Cincinnati’s gently rolling terrain and wide-open land make it the perfect destination for golfers from all over the region to come and play a round of 18. The area is home to an assortment of high-quality, inexpensive public golf courses that cater to golf enthusiasts of all skill levels — each offering fun challenges, picturesque scenery and friendly staff members. Of course, there is no wrong answer when it comes to finding a good course in the area, but there are a few that stand apart from the rest.
We’ve rounded up 10 golf courses in Cincinnati that are better than par. Whether you’re a visitor looking to brush up on your game or a local looking for a fun day out on the green, we’re sure you’ll be scheduling your next tee time in no time.
1 Aston Oaks Drive, North Bend
Aston Oaks Golf Club is one of the area’s most notoriously popular courses. The greens are fast and true, the obstacles are challenging (and yet, not unconquerable), and the course is always kept in great shape. Additionally, GPS on the carts helps speed up gameplay for an all-around smooth and hassle-free experience!
4040 Cooper Road, Blue Ash
The greens at Blue Ash Golf Course are always in pristine condition and boast a unique variety of challenges — including speedy fairways, hills and water hazards! It’s the perfect course for a casual afternoon game, and offers plenty of opportunities to practice those long putts. Additionally, the staff always receives stellar reviews and will go out of their way to make your round a memorable experience.
1240 Hickory Woods Drive, Loveland
Photo courtesy of the Hickory Woods Golf Course
The Hickory Woods Golf Course caters to beginners and advanced golfers alike with its pristine fairways, intriguing layout and friendly staff. In fact, some have said that the staff’s positive energy rubs off on the players as well, so the course provides an overall friendly vibe! Plus, if you’re looking for refreshments after your round, there’s no other course in Cincinnati that offers a better selection.
5201 Lodge Road, College Corner
Located smack dab in the heart of a heavily wooded state park, the Hueston Woods Golf Course offers a unique and delightful challenge for golfers. The course is located an hour’s drive from the center of Cincinnati, but that drive is well worth it! Upon reaching the course, you’ll find terrific and purely natural views, and fun obstacles spread across a generous 260 acres of land. The par 72-course has four sets of tees ranging from 5,251 to 7,044 yards, and the staff is happy to offer tips and tricks for playing your best round yet.
915 East Legendary Run, Cincinnati
Legendary Run aims to be the world’s friendliest golf course, and due to the countless positive reviews, it seems to be successful in its goal! The course is set into the hillside and boasts gently undulating greens, picturesque scenery, and unique challenges suitable for any level. Choose your style of play or enjoy a variety — the front nine are more open and less challenging, while the back nine require pinpoint precision!
8801 Mount Hope Road, Harrison
Situated on the banks of scenic Whitewater Lake in western Hamilton County, this golf course is about as picturesque as it gets. Among the gently rolling fairways, you’ll find lush trees and wildlife, and the links-style course provides a fun and challenging round for beginners and experts alike. After a round, fuel up with a drink or sandwich at the full service snack bar with a spacious outdoor patio!
1320 Golf Club Drive, Lebanon
Located just north of Cincinnati in Lebanon, Ohio, Shaker Run Golf Club is well worth the short commute. Here, you’ll find a 27-hole championship course with bentgrass fairways, challenging water hazards, sculpted bunkers and absolutely picturesque scenery. The course has hosted many notable events, including the Kroger Senior Tournament Qualifier, the Nike Miami Valley Tournament, the 1998 Ohio Amateur Championship, and the 205 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, but a round here is a must-try experience for both champions and beginners.
11355 Swing Road, Cincinnati
Opened by renowned golf professional Bobby Jones in 1938, the Sharon Woods Golf Course is a truly special course. It is the oldest of the seven courses operated by the Great Parks of Hamilton County, and has stood the test of time with its exquisitely maintained terrain, instructional programs, family events, competitions and unique layout. The clubhouse and patio area overlooks the #7 and #9 holes, and allows a space to enjoy a meal and refreshment after your round.
3144 Sherilyn Lane, Batavia
No expense was spared in the construction of the course at Stonelick Hills. The pristine and challenging course is routed through heavily forested hills and scenic water features, and boasts bold bunkering that makes every shot a challenge. Though your attention might be occupied by the game, make sure to take a moment to look up and enjoy the scenery! You might even spot some wildlife.
600 Nordyke Road, Cincinnati
Photo courtesy of the Great Parks of Hamilton County
Operated by Great Parks of Hamilton County, the Vineyard Golf Course has won many accolades for its excellent playing conditions, interesting course layout and top-notch customer service. In fact, it consistently ranks as a favorite for golfers in southern Ohio! Come experience the bentgrass fairways, lush greens and challenging holes for yourself, and see what all the fuss is about.
Enjoy your game!