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363 Reviews (363)
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53
Conditions
2.3
Value
3.1
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.0
49.8%
Recommend this course
260 out of 363 reviews
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1.9
54 Reviews (54)
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1 Stars
29
Conditions
1.4
Value
2.2
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.4
StaffFriendliness
3.7
25.9%
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2.3
83 Reviews (83)
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4 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
1.7
Value
2.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
3.9
37.3%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7071 yards
Slope 131
Rating 73.7

Cooks Creek Golf Club (previously known as Raintree South Golf Club) is bordered by Little Walnut Creek on one side and the Scioto River on the other, providing a scenic setting that is ideal for a round of golf. The course is a certified Audubon Sanctuary and there is also a Blue Herron rookery on site. Opened in 1993, the golf course is relatively young but it has already established a reputation for being one of central Ohio's best public courses. Local architects Michael Hurzdan and Dana Fry designed the course with the assistance of John Cook. Cooks Creek has two completely unique nines that offer two different sets of challenges. The diverse layout requires careful strategy and it will also test your shot-making abilities. With two bodies of water serving as neighbors, water definitely plays a role on the golf course.

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Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1993) John Cook (1993) Dana Fry (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "John Cook Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire. Collared shirt, bermuda shorts.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Ohio (2017 #21)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S. (2017 #12)

Reviews

2.8
363 Reviews (363)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Watching the Game 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 31
Bunkers 26
Elevation Changes 25
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 29
Locals 19
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 19
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 36
Convenient to the City 12

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2.0
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Terrible conditions and deceptive pricing

Used tee off to book and had a tee time with a cart. Get a text less than 24 hours before tee time telling us they are not offering carts to to COVID. Every other course is doing this and we paid for a cart. Asked if they would refund the car fee and they said they couldn't. Offered us a 6 pack of beer instead. I don't really drink when playing. They said fine we can cancel your tee time and issue refund. Made no sense that they could cancel but not refund the $8 difference each for a cart fee. We wanted to play so just accepted the 6 pack which is ridiculous!!

I arrived and the lady was NOT wearing a mask. They didn't have pencils and claimed it was due to COVID. So here we are no carts, no pencils, using covid as an excuse, but they don't wear masks???

The course? Absolutely joke! Played here years ago and course was immaculate and amazing. Half the greens were burnt out and they used sand to fix. Traps have no sand. Fairways are like cow pastures. NO tee boxes or markers for tee boxes, so just tee off where you think is right, and the tee boxes were worse than cow pastures, complete garbage.

This is an extremely hilly course, so no carts was a challenge. Them to have the course in compete crap shape, even worse. We were on of 10 people on the course, so not sure how carts was an issue whatsoever.

Our opinion, will NEVER play here again. Great layout and used to be amazing, but just complete junk now. Seems like they are trying to screw people by doing as little work on the course as possible while still charging based on what it used to be!

BTW, we get it is December, but just NO excuse for not at least having tee boxes!! They did have some arrows in paint, but at least 1/3rd of these were completely off what the scorecard had for distance.

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Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 12/21/2020

We appreciate you reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the experience you had when booking your round. Your feedback about confusion during the booking process is important to us. We always want to make sure our golfers are clear about their purchase before checking out. We see you said Tee off, but it sounds like this may have been a GolfNow tee time. If that is the case, we ask that you contact GolfNow customer service at 1 (800) 767-3574 for clarity. Please have your confirmation number handy. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 12/03/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Cooks Creek Golf Club!

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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/30/2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future. Thanks for choosing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Pleasure

I really like playing this course as you have to use several clubs on your way. Th scenery is worth the trip. I like the challenge of each of the holes as there is the risk reward with each shot. The staff is outstanding as they do everything to make your fun.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 12/21/2020

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/30/2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future. Thanks for choosing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course was once a very nice course.

The course was in horrible shape. Everything! I'm in the grass business, so I know what I'm talking about. What was once a very nice course is now only fit for goats or cattle ti graze. I'm sure they have to small a maintenance crew and don't apply the proper chemicals to keep it in good shape. I was very disappointed.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/11/2020

Hello, jacktrott. Thank you for reviewing the course. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

A central Ohio favorite.

One of my central Ohio favorite courses. Because of weather conditions the past several years, it has experienced some challenges. Even though it is beat-up, I still enjoy playing it. Wonderful setting, lots of nature, many challenging holes, don't want to use driver on several of the par 4's.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/27/2020

Hi u00000638047. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 10/22/2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Former shell of itself

Used to play every Monday with a foursome about 12 years ago. Used to be one of the best. Needs some serious love. I know the challenges of maintaining a course; worked on greens crew at both Medallion and OSU Scarlet and Gray. But greens were real bad. Still a challenging layout and beautiful track of land. The cost was a value, will play again there if nothing else for the course that I know it can be.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Your feedback about the price of our course is important to us. We always want to make sure we are offering golfers a competitive price for their round. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/06/2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Previously Played

Terrible maintenance

Loved and respected this course for many years but this time I need to good bye.
Need to work hard to regain and respect to rebirth
As prime golfer course.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Your feedback about the price of our course is important to us. We always want to make sure we are offering golfers a competitive price for their round. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/06/2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future. Thanks for choosing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 42
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Enjoyed play

The golf course has a great layout, each hole has its own personality. The pace of play was fantastic and the staff was great, helpful and efficient. I’m very sorry to say the the course condition was not good. The fairways were bare and weedy. The greens and bunkers were not in good condition. I hope that the course condition comes back because it’s one of my favorites, along with my golfing buddies.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Your feedback about the price of our course is important to us. We always want to make sure we are offering golfers a competitive price for their round. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

A course that's been let go

This is the first time I have been back to Cooks creek in three years. WOW....the course is in terrible shape. The fairways are mostly mud/dirt. The greens are trashed as well. If I didn't get a HOT deal, I would had complained big time. I love the course design and the challenge but the course is really in bad shape. Also, litter everywhere and the cart paths are random (grass. path etc)

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Your feedback about the price of our course is important to us. We always want to make sure we are offering golfers a competitive price for their round. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 5
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Barely even a golf course :(

I'm so sad to see how bad this course has become :(
Even considering COVID cost issues for courses, this is even beyond imaginable. We played in the summer season the last 2 years and watched it getting progressively worse. But truly, this is not really a golf course anymore if it weren't for having the "cut out" of a course. Such a shame, because this is such an awesome layout and old, mature course that can be so fun to play when it's playable.
Currently almost all of the tee boxes are burned out...no grass. Along with large segments of most greens that are bare, brown, no grass.
We saw 2 high school teams/buses come to drop dozens of kids off to play around 4pm. So I presume most of the income is currently from lessons and these team payments?
Really wish this course could get bought out and refurbished back to what a phenomenal course it was years ago.....There is barely any value in playing this course, but my husband and I did still enjoy our round since there was nobody else in front or back of us for all 18 holes. And it was a beautiful fall day to enjoy outdoors together :)

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Your feedback about the price of our course is important to us. We always want to make sure we are offering golfers a competitive price for their round. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Cooks Neglected

Hadn't played Cooks Creek in 2 years. It was always one of my favorite courses in Ohio. I had heard they had lost the course last year but saw it for myself today. Complete and total neglect has ruined it (they don't even have pencils). The course is entirely crabgrass and dirt and the bunkers are gone. They did not mow the greens today. The staircases and railings leading to the tee boxes have collapsed, and the rest room looked like it hadn't been cleaned in weeks. It's too bad really but I can't imagine it will be a golf course in 2 years. It would take Millions of dollars to restore this once magnificent golf course starting with the removal of thousands of trees and acres of scrub brush, but I doubt they have a staff of more than 6 people.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 10/08/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Your feedback about the price of our course is important to us. We always want to make sure we are offering golfers a competitive price for their round. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Gem Disappears

We last played this Hurdzan-Frye design over 10 years ago and it was terrific. Yesterday almost a fourth of each green was barren, the tees were either barren or overgrown, and the bunkers and fairways lacked attention, It was disappointing.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/16/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. We always want to make sure we are offering golfers a competitive price for their round. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horrible condition

Worst overall condition of any course I have played in 10 years. I will never go back

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
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Commented on 09/22/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve, and we are working towards getting things up to par. The team here cares deeply about this course. It is a family business and we are doing everything to get it to where it needs to be! Your feedback about the conditions of our course is important to us. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Its cheap and its 18

Youre getting 18 holes. Greens wont be good for a year most likely. Its whatever.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/15/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff. Thanks for visiting Cooks Creek Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Course Condition

I have played this course many times but not for a few years. This course used to be so beautiful and was enjoyable to play. Yesterday was a mess, steps leading to tees are at your own risk. Greens-Fairways and Tees are nothing but crabgrass or mud and burnt out. The course can't breath because of all the overgrowth and brush this would take at least 2 years to clean up the brush and cut down trees to let it breath. I never wright reviews but felt I had to on this one. This course used to be my favorite not anymore. The groundskeeper needs fired and bring someone in who has a clue about golf course maintenance. I hope it can come back, I cant believe John has seen this course in a long time. This is very sad!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/22/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve, and we are working towards getting things up to par. The team here cares deeply about this course. It is a family business and we are doing everything to get it to where it needs to be! Your feedback about the maintenance of our course is important to us. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

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