These holes are challenging beautiful or just plain tough, but I think they are the best one shotters in the area.
11 Greyhawk GC, Lagrange Ohio. One of the only true island greens you cross a bridge to get to the green. At 180 yards or so, it makes the TPC Sawgrass #17 look easy. Fortunately for you, the green is large and the right rear is raised to hold a low shot. A bunker left front makes the left side the hard side to hit and hold.
7 Sawmill Resort GC, Huron Ohio. Known as the Cliff Hole, there is a pond, a creek, a cliff and a narrow green. The pond and the creek only hurt poor shots, the cliff and the narrow green are the real challenges, you must hit a high long shot to get up to the green and hold it. Go long and you have a tough downhill chip, getting it close is a miracle.
16 Sawmill Resort GC, Huron Ohio. With a pond in front, and a distant view of Lake Erie through the condo’s this is another beautiful and tough par 3. Club selection is critical, with water short, and a steep slope over the green making 3 is a great number.
11 Lyons Den GC, Canal Fulton Ohio. A long downhill hole with a pond front left, the green is huge, making it imperative that you hit enough club for a back pin, but don’t go long.
4 Fairlawn CC, Akron Ohio. A sporty short hole, with water in front and around the right, and a hill to the left, correct club selection is key, not long but pleasing to the eye.
9 Barberton Brookside CC, Norton Ohio. The challenge here is the green, sloping severely from right to left, a right pin placement is nearly impossible to get to. The left is guarded by a steep tall slope, 3 is a great score to finish the front side.
5 Oak Shadows GC, New Philadelphia Ohio. A downhill gem, not super long, water guards the right and back bunkers left. You can see much of the front nine from this tee.
3 Fowlers Mill GC, Chesterland Ohio. A downhill long par 3, with a tree that protects the left rear of the green and deep bunkers, this hole sets up the majestic par 4 4th, wrapping around the lake.
12 Chippewa GC, Doylestown Ohio. Not the best design, but the narrow green, too narrow for the length of hole, and tricky slopes make this one of the toughest around, with the so called red right 88 pin placement I took a 13, and since then taking an unplayable lie and putting again has been a staple for the Chippewa Club Championship.
17 Firestone CC North Course, Akron Ohio. A long hole to a peninsula green, from the back tees, 250 yards and no landing zone, as you move up, the green sits more at an angle, a fitting penultimate hole, to the prettiest of the three courses at Firestone.
8 Eagle Creek GC, Norwalk Ohio. A nice mid length par 3, water in front and on right, bunkers and a tree on the left rear, miss the green and you are looking at a sure bogey.
4 Rosemont CC, Akron Ohio. A short wonder, water right and wraping around the back, a huge bunker between the water and the green, the shot is a short iron downhill to a green sitting at an angle.
16 Eagle Creek GC, Norwalk Ohio. A longer par 3, with a pond along the right of the redan style green. A fade is necessary to work the ball into this hole. The course is one of the best, and having 2 par 3’s on this list is a tribute to the layout.
17 Rosemont CC, Akron Ohio. Another one of the new holes, this is a beautiful and challenging hole, a swamp guards the right side of the green, and requires a longer shot to reach a pin on that side.