Bill Newcomb, John Robinson
There may be more storied courses, you may find more famous or older courses, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a course that blends better with its surroundings, emphasizes the natural beauty around it better or gives golfers of all levels such an intriguing mix of challenge and satisfaction. In short, Apple Valley is everything a good golf course should be. This is largely due to the efforts of architects William Newcomb and John Robinson and to the love and care of the Mickley family. Newcomb and Robinson designed the course to utilize and enhance the existing terrain, and in 1972 Apple Valley, destined to become one of the finest public courses in Ohio made its debut. The course’s reputation grew and spread, and in time came to be famous not only as top-tier public course, but also as a premier competition course. In 1977 Apple Valley hosted the Division 3 NCAA National Championship and it’s also home to Ohio’s Division 1 High School Regional Championship as well as the Ohio Public Links Championship. Through the years the Mickleys have been good stewards of the gift Newcomb and Robinson gave to the golfers of Ohio. They’ve done this by maintaining the course in excellent condition, attracting top competitions and continuously improving facilities. In 2002 a beautiful new clubhouse was added that gives Apple Valley the ability to host and entertain groups at a level far above the average public course. Although the course has changed over time, some things remain rock solid: unbeatable golf, gorgeous scenery and the pride the Mickley family takes in maintaining the best course in the area. If Apple Valley is new to you, come and fall in love.