Seneca Golf Course, A

975 Metro Valley Pkwy, Broadview Heights, Ohio, 44147
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(216) 348-7274
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Seneca Golf Course is a Public, 36 hole golf facility located in Broadview Heights, Ohio. The facility has two 18-hole golf courses, The A Course and The B Course. The B Course closed in 2010.

Using WPA funds, the city of Cleveland opened Seneca Golf Course on August 1, 1940, to provide "low-cost, pay-as-you-play golfing" to west-siders. Only nine holes were opened with the purpose of gaining revenue to buy equipment to complete the other 27 holes the following year. Using a Parkland Design, where not a lot of earth was moved to create land features, both 18-hole courses have tree-lined fairways along gently rolling terrain and small greens.

The #8 hole on the A course is 605 yards. When built in the early 1940s that length of hole was quite rare. Legend has it that there are only two players known to have reached that hole in two shots. The original B course includes two enormous par fives of 582 yards (#3) and 572 yards (#15) as well as numerous long and difficult par fours. The B course also features three ponds that have proved very formidable water hazards.

The original plans for the clubhouse could not be completed when funds ran out. As the course matured patronage steadily increased and by the early 1950s Seneca was known as one of the finest 36-hole golf courses in America and attracted several national championship matches despite the fact there were “no facilities whatever except a tin shed.†The long needed clubhouse, built in 1954, included a dining room, locker rooms, a pro shop and living quarters for the clubhouse caretaker.

Golfing legends such as Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler, Billy Casper, and Jack Nicklaus (as an amateur) visited the course in its heyday. The Carling Open Invitational was played at Seneca in 1959 and was won by Dow Finsterwald as Casper, Nicklaus, and Palmer did not score well. Quoted in the Plain Dealer before his appearance in the 1959 Carling Open, Arnold Palmer said, " I played Seneca a lot of times when I was in Cleveland. It's a good, testing golf course."

Both the A and B courses retain their original length, but now include a fourth set of tees as Cleveland Metroparks adds Family Tees. Situated anywhere from 60 to 275 yards out, the Family Tees are designed so that a family can play together with each family member playing from tees appropriate for their age or skill level.

The Seneca Golf Course, B Course closed in 2010.

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$10 (cart not included), played on Tuesday, October 2018 at 5:00 PM

In the area for the week and was told that Sleepy Hollow GC or Seneca GC were the best Cleveland Metroparks tracks you could play. Having only time for 9 holes and with three (3) separate at Seneca GC looked like the easier to get out on. I chose the "Chippewa" course that plays from the tips (Purple) 3,438yds / Par 36 down to "Family" (Orange) tees at 1,183yd that was a basic, Par 3 setup. Having the five (5) tee box selection gives everybody a chance to feel good about playing. I believe this was the old "B" course front 9 layout as #3 571yd Par 5 from the Black tees is similar to the original write-up. The "Furnace Run" course is 3,536yd / Par 36 from the tips to 1,134yd at the Family tees. This was the old Front 9 for the "A" course as #8 603yd Par 5 is still listed as such. The third 9 hole track "Back A" plays 3,095yd down to 1,496yd Par 35 and looks to be a more "Side by Side" hole layout than the other two. They currently have construction on the 4th nine hole layout but looks a long way from being open for play.

The Chippewa layout starts out being very open and friendly and then narrows up with the treelined fairways that separates itself from the Furnace Run track it intertwines with. The #2 364yd Par 4 is an uphill 2nd shot to an elevated green that deserves a 2 club respect to a middle flag position. Greens are fairly straightforward in reads, soft but roll smooth and hold all shots coming in. The #3 613yd Par 5 was playing straightaway downwind but your 3rd shot is all carry over a pond to the green. That's the reason for the #1 hcp rating and missing the green to the right is a good bailout as opposed to landing short. They have the standard colored sticks down the middle and seemed to be accurate for distances. The last five (5) holes are Par 4's with three of them 390 - 450yds, into the wind and mostly tree line narrow. Finishing hole #9 360yd Dogleg left, with the wind in your face, green tucked into the hill is a memory to finish on.

Paid $9.50 ($18 for 18) and ended up shooting 41 w/16 putts as the walk/carrying my bag took its toll on the last 4 holes. This is one stretched out, compacted layout for 36 holes, but doesn't really feel like you're on top of the other layouts that are here. Worth your time to stop and play this demanding yardage layout, great conditions, and well-seasoned course.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level
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Rank ID # : 029338
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