The Trout Club

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3.7
36
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.2
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.8
95.9%
Recommend this course
32 out of 36 reviews
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3.5
4
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 4 reviews
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3.5
4
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 4 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6295
Slope 119
Rating 70.0
Type Resort
The Trout Club (formerly known as Licking Springs Golf Club) sprawls across a scenic landscape of rolling hills dotted with natural springs that is also home to an abundance of wildlife. Jack Kidwell, a local course architect who has played in role in many of Ohio's golf courses, designed the challenging layout. The course has a traditional design covered with mature trees, which are especially concentrated along the fairways. The undulating greens provide excellent putting surfaces. Their small size and quick speed will test your short game skills. The course is definitely a shotmaker's layout, placing a heavier emphasis on the placement off of the tee rather than distance. It is a layout that requires careful course management and skillful strategy. In addition to the golf course, The Trout Club offers two practice putting and chipping greens as well as a public swimming pool.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6295 yards 70.0 119
White 71 6001 yards 68.7 117
Red (W) 70 4929 yards 68.7 110
Scorecard for The Trout Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 69.4/116 429 151 378 300 351 441 147 524 410 3131 282 388 472 156 349 280 221 405 392 2945 6076
White M: 67.7/107 416 139 365 290 341 421 137 451 396 2956 268 378 457 147 336 270 162 395 332 2745 5701
Gold M: 66.5/106 339 103 311 229 279 321 127 437 316 2462 208 311 408 91 239 260 157 309 230 2213 4675
Red W: 67.9/109 333 100 254 226 270 295 108 433 251 2270 202 308 405 87 236 250 152 305 226 2171 4441
Handicap 2 18 10 14 6 12 16 4 8 13 3 11 15 9 17 5 7 1
Par 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1960
Fairways Blugrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Kidwell

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required

Reviews

3.7
36

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 6

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course, has a challenging layout

Nice course, greens are in good shape with some hard breaks. Front nine is relatively easy with unique hazards on each hole. No sand traps on this course, but many creeks and ponds and mature trees Several fairways suffering from the 2018 summer heat, thin grass. Back nine is built on a hill, with many fairways sloping left to right, or right to left requiring strategic placement of your tee shot. Back nine also has many blind shots to the green. Course knowledge is essential to score well.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Mixed feelings

When you first pull in everything looks really beautiful. Club house and restaurant is great. The course has a really nice layout but the upkeep is rough around the edges. Tee boxes need cut also. Some dead areas in the fairways need addressed. Back plays a lot tougher. Lots of hills and blind shots. If they figure out a way to upkeep the course the way they upkeep the welcome area and facilitates, it would be a really great place overall.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent day to play goldf

I play the Trout Club quite often. I enjoyed my round with my kids today and I recommend playing the course this year. The management and staff have put a lot into the course to make it challenging and fun.

Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A beautiful setting

A very challenging course calling for putting one's shot making skills to the test. The tees, fairways, and greens were in great shape. It's so much fun for me to play there. And after the round we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Club's restaurant.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time

Been seeing great Hot Deals on this course and finally took advantage of it. Amenities are very nice. Ate lunch there- very nice (and good food!). Course was in very good shape. Not long at all, but it has its challenges. Will be back!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very nice course

Scenic course in great condition. Only drawback is back nine is very hilly with lots of blind shots. Other than that, this is a very nice course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun time

Beautiful setting

Tough putting

Very enjoyable

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

Short yardage wise but tough

Don't be fooled by the yardage on the scorecard, this track is tough no flat spots anywhere. Greens slope allot. No bunkers which was odd but didn't make it any less difficult. Only complaint would be some of the blue tee boxes were uphill.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Quirky but FUN

Interesting course. Rolling hills, lots of trees, trout steams, no sand. Several blinks shots. Tricky greens. A very pleasant round of golf. Not something you would want to walk and longer playing than the yardage would indicate. Great restaurant. Have played it for many years, both when it was "needy" and now that is greatly improved.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

great course foe the money

Loved playing here. got rained out after the front nine.

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

Hidden danger.

Couldn't see a lot of the trouble. Small little streams not visible from tee. Also took forever to play. Teed off 9:48 a.m. finished at 2:35 p.m. Not enjoyable.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

It's not a long course but the Hills and the greens make it very challenging

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

First time in three years

I had not played this course in over three years because it was in very bad shape the last time I played it. What a difference!

The course is now in excellent condition. The improvements that have been made are remarkable. The greens were in grest condition, as was the rest of the course. You still have to know where to hit the ball off many tees to stay out of trouble but that just makes it an interesting course. Enjoyed the round and will go back soon.

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

Great coarse

This is a local favorite of mine and you can tell they are putting money into the course to make it better great deal and great condition

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

enjoy the view!

have played here hundreds of times and always come back for more. my wife is a member here. great golf but very cold hearted greens. the back nine has a tough reputation but actually plays a couple of strokes easier than the front. enjoy the views!

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

Great place to golf

Cant complain about anything at Trout club. We had a few guys golfing behind us who almost hit us half a dozen times. But minus the brawl that almost ensued, it was a great time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Getting Better - Off Course Amenities Are Perfect 10!

Many might harp on course conditions here as fairways were hard to distinguish vs. rough and bare spots were plentiful, likely thanks to area getting hit hard with grey leaf spot. 90% of the courses in this area got hit so perfect conditions for it to eat up the grass and make it look like they didn't water. Read up about it here - https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/bp/bp-107-w.pdf They were installing a fresh blacktop cart path when we played so expect some smooth sailing out there in another week or so. The fresh black against the green grass made for a great visual around tees and greens.

The greens were just punched but looked like they weren't in bad shape. The course layout itself on the front at least is fun, tight at times but a good mix of different types of holes. Some blind but not too many, use the GolfNow app for GPS, it'll help and they have cool flyovers playing in the restaurant as well. I hear the back is very hilly and each hole is carved out of a valley so lots of straight drives could end up in rough or wrong side of fairway which sounds frustrating but if it was easy, it wouldn't be any fun right?

The extra stars earned here are on the place's clubhouse area. The old trout ladders are nostalgic for sure, great looking pool area and overnight cottages right on site if you are looking for place to get away, they got rooms! Restaurant, bar area looks great, I've been here multiple times and only played once but I like to come just for the drive up and the little things they've thought of around the building. Can't wait to see what course looks like with more TLC, keep up the great work.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout

Liked the course...greens are good but fairways are not so good. Overall a great value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Trout Club

Paid $13 so I'm not gonna complain to much but if you are expecting anything remotely nice or challenging then play elsewhere. Front 9 is way better to play than back 9.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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