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Conditions
1.8
Value
2.6
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
3.8
Amenities
2.7
37.6%
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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.

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

2.3
372 Reviews (372)

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

HOLY GUACAMOLE (in a bad way)

What can i say about this course that hasn't already been said about Syria? It's bombed out and depleted!

Bring your spelunking gear to get up the dilapidated adventure they call stairs. Fell through at least 2 different steps while playing. Also make sure your tetanus shots are up to date...

The greens will make you sick with how unkempt they are. Seriously half of the green is actually brown.

The fairways are just straight up dirt.

The teeboxes are.. uncertain(?) at best? not really sure where they are, there not marked and the grass as you could assume is non-existent.

Towards the end of last year I could tell this place was struggling. It's a sad story, Cook's used to be one of the BEST places to play in Columbus. Now, its a total joke. It's clear they've given up.

There is no chance that this place is NOT going to sell out to become a development or park or something... no chance of this place ever "coming back." It would likely cost +750k to bring this course into an actually playable course. $2m+ to bring it back to its former glory.

-Matt B.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Previously Played

Shut it down!

Wow has this course gone off the deep end. No more carts. Who knows if they staff a grounds crew. Nothing mowed to height. Foot tall crab grass is what you get as rough. Greens are mostly scalped and covered in debris. Front nine seems to always be closed. Surprised nobody has been injured on what they call stairs to some of the tee boxes. Speaking of tee boxes there are no markers to identify the tee boxes unless they’re under the unkept grass.

I would be embarrassed if I was the owner to even call this a golf course.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 05/24/2021

Thanks for the review. We see you rated the course 1 star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single star feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

They destroyed this course

This is one of the best layouts in Central Ohio. What a shame they have allowed it to go to seed. The course looks like it was abandoned a few years ago and a few goats have been keeping the grass from getting too high.There was not a single tee marker
on any tee boxes.
It is very hard to believe this course is this bad, almost too hard to describe just how bad it really is.
I might be a good place to take four wheeler's and coolers and get drunk. Not a place to play golf.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/19/2021

Thank you for taking the time to review the course. We are sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations; however, the way you have provided your feedback does not offer us any room to grow or change. Making comments that cut down the course are not helpful to us or any golfers reading your review. We encourage you to update your review to fit a more constructive form so we can use your experience to make changes. Thanks for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Dumpster fire

It seems to be no more money being spent on course and will probably close soon. With the length and hills it's hard for anyone to walk this. I played dozens of times over past few years despite poor conditions but hey 18 and cart for around $23 was worth it. It really was once a great course with a challenging layout

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 05/14/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1 star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single star feedback very seriously at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome Layout!!

ABSOLUTELY the best layout anywhere near Columbus. I look forward to its return to where it deserves to be(And once was). Way too nice a course to go by the wayside, good luck in the future!!

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 04/22/2021

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Cooks Creek Golf Club. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

total disgrace

Anyone who gives this dump 5 stsrs is either on drugs or using a burner account for the course. I wouldnt play this dump if it was free, i honestly do t know how it is still open do not any hours of your life you cant ever get back going near this place

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 04/26/2021

Thank you for taking the time to review the course. We are sorry to hear your experience did not meet your expectations; however, the way you have provided your feedback does not offer us any room to grow or change. Making comments that cut down the course are not helpful to us or any golfers reading your review. We encourage you to update your review to fit a more constructive form so we can use your experience to make changes. Thanks for playing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

I

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
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 04/12/2021

how is this possible given the comment 10 days later

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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!

Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Top ten public place to play

This is truly a unique place.the layout is great it’s in the top courses in Ohio all of Ohio .don’t gyration the condition it’s the same for everyone. Definitely one of my favorites and the staff is top notch.*****

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 04/12/2021

how is this possible given the conditions there?

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Commented on 02/09/2021

Thanks! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Cooks Creek Golf Club.

Played On
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.

Played On
Reviews 4
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.

Played On
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 5
2.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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.

Played On
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.

Played On
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.

Played On
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.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
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 23
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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