Course: Glenview Golf Course
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Course architects: Arthur Hills and Michael Hurdzan (East and South courses) | Hurdzan (West course)
Opened: 1974 (East), 1977 (South), 1994 (West)
Par: 36 on each nine
From the tips: 3,359 (East), 3,464 (South), 3,552 (West)
Rating: 36.1 (East), 36.9 (South), 37.5 (West)
Slope: 125 (East), 133 South, 134 (West)
Saturday morning green fee: $ (under $50)
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Greens: Poa annua and bentgrass
Starter: In a city with an underrated public-golf scene, Glenview stands out as the stiffest test among the six city courses and rates among the best public-access tracks in metropolitan Cincinnati. The U.S. Golf Association validated Glenview’s tournament chops by staging the 1987 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on the East and South nines, which were the original 18 holes. In the ensuing three decades, Glenview has built a reputation for quality with value. Rob Higby, who oversees Glenview and the five other Cincinnati munis for Billy Casper Golf, said Glenview logged about 62,500 rounds last year. That many golfers can’t be wrong.
Play because …: Quality turf conditions, consistent greens and a tournament-caliber routing will challenge any player. Many golfers will find the East nine to be perhaps one stroke easier, because it’s a bit more forgiving off the tee and lacks some of the forced carries of the South and West, notably on the par 3s. Glenview is situated on a rolling, wooded tract, about 18 miles north of the Ohio River, just inside the Interstate 275 beltway. The recently renovated clubhouse, which served as the barn on a dairy farm before Arthur Hills and Michael Hurdzan transformed the property in the mid-1970s, adds to the experience. Stick around for a post-round refreshment at the outdoor pavilion.
Takeaway: Fun, walkable, challenging and affordable. It’s a winning combination for any muni.
RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Food | beverage: 6
Pro shop: 6
Pace of play: 7
THE COURSE | Scorecard
Best par 3: West No. 4 (182 yards). A slightly downhill mid-iron approach over a water hazard into a wide and receptive green.
Best par 4: South No. 7 (354 yards). Relatively short hole doglegs left into a fairway that slopes right, so pick the proper club off the tee. A well-positioned draw off the tee will leave a short-iron approach into a long and narrow green.
Best par 5: West No. 9 (541 yards). Straightaway hole climbs gradually toward the clubhouse and will require three shots to reach for all but the longest players.
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RATED BY: Steve Harmon