Golf Advisor Icon
Rating Index Rating
Tooltip Information Icon
4.3
111 Reviews (111)
5 Stars
48
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
18
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.6
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
92.9%
Recommend this course
101 out of 111 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.4
38 Reviews (38)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.6
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.7%
Recommend this course
36 out of 38 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.4
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.6
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
95.2%
Recommend this course
40 out of 42 reviews
Read Reviews

About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 6295 yards
Slope 119
Rating 70.0

The Trout Club (formerly known as Licking Springs Golf Club) sprawls across a scenic landscape of rolling hills dotted with natural springs that is also home to an abundance of wildlife. Jack Kidwell, a local course architect who has played in role in many of Ohio's golf courses, designed the challenging layout. The course has a traditional design covered with mature trees, which are especially concentrated along the fairways. The undulating greens provide excellent putting surfaces. Their small size and quick speed will test your short game skills. The course is definitely a shotmaker's layout, placing a heavier emphasis on the placement off of the tee rather than distance. It is a layout that requires careful course management and skillful strategy. In addition to the golf course, The Trout Club offers two practice putting and chipping greens as well as a public swimming pool.

Book a Tee Time at
The Trout Club
Powered by GolfNow.com

Course Details

Year Built 1960
Fairways Blugrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Kidwell

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Reviews

4.3
111 Reviews (111)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 6

Numbers based on reviews tagged with attribute.

Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lots of crabgrass but greens are good

Course has potential but there is crabgrass everywhere’s. The second tee has more crabgrass than grass and so does a lot of the course. They’ve taken care of the greens but that’s about it. It’s rained a lot in the area so I’ll give the long grass in the fairways a pass for now. I live closer to this course than others but it’s in the same or worse shape most of the time. I only play here about once a year when my regular course has an outing. Every time I remember why I only play here once a year there’s always lots of room for improvement.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Great course. Greens were tough to play due to the variation on reads. Only downfall was the construction on 17-18. Everything else was really nice and a great setting.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Better than expected

Fairways were actually cut a little shorter. They are usually longer than average. 2 or 3 greens had large brown spots that looked dug out.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Great time

Beautiful setting. Love the layout. Lonnie in the clubhouse is fantastic.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 86
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Raindrops over the trout club

Had a great day in Newark at the Trout Club with my step-Bro-n-law. We attempted to beat the rain which was predicted. Only got to the 8th and it cut loose. We really needed the rain, just not while we were playing. We waited it out and continued on a great day at the trout club. This course is demanding and requires some thought of attack. Always enjoyable especially with a huge GULFPASS discount. Everything is in great shape and the staff is very appreciative of the patrons…

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun and challenging

First time on this course and it was long, hilly and the greens were murder. Keep everything above the pin I was told. Couldn't agree more. Lot of sloped greens. Fairways were in great shape despite a lot of recent rains. The back 9 got crazy with carts running everywhere. The 11-16 holes are parallel and a lot of errant shots ended up in other fairways and people playing crossways on holes. Loved 17. Some of the views are spectacular.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Back nine is a mess but…

They have done a nice job getting it in good condition and the front nine is fun.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great shape and conditions

Course was better than expected. Slow start but after a couple holes things clicked the rest of the round. Course is in stellar shape, thanks….

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Rough Back 9

Front 9 is a lot of fun and well designed. The back 9 however needs some work, lost plenty of balls in the fairway, it’s hard at times to see where you are supposed to be hitting, lots of holes very close to one another.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The Trout Club

Good layout, some blind shots - greens were plugged recently.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Nearby Courses
Newark, Ohio
Private
5.0
2
Heath, Ohio
Public
2.4444666667
5
Granville, Ohio
Public
4.8157647059
115
Johnstown, Ohio
Public
4.6799058824
148
Granville, Ohio
Public
3.4627705882
162
Nashport, Ohio
Public
4.1172588235
163
Newark, Ohio
Public
1.6504571429
48
Granville, Ohio
Public
4.0
2
Alexandria, Ohio
Public
2.8213529412
110
Hebron, Ohio
Semi-Private
4.2705882353
7
Johnstown, Ohio
Public
4.0
1
Pataskala, Ohio
Semi-Private
4.0739882353
342
Golf Packages
FROM $157 (USD)
NIAGARA FALLS, CAN | Enjoy 2 nights' accommodations at your choice of two hotels and 3 rounds of golf at Legends on the Niagara Battlefield and Usher's Creek courses, and Whirlpool.
Now Reading