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3.7
221 Reviews (221)
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
106
3 Stars
31
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.6
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.0
79.0%
Recommend this course
185 out of 221 reviews
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3.8
29 Reviews (29)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.7
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
79.3%
Recommend this course
23 out of 29 reviews
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3.4
53 Reviews (53)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.2
69.8%
Recommend this course
37 out of 53 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6859 yards
Slope 133
Rating 73.2

Royal American Links Golf Club pays homage to the birthplace of golf, the seaside links of Scotland, an inspiration that is also reflected in the architecture of the clubhouse. The 18-hole course was created in the traditional link-style but with added features not typical of the classic design including water coming into play on nearly every hole. There are also large, deep bunkers protect the sloping greens, many of which are double-tiered. Royal American Links Golf Club's signature hole is the par-3 12th. Its green is guarded by a not only a large rock wall but also water to the front and left. There is a large bunker to the left of the green that will swallow any errant shots but players with a sharp short game will be able to manage.

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Course Details

Year Built 1990
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 11/30
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1990) Craig Schreiner (1990)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.7
221 Reviews (221)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 10
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 22
Bunkers 20
Thick Rough 9
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 13
Locals 12
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 18
In the 'Burbs 9
Convenient to the City 6

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Reviews 2
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2.0
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Not again

Traps were a joke, little sand a lot of weeds. Greens , ask players to fix their ball marks! Greens needed cut, fairways we ok rough was decent.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/30/2021

Hi, dmcginni,

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes.

Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly.

Thank you for visiting Royal American Links Golf Club. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 07/27/2021

Thank you for reviewing us, gasngo. We see you rated the course 3-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve before your next round. Feel free to comment on this review or reach out to the team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Royal American Links Golf Club, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bunkers are not really playable

The bunkers barely have any sand in them and are in poor shape. They have been this way for a few years now. Not sure why they don't add some sand to them. Also the tee boxes were in pretty rough shape. This course is definitely going down hill.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/26/2021

Hi, kurthenderson! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Royal American Links Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 07/26/2021

Hello, u226561007. We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Royal American Links Golf Club. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Decent golf, a little expensive

Fairways and greens in good shape. Lots of tee boxes on the front were not as they were lacking grass and lumpy. Layout is pretty wide open.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/20/2021

Hi, u314161901679! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Royal American Links Golf Club!

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/14/2021

Hi, flyerfan104. 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 Royal American Links Golf Club.

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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful greens. Fairway was nicely trimmed when I played. Fun layout. This is a course that you will likely use most of the clubs in your bag and not just Driver / 7 / PW. I’ll be back fo sho.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/05/2021

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

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/27/2021

Hi, VAnu0HZhAtN3LhQQODz1. 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 Royal American Links Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lots of water, great condition

Course is in great shape and definitely a challenge. Overall nice course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/27/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, coletta210! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Royal American Links Golf Club!

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Reviews 10
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/23/2021

Hi, WPHILLIPT. 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 Royal American Links Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/15/2021

Hi, u314161278745. 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 Royal American Links Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/14/2021

Hi, Keetz1610. 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 Royal American Links Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/03/2021

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

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Need more help

Layout greens and fairways all good. Staff is good but looks like they need some help. Tees looked like that hadn’t been moved in a week or two and nothing had been filled. Bunkers were in bad shape and didn’t look like they had been dragged or dressed in a while.

Good layout and really like the course but need to get tees in better shape and fill some divots. Not just par 3’s. All the tees need help.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/01/2021

Hi, Rob4388954! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Royal American Links Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/01/2021

Thank you for reviewing us, u1206212. We see you rated the course 3-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve before your next round. Feel free to comment on this review or reach out to the team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Royal American Links Golf Club, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Royal American

Was disappointed when I played Royal American. This course was always in great shape..They have let the bunkers go with lots of weeds and rocks and not a whole lot of sand. They’ve also taken out several bunkers throughout the course but have not filled them in with dirt and grass seed it’s just mud and weeds and rocks very sad to see if you’re going to take out the bunkers at least fill them up and put some grass seed down. The greens seem to have some type of disease or fungus on them as well. I guess you can say new era has let several of their courses go Bent Tree bunkers are in bad shape Clover Valley and New Albany. Especially charging $57 not worth the price .I might be done with new era courses for a while going to play elsewhere.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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Commented on 05/25/2021

Hi, u007416261! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Royal American Links Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not worth it

It was easy enough to schedule the round through GolfNow and check-in was a breeze. Course layout did not match up with GPS layout, which was really confusing and resulted in incorrect distance readings and posting scores to wrong holes. Fixable but frustrating.
Course had lots of bare spots on fairways and tees, lots of dandelion and other weeds, and rough around course was mowed in some areas but not in others. Pace of play was super slow and we ended up skipping a holes to get ahead of a clueless group who wouldn’t let us play through. No marshal or anyone to keep up pace. I won’t be back.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
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Commented on 05/25/2021

Hi, jdande000001. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Royal American Links Golf Club. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

It’s Best Days Are Behind It

Do not waste your time, do not waste your money. $60 for 18 holes on a course that would be overcharging at $30!

Such a shame. What once was a beautiful, perfectly manicured course, that I loved to play, has fallen into absolute disrepair. Bunkers were basically planter boxes, completely washed out, hard as cement with weeds and grass growing throughout. Greens were pitted and patchy, so smooth putts were next to impossible.

The course design is so great, the hazard positions and the shape of the tiered greens show that the course has the potential to be great again, but it's a long way away. The great customer service and well stocked pro shop are big plus sides, but not enough to redeem the terrible course maintenance, no rangers, so course management is in the trash too.

I will not be returning, unless something drastic changes.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/18/2021

Hi, TimTroxell2. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Royal American Links Golf Club. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Quality course in NE Columbus!

Was pleasantly surprised by Royal American Links! Read some reviews that had me skeptical about the quality of the course, but was overall impressed.

Very well designed golf course. Requires good course management, but very fair! Lots of subtle elevation changes throughout the course. Course did suffer some damage over the winter, but nothing excessive. Looks like they are also fixing quite a few of the bunkers on the course too. There’s a rather large power line that does run across 2 or 3 of the holes, which could be frustrating if you hit one of the wires on a shot.

Will definitely be back!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 04/27/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u000007720849! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Royal American Links Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 04/12/2021

Hello, VOLVO1. Thank you for visiting us at Royal American Links Golf Club. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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