STONEWATER GOLF CLUB (440)461-4653
Ohio Golf Course Review
Stonewater is a challenging members-only golf course that winds throughout 178 acres of wooded wetlands that necessitated the building of 23 wooden bridges. Located just east of Cleveland in Highland Heights, the layout was designed by Dana Fry in 1996.
Practice facilities include a beautifully conditioned grass range with greens for targets, three putting greens, and a practice bunker. Lessons of all kinds are available from established PGA pro Bob Bourne. The clubhouse is everything a club member could hope for featuring a fully stocked pro shop, full service bar, the Stonewater Grill- a full menu restaurant serving lunch and dinner, and locker rooms with showers. Outside the clubhouse there is a patio with a view of the 9th green, an outdoor grill, and a halfway house for golfers making the turn to stock up on snacks and beverages.
The course is well marked with yardage measured to the center of the green posted on all sprinkler heads the Kirby marking system is used with markers on the fairways every 25 yards. All carts include pin placement charts which are numbered 1 - 6 and the daily number is posted on the first tee box. There are a total of 70 sand bunkers strategically situated near landing zones throughout the layout. Every green is guarded by at least two bunkers and each par four and par five features at least one fairway bunker or water hazard/marsh area to contend with. 16 of the 18 holes feature water hazards in the form of creeks, pond, lakes, and marshy wet lands.
As the slopes below indicate, this course was built for golfers of all skill levels. Scratch golfers and beginners will be challenged, yet have a fair chance with a variety of tee boxes to choose from. There are five sets of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 7060 yards/138 slope, 6674 yards/132 slope, 6120 yards/127 slope, 5541 yards/ 122 slope for men and 132 slope for women, and 4952 yards with a slope of 123 for women playing the forward tees.
The terrain is pretty flat with marsh and wet lands along the tree lined fairways, and in front of tee boxes and greens. The front nine is a little more clean-cut with lakes and ponds to carry, while the back nine features some tall marsh to hit over from the teeing areas. From the tees there is often ample landing room, but bunkers, trees, and water tighten things up a bit near the greens so inaccurate iron play will show on the scorecard. Putting surfaces have a mild slope and undulation and the surrounding areas are flat with some understated mounding.
The pleasant staff and an outstanding facility at Stonewater Golf Club make for a wonderful golf experience. This is a private club with limited public play…it you have the means, we highly recommend a round here. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.