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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
5.0
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.8
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4.5
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4.5
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5.0
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4.0
Amenities
5.0
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4.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7074 yards
Slope 129
Rating 73.7

Formerly home to the Ohio Orchard Company, four cherry trees still mark the entrance to Darby Creek Golf Course. The unique layout has two distinctly different nines. The course starts with a windswept link-style nine accented by native grasses and sand bunkers, providing an excellent representation of Scottish tradition. Carved from the forests of maple trees, the back nine is an entirely different experience. The layout has a more traditional American design with tree-lined fairways and greens as well as several strategically placed lakes coming into play. Darby Creek Golf Course's two nines combine to form a true shot-maker's course that balances options like split fairways and short par 4s with more challenging demands. It is at the same time kind to higher handicappers thanks to open fairways, bailout areas, and few greenside hazards.

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Geoffrey Cornish (1993) Brian Silva (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Shirts with collars are preferred, tank tops and cut-offs are not acceptable. Shirts must be worn at all times.

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4.5
106 Reviews (106)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 17
Water Hazards 16
Undulating Greens 15
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 16
Locals 13
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 11
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 22

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4.0
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Previously Played

A little slow

The course was in good shape. Pace of play was a little slow. Some of the others playing lacked etiquette such as hitting on to us twice but the ranger was helpful on the matter. Overall a good course that is fun to play

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 08/07/2015

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to review Darby Creek Golf Course. So happy to see you enjoyed the conditions and the course. Thanks for letting us know about the pace of play and we will get our staff up to date to ensure your next round is hitch-free and enjoyable as always! Looking forward to see you back at Darby Creek.

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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Bunkers

Course was in good condition except for the bunkers which need considerable work .

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 08/07/2015

Thanks for letting us know your concern regarding the bunkers at Darby Creek Golf Course, we will have our staff audit the situation on the course and make the fix. We are happy you had a good experience overall and look forward to your return to Darby Creek GC!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Little Course

Darby is always in great shape for play and they run great specials to keep the cost down. Front is wide open layout, back gets a into the woods more. Great course, great value. Plus the folks in the clubhouse are top notch. Always friendly and willing to help.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 08/07/2015

Hello, thank you for leaving your review and playing at Darby Creek Golf Course. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the layout, we like the fact you found a good variety on the front and back nines. Thank you for the kind words on the staff and we look forward to seeing you back at Darby Creek GC!

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fun course

The front nine, links style, pretty open, good chance to put up a good number. Back nine longer, wooded, pretty and fun to play. Good condition, staff extremely friendly, very nice golf experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 08/07/2015

Thanks so much for playing Darby Creek Golf Course, we are glad you enjoyed the conditions and your experience here at the course. See you soon!

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Good First Time Out

This was my first round of the season and I try to not play the same place twice since I have so many options in Central OH. I tried out Darby Creek Links today and played all 18. I was paired up with a guy who was cool for 9 holes and then played the last 9 on my own. The pro shop guy had us play 7-9 then 1-6 due to some irregular pairings going off ahead of us, which was fine by me. Played the whole round in under 3 hours without trying to play extremely fast. It rained the last 5 holes lightly but still could play just fine. Course was in decent shape with all the rain we have been getting. Greens rolled fine where the ball marks were actually fixed correctly. Not a true links course but definitely inspired. I would go back. Anything under 40 bucks with a cart and range balls is a good value for me.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 08/07/2015

Hi Jason! Glad you liked the course Darby Creek and the challenges and fun that it presented you on your round. We are happy to hear it was your first time and we can't wait to see you back for more - important that you saw the value and enjoyed your round!

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Great course!

Nice course on a cool summer morning. Need to keep it straight or you'll be in the deep grass or wood depending if you are on the front or back nine. The back nine is looooong if you aren't a big hitter off the tee. Played the blue tees but he white tees on the back would have been more than challenging for me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 08/07/2015

Hey there! Glad you found Darby Creek GC to be a challenge and test of skill. Thanks so much for leaving your review and helping future golfers on their next round. We look forward to seeing you back for more!

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

So slow but they get a pass on this one

The round took almost 5 1/2 hours. That's the horrible part. We should have known in advance it would be a slow round. Holiday weekend, cart path only. I'm not quite sure what they could have done to speed up the pace but it was painfully slow. I love this course and drive an hour and a half to play it. The staff is ALWAYS fantastic. I just chalk this one up as a fluke......
Course condition was as good as could bee expected with all the rain.
Give this course a shot if you get the chance.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 08/07/2015

Hello we appreciate the time you took to drive out to Darby Creek Golf Course and also for leaving your review. We are so happy you personally enjoy the course and we understand it was a little bit slower on your round, we will inform our staff and put forth an effort to upkeep pace of play on your next round. We look forward to see you again!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Excellent course with friendly staff

Great course with enough fast greens. It was my 3rd round at this course, but I had a heavy rain at that time. Scott, who works at the pro shop, will be my favorite name, because he was very kind to help us to find another golf course in the heavy rain.
Thank you Scott for your help and kindness.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 08/07/2015

Hi and thank you for taking the time to review Darby Creek Golf Course! We really appreciate the kind words and Scott is a valuable part of our team, we thank you for noting this. See you again on your next round!

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

sometimes you win sometime you lose

I normally enjoy playing Darby Creek but because of the driving rain I was only able to play 6 holes before I had to give up (I was soaking wet). Water was ponding on the greens so I couldn't put even when I hit the greens. Anyway, I think golfnow should revisit their policy because the golf course should have been closed but wasn't.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 07/07/2015

Hi there! Thanks so much for coming out to play Darby Creek and taking the time to review. We checked with GolfNow and your tee time was refunded and reissued for another day, we hope you enjoyed that latter round. We can't control the weather but if we could, we'd have it sunshine and clear skies every day! Hey, well we hope to see you again and glad you could make it out. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

This course is in remarkable shape and competes with country clubs from all over the state

Bent grass fairways and fast greens are exceptional and very well manicured! Staff makes you feel like one of their own and very friendly golfers will let you through if your pace exceeds theirs.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 06/15/2015

Hello and thanks for taking the time to review Darby Creek GC! We have let our staff know the kind words, we appreciate you spending time with us and hope to see you soon on your next round. Glad to have you!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Immaculate condition

It's always a pleasure to play at Darby Creek. The course is always in pristine condition. The staff goes out of their way to make sure you have a great time playing their course. Couldn't ask for a better experience than playing at Darby Creek!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 06/15/2015

Hi Craig! Thanks for playing Darby Creek we are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience here and we can't wait to see you on your next round. See you again!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Unknown Gem

Our foursome teed off at 1pm and hardly saw anyone on the course. Leagues began later in the afternoon. If you can play during the day, this course is beautiful and challenging. Greens were firm and fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 06/15/2015

HI there and thank you for playing Darby Creek as well as reviewing our golf course! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the course as much as we do. See you on your next round!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

They had a typo on the price and was super cheap but they honored it. They were friendly and helpful. First time playing the course. It was in great condition. Not a hard course it is pretty open and friendly. Would recommend this course and play there again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 05/12/2015

Hi! Thanks so much for taking the time to review our course, Darby Creek. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at our course and the conditions out here. We do hope to see you again very soon this season!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Condition

This course is in excellent shape. The greens were receptive and rolled true.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 04/23/2015

Hi there! Thank you so much for playing at Darby Creek Golf Course. This is a great time of year and we work hard to present the best greens possible for your playing experience. We can't wait to see you on your next round this season!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very good for this time of year

Very windy but course is in good cart path only condition

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
6854e363-8f4e-528d-91ab-69a678fd7cbb
Commented on 04/23/2015

Hi there, thanks so much for playing our course despite the windy conditions. We have our fingers crossed for better weather soon. We hope to see you again soon at Darby Creek GC!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A gem in Marysville

I Took A Chance On this Course Sunday.
pace Of Play Was As Fast As I Could Play. Very Quiet Out In The Country. The Course Was In Great Shape.
Will Definitely Play Here Again!

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

Great Value as Always!

Played Darby on October 11th. Course is in great condition, including sand traps. Greens were true and fast but not too fast.

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

Misinfored

The course was in excellent shape but the day that we played there was a 17 team high school invitational scheduled and no one revealed this to us therefore we had to rush to compress nine holes into 1.5 hours with tees stacked ahead of us. I like to play fast but this was extreme

Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

good mix of holes

Really good mix of holes easy to hard different front and back nines and mix of difficulty. Very nice layout with a good outdoors field.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

High school leagues

If you are able to squeeze in 9 or even 18 holes after work during the week, you may want to avoid this course. It really is in great condition, but you'll be treated poorly by the leagues and you'll never finish your round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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