Golf Course Restoration of the Year: Scioto Country Club

Scioto Country Club.
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Scioto Country Club
Columbus, Ohio
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\nThe course that Jack Nicklaus grew up playing was a 1916 Donald Ross classic that hosted a U.S. Open, a Ryder Cup and a PGA Championship.

In the early 1960s, Dick Wilson remodeled the layout, altering bunker schemes and elevating the greens. In the process, the course lost its distinctive Ross character.

Today, following a redesign by Columbus native Michael Hurdzan (with Nicklaus as unpaid collaborator), Scioto now plays like a Ross course again.

Tee boxes and bunkers were restored, drainage was upgraded, and greens were rendered more "Rossian."

Look for popular sentiment to return a Major to Scioto.

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