HAWK'S NEST AT OHIO STATE ATI (330) 435-4611
Ohio golf course review
Hawk's Nest in Creston, designed by Golf Course Architect Steve Burns, is one of Ohio's finest golf courses. This public course was founded by Earl and Betty Hawkin, and the first nine holes opened in July 1993, while the second nine opened in May 1994. Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play 2006-2007" awarded Hawk's Nest a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, placing it among North America's 201 best public-access courses. The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) owns and operates the course, and has long had a reputation for one of the best turf grass management programs in the country, with graduates working at country clubs and professional sports arenas all over the world to prove it.
There are four sets of tees to choose from providing ample challenge to golfers of all skill levels. The tee boxes measure in distances and slopes of 6880 yards/124 slope, 6200 yards/121 slope, 5691 yards/116 slope for men and 119 for woman, and 4767 yards with a slope of 110 for women playing the forward tees. As the slopes indicate, this player friendly course provides the opportunity for a relaxed round of golf and low scores.
Yardage markers are located on the fairways on all par fours and fives, from 100, 150, and 200 yards measured to the center of the green. Small markers on the flagsticks designate front, middle, or back pin placement on the greens There are 46 soft sand bunkers strategically located near fairways and greens at Hawk's Nest, and 9 holes feature water hazards.
This walker-friendly layout features wide landing zones and detailed shapely fairways that wind and bend around the surrounding small trees and hills in the rough. The front nine has flat fairways with some smaller trees, and natural long grassy areas. The back nine features more elevation changes and heavily wooded areas with mature tree lined fairways.
Clubhouse amenities include a pro shop and snack bar featuring homemade sandwiches and the popular choice for locals, meatloaf, which is highly recommended. Practice facilities include a targeted driving range and a large practice putting green. ATI's programs in environmental sciences, agronomy, landscape, nursery management, greenhouse management and business, to name just a few, all have the potential of utilizing the Hawk's Nest greens, bunkers, ponds, and even the pro shop for hands-on experiences.
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