$10 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, December 2018 at 11:00 AM
Back in the area for business and decided not to miss playing this great public course, again. For a course built 90 years ago, it still can hold its own in layout and length.
I only had time to play the Front 9 (3,395yd / Par 35) but will make plans to return and enjoy this complete 1925 Stanley Thompson designed layout at 6,893yd / 73.3 / 133 Par 35/36 By having four (4) tee boxes you can play it down to 5,226yd / 66.0 / 115 and enjoy the views. The clubhouse sits on top of the highest point, so enjoy the holes/yardage going down because the return trip is much different. Even though its winter conditions on all playing areas, I was not disappointed with conditions. The many well placed green-side sand bunkers were raked and all the same consistency, with summer conditions only getting better.
#1 hole starts right out on a straightaway, downhill 530yd Par 5 that makes you feel good about flight/distance. If your playing from the Blacks/Tips, this will be your last easy par till #8 180yd Par 3.
Hole #2 235yd Par 3 is one ugly look from the tee box to this 50yd Long green. Having a tree guarding LH side, three (3) large traps on the RH side but the front/short apron looked really good today. (My Choice)
The #5 586yd Par 5 is nothing but a long narrow mowed fairway but rough is very playable, at least today it was.
#6 a 200yd Par 3 is another tough looking tee shot by having a ravine in front of you and all carry to the green. Playing slightly uphill, so go a little extra on that club/swing selection.
Your trip back to the clubhouse from here is uphill with #9 396yd Par 4 swinging for the fences and getting carry only. Today with the soft conditions, I started right off playing one (1) club longer and kept it below the hole all day.
Paid $11.50 for nine (9) holes ($36 18/cart) walking because it was cart path only and this is a traditional walking Links layout. Ended up shooting 40/17putts and look forward to return in drier conditions to enjoy the full 18 hole experience. For a course that started out being a Country Club and changed to Public in the early 1960's, its still being maintained by staff/players to the hidden Jewel of the Cleveland Metro-parks courses.