Apr 30, 2024 - News

🏌️ Best golf courses (Nos. 8-7)

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👋 Sam here. All week, I'm counting down the best golf courses you can play within an hour of downtown Cleveland.

  • Grab your balls and tees, and let's go.

8. Brookledge

Location: Cuyahoga Falls, ~40 minutes south of Cleveland via I-480 and OH-8

Rates: Dynamic pricing (~$40-$60)

Scorecard: Par 71, 6,426 yards

State of play: An endlessly entertaining and often scorable course, this muni in Cuyahoga Falls always feels like it's shrouded in mist.

Pros: Challenging and diverse Par-3s; shortish, strategic Par 4s that make club selection paramount; recent tree and foliage maintenance that has opened up vistas and heroic alleys.

Cons: The frost-delay capital of Northeast Ohio; the clubhouse and pro shop will be closed until upgrades are complete.

7. Little Mountain

Location: Painesville, ~40 minutes east of Cleveland via I-90

Rates: Dynamic pricing (~$45-$60)

Scorecard: Par 70, 6,623 yards

State of play: Designed by renowned golf course architect Michael Hurzdan, this premium track features more bunkers than any public course in the region.

  • Jimmy Hanlin, the face of golf on local TV, is the director of golf here.

Pros: Routing and bunkering has the feel of a TPC-level course; speedy, undulant greens and green complexes; elite finishing hole; festive bar and patio area.

Cons: Uneven bunker maintenance; sad and overgrown driving range in a floodplain below the clubhouse.


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