The Quarry Golf Club

A World-Class Resort Experience Right Here at Home

The Quarry Golf Club, OhioImagine the picturesque landscapes of Arizona, the lakes and marshes of South Carolina, the wispy fescues of the Great Lakes and stunning elevation changes of the Appalachians. All brough together within the city limits of the home of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame?

You don’t have to just imagine, you can play it, right now! The Quarry Golf Club is only just crossing its first birthday this spring, yet already feels like it has fit into its old Stark Ceramics clay quarry for decades. Its hundred-foot cliffs, rock outcroppings, natural waste areas, deep water lakes and streams and mature stands of native trees have created arguably northeast Ohio’s most unique golf venue, and proven once again the old real estate axiom that it’s all about location, location, location. The course’s location in a more friendly climate just off I-77 and SR 30, away from the Great Lakes and mountains, yet easily accessible from the Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Columbus metro areas has made it, and Canton’s other fine courses, a new destination for golf lovers who crave a new challenge.

Wait until you experience the attentive service when you pull up to the Quarry’s spectacular 23,000 square-foot stone clubhouse with its lavish landscaping, dining room, banquet facilities and meeting rooms, and outdoor patio/bar with seating for 175 that will transform you into a relaxed, resort-style atmosphere.

The Quarry Golf Club, OHThe Quarry and its sister course, Shale Creek in Medina, are new layouts from Ohio’s rising design star, Uniontown’s own Brian Huntley. After over 20 award-winning projects with the legendary Arthur Hills, Huntley is carving (literally) his own niche, with re-designs of a number of wellknown private clubs in the Buckeye State (including the third jewel in Granite Golf Properties’ crown, Medina Country Club) and signature designs like Eagle Creek in Norwalk, Windy Knoll in Springfi eld, Links at Firestone Farms in Columbiana and Deer Ridge in Bellville. Huntley is becoming renowned for enhancing the natural beauty of his golf course sites without moving a lot of dirt, emphasizing strategy and not diffi culty in his layouts and for his environmental sensitivity. He’s scored big-time on all three counts at the Quarry.

While some of the views off the elevated tees can be visually intimidating (how will you put that little white ball between all those trees in a landing area over 100-feet lower than where you hit it from?), the par-72 layout is actually quite player-friendly. And because of the elevation changes, it will probably play shorter than the scorecard distances of over 7,000 yards at the tips to just under 5,000 at the most forward of the five sets of tees. A perfect example is the par-5 first hole, which offers a view across several of the holes and a meandering fairway far below the elevated tee.

The Quarry Golf Club, OHBut the fairway is much wider than it looks, and a pulled or pushed drive won’t ruin your round before it really gets going. Consider it a round-open-ing treat from Huntley. In fact, all four of the par-5s are considered “scoreable” holes, the seventh actually playing under 500 yards from all but the back tees. The 15th might be the most intimidating of the quartet, and might be Huntley’s favorite, as he asks you to hit over a gorge, down a hill and then back up, dropping 150 feet before playing back up half-way to a small green. WOW! Here’s a tip that’ll help you from the opening tee shot- trust the stateof-the-art GPS system in each of the carts, it’ll make navigating the elevation changes far easier.

The Quarry sports a delightful mixture of par-4s, long and short, left and right, up and down. While the third and fifth holes are demanding doglegs to the right (#3 requiring the only blind tee shot through a chute to an invitingly-wide fairway and #5 asking you to hit from an elevated tee to a landing area on a plateau), they’re the sandwich wrapped around one of two wonderful risk-reward par-4s at the Quarry. At less than 300 yards from the tips and about 260 from the regular white tees, the fourth hole gives you the option of laying up to an easy wedge distance just short of a bunker that guards the entrance to the green, or the thrill of trying to play to the right of that bunker and running your drive around the slope of the quarry wall that runs along the right hand side of the hole. Get that drive to kick onto the green and an eagle putt, or kick-in birdie, will be something you’ll talk about for months. The 14th, though just over 300 yards from the three back tees, plays uphill, and over/around a huge boulder in the middle of the fairway. It’s typical of many of the holes at the Quarry that you’ll play a lot better the second, and third times you visit.

That’s one of the beauties of the “playability” of the Quarry. The variety of the challenges will keep you interested and give everyone in your group a different “favorite” hole, and each of the holes offers multiple ways to get from tee to green. Pros like to talk about how a course “fits their eye”. The Quarry’s holes can fit many different eyes, depending on your view.

But save some visual memory for the view from the back tee at the par-3 17th. lous vistas of the entire layout, and even a glimpse of the downtown Canton skyline in the distance. And you thought you’d “gotten away” from the city.

You have. Brad Hocking, the Director of Turf Operations for Granite Golf, likens the experience of playing through the blowing fescue grasses to his former home at Whistling Straits, where he helped Pete Dye establish one of golf’s newest, yet most revered major championship venues. Hocking has added his expertise to the more links-style Shale Creek Golf Club in Medina that is intertwined with numerous creeks that flow into the Rocky River on the old Gunkelman Farms property.

The two layouts join a growing list of great golf courses that are making Canton a true golf “destination” for individuals and small golf groups in Ohio, western Pennsylvania and even into Michigan who want to try a series of different challenges with a wide variety of scenery.

Speaking of destinations, the views overlooking the course from the outdoor patio or inside dining at the Granite Grill are stunning, and the reviews are rave over the apple cider-basted pork chops and homemade potato chips with spinach/artichoke dip that are becoming house specialties. And while we’re on the subject of destinations, The Quarry could become not just your golf home, but your home, with golf. Four of northeast Ohio’s most respected custom builders are creating low-maintenance homes on lots starting at $42,000, many with golf views. For more information on the homes at the Quarry, call (330) 232-8987.

But nothing gets in the way of the golf at the Granite Golf Properties. Memberships are also available that offer reciprocal privileges between the three clubs. Groups of 12 or more can book tee times up to a year in advance. For more information on the Quarry Golf Club, visit www.quarrygolfclubggp.com or call (330)488-3178. You can learn more about Shale Creek at www.shalecreekgolfclubggp.com or by calling (330) 723-8774. The Granite Golf Properties, bringing a world class resort experience to Ohio at a remarkable value.

 

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