Licking Springs Golf Club - Central Ohio's Best Kept Secret

Licking Springs Golf Club - Central Ohio's Best Kept SecretA Central Ohio golf stalwart for more than 50 years, Licking Springs Golf Club has welcomed, entertained and challenged more golfers than just about any other course in the Buckeye State. Yet even with such a long and proven track record, to truly appreciate this golf course, especially if you haven’t played it recently or ever, is to experience it firsthand.

Located just a few minutes north of Newark, Licking Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course that features a natural spring on the property, a variety of natural wildlife and a challenging layout with rolling fairways and undulating greens.

“Licking Springs is a place you have to play to truly appreciate it,” said Licking Springs General Manager Bill Stebelton. “It’s a fair course but not one that golfers are just going to come and rip up.”

At just shy of 6,300 yards from the back tees, Licking Springs doesn’t require significant length, but it does demand accuracy and strong short game to score well. The par-71 offers relatively narrow fairways, a handful of forced carries on several holes, especially on the front-nine and green complexes that will challenge even the best golfer’s touch and speed control.

“The greens really provide defense for the golf course,” Stebelton said. “There is a lot of movement in them and if golfers miss the greens there are plenty of sidehill lies that make getting up and down difficult.”

Licking Springs Golf Club - Central Ohio's Best Kept Secret

The challenge of Licking Springs is located throughout the course but there are a handful of holes that truly provide the appropriate perspective to the underrated challenge of the course. In fact, the Jack Kidwell-designed course presents itself strong right out of the gate. The first hole, a 437-yard, par-5 requires pinpoint accuracy off the tee and features a tight dogleg right some 200 yards down the fairway. Make par or better on the second most difficult hole at Licking Springs and your round is off to a strong start.

A similar test waits at the 380-yard par-4 fifth hole. Another tight, doglegright challenge off the tee, the fifth features a difficult approach shot as well with a green that is guarded in the front by a large natural spring. Decision making and execution on the approach shot is critical on this gem.

Licking Springs Golf Club - Central Ohio's Best Kept SecretThe close to the front nine is highlighted by the downhill, 525-yard par-5 8th the longest hole on the course. Long hitters will look to challenge the green in two while shorter strikers will opt for a short approach to set up birdie.

Speaking of strong closings, that is exactly what Licking Springs offers golfer with consecutive par-4s in the 17th and 18th holes. The signature hole at Licking Springs, the 405-yard 17th hole is equal parts challenging and stunning. The approach is everything on this hole as golfers must navigate a large water hazard in front of the medium-sized green.

The second longest hole at Licking Springs, the 18th is also rated as the most difficult. Like the 17th, the second shot on 18 is the key to success as a small creek dissects the fairway some 100 yards from the green, which is guarded front and left by water.
Unique to Licking Springs is a bonus, par 3 “19th hole” that golfers can use as either a warm-up hole or perhaps to settle a wager at the conclusion of their round.

Licking Springs Golf Club - Central Ohio's Best Kept SecretNot only a favorite among daily players, Licking Springs offers several membership programs that are affordable both for individuals and families. The programs include full and weekday only packages. In addition, Licking Springs boasts two putting and chipping greens and a separate practice area to fine tune your game. The comfortable clubhouse features a full bar and grill, a pro shop and a relaxing patio that is perfect for a post-round drink or an outing.

For more information on Licking Springs Golf Course, visit or call 800 204.3638.


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