, providing three options off the tee: one can play out to the right side and take advantage of the Redan-like fairway to feed the ball down the slope. Or one can challenge the corner of the dogleg and set up a wedge approach. Failure to clear it will leave the player in a large grass swale and perhaps dealing with tree trouble to pin placements on the left side of the green. Thirdly, one can play to the small landing area left of the cluster of trees and set up a short second shot. This route requires an approach completely over water though. This hole was well thought out and extremely fun to play.

The back nine played into the valley, so it was flatter than the undulating front half. The eleventh is a good hole that can offer a semi-blind approach if your tee shot is to the left half of the fairway. There is more room left of the green than appears though if you need to bail out.

Course played long in 10-15 mph wind and low 50s temps. Might want to move up a tee box.

I would like to see the staff keep the leaves picked up. Lost several balls in the leaves that should have been found.

The shoulder season rate is a good value and I definitely think it is worth a spin.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

awesome

beautiful course. went by myself, got partnered up with three other players. great experience. course was spectacular.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The Virtues is The Best

The title pretty much sums it up. Starting with the staff, always friendly and professional. Course was in excellent shape even considering a year's worth of playing. Have played this course many times and have never been disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great service but poor condition

Have not played the course in probably 5 years. Service was top notch! Everyone was very nice! Unfortunately, for $90 and the drive, I would have thought the course would have been in better shape. Tee boxes have weeds and the turf has not been properly maintained. Sand was not raked/dragged and mostly muddy. The greens were not much to write home about either...very spotty. Sad to see such a beautiful course with such a wonderful history and incredible views fall into the state it is.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Great

Wonderful course. Long. Beautiful. Scenic. Challenging. My traveling group goes twice a year every year and we will continue too.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Disappointed drive

I was excited to play a Top 100 course, as they typically outshine their reviews, however this was not the case with The Virtues. First off the pro shop staff wasn’t very friendly, but that’s not a big deal. The range was beat up with hardly any grass to hit from in between the ropes, I thought the course is probably better. The views from the first tee set my expectations high, and then I got to greens. When dropped $70 on a round I expect a level of smoothness from the greens. These greens didn’t reach the level of a $30 muni, I don’t think anyone repaired a pitch mark on the greens this season, every green I felt like I had to dodge land mines and buried elephants. I was truly disappointed in the greens and the fairways, tee boxes and rough didn’t make up for it. When you add to that the lack of water jugs and the beverage cart not showing up until 7 holes into our 2:30 front nine, I was disappointed and parched. Overall, the routing of the course was demanding requiring well placed drives and accurate approach shots. However, the routing could not overcome the poor conditions, I struggle to believe this course is a Top 100 course in the US, don’t waste your trip, play your local muni!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Ohio Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played

One of the best courses in Ohio

This course is always in great condition. A few tee boxes are beat up due to play (#5). Other than that minor problem, not much else negative can be said. Course is a nature lovers paradise, usually see a few deer running around. No houses anywhere on the course. A few tee boxes have a long forced carry to the fairway. Be sure to pick the right tees to match your game . Play this one when you get a chance

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course, but not next level great

My first round at The Virtue's Club was on a BRUTALLY hot Friday the 13th.

I've played numerous top rated public courses in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northern Rockies and Great Lakes region. With that said, while The Virtues Club was an extremely enjoyable track it didn't seem worthy of a #1 state ranking or a spot in the national Top 100. The layout is quite solid but there are some holes that could use a little tweaking. The par 5's were all dog legs to some varying degree. I feel like something more can be done with 8 and 18 as well. 8 has an awkward split fairway with a tree in the middle. The green is then perched out in a pond/swamp. 18 is a severe uphill par 4. The finishing hole's only redeeming quality is the constant view of the enormous clubhouse that looms behind the green

The course conditions were solid but certainly not spectacular. As others have mentioned the greens were showing "considerable" wear and tear. The numerous ball marks aren't a good look but there's only so much a course can do. There were a few areas that were thinning and could easily become bare spots as the summer carries on. That was certainly something I didn't expect to see. They also need to change the tee markers more often on par 3's. There were some ankle twisting divots about.

I paid $48 for a late afternoon round which was a great deal. At that price the course is worth playing 2 or 3 times a month as a local. However, if I dropped the full $100 I wouldn't have been nearly as satisfied.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Still Great but conditions of course starting to decline

1st time I played there this year. It is still one of the best public layouts in Ohio, but course conditions are starting to decline. Most noticeable was condition of bunkers. Lack of maintenance is evident. Grass and weeds starting to grow and they were very inconsistent. Tee boxes looked like they needed some TLC and unfixed divots on greens are going unaddressed and starting to see decline on some of the greens. No Longer 5 Stars.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Take water on hot days or stay away

Pro's- Great layout, scenic views with challenging play around the entire course.

Cons-It is a lengthy drive from Columbus and the price is high $$ in comparison to other non-private course's.
The day we played it was in the mid-upper 90s and there was no water and no drink service on the course. Playing on a holiday, one should expect some volume of play and staff accordingly. Will never play again when the weather is in extreme highs or lows as service was less than you get at a muni course for the fraction of a cost.

Scott

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

play a course like the pros play

One of the best public courses one can play. Beautiful from start to finish

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Beast of a course

Booked round through 9 stars of golf, great trip and value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Stunning course

This is 1 beautiful piece of land.played while visiting from florida.pace of play was little slow.i would still highly recommend

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course to play!

The course layout is great, and conditioning is good. The course lacks sufficient yardage markers, and I had trouble pulling it up on my gps because of the name change from Longabergers to Virtues. It is a very difficult course to play for the first time without knowing your yardages.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Amazing as always

This is the sixth time playing this course this year. I can't get enough of it and it's so beautiful and peaceful great pace of play and awesome lay out! Would recommend to anyone any chance they can get.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Indy Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Well Worth the Trip

The course is located remotely, but easily lives up to its reputation, making it worth the ~30 min trek from I-70/Zanesville to the south, and about 45-60 minutes the Columbus area.

I swung by after reading about it on a whim, and am very glad I did. The course has a fun mix of holes, with a lot of character and elevation change. The greens were fast, even after 5/6 PM. There is room to miss, but if you miss that, you're in for some ballooning scores. From tee to green it's in great shape.

Bottom line, if you have a reason to play it, do it. Look for discount times from the usual online suspects.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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