By Tom Mackin
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Fowler's Mill Golf Course
Fowler's Mill Golf Course

This week the best players in golf head from Ontario to Ohio for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron. If you're in town, here are four courses you should play.

SLEEPY HOLLOW GOLF COURSE: There's no better way to transition from last week's stop in Canada to Ohio than with this course from renowned Canadian designer Stanley Thompson -- widely regarded for his works at Banff Springs and Jasper Park. Sleepy Hollow opened in 1925 as a private club on public land, but was made open to all by court order in the 1960s after a disgruntled Congressman sued upon being denied membership. Local golfers know that tricky greens are the most challenging element of Sleepy Hollow. ($27-33, 30 minutes from Akron)

THE QUARRY GOLF CLUB: The Quarry Golf Club was actually built in a 19th century quarry, so you won't be surprised when encountering cliffs stretching 100 feet high. There are also lakes and/or streams on 14 holes. The 18th is a magnificent finishing hole that heads back toward an equally stunning clubhouse. An added bonus: the Pro Football Hall of Fame is just 10 minutes away in Canton. ($60-$70, 30 minutes from Akron)

FOWLER'S MILL GOLF COURSE: Fowler's Mill rounded up Golf Magazine's Top 5 public courses in Ohio announced last week. The 461-yard par-4 fourth hole at this Pete Dye design is reminiscent of the famous 18th at Bay Hill in Florida, making it arguably the most challenging on the course. Fowler's Mill is also known for having a great mixture of holes, with water, woods and open fescue-lined tracks all featured. ($40-70, 45 minutes from Akron)

HAWTHORNE VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB: This Donald Ross design gets kudos both for its superior conditions and classic design. Hawthorne Valley became semi-private two years ago and, at just over 6,500 yards from the tips, doesn't often demand driver off the tee. What it lacks in length it more than makes up for as a true strategic test. ($40, 35 minutes from Akron)

BOULDER CREEK GOLF CLUB: Boulder Creek has a wow-factor unlike most of the courses in this area. The scenery on this 200-acre property includes well-wooded holes, a massive waterfall, an island green and G2 bent grass that was engineered from samples of Augusta National's own turf. (30 minutes from Akron, $50-65)


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