Originally Posted by Spyder
The Quarry was rough last season! Manakiki is really nice, as is Sleepy Hollow in Brecksville. Hollow is not forgiving at all and can really lure you into playing stupid golf lol. I'm also easily influenced after a few beers too so I set up perfect drives and fall for dumb risk/reward shots there.
I never played Windmill Lakes, but I have heard it is very nice and would like to try it this Summer.
EDIT: Hell, all people have to do is download the Shotly app and type in a NE Ohio zip code and see that within a 40 mile radius, there's like 60 public courses and 30 of them are extremely nice and comparable to the other 50 private courses. NE Ohio is flooded with golf courses, it's just not a typical "tourist" area because people never intend to drive here unless it is to go to Cleveland and then they quickly get back to where they came from lol.
Whenever I would take someone to Windmill who had never played it before, I would give them this challenge: I'll bet you $20 you can't get through 18 holes without a 3-putt. The greens are enormous & very undulating. 100-foot putts are possible. It's very open off the tee, a second-shot course...sort of an Augusta National feel to it.
Sleepy Hollow has some flat-out awesome holes - #1, the downhill par-5 (don't be right), #2 is a 200y par 3 over a ravine (don't be right...again), #3 is a 450y dog-right par 4 with a second shot to an elevate green over a stream, and so on. Definitely have to bring your A game. Here's a great pic of #1 -
Yeah, not for nothing, but the tourism boards in the Cleveland area should work up a travel package much like how Northern Michigan has done - it stays dark well after 9pm in the summer, the weather is gorgeous, the courses are great. Throw in an Indians game & the Rock Hall and you got a real nice vacation.