DARBY CREEK GOLF COURSE (800) 343-2729
Ohio Golf Course Review
Darby Creek Golf Course, located in the rural Southeast corner of Union County, was designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva and opened in 1993. A portion of the course was formerly home to the Ohio Orchard Company from the 1920's to the 1980's. The course sits on 204 acres of naturally rolling terrain and blends in beautifully with the pristine countryside that surrounds it.
The yardage marking system consists of colored plates in the middle of the fairways from distances of 100, 150 and 200 yards to the greens center as well as some sprinkler heads on all par fours and fives. Green diagrams on the scorecards provide daily pin placement information with three possible hole locations.
Five sets of tee boxes play to distances and slopes measuring 7074 yards/129 slope, 6661 yards/124, 6201 yards/119 slope, and 5200 yards with a slope of 118 for ladies' playing from the front. The fifth set which is to be shared by top woman golfers and high handicappers, measures 5942 yards and, but has no slope or rating. As the scorecards indicate, this course plays long and the generous landing zones invite golfers of all levels to test their skills.
This front-nine (Links) layout features some small trees off the sides of the fairways and is otherwise wide open. The back-nine (woods) is lined with fully grown trees and is tight in comparison to the front. Many of the mildly sloping putting surfaces are elevated with mounding and bunkering to guard them. There are 59 soft sand bunkers with a great variance of sizes and shapes, which more often than not guard the landing zones along the manicured fairways and greens at each hole. Five holes have water hazards in play - including the long #2 handicap par four 8th on the front, and 4 holes on the back nine.
Practice facilities are comprehensive and feature a targeted grass range, short game area with sand bunkers, and a practice green where golfers can learn the putting speeds of the course. The clubhouse includes locker rooms, a pro shop, snack bar serving lunch items, and space for 150 people for outings and banquets. The scorecards include small hole diagrams with helpful information such as yardage from tees to bunkers and water hazards.
This is a pretty course - challenging yet fair. For more info, visit our page for Darby Creek with direct link to their website by clicking here