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4.2
139 Reviews (139)
5 Stars
40
4 Stars
68
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.1
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.2
86.2%
Recommend this course
117 out of 139 reviews
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4.5
23 Reviews (23)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
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2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.7%
Recommend this course
22 out of 23 reviews
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4.4
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
9
3 Stars
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
92.6%
Recommend this course
25 out of 27 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6845 yards
Slope 121
Rating 72.2

Located adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Safari Golf Club was carefully carved from mature forests. This tight course is not particularly long, but it has a varied design that appeals to a number of different tastes and skill levels. The layout features tree-lined fairways and water hazards on several holes. There are also strategically placed bunkers lurking treacherously beside the greens. The golf course starts off with a challenging par 4 that features a dramatic drop from the tee to the green. It finishes with two demanding par 4s as well. The 17th and 18th holes both feature a slew of challenges including rolling, tree-lined fairways and tricky stream crossings. Although it presents a formidable test on some holes, Safari Golf Club's hazards are straightforward with no surprises.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6845 yards 72.2 121
White 72 6144 yards 68.8 114
Gold 72 5626 yards 66.2 108
Red (W) 72 4861 yards 67.2 109
Scorecard for Safari Golf 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: 72.2/121 391 518 358 379 386 345 424 194 369 3364 446 194 467 522 391 520 148 373 420 3481 6845
White M: 68.8/114 W: 70.2/120 353 470 340 354 333 310 379 169 343 3051 393 166 433 471 331 474 135 320 370 3093 6144
Gold M: 66.2/108 320 393 320 317 320 255 330 155 340 2750 373 134 425 452 320 433 120 300 319 2876 5626
Red W: 67.2/109 280 380 226 268 261 240 294 134 258 2341 317 124 362 383 273 376 103 263 319 2520 4861
Handicap 6 10 12 4 8 18 2 14 16 3 17 1 15 7 13 9 11 5
Par 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1967
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (2012)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required

Reviews

4.2
139 Reviews (139)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 11
Thick Rough 9
Water Hazards 9
This course/club is great for:
Locals 18
Beginners 8
Seniors 8
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 17
Convenient to the City 14
In the 'Burbs 10

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4.0
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First Time Playing

Good day overall Solid round

There were more than a few places where the tee boxes were really wet and I don’t have spikes so I really couldn’t get a good drive off. It hadn’t rained in days so I think they heavily watered it because it was hot and sunny all day. The food was great and the course offers some interesting holes but pretty easy if you can stick a straight fairway.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great public track

Outside of a few bunkers & greens on the slower side, in great shape. Friendly staff & great practice area.

#18 hole remains the dumbest hole in all of Central Ohio.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course conditions were all over the place- fairways were in decent shape and played fast, but then the greens were all slow and needed some maintenance. The holes are also right on top of each other, so it's not unusual to have someone just off of the fairway in front of you playing to a different hole. It seems to be a pretty popular course and is always packed, so make sure to give yourself ample time to get through a round.

Everyone on the staff here is very friendly, which is the best thing that this course has going for it.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Zoo Knows Golf

A lot of people don’t realize the course is owned by the zoo. That said, I have played at Safari several times and the staff make you feel like you are entering Cheers. Instead of “Norm”, it’s how is your morning. They make you feel like they are happy to see you.

The course and greens are kept at a very good level for the amount of play the course receives. Greens roll true .

The length can fool you.

The greens are hard to hit, and the staff keeps the rough deep enough that if you miss the fairways, it is hard to get any direction or speed on your ball.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
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

Best public course in central Ohio

Hands down. This course was an absolute blast, it was a great difficulty for any golfer out there and was a absolutely beautiful course. I was with another guy and we were stuck only on cart paths for the day and we still knocked out 18 in 3 and a half hours at our own pace!

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

Beautiful course

Beautiful course and design. We will be coming back. Thank you for a great day out.

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

An amateurs course

Safari is a great place to play for your average amateur. The course distance is not overwhelming but the tree lined fairways provide a challenging experience for most amateur levels. Greens a little slow but a definite thumbs up...

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

Great course. Beautiful fairways.

A true gem for the city. But.... American and state flags were a very poor reflection for our wonderful zoo and this great course and their respect of our country/ state. Fly ONLY new flags always in excellent condition. Honor our service members of today, yesterday and tomorrow!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fantastic condition

Safari Golf Course is in fantastic condition. Get out for a round and enjoy it!

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

Hats Off to the Grounds Crew

Love this well maintained, moderately challenging public course. The grounds crew does a fantastic job keeping the rough well groomed and clear, despite all the mature trees. Often see interesting wildlife, including deer, fox, hawks, herons and other interesting birds. Also, have occasionally heard the monkeys in the zoo hooting during the summer. The staff is friendly, and they continue to improve the traps and range. I consider this my home course.

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

Great Course

Best public course in the Columbus area. Great layout, condition and challenges. Highly recommend!

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

Fivesomes

I love the course, but it is always slow play. Today we actually had to follow a group of five and wait on every hole. Rangers never did anything about them so it was a long 18 holes.

Conditions Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course was amazing except for a little bit of water from the previous storms but all in all me and my stepson had a wonderful time

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Progress over the years

I grew up playing this course. Safari has made tremendous strides. The scenery is beautiful. Lots of trees, but none that really get in the way. The back nine is much more fun than the front nine. Most of the holes on the front nine are just straight. A bit repetitive, but the back nine evens it out. The greens and fairways are in pretty great condition. I know its a bit early still, but the sand traps were in rough shape. I wasnt able to locate a scraper along any of the bunkers to try to clean them up/out. I recommend this play during the week and during hot deals. This place is packed on the weekends and a bit over priced. I think it has something to do with being called safari and next to the zoo. Very friendly staff. Also- great putting, chipping and range layout. That is a huge plus. I recommend this to anyone, but check for deals as its a bit over priced for the average golfer.

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

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