Columbus has a storied golf history, as the birthplace of Jack Nicklaus and home to his Memorial Tournament, presented by Nationwide. In fact, Columbus is home to four courses that rank in the nation’s top 100, and two of them – The Golf Club and Muirfield Village Golf Club – rank among the top 100 in the world.
Although the Memorial Tournament has decided to move forward with no fans, golf was one of the only recreational activities to remain when the rest of the world seemed to shut down; so if watching the pros has you itching to get back on the green, we’ve rounded up some of the top spots around Columbus.
Located next to John Glenn Columbus International Airport, players can watch as planes take off and land right from the tee box. AGC is designed for all ages and skill sets, and with the course regularly updating its holes, each visit offers a new experience!
This 18-hole upscale public course, located near Easton, was designed by the world-famous golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr., and is one of the most challenging public courses in Central Ohio because of its rolling fairways, massive trees and wave-like greens.
Easily central Ohio’s most famous course, located in Dublin’s Muirfield Village and founded by famed-golfer Jack Nicklaus, it is the site of the annual Memorial Tournament, a PGA Tour event. Muirfield has also hosted several national championships and international team competitions, including the 1992 U.S. Amateur, 1987 Ryder Cup, 2013 Presidents Cup and more, so guests can try the course that has been tested by many pros over the years.
Safari Golf Club
Located at The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and regularly named the city’s best public golf course, Safari offers the opportunity to explore world class holes designed by course architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan at a great value.
Centrally located, regularly ranked among top golf courses in the country and designed by acclaimed architect Donald Ross, the Scioto C.C. course is where young Jack Nicklaus honed his craft under legendary teaching professional Jack Grout. The site has hosted nine 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 & 2016).
This Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Course in Dublin offers elegant greens offset by a classic New England-style clubhouse featuring upscale dining and cocktails.
Located 20 minutes east of Columbus, Turnberry is the only authentic Scottish-link style course in the state. The course consists of tall grasses, deep bunkers, elevated greens and plenty of ponds. Great for beginners and avid golfers alike!
Rainy Day Options
Don’t let the rain get you down! Check out some of these alternatives that may not offer sweeping views of nature, but have plenty of opportunity to safely test your swing.
This newer golf experience allows guests to test their swing on some of the most famous courses in the world on their innovative simulators. Not only is this fun, but it provides some of the most accurate gameplay available from these top golf courses. A putting green and short game area are also available, as well as snacks and refreshments from a fully stocked bar.
Topgolf offers high tech driving ranges and fancy lounge areas that are perfect for grabbing a cocktail while teeing off with friends.