The Landings at Rickenbacker

Literally rebuilt from the ashes of the past and more than four decades old, The Landings at Rickenbacker has reinvented itself into one of the finest golf courses in the Central Ohio area.

Built in 1959 by an unknown architect, the cours has undergone a recent renovation that added strategically placed water hazards and numerous bunkers, creating a still playable, yet far more challenging golf course.

In addition, the course recovered from a November, 2001, fire that destroyed its clubhouse, to now offer the total golf experience to area golfers.

All this was accomplished without raising The Landings at Rickenbacker’s already affordable rates, creating a course that offers the “Best Golf Value in Ohio.”

Located just minutes from downtown Columbus, The Landings at Rickenbacker features strategically contoured fairways combined with numerous natural grass areas that enhance landing areas on every hole. Already one of the longest courses in the area, the addition of the bunkering and water hazards has created a course that demands the use of every club in the bag.

“The golf course is one of the longest, yet most playable golf courses in the area,” said John Huban, PGA professional and director of golf operations at The Landings at Rickenbacker. “Low handicappers can play the championship tees and stretch the yardage to almost 7,000 yards. Yet the beginner can enjoy a fun-filled day of golf by playing the forward tees, which utilizes the widest parts of the landing areas on each hole.”

During the summer months, the course plays much firmer and the rough isn’t quite as thick, allowing for a more aggressive approach off the tee. During spring and fall, however, the course can really begin to show its teeth. “I would have to say course management (is critical) during the spring and fall seasons due to the rough areas growing so fast because of weather conditions,” Huban said.

While the course is generally balanced from the front side to the back, the difference between a solid round and a rough one often is decided on a stretch of holes from 12 to 15. At 147 yards the par-3 12th is perhaps the easiest par-3 on the course and provides a good opportunity for birdie.

“Starting with the par-3, a player can set the tone for either a strong finish or a struggle to the clubhouse,” Huban said.

Drastically downhill, the 13th also presents a good birdie opportunity, as most players will approach the green with a short wedge. Working its way back up the hill, the 14th plays much longer than it appears and is a true three-shot par-5. The approach to an elevated green is critical on this hole.

The stretch of important holes ends with the short 368-yard par-4 15th, which features a water hazard extending into the fairway and a creek that protects the right side of the green. Wayward shots off the tee or from the fairway and a large number could follow.

In addition to the layout, The Landings at Rickenbacker features one of the area’s finest practice facilities, which includes a grass driving area, a sand and chipping green and a putting green. The PARFORMANCE Golf School is now open on site and features personalized golf instruction for players of any level.

For more information on The Landings at Rickenbacker or to book your next round, call 614-491-5000.


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