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In ranking by popularity, Muirfield, a private course, comes in at #1 (and #17 in the nation.) The next runner up, Firestone Country Club in Akron, doesn’t show up in the top 100 at all. The #3 people’s choice is Canterbury in Cleveland, a markedly private club, which ranks #46 in the nation. There’s a trend in this—reciprocity is going to be the watchword for the more distinguished golf destinations in Ohio.

Neither the #4 Grey Hawk nor the #5 Glenross (formerly called Tanglewood) show up in the top 100, but Grey Hawk in LaGrange, OH (about 35 miles southwest of Cleveland) makes the top 10 in Golf Digest’s "Best new affordable" list for the nation. A public daily-fee course with over 7000 yards of par-72 course with a slope rating of 128. At under $50 with golf cart, it’s a pretty strong choice. Grey Hawk is a designed community, with a tall-ceiling clubhouse sporting many windows for a distinct feeling of openness from its perch atop the hill. 10 lakes and a stream provide water hazards, while 5 of the greens are carved into the trees, yet the course plays comfortably; a pleasant balance has been struck. Designers von Hagge, Smelek and Baril have made a fine, picturesque championship course and elected to keep it accessible to the public. Bravo!

Glenross, in Delaware, OH, offers up a friendly country club atmosphere in a public course. Glenross's 6,500-yard, par-70 course offers four sets tees. Recently renovated, they’ve revamped and added to form a full 18 holes. Another pleasant change is the addition of a tunnel between the front and back holes, to avoid traffic concerns. They’ve added fifty new sand bunkers and utilized seven ponds and a creek as hazards. Though it seems relatively flat, this course is deceptive from the tee. The challenge is found in the subtle changes of elevation and grade, a spark of genius on the designer’s part. Fees are very reasonable and include use of a cart. In Cleveland, consider the affordable, serene and challenging Hinckley Hills course just six miles outside of downtown Cleveland. This 18-hole championship par-73 course offers 6,846 yards with a rating of rating is 71.6 and a slope rating of 125 on Blue grass. This course’s hazards are the only likely threat to your serenity. Built with narrow fairways, the rolling terrain and surrounding woods add to the challenges. They also offer up 5 par-4 holes as an alternative to a full 9 or as a second play. In the overall, this seems a course worth taking the time to play. There are a few other courses in Hinkley as well.