The Links at Echo Springs

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3.5
133
5 Stars
33
4 Stars
66
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.3
71.4%
Recommend this course
112 out of 132 reviews
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Average Rating
3.1
17
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
58.8%
Recommend this course
10 out of 17 reviews
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Average Rating
3.2
22
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
63.6%
Recommend this course
14 out of 22 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6875
Slope 128
Rating 72.3
Type Public
Located in Licking County, The Links at Echo Springs sits at the third highest point in the state. The golf course winds through mature hardwood forests and sits adjacent to a winery. At least half of the holes were carefully carved from the dense forests. The course spills across gently undulating terrain, providing a links-style touch to the layout. The rolling, tree-lined fairways are narrow and the large greens are lightning fast. There are also a few double-tiered greens to watch out for. The course's challenges come mostly from the numerous bunkers that are treacherously lurking throughout. Water hazards also come into play on a few holes. The layout has a fair amount of challenges but it is still gentle enough for beginners to enjoy as well.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6875 yards 72.3 128
Black 72 6324 yards 69.8 120
White 72 5842 yards 67.5 115
Gold 72 5102 yards 64.3 106
Red(W) 72 4465 yards 65.0 105
Scorecard for Echo Springs
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.3/128 418 383 517 212 411 559 163 373 409 3445 520 433 376 174 343 384 512 210 478 3430 6875
Blue M: 69.8/120 353 383 517 172 343 559 144 373 342 3186 520 352 376 141 352 327 512 164 394 3138 6324
White M: 67.6/115 353 312 471 172 352 500 144 316 342 2962 447 352 315 141 291 327 449 164 394 2880 5842
Gold M: 64.1/106 283 254 408 151 297 462 137 292 306 2590 389 331 269 121 242 281 406 129 344 2512 5102
Red W: 64.7/110 261 227 367 103 257 424 120 214 278 2251 374 283 232 103 209 240 368 104 301 2214 4465
Handicap 3 13 9 5 1 11 17 15 7 14 6 4 16 18 8 12 10 2
Par 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bluegrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Barry Serafin

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

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Reviews

3.5
133

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 13
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 17
Thick Rough 14
Elevation Changes 13
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 20
Advanced Golfers 16
Locals 15
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 26

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1.0
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Terrible Greens

I understand u need to maintain a golf course, but they aerated the greens Saturday,?we played Sunday, NOTHING was said or posted until we arrived at 8am.

Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Where is the maintenance

This was Friday, course should have been crawling with maintenance getting the course ready for a busy weekend of golfers. There was no one and the grass on the Tees, fairways and rough had not been touched in days. The greens were probably long as well but you could not tell due to the 1/2 inch sand and more in spots due to the aeration. It looked like the sand had been dumped in spots and left there.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Rather disappointing today

This was the worst conditions I have encountered at this course. Play was backed up and slow.+ The fairways and the rough were in need of a cutting, it was difficult to find your ball in the rough and sometimes even in the fairways. They had just recently aerated the greens which made the putting tough enough , but there was also a large amount of sand on some of the greens so that at times it was like putting in a sand trap. In all fairness, I am usually quite pleased with Echo Springs, but today was not a good experience. One of my playing partners exclaimed that he will not likely return here.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Echo Springs

The course was in so-so condition in 2018. Most days the greens were extremely slow. The tee boxes needed a lot of work as did the fairways. To be fair, there was a lot of rain this year, but only one or two people mowing just won't get the job done. I hope things improve in 2019. This is one of our favorite courses to play, but not under the conditions we saw in 2018.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather

Course needs some serious work

There was a time several years ago when this course was top notch... everything from tee box to green. The layout and course setting has more variety than most courses in central Ohio. When there is a course that holds all these great attributes you'd think course maintenance would be at its best and have on its staff the best crew it can afford. Maybe the course owner(s) cannot afford better.

Needless to say the course has severely gone down hill the past few years. I know we've gotten a lot of rain this summer, but the course wasn't in that great of shape last summer either. I can deal with higher than normal fairways and first cut, but the greens need much more attention. Even the tee boxes are a mess. No golfer likes to struggle to get to the green and then find that no matter how you hit your putt it is all luck to get that ball in the hole. These greens are slow, bumpy and way to many un-repaierd divots. Courses should give out divot repair tools for free. Just put your course logo on it and write it off.

I can only say one thing. Hire a darn greens keeper that knows what he/she is doing. These greens need to be top notch to get this course back to a top tier course in central Ohio.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Links at Echo Springs

This was our first time playing this course this year. The tee boxes were in bad shape on 80% of the holes. The fairways were almost as long as the rough. The greens were the best part of the course but still had some issues with bare fringe.

Over all we were disappointed as the course wasn't in nearly the great shape as previous trips there the last couple of years. In it's current condition I wouldn't recommend playing there.

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

Echo Springs

Great course. Great value. Nice practice range. Always in great conditions for play. Highly recommended for anyone who likes to play golf in Central Ohio.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
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
3.0
Previously Played

Links at echo Springs

Horrible course conditions. Fairway looked like the rough, so much so that we spent a lot of time LOOKING FOR BALLS IN THE FAIRWAY. The rough was equally horrible and the greens were extremely slow. I know the course us under new management, but come on! This course has so much promise and has always been among our favorites in years past. We have vouchers to use, but not under these conditions.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Dried up course

Played on a Saturday afternoon. I was supposed to be the first one off after an outing, but the outing ran two hours late. I made a bit of a drive to get there so I figured I'd stay. Staff was friendly and apologetic. I finally teed off to quickly find out that they don't water the course. Tee boxes, fairways, greens; everything was very dry. The course layout is nice, but I wouldn't play here during the summer.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course needs some TLC

We have played this course before and this time the course was not in the best condition. The greens were not consistent. They were either fast or slow. Some of the greens were burned out. Some of the tee boxes needed to be cut. There was no drinking water on the course.

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

T

Nice golf course and not a bad price at 29$ with a cart. I wish the driving range was open for an 8am tee time but so be it. Greens well kept and bit on slower side. Overall a good golf course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Painfully slow greens - half bare/half 2” high tee beds

The conditioning on the course may have been the worst I’ve played this year. The greens were painfully slow, not slow, PAINFULLY slow. the tee beds were uneven, half bald, half really high. The greens had more ball marks (not necessarily the clubs fault) than any course should. The hazards/OB were poorly marked.

The routing and overall pace were fine, but the conditioning ruined the round for me unfortunately. Probably wouldn’t return. So many better places in the area.

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

Sweet T.

Nice course, no sand in traps, horse flies are horrid.

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

Nice course

Course was in excellent condition. Hardly any wait time at all and the staff were very helpful and accomidating .

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

Great day

The weather could have been better but overall it was a great place to play. The greens seemed a little slow. Great day

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course to play with wildlife scenery!!

I have played here multiple times and I will continue to do so. Super friendly staff, course is always in great shape, and the scenery is fantastic. The course is basically laid out through a woods/wildlife type of setting. You really feel like you have taken yourself out of the hustle and bustle of your daily life to play golf and enjoy nature and sweet golf serenity!!

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

Saturday morning golf

Pace of play very good for a Saturday. Condition of course wasn’t what I’ve seen before. Lots of weeds in fairways. Greens were fair. Usually this course is better maintained.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course layout is garbage. A few holes that look like they are thrown in and don’t fit. Too many drives off tee box you don’t know even know where your target is as a first time player. Fairways and tee boxes haven’t been mowed in weeks. It’s understandable because of all the rain lately but at least tell the public your course is in garbage condition and offer specials to play. Wouldn’t go back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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