Ohio is known for its status as a ‘swing-state’ and a bellwether during national elections but there’s much more to the Buckeye State than just politics. Ohio sits in the Great Lakes region of the US and has 312 miles of coast line on its north border thanks to Lake Erie. The terrain of Ohio is varied going from the rugged hills of the Allegheny and Appalachian Plateaus to the exceptionally flat ‘Great Black Swamp’. Ohio hosts two PGA Tour events each year and was the birthplace of none other than Mr Jack Nicklaus. Jason Day now calls Ohio home and Jason Dufner was born here too so it is a state that has great stature when it comes to golf.
Speaking of The Golden Bear, Jack is responsible for Muirfield Village Golf Club which hosts The Memorial Tournament each year. The course was named after the famous Scottish links where Nicklaus won three of his Open Championship titles and the club crest even bears an image of The Claret Jug. This course has also hosted both the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup making it one of only two courses to have done this, the other is The Greenbrier, West Virginia. Jack returns to the course every year to tweak it, keep it fresh and make sure it is still challenging as modern club and ball technology advances.
The iconic water tower at Firestone Country Club is another PGA Tour regular as it plays host to the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational. The club has three courses and has hosted the PGA Championship three times. It is also the only club to have had three televised events in one season as it did in 1974. The South Course, or ‘The Monster’ as Arnold Palmer called it, is home to the WGC event whilst the North and West courses are where the University of Akron golf team, The Zips, play their golf.
The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills is a relative newcomer to the Ohio golfing repertoire. It opened in 2004 with the intention of being a pure and unadulterated golfing experience and has received many accolades since. Each hole at this course offers a unique and memorable challenge and with its pay and play policy it is accessible to all. Get out there and take some swings on this swing state.