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Value
4.3
Layout
3.0
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.4
Amenities
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About

Holes 9
Type Semi-Private
Par 61
Length 3406 yards
Slope 89
Rating 57.8

Editor's Note: Course closed for business in 2016. See The Golf Center at Kings Island - Grizzly Course and The Golf Center at Kings Island - Academy Course listings for the remaining opened courses.

Course Details

Year Built 1973
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 12/01
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1973) Desmond Muirhead (1973)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts 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, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.7
20 Reviews (20)

What Golfers Are Saying

This course/club is great for:
9-Hole Rounds 6
Beginners 6
Walkers 6
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 6

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Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Best value in Cincinnati

When your golf budget has to last all month and you have to play this course is a great value. Being able to work on all aspects of your game is also a major plus

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Walked

Good for the money

The Bruin has always been the step child of the golf center. It is used for parking during the tennis tournaments which goes to show how it is thought of. Today the course was in good condition the only complaint would be that the goose droppings was all over the greens making it hard to put. However for the money you can't do much better than this. The course isn't very tricky but it would be a great starter course for someone out for their first time.

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

Good beginners course

The value of this course is awesome for beginner golfers. I would strongly recommend this course to work on the fundamentals of the game.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Nice Friday outing!

The course was located near Kings Island and was easy to get too. The course was in good shape and enjoyable to play. Most of the holes were par 3 and was a great course for the first time out for the year. We will return to play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Walked

Employees were very nice.

Employees were very nice.
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Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Good course for a quick 9

My wife and I played on a Sunday morning. This is a good course to work on a few things and get some fresh air.

The patio is open and they have music on Friday & Saturday nights.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Water the course please and pick up the rocks.

The tee boxes were so hard that I could hardly get the tee into the ground. There are more rocks on the course than ever. I hit a perfect shot on the second hole into the fairway and it hit rock and bounced left into the interstate. A couple of hours of work and a few thousand gallons of water will make this a lot better course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good short course.

Good course. Easy to walk. Enjoyed it very much.
Plan to play it again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Great value

First time at the course and was impressed. The course was described to me as a short par 4 course, and I think that the statement is accurate when playing from the blue tees. The white tees might make it a long par 3. This course is definitely good for practicing your short game. It was moderately difficult because the course wasn't "open", i.e., fairways are narrower than other courses that I've played. Greens were in good shape. I will replay this course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Par 3 walkable

If you like to walk while playing this is a good course. It's great for beginners and if you want to practice the short game aspect of golf. Great for kids.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good deal

The nine hole Bruin course is a good deal. Nothing spectacular, but a good deal.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Overall, a very fun course to play. Beautiful!

The greens were a little lacking but that's someone what to be expected this late into the year

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Iron work

If you want to work on your iron game, I would suggest Kings Island Bruin. A lot of short holes (less than 200 yards). But can usually book a tee time for less than $15. Not too many hazards, bunkers on some holes I think water on one or two holes.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Featured
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great quick course

The Bruin is a par 3 course and should be proud of it. A lot of golfers are "too good" for the course. Hardly. Everyone could use more practice on par 3's and wedge work. So go to the range for an hour or go play the Bruin for an hour? Which sounds more fun? For me it is the Bruin. I love this little course. Unless you can break par on the course you aren't "too good" for it.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good walking course. Has challenges but not overwhelming

Good shape. Great little challenge. Use every club in your bag.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

very short course.

This course is very short and the rough was very high. I lost several balls that should have been easy to find. Also, course has not cart paths.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great practice course. Can get a little log jammed though

2 holes are under 100yds 2 holes are over 220 got a lot of use out of my irons on the course but if that's what you need some help with its great. With a cart I finished in an hour and 20 minutes.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great for the beginner

It is the perfect spot for the golfer just learning to play. My wife is new to golf and is a bit intimidated on a big course. The longest par 4's are slightly over 300 yards from the blues (we played the whites) and it was not crowded for a Saturday afternoon. If you like the driver, stick to The Grizzly but if your looking for a quick round or a you are not ready to take on the big course just yet this is a nice option.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Nice course for beginners.

My son recently got the fever so I have been taking him to executive courses in our area. We played 18 holes at The Bruin; Kings Island Golf Centers executive course. Although the course was in somewhat rough condition, primarily due to the weather, the greens were in fair condition. It is a great starter course for the novice. We had a blast!

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Easy
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