Royal American Links Golf Club

4.1445176471 4.1 stars from 5 (142)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6859 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout

  • 3300 Miller Paul Rd, Galena, Ohio 43021, Delaware County
  • (740) 965-1215, (740) 965-5122
  • (740) 965-2128
  • www.royalamericanlinks.com
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Year built: 1990
Architect(s): Dr. Michael Hurdzan
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 3/01 Closed: 11/30

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 72 6859 yards 72.5 127
Middle 72 6407 yards 70.4 122
Forward (W) 72 5172 yards 69.2 117

Royal American Links Golf Club pays homage to the birthplace of golf, the seaside links of Scotland, an inspiration that is also reflected in the architecture of the clubhouse. The 18-hole course was created in the traditional link-style but with added features not typical of the classic design including water coming into play on nearly every hole. There are also large, deep bunkers protect the sloping greens, many of which are double-tiered. Royal American Links Golf Club's signature hole is the par-3 12th. Its green is guarded by a not only a large rock wall but also water to the front and left. There is a large bunker to the left of the green that will swallow any errant shots but players with a sharp short game will be able to manage.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 2.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 142 Reviews
5 stars:
40
4 stars:
75
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

126 out of 140 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards bunkers thick rough   Great for drinks patio dining watching the game  

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"Mostly Great Condition - Terrible Pace"


mashedpotatoes's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Pros: The condition of the course on the tee boxes, fairways, greens and the driving range were outstanding. The layout is interesting enough and provides a decent challenge for a mid-handicapper. The scenery is also very nice. Also, a very nice looking clubhouse as well.

Cons: The bunkers were not very good, most weren't raked, some had been completely abandoned, such as the long bunker that lines the picturesque green on the par 3, #12 hole - it looked like a war zone, it was very disappointing.

The biggest gripe is probably the pace of play. I play here on average of once a year. On a normal weekend my group plays as early as possible and typically finishes between 3-4 hrs. I've never finished in under 5 hours at this course. The course does not appear to provide rangers to encourage a good pace of play either.

Between the bunker conditions and pace of play it's a hard sell given the price of this course with so many other gems in the area at a better price.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/17/2017

Thank you for your feedback. We're constantly and consistently putting all of our efforts into making conditions great, so we appreciate you noting the Pros and we are definitely working to improve bunkers. We are disappointed to hear that pace wasn't to your standards - we didn't have any complaints over the weekend, and our starters were monitoring times per usual. We apologize if there was oversight on the part of our rangers and we will review your feedback. We hope you would consider giving us another shot in the future.


"Great Course"


neverfadeaway86's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I have played twice this year and it has been sunny and windy both times. I love the layout and will keep coming back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/17/2017

Sorry we missed the chance to say THANK YOU back when your reviewed the course. But...THANK YOU! We appreciate the kind words and hope you've had another chance to join us this season :)


"Excellent bet if in Coliumbus OH area"


RavensGolfer's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played on a whim and enjoyed the course. Except for the power lines crossing the 1st and 10th tee shots (which killed one of my tee shots), definitely feel like you're out in the country. Course has good variety in design and was in good condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/15/2017

Thanks so much for the great review, RavensGolfer! We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and hope you'll visit us again when you're in the area!


"Very nice course"


u475001170's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

very nice fairways and greens water comes into play on a lot of holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/24/2016

Thanks for taking the time to review our course, hope to see you again in 2016!


"Secluded"


BERTBERTRAN's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Typical winter conditions. Just good to get out and play in Feb!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/24/2016

Always nice to get in a winter round! Thanks for the review, hope to see you again this season!


"December Golf!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/11/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

December golf was amazing ! Staff was friendly & had a good sense of humor. Beer was a lil pricey, $18 for a 6 pack of Miller lite. Greens was a lil hard to play with all the sand but I guess being December I really can't complain. Would love to play again next year when it's warmer. Definitely would recommend everyone go play this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/24/2016

Thank you for the great recommendation! It's always great when you can get out in the winter and have an enjoyable round. Hope to see you soon!


"Great Course"


Mikebish's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is top notch. Will definitely play again. Well worth the money


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/24/2016

Thank you for the fantastic review! Hope to see you again soon.


"The past year has been very good to Royal American"


KPMarth19's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Much improved course. Great greens! Bunkers are well maintained. The areas that needed attention are getting it. Staff was great and they have a nice selection of craft drafts. Cart paths need work, but no reason to not make the drive out. Well worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great place to play"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here before & the course never disappoints. The greens are near perfect.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


Lukestr2002's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 9 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing Royal American, and it was pretty fun after it stopped raining and lightninging. I did have one of my worst rounds in a while here but if I didn't hit six balls in the water, it wouldn't have been that bad. Even after some rain the greens were still pretty fast. After the round I went to get something to eat, and it was 3.25 for a hot dog. I've never seen a hot dog that much overpriced. Anyway it still was pretty good. With everything I said the round was pretty fun and I hope to come back soon.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Five and a half Hours"


gharmon1956's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Nice course but five and a half hour round. I get it was Saturday but no rangering observed. Lost interest at the turn but a great chicken salad sandwhich.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"A great course to play!"


Tim2623247's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was in great condition, considering the amount of rain we've had in the Central Ohio area. The pace of play was a little slow, but everyone seemed to be out taking advantage of the best day for golf in about a month. The staff here is excellent, from the bar/grill, to the pro shop, all the way out to the grounds crew. I would recommend this course to anyone, and I will be back to play here soon.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Totally unenjoyable experience - stay away from Royal American"


u000001712666's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

I met up with a buddy from college for a weekend of golfing in Columbus. We played The Players Club, Longaberger and Royal American.

I dont know if I would even play Royal American again if it were free.

Pro shop manager was rude and tried to argue with me when I said we just golfed 18 holes and never saw a cart girl and that that water jugs were either empty or hot water in them. It was extremely hot and humid. No water to be found in any of the coolers on the course and no beverage drink cart as they were using the cart girl to prep for afternoon private outing.

Course cart paths are in horrible shape. The bunkers have zero drainage and almost zero sand.

My recommendation would be to go elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great course."


mareya2940's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unusually busy for a Monday. Great pace of play tho. Great weather and great course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Course - Previous Weather didn't agree"


Chris9508782's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was really nice. The previous days had saturated the fairways and greens. By the time we made it out it was cart path only and there were only a few spots of standing water. The greens dried up quickly and played really nice. The pace was one of the only downfalls. There was a log jam due to some scheduling issues but I will say the staff's friendly nature helped quite a bit. Andy, the assistant pro, outlined the course really nicely for us and was just a pleasure to speak with.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


wlane80's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've started playing more gold this year. I've played several courses around Columbus. So far this is the nicest one and with golf now it's a great value. The course is well kept. It provides challenging holes as well as some to redeem your game and leave feeling good about yourself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent course"


mk8q16ophx2341291's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was an excellent course. Super friendly staff and pace of play was great. The greens rolled really nice and the entire course was in good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A pleasant test"


osugoodman's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

First time playing Royal American this year, but not the first time ever.

royal American is an interesting challenge, and one of the more difficult public courses close to town. The course isn't tight, but neither is it wide open. Well placed creeks and bunkers force you to choose your shots carefully, and on many holes, a driver off the tee is NOT your best choice. If you have trouble keeping it within 30 yards of the centerline, you might want to go somewhere a little more open.

The course was in great shape. Tee boxes, fairways, rough and greens all well manicured, with very little ground under repair. The bunkers were in the best condition of any of the public courses I've played this year. Firm not fluffy, but still very playable compared to some of the relative parking lots many courses are featuring for sand these days. About the only beef with the course conditions is that the paved cart paths could use a little maintenance is spots, with some pretty good potholes here and there that will jar your cart pretty bad if you aren't watching the road close. Given a choice between maintaining the course and maintaining the cart path, the course wins 10 times out of 10, so pay attention to where you drive...

Pace of play was outstanding, our round was done in a crisp 4:15, including a relatively lengthy stop at the turn for a sandwich and a stop at the bar before making the turn. With many publics on a busy day, the pace is drifting north of 5 hours, so a pace close to 4 is refreshing.

Overall a great round of golf and a solid public course. Worth your time a long as you have the skills to keep it within sight of the fairway.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"nice ,straightforward"


ggnow's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

nice course, nice people,medium fast greens, smooth, plays to yardage off nicely cared for tees.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Corse was in great condition"


u000001635391's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very busy on Sunday but pace of play was great. Had a blast and would recommend this course to anyone!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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