We didn't have high expectations for Columbus Golf Course and we were pleasantly surprised – the conditions are ok, the rates are reasonable, the pace of play is excellent, the green complexes are challenging, and the layout is fun and demands some risk taking and strategic shot making. Well worth stopping by for a round if you are in the area.
Columbus Golf Course is owned by the city and managed by Tim Mewis. It was built in 1948 and hasn't changed much since then. We would describe the course as short but challenging and good for all skill levels but higher handicappers may lose some balls in the water!
Columbus Golf Course is nine holes with three sets of tee boxes and for the first round of 9 if you play the Blue, Red, and Gold tees the course is 2672 to 2967 yards long and a par 36. If you play another nine, you play from the Red, Gold, and White tee boxes and it is a par 35 with yardages of 2157 to 2844 yards because #9 changes from a par 5 to a par 4. Another interesting attribute of the course is that #8 has two greens – one for the first nine and one for the second nine! The trees lining the fairway are huge, stately, and sprawling and the landscaping adds a lot of color with yellows, reds, pink, and more.
For such a short course, Columbus Golf Course throws a lot at you – water on 6 holes, 5 dog legs, trees that pinch the fairway, and several excellent risk reward shots. To score well on the dog legs you need some strategic shot making and on #5, 7, and 8 you've can try flying the trees and over a graveyard (#7) to go for the green or at least get a lot closer – but miss and you're adding an extra shot to your score.
When we played Columbus Golf Course in June, the conditions were pretty good. Most of the bermuda fairways were in good shape but a few had some weeds, bare spots, and huge ant piles. The fairways are all tree lined and a tad on the tight side. One hole has some homes set off to the side. The rough was a little thick and it took some time to find my ball in a couple cases.
The bermuda greens were in average condition with a couple that still had some winter damage. They range from a bit small to average size and run a little slow and are a tad bumpy. Most of the greens are raised with steep slope off all slides (making it hard to bump and run or hit and hold the green) and a couple greens have a huge tier.
Good news – no bunkers but you'll need to carry a pond to the green on 4 holes and avoid two more fairway ponds.
Our favorite holes included:
#5 (340 or 323 yards), #7 (305 and 298 yards), and #8 (294 to the right side green) are fun because risk takers can try to fly the trees to go for the green
#2 is a short (151 and 141 yards) par 3 but it's challenging thanks to two trees that encroach into the fairway and a pond in front of the green – I should have visited the church that overlooks the tee box and prayed that I would carry the pond – instead, I lost two balls
#5, a 340 yard par 4 takes a 110 or so degree turn right around some huge trees meaning big hitters have a great risk reward shot off the tee and short hitters either lay up or risk flying the trees to the green on the second shot