COOKS CREEK GOLF CLUB (740) 983-3636
Ohio golf course review
Cooks Creek Golf Club in Ashville, just south of Columbus, is a superb golf experience that we highly recommend to any golfers visiting the area. Architects Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, along with co-designer John Cook, have done a tremendous job of sculpting a wonderful variety of golf holes out of this magnificently wooded, rolling terrain.
As the photos in this review indicate, Cooks Creek boasts manicured conditioning with bent grass playing surfaces on the tees, fairways and greens. Mr. Hurdzan, upon the course's opening, stated that this layout is a good prototype of what golf course architecture is going to be in years to come. In our opinion, we feel that this would make a lot of golfers happy, as Cooks Creek is aesthetically beautiful, technically challenging, yet fair to play for golfers of all skill levels.
Four sets of tees are interspersed quite evenly and play to distances and slopes measuring 7071 yards/131 slope, 6648 yards/128 slope, 6182 yards/122 slope for men and 127 for women, and 5095 yards with a slope of 120 from the forward tees. Water comes into play - mostly on the perimeters, on 12 holes. There are some forced carries off the tee, but most of the trouble is out of play from the front tee areas. Most players will have little difficulty locating the generous fairways, but there also is enough trouble to punish errant shots.
Seventy six intricately designed and often penal sand bunkers are located near the landing zones along the fairways or greenside. The putting complexes are usually protected by mounds, sand traps and grassy swales. However, there is generally sufficient room for up and down recovery opportunities. Golfers will find nicely conditioned and true rolling greens, which are large in size and mild in undulation.
The par threes are especially attractive, particularly the 219 yard 6th and 223 yard 15th - which both have daunting water hazards in play. Number ten is also a gorgeous golf hole - a 533 yard par five that plays from an elevated tee, and finishes to a stunning green complex protected by a creek filled with tall native grasses. The entire course is interesting however, with contours, elevation changes, wetlands and a unique variety that helps to keep golfers on their toes.
On property is a targeted grass range, short game area with sand bunker, plus large putting green. The clubhouse features a pro shop, a nice bar/lounge with outdoor patio, and banquet/outing facilities that can accommodate 200 guests. The golf carts are equipped with rear weather covers, and the course is well marked with yardages posted on sprinkler heads and at 100, 150 and 200 yards. Color coded flags indicate front, middle and back hole locations.
Cooks Creek has been rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest Places to Play - and this property is well worth that lofty rating. Highly recommended by twoguyswhogolf.com! For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.