The Top 5 Public Golf Courses in Columbus and Central Ohio

City Guide, Sports, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on March 27, 2024
Photo courtesy of Golf Club of Dublin on Facebook

Ohio is well-known as one of the top golf destinations in the world, thanks in no small part to Jack Nicklaus and the Memorial Tournament held at Muirfield Village Golf Club every year.

But if you’re like me, playing at a private country club like Scioto Country Club, New Albany Country Club, or Muirfield Village Golf Club is rather challenging. Luckily, you don’t need to be a country club member to play on a great course in Columbus.

While most courses in Central Ohio are great, we think there are a select few that stand above the rest.

Whether you’re a longtime golfer or just a TopGolf patron who’s trying to take it to the next level, these are the places to know.

1. Denison Golf Club

555 Newark Granville Rd, Granville, OH 43023

This classic course is one of the most interesting public tracks in the entire state thanks to famed course architect Donald Ross. The course utilizes the hilly terrain beautifully, carving out immaculate holes in one of the most beautiful areas of Ohio. It’s challenging from the tips, but they offer 4 different tee boxes on each hole to ensure every person of every skill level enjoys their time.

The details: 18 Holes – Par 71 – 6,559 yard layout

Photo courtesy of Denison Golf Club on Facebook

2. Champions Golf Course

3900 Westerville Rd, Columbus, OH 43224

Similar to Denison Golf Club, Champions makes good use of the hilly terrain with super interesting holes with unique looks at each green. Doglegs, elevated greens, and elevated teeboxes are par for the course (pun intended) thanks to course designer Robert Trent Jones. This track is fun and, when played from the blacks, is sure to challenge any seasoned golfer. 4 teeboxes are available to accommodate all skill levels.

The details: 18 Holes – Par 70 – 6,536 yard layout

Photo courtesy of JoHannah Carpenter on Google Reviews

3. Golf Club of Dublin

5805 Eiterman Rd, Dublin, OH 43016

This is one of the only true links-style courses you can find in the midwest, and it certainly has a reputation because of it. Links-style courses are notorious for expansive water hazards, deep fescue roughs, square (and super fast) greens, and sod stacked bunkers. While you’re only in Dublin, when the wind is really blowing, you can easily be convinced you’re actually golfing in Eastern Scotland.

The details: 18 Holes – Par 72 – 7021 yard layout

Photo courtesy of Golf Club of Dublin on Facebook

4. Safari Golf Club

4853 W Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065

This course, located right across the street from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, is a fun course that winds through the woods of Powell, Ohio. With constantly changing elevations and a great mixture of both wide open and tight holes, Safari Golf Club is a super fun and constantly engaging course. Plus, I am always pleasantly surprised at how well the course is maintained throughout the year.

The details: 18 Holes – Par 72 – 6,845 yard layout

Photo courtesy of Safari Golf Club on Facebook

5. Turnberry Golf Course

1145 Clubhouse Lane, Pickerington, OH 43147

Another links-style course on the opposite end of the city, Turnberry is challenging and fun due to the small, elevated greens, deep roughs, and water features. Featuring bentgrass tees, fairways, and greens, this course plays fast and fun. Turnberry also offers 5 different tees so that amateur and veteran golfers alike will thoroughly enjoy a round.

The details: 18 Holes – Par 72 – 6,775 yard layout

Photo courtesy of Bill Schindel on Google Reviews

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