Little Mountain Country Club

Little Mountain Country Club

7667 Hermitage Road
Concord, OH 44077

(440) 358-PUTT
www.littlemountaincc.com

5-Star Fabulous

We’ve all heard the line “you’re known by the company you keep”? How’s this for a short list of names that includes Little Mountain Country Club in Concord, less than an hour up I-90 from Cleveland —Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Pinehurst #2, Bethpage Black, The Ocean Course at Kiawah, Whistling Straits and Arcadia Bluffs? Those are some of the OTHER 16 public-access courses, only 16, in the entire country given 5-Stars the last two years in Golf Digest’s Places to Play ratings.

If it is possible for a 5-Star course within 3 hours’ drive of 4 major metropolitan areas to still be considered a hidden gem, this stunningly gorgeous, yet still reasonably-priced Hurdzan/Fry design is that glittering diamond in the not-so-rough. What nearly all those other 5-Star classics have that Little Mountain doesn’t is either an ocean or mountain view, though you can see Lake Erie on a good day from the top of the 17th tee.

Which brings us to another old adage that lives on—“pay attention to the details.” Little Mountain makes up for its lack of glamorous views with spectacular course conditioning and attentive service from some of the friendliest (and zest-looking) professionals you’ll meet anywhere, making this unique experience a true golf destination that’s worth the trip.

The course itself is a par-70, measuring just over 6600 yards from the tips, with limited out-of-bounds around the edges, no water hazards in play and only one lonely stream to negotiate. But again, the beauty is in the details. The routing through native stands of oaks, maples and beech trees offers a variety of shots you might not expect from a shorter, par-70 track. And that wonderful white silica sand that all the best courses in the eastern US import from Ohio for their bunkers? This is where it comes from. The incredible bunker complexes, some as deep as 20-feet, and the subtleties in the large greens (that club member and former Cavs great Austin Carr swears always “break toward the Lake”) are what have had players talking, and returning to challenge again, since the course opened in 2000.

Most players look at a scorecard with three par-4s of over 470 yards and immediately think “impossible,” but the Ohio-based Hurdzan/Fry team (Dr. Michael Hurdzan recently joined a select list of his own that includes Nicklaus, Palmer, Robert Trent Jones and Pete Dye as recipients of the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects) might have created even more exciting tests with three of their shorter par-4s, all of which give you risk-reward decisions to make. And you might just come off the course raving about the variety of the par-3s over everything else you’ve seen. The shortest measures only 135-yards from the tips, the longest a full 100 yards longer, with every type of shot in between, particularly when the capricious breezes are changing off Lake Erie.

Little Mountain Country Club is also proud of its place on another list, as one of the jewels on the new Hurdzan/Fry Golf Trail that offers packages including such courses as EagleSticks, Stone Water, Cooks Creek, Olde Stonewall and the Golf Club of Dublin. You can learn more about the trail at www.hftrail.com. But a great place to start any Ohio golf odyssey is at the top of a 5-Star mountain, at www.littlemountaincc.com or by calling (440) 358-PUTT.

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