Featured Dayton Area Golf Courses
Pipestone Golf Course is an Arthur Hills design that has been acclaimed as the best public course in the Dayton area. The name of the course comes from blue clay soil that is buried deep in the ground. The native Indians of the area would use it for making pottery and they would call it pipestone.
Shaker Run Golf Club offers 27 holes of championship golf that are played in three different 18-hole combinations. The Woodlands/Lakeside Course is the club's original layout designed by Arthur Hills. It was later joined by the gentler Meadows nine. Since opening in 1979, the Woodlands/Lakeside combination has come to be known as one of the best courses in the state.
The Eagle Course is the longest being 400 yards longer than the other regulation course, the Hawk Course. The terrain is flat, making it an easy walk. The fairways are wide open and the greens are large. In addition to several sand bunkers and a scattering of trees, there are man-made lagoons that come into play on 16 holes.
Located just south of Dayton amongst rolling hills, The Dales Course at the Community Golf Center facility is one of two regulation length courses that the facility offers. The Dales Course is referred to as the inside course, while the other course, the Hills Course, is called the outside course.
Conveniently located less that 30 minutes from Cincinnati in the city of Lebanon, Shaker Run Golf Club offers 27 holes of championship golf. The Lakeside/Meadows Course combines the nine with the most water, Lakeside naturally, and the longest nine.
The Madden Golf Course is a municipal course that is suitable for all skill levels. The course was built on hilly terrain causing some elevation changes and uneven lies. The fairways are lined with trees and the average-sized greens are medium to fast in speed.
Jamaica Run Golf Club offers one of the most challenging layouts in the Miami Valley. The difficult greens provide most of the trouble. They are small and hard to hit and on many holes they are elevated above the fairway, making it hard to play a run-up shot.
Windy Knoll Golf Club is known among locals as being one of Springfield's best public golf courses. The course was built in 2001, though you would not be able to tell from its traditional links design.
Located in the northwest corner of Dayton, Moss Creek Golf Club offers some of the best greens in the area. They feature challenging cup locations and they putt fast and true. The picturesque landscape is dotted with sparkling lakes that come into play on a few holes.
Shaker Run Golf Club offers 27 holes of championship golf. 18 holes were designed by Arthur Hills while the remaining nine came from the design team of Michael Hurzdan and Dana Fry. The Meadows nine is considered to be the gentlest of the three nines since it doesn't have the trees and water that the other two do, but it still provides a good challenge.
Franklin Golf Course is a player-friendly, nine-hole course that is perfect for beginners. At 2,559 yards from the tips, the course plays to a par of 35. While the layout is not exactly a challenge, it does provide a quick round that is good for some practice.
There are two 18-hole courses at Reid Memorial Park Golf Course, the North and the South. The courses have been providing one of the greater Springfield area's best golf values for over 40 years. The championship North Course is the longer and more challenging of the two.
Twin Run Golf Course is a municipal course in Hamilton, recognized for being the third best city in Ohio for golf, and one of the top 100 in the country. The course is popular for its affordable rates and the challenging but playable layout. At just over 6,165 yards from the back tees, it is not an overly long course but it offers some fairly difficult holes.
The executive-style golf course at the Hara Greens facility is an interesting course that is suitable for players of any skill level. The course covers over seventy acres of mostly flat terrain with plenty of dense forestry and tranquil ponds. The fairways are wide but they are surrounded by a standard cut of rough.
Originally established in 1967, Reed Park has established a reputation as one of the best golf values in the area. The South Course is a challenging but playable layout, which is why it is the home course for many of the area's high school teams.
Locust Hills Golf Club in Springfield offers two championship courses, Locust and Maple. Both courses sprawl across 280 acres of gently rolling hills, offering ample room that keeps in errant shots. At just over 6,750 yards, the Maple Course is the longer of the two by about 200 yards.
Situated along the scenic Buck Creek, Snyder Park Golf Course is a Springfield municipal course. The course originally opened in 1921 and has been a local favorite since. Its reputation, as well as the extremely affordable rates, appeals to players of all skill levels.
Located in Springfield, Locust Hills Golf Club offers 36 holes of championship golf. The Locust and Maple Courses serve as the home courses for many of the area's high school golf teams since the layouts offer both variety and playability.
Sugar Isle Golf Course was designed by Jack Kidwell, a familiar name among southern Ohio golf courses. Water is a prominent feature of the course, Kidwell incorporated it on more than half of the holes. Some 20 white sand bunkers are strategically placed throughout the layout, providing a scenic contrast to the water and lush greens.
Located in New Paris, Country Side Golf Club is a public, nine-hole course that is ideal for beginners but also for those looking to get in a quick game. The layout is a mild 3,158 yards that plays to a par of 36. The course is playable while still offering a decent challenge. The layout is mostly par 4s with two par 3s and par 5s each thrown into the mix. Beginners can approach the golf course with confidence but more seasoned players will find that it is a quick and satisfying round.
Echo Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole course that is owned and operated by the city of Piqua. The scenic layout is dotted with lakes and borders a mature forest. The water hazards present the most formidable test but there are also several strategically placed bunkers along the greens that are just waiting to swallow errant shots.
The Rollandia Golf Course is an ideal location for families and younger players. A family fun center opened on the premises in 1994 that features batting cages, an arcade, a picnic area and even a 36-hole miniature golf course. The Rollandia Golf Course is an executive golf course, built on relatively flat terrain making it easily walkable.
Woodland Golf Club's secluded site in Cable has helped the course to remain one of the area's best secrets. It is often not busy, but it is not for lack of a good round. The course sprawls across gently rolling hills dotted with sparkling lakes and ponds. There are also babbling creeks that meander through the course.
Formerly known as Greenville Country Club, Turtle Creek Golf Course has been around since 1921, making it one of the area's oldest courses. Despite its long history, the relatively unknown course is known as one of the Miami Valley's best-kept secrets. It has a traditional layout that sprawls across acres of lush countryside, situated just outside of Greenville.
The Kitty Executive course is one of three courses at the Kittyhawk Golf Course facility, the other two being regulation courses. These courses are three of only six municipal courses in the Dayton area.
Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro boasts some of the most well manicured greens and fairways in southern Ohio. This challenging course, which is the former host of the Nike Tour's Miami Valley Open, is one of Ohio's top 20 golf courses.
The Kittyhawk Golf Course facility possesses three of only six municipal golf courses in the Dayton area. The Hawks Course is one of two regulation courses at Kittyhawk and there is also one executive course.
National Golf Links in South Charleston is a links-style layout that has a distinctly European feel. The beautiful setting of rolling hills sprinkled with tranquil ponds and meandering creeks adds to the course's unique character. Originally opened as a nine-hole course in 1995, a second nine was added five years later, extending the golf course to 7,200 yards from the championship tees.
White Springs Golf Course is a player friendly and affordable course in Greenville. The course has a traditional layout that has been open since 1937. It is a very mild challenge at just over 3,000 yards in length and the design is straightforward with no hidden hazards.
Lakeland Golf Club originally opened in 1964 and in 2002 it was expanded to an 18-hole championship course. Barry Serafin reworked the traditional design of the original layout into a challenging course that is still playable for a range of skill levels.
The Community Golf Center facility offers two regulation length golf courses, the Dales Course and the Hills Course. The Hills Course is the longer and slightly more difficult of the two. Due to its location nestled in the rolling hills south of Dayton, the terrain is quite hilly and at some times very difficult to walk.