I recently played golf at Scioto Country Club, located in the heart of Ohio State country. The club is best known as the course where Bobby Jones won his second US Open, and where Jack Nicklaus learned to play golf.
Designed by Donald Ross, there are a lot of similarities between Scioto and his other work. The golf course reminded me the most of Interlachen in Minnesota and Oakland Hills in Michigan. The course features a number of raised greens and the majority of bunkers guard the greens instead of the fairways. The greens are kept in good shape and is noticeable when slower putts get maximum roll. Of the three, Oakland Hills is definitely the toughest.
Although this course is ranked in top 100 courses in the US by Golf Digest Magazine, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Luckily I am not the only one who would like to see another tournament held here as the US Senior Open returns to Scioto in 2016. Will the Bear compete at his childhood home away from home?
Major tournaments held at SCC:
1 U.S. Open (1926)
1 Ryder Cup (1931)
1 PGA Championship (1950)
1 U.S. Amateur (1968)
1 U.S. Senior Open (1986)
Official Website: http://www.sciotocc.com