10 Best Golf Courses near Mansfield, Ohio
Golfing around Mansfield is probably one of the best-kept secrets of the area. Some of the nicest courses in Ohio, both public and private, are within a 20 minute drive of downtown. From open, flat courses to some of the most challenging wooded dog legs around, these 10 courses can fulfill your golfing needs.
Westbrook Country Club (Private)
The crown jewel of Mansfield golf in my mind, Westbrook Country Club has much to offer, from greens that seem to change by the hour, to plenty of water that always seems to attract your ball... The Donald Ross designed course was built in 1922, and the beautiful clubhouse still has that era's feel to it. The 6442yd (from the white) par 72 course is meticulously maintained, and has a great clubhouse and cart service. Westbrook is also rumored to be a top 5 favorite of none other than the "Airness Himself", Michael Jordan. And don't mind the loud "humming" your hear, that is just the local steel mill, which is a stones throw away.
Valley View Golf Course (Public)
Probably the best kept secret in the area, Valley View Golf Course, Just North of Galion on 598, is one of the nicest and most playable courses in the area. Greens fees are reasonable, with cart service during normal season. The beautiful bent grass fairways and greens rival any in the area, and are almost always in prime condition. The 6200yd. (from the white) par 72 will test each and every level of golfer, and is a great course to take the whole family.
Pebble Creek Golf Club (Public)
Just South of Mansfield, in the Lexington area, sits Pebble Creek Golf Club, which was voted the "Best Public Golf Club in North Central Ohio." Pebble Creek holds that distinction well, with its rolling hills and large trees making a challenging round for any level golfer. Add to that over 30 sand traps across the course, with water hazards on almost every hole, and you have yourself a wonderful, challenging course. Pebble Creek has been host to many State Tournaments over the years, and the 6300yd par 72 has challenged all. Built in 1972 and designed by Dick Laconte, the playability of this course makes for a great round.
Shelby Country Club (Semi-Private)
A little more than a year ago, Shelby Country Club would not have even made my top 50 courses in the area, and I think there are only 49. But after what appears to be a large, successful effort to bring back to life the once "goat trail" level course, this has quickly become one of my favorite spots to play. The 6386yd. par 72 has some great signature holes, my favorite being the uphill dogleg left #9. The removal of many overgrown and dead trees really opened this course up for all levels of play, and can easily be a weekend destination for the family.
The Woods at Possum Run (Public)
The Woods at Possum Run, located South of downtown on South Main St, offers as much in the area of dining as they do in golf. The course has remained in operation for over 80 years, and it shows in the mature trees lining the fairways. The 5963yd par 72 is an annual favorite of many in Central Ohio, largely due to its location close to I-71. #2 is by far one of my favorite par 3 holes in the area, with the water directly off of the tee box making it a challenging 1st shot.
Ashland Golf Club (Public)
A "hidden gem" for many years due to formerly being a private club until recently, Ashland Golf Club is one of the most senic courses in the area. Designed by Willie Park Jr. and opened in 1923, Ashland Golf Club has been a staple of the golf community in the area for many years. The 6391yd par 72 course has something for everyone, from the 477yd. #9 to the water protected green on #15, every skill set will be tested. The greens here are very sneaky and will test even the most prolific of putters.
Deer Ridge Golf Club (Public)
Deer Ridge Golf Club, located South of downtown Mansfield in Bellville, is a beautifully designed track. Although relatively short at 6081 yds. from the blues, this course has some great challenges up its sleeve. The 503yd par 5 #6 hole with its dogleg right will keep you honest on your tee shot, and #3 and #17 will test your iron accuracy with waterfront greens on both. Plenty of slope throughout the course, and enough bunkers to qualify the area as beachfront. Fall is the best time to play this course, specifically due to the beautiful foliage and mature trees.
Oaktree Golf Club (Public)
Oaktree Golf Club is located in Ontario, West of downtown Mansfield. For those golfers who may need some confidence brought back into thier game (who doesn't?), Oaktree provides the best of both worlds when it comes to challenge and reward. With 2 par 4's that are driveable (for some of us, except Jim) and a beautiful finishing hole in 18, Oaktree is a must have in your golfing rounds. To make it even better, Oaktree has promotions yearly that allow you to play other sister courses in the area on one membership, which is great if your like me and need a change of scenery frequently. This course is top on my list if you have younger children who want to play, as the wide open fairways tend to not intimidate, and the relatively flat design plays well for shorter drives.
Mohican Hills Golf Club (Public)
The last two courses on this list require a little more than the 20 minute drive, but are well worth it. If Mohican Hills Golf Club was closer to downtown Mansfield, it would undoubtedly be #2 on this list. Located East of Mansfield in Jeromesville, this is one of the best courses around by far, and was awarded the "Best Public Golf Course in Ohio" in 2008. Being that the course is adjacent to Mohican Hills State Park, as you can imagine the scenery is astonishing. The course has a reputation of having some of the toughest greens around, and this proves true no matter the playing conditions.
The Golf Club of Bucyrus (Public)
Again, if it were not for the distance from downtown, this course would rank higher on the list simply due to sheer playability. The Golf Club of Bucyrus is located West of Mansfield, just a short drive off of Route 30. This course is perfect for any level of golfer, and tee position plays enormously into the overall toughness of each hole. This is yet another course in the area that was once a private club, and now caters to all whom wish to play a great round of golf. Hole #7 is probably my favorite, trying to skirt the tree line on your left from the tee for a perfect 2nd shot.
A round at any of these courses will undoubtedly test your skills, but I recommend that anyone who can gain access to Westbrook Country Club take the opportunity. I would put Westbrook up against most any golf course in Ohio in regards to testing your game.