Ohio is a state that is far more well known for its exclusive private courses than its public offerings, but that doesn't mean golfers aren't playing exceptional rounds themselves. The top 25 courses in Ohio feature an eclectic mix of courses in all parts of the Buckeye State, from Cleveland in the north to Columbus and Cincinnati farther south. Like many parts of the country, area golfers have had the benefit of certain private clubs opening their doors in recent years, and they're earning strong marks from golfers by opening up their tee sheets. The land of Jack Nicklaus, this list has no designs from the Golden Bear, but features designs from Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills, Donald Ross, Michael Hurdzan-Dana Fry and more.
To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.
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Top courses by subcategory in Ohio in 2016
Course layout: Quarry Golf Club
Course conditions: Red Hawk Run Golf Course
Value: Flying B Golf Club
Off-course amenities: Legendary Run Golf Club
Pace of play: Red Hawk Run Golf Course
Staff friendliness: Red Hawk Run Golf Course
Top 25 golf courses in Ohio in 2016
17. Quarry Golf Club
No. 19 for Pace of Play, No. 23 friendliest, No. 14 value in the U.S. in 2016
No. 33 in the U.S. in 2016