Jack Nicklaus, the man with 18 career major championships on the PGA Tour and presumably the greatest golfer of all time, calls Columbus his home. The Golden Bear grew up in Upper Arlington, attending college at Ohio State University and built one of the most famous courses in the country, Muirfield Village, in Dublin.

The capital city of the Buckeye state boasts some top-notch courses that have magazines such as Golf Digest raving. Having the world’s greatest golfer, Jack Nicklaus, attest to the city’s superior courses doesn’t hurt either, of course!

Below is a list of five great golf courses in Central Ohio. If you have the opportunity, be sure to play one of these courses this summer or be a spectator at the course that Jack built, at the 2014 Memorial Tournament!

Muirfield Village - Dublin The 18-hole layout, selected by Golf Digest as No. 17 among "America's 100 Greatest Courses," played at 6,978 yards in its original form, but is 7,221 at present. It had 77 bunkers, a number since reduced to 71, and water can be a hazard on 11 holes.

golf 3Scioto Country Club - Columbus Scioto C.C. is a member of an elite group of clubs that has hosted five different major championships including the U.S. Open (1926), the Ryder Cup (1931), the PGA Championship (1950), the U.S. Amateur Championship (1968) and the U.S. Senior Open Championship (1986).

The Golf Club – New Albany The Golf Club (ranked #48 in the world) is probably the highest ranked golf course in the United States that few people have ever heard of. Located in New Albany, just northeast of Columbus, the course was designed by Pete Dye in 1967.

golf 2Double Eagle – Galena John H. McConnell, the late founder of Double Eagle was quoted saying the following about the course. “To enjoy the game of golf in near perfect surroundings.” This beautiful course is one of the premier courses near Columbus. Many Columbus Blue Jackets players tee up at Double Eagle since McConnell also the founded the Blue Jackets

Cooks Creek – Columbus Cooks Creek Golf Club is one of Ohio's premiere upscale daily fee courses. Located just 25 minutes south of Columbus, it has been said to be one of Ohio's best public course. This course has given golfers a truly intriguing experience, which will test your ingenuity and competitive spirit as well as your shot making ability.

What Columbus course are you itching to play?

The Schottenstein Real Estate Group contributed content to this article. SRE Group has two new rental communities in Grove City, Ohio and Mason, Ohio.