Columbus: the birthplace of the iconic professional golfer Jack Nicklaus and home to some of the most beautiful courses in the country. Whether here on business or planning to stay for a while, you should definitely plan to hit the links at any number of Columbus’ storied courses:
- Airport Golf Course (AGC): Located next to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, just 10 minutes from downtown, players can watch as planes takeoff 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 is an ideal course for business travelers trying to get in a quick round before heading home.
- Champions Golf Course: This upscale public course 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. Champions is just 20 minutes northeast of downtown, next to Easton.
- The Club at Tartan Fields: This Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Course is located just 30 minutes north of the heart of downtown. Elegance is the word best associated with this beautiful course, which is rivaled only by the classic New England-style clubhouse featuring upscale dining & cocktails.
- Muirfield Village Golf Club: Located in Dublin’s Muirfield Village, founded by 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 you 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 five new, world-class holes designed by course architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan at a great value.
- Scioto Country Club Golf Course: 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).
- Turnberry Golf Course: 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!
Don’t let the weather get you down, there are plenty of rainy-day options for golfers in Columbus as well:
- Jack Nicklaus Museum: Located at The Ohio State University sports complex, this museum honors golf-legend Jack Nicklaus and the venerable history of the sport.
- The Range: This newly opened 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: Topgolf offers high tech driving ranges and fancy lounge areas that are perfect for grabbing a cocktail while teeing off with friends