The Award-Winning Cooks Creek Golf Club

Beautiful views and pristine conditions highlight your round at Cooks Creek.What do Cooks Creek, widely regarded as one of the premier daily-fee facilities in Ohio, and The Old Course at St. Andrews, one of the oldest and most revered golf courses in the world, have in common? More than you would think.

Opened in 1993, Cooks Creek Golf Course was a collaboration between Dr. Michael Hurdzan, partner Dana Fry and touring professional John Cook. Hurdzan, who served as lead architect at the 7,071-yard layout located on Highway 23 South in Ashville, has a well-known love of old golf courses like St. Andrews that are extremely playable but offered a wide array of shot-making opportunities.

“They have big, wide fairways with a scattering of hazards,” Hurdzan once said of St. Andrews and similar courses. “You have to develop your own strategy every time you play.”

Many who’ve sampled Cooks Creek believe that strategy is paramount here too and the course’s generous fairways make for a great round of golf.

“What a fantastic course,” one golfer recently said after a trip to Cooks Creek. “I expected it to be flat with plenty of water. It is definitely not flat and although there is water everywhere, the fairways and landing areas are large.”

“Very well maintained, enthusiastic staff and challenging layout,” said another. “Lots of woods, water, hills and valleys, and other assorted woes. Overall impression is the wonderful variety of holes and shots that were encountered. A genuinely fun round of golf. Strongly recommend.”

The Award-Winning Cooks Creek Golf Club

Constructed at the front end of the great American golf course boom of the 1990s, Cooks Creek received an ample amount of positive feedback when it was first introduced to the public in 1993 and continues to garner widespread acclaim. Golf Digest made it a runner-up in the “Best New Public Course” balloting and the 7th “Best Public Course” in Ohio shortly after its debut. In the most recent “Best You Can Play” state-by-state rankings, Golfweek listed Cooks Creek as the No. 8 course in Ohio. The course continues to hold a 4.5-Star Rating from Golf Digest.

Four years before he would be named “Golf Course Architect of the Year” by Golf World magazine, Hurdzan and his design team were able to raise Cooks Creek out of a flood plain that had been operated as a farm by the Cook family. Not only was the course a championshipcaliber challenge, it created 72 acres of wetlands and animal habitat where none previously existed making it one of many layouts in the Hurdzan portfolio designated as environmentally friendly.

Routed through a series of mature tree stands, rolling terrain, ravines and protected wetlands, Cooks Creek is a compelling layout that keeps you guessing and working. Bordered by Little Walnut Creek and the Scioto River, water does play a significant role as you weave your way around this visually striking track. The course also has numerous tee placements that allow for play by all age and ability levels. Designated as an Audubon Society and a Blue Heron rookery, Cooks Creek is abundant in wildlife with the only unnatural distractions being the traffic running along US 23.

The clubhouse and banquet facility.

The par 3s at Cooks Creek are especially entertaining, especially the 219-yard par-3 6th hole with an island green. You’ll also recognize the 553-yard par-5 10th, a replica of the fascinating risk-reward 13th at Augusta National.

Off the course, Cooks Creek features a fantastic practice area, fully-stocked pro shop and a banquet operation that annually welcomes dozens of golf outings, special events and tournaments.

You can learn more about Cooks Creek Golf Course by calling the golf course at (740) 983-3636, (800) 430-GOLF or by visiting www.cookscreek.com.

 

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