The Best Golf Courses in Dublin, Ohio
Looking for a go around the green? Check out these awesome courses!
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If you find yourself in Dublin, Ohio, or maybe you're moving there, and you’re looking for a great place to have a round of golf, there’s plenty of unique courses from which to choose. Even if you aren’t in or near Dublin, you can definitely add these courses to your list of “Must Play Golf Courses in My Lifetime.” In this article, I’ll go over a few things for each course:
- A quick summary of the course
- A description of the course and what you’ll find there
- A short excerpt on the club amenities
- A value-based assessment
Throughout each section, there will be various reviews that’ll give you the social proof you need before making your decision. Note, however, the reviews have been edited for clarity.
Golf Club of Dublin
If you’re a golfer looking for equal parts challenge and fair play, the Golf Club of Dublin is a great place to start. This course is located at the center of a 640-acre residential community in Dublin’s Ballantrae neighborhood with gorgeous villas and condos. Much like its namesake, the Golf Club of Dublin boasts itself as the only true links golf experience in the Midwest, and the Tudor-style clubhouse and Irish-inspired theme set the tone for more authentic golfing. Don’t take my word for it though:
“I play all over Franklin County, and Dublin is known for its greens. Nice facility, good range, and the greens are great. From October to April, this course with its reduced rates is fantastic. There are higher rates and more congestion in the warmer months.”
- Randy R.
A closer look.
Outfitted with enormous greens, the Golf Club of Dublin is fast-paced and square-shaped with fescue turf, stacked stone walls, more than 70 hand-stacked sod-faced bunkers, and water detention areas on nearly every hole. The layout is exceptional, providing golfers with a good pace-of-play on well-maintained grounds. It also provides golfers of all skill levels with a challenge without being unforgiving. If you need to work on your swing or warm up before heading out to the greens, the Golf Club of Dublin has a driving range, putting green, and even instruction from professional golfers.
“I had a blast playing here. Course is in great condition and weeds are cut so losing a ball was minimal considering the long grass in the summer. Very nice course; big hitters should love it.”
- User pegbbcds
Everyone needs a break.
Dine in style in their new Mulligan's Pub which features everything from appetizers to pizza to sandwiches with special vegetarian options. The pub also has five televisions, weekly events, and drink and dinner specials available to all visitors.
“I really like the people serving—all nice and really friendly and attentive. Enthusiastic, really, and I think the place is well-managed.”
- Vernon A.
A value-based assessment.
A prevailing theme among reviewers is the high price for a round. While rates are lower during the off-season, the typical season price is nearly $70 per golfer. However, they do offer special pricing for non-peak hours. Additionally, there are issues with overcrowding and overbooking of the course that result in less-than-pleased visitors:
“This course severely overbooks to the point that it is almost impossible to get even nine holes done in under 2.5-3 hours. I am no speed demon, and I have no problem with rounds in the 4-4.5 hour range, but anything over that begins to get extremely sluggish...but if you absolutely do not care about the amount of time it takes you to play a round, you'll love this place because they really are great.”
- Robert G.
Overall, the value you find here is based on your personal preference. The Golf Club of Dublin offers a comfortable facility and a good game, if not a bit pricey. If you’re not too bothered by paying a little more to play during golf season (i.e. April through September), or maybe being squeezed in a little, this course provides a unique golf outing for any occasion.
You can find the Golf Club of Dublin at 5805 Eiterman Rd, Dublin, OH 43016.
Tartan Fields Golf Club
Great for any golfer who’s seeking a rewarding challenge, Tartan Fields Golf Club is in the heart of Dublin on more than 220 acres with plenty of attractive living arrangements near the club. Tartan Fields gained its fame as one of the finest private golf and lifestyle clubs in Ohio from blending time-honored golf traditions with modern, upscale conveniences. Its newly transformed shaker-style clubhouse overlooks the 18th green and provides spectacular panoramic views of the course while providing guests a memorable experience.
“The course has a beautiful Arnold Palmer design. The greens are in great shape. This course is challenging but can be rewarding if played right. … The hospitality was generous and much appreciated. Hands down one of the best clubs in town. The clubhouse is beautiful, classy, and elegant. A great place to host an event.”
- Mary B.
A closer look.
Designed by Arnold Palmer Signature Design, this traditional course travels along lush, tree- covered hills with bentgrass greens and large fairways. You’ll find plenty of sand bunkers and water hazards in the form of creeks, waterfalls, and ponds. The well-groomed facility allows for a great pace-of-play with a friendly level of difficulty suited for golfers of varying skill levels. If you’re in need of a bit of practice or updated equipment before hitting the greens, there’s an expansive practice facility and golf shop at the club, and membership nets you even more exclusivities.
“Everything about this place is impressive. I really like the layout, and the greens were in perfect repair and very quick. The practice area is one of the nicest I've seen.”
- User gmroz22
“This is one of the most beautiful yet challenging courses around.”
- Tracy T.
Everyone needs a break.
Tartan Fields does its best to create a club that encourages balance for a long and healthy life. The clubhouse is elegantly furnished with modern décor and offers plenty of formal and casual dining options with scenic views and an attentive staff. As a private club, your membership means you have access to a wealth of additional amenities including a zero-entry pool, tennis courts, golf tournaments, instructional programs, and more. Plus, the club also has a robust social calendar for members of all ages.
“Beautiful course, updated facilities, great members. What makes this club for us is the staff; very attentive and friendly. We are happy we joined.”
- Jason E.
“Love the new Tartan Fields Clubhouse! We had the opportunity to dine at the newly renovated club last night and had the best experience in the 14 years we have been members. Upon entering, the cool new trendy décor grabs your attention. We were able to enjoy a drink at the bar and enjoy the view of the 18th green. The menu has a nice variety and is reasonably priced and delicious.”
- Kelly S.
Perfect for golf outings, weddings, holiday parties, or fundraising galas, Tartan Fields’ gorgeous banquet facilities, spectacular scenery, and experienced event planners will guarantee that your event will be truly exceptional.
A value-based assessment.
While Tartan Fields offers plenty of high-quality entertainment, amenities, and privileges on top of a truly outstanding golf course, it all comes down to whether or not you’re willing to pay for membership. Unfortunately, if you’d like to play this course, you must enter as the guest of a member or become a member. That’ll be entirely up to your budget and if you believe you’ll get enough bang for your buck. If you’re interested in learning more about membership opportunities, you can contact their sales manager.
You’ll find Tartan Fields at 8070 Tartan Fields Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017.
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Home of the annual Memorial Tournament, this world-famous course is designed for both the serious and casual golfer and allows you to shape it to fit your game. The 220-acre course is also a private course but prides itself on its family-oriented image while providing comfort and exceptional experiences to members. As you relax in the lovely dining rooms and lounges within the clubhouse—and with gorgeous homes available for purchase within the Muirfield Village—it’s easy to picture yourself enjoying all the club has to offer.
“It is the most pristine course I've ever played, and no detail is overlooked in how the course is set up and manicured. I was impressed with the course conditions and overall facilities. The clubhouse and course staff were super friendly and accommodating. The elevation changes really challenge you, and you have to be smart off the tee because your misses aren't very easily forgiven. The greens were the best I've ever played and very fast, but they were also very receptive to holding balls. All in, this course was amazing, and I highly recommend playing if ever granted the opportunity!”
- User ansmiley
A closer look.
The crown jewel among golf courses in the United States, the course hosts the annual PGA Memorial Golf Tournament, which was founded in 1974 by course designer Jack Nicklaus. While posing an extremely difficult challenge for seasoned players through the changing course, it remains easily accessible for average players. The bentgrass course poses an interesting set up for all golfers to enjoy with its broad, sweeping, contoured greens. Since the club is following the Nicklaus Course Modernization Plan, the course is often undergoing renovations that enhance golfer experience like their new 11th hole and three sand bunkers. The elegant complexity of the greens and fairways along with the changes constantly offer new levels of difficulty and excitement at Muirfield without being too punishing. If you’d rather just hit some golf balls, there’s also an 11-acre driving range.
“By far Jack Nicklaus' best course design. Absolutely perfect condition with an amazing variation of holes, shot values, and undulations. Perfect setting for golf with every detail accounted for. A must play if ever given the chance.”
- User BPD2577
“Great course. Very well maintained! The course has the right level of difficulty.”
- Natalie M.
Everyone needs a break.
Perfect for any occasion, Muirfield Village Golf Club offers a grand dining experience to its members through four unique rooms and lounges. In 2015, both the Golden Bear Room and the Nicklaus Room were introduced to the club with a wide range of amenities for any crowd. The Golden Bear Room is a great dining space for you and your family complete with comfortable furniture, a new color scheme, and large screen televisions. Enjoy a drink with friends in the Nicklaus Room, which features a brand new bar, high-top tables, and a spectacular view of the golf course. You can spend the warmer months relaxing on the patio with live entertainment and grilling or sit back with a sandwich before hitting the tees on a Sunday morning in the Founders Lounge.
“The food is on point, and the grounds are beautiful. … The staff is amazing.”
- Ina W.
The club is available for weddings and other events where you and your guests will have access to the patio, a beautiful view of the course, and a spacious banquet hall. Attended by an experienced staff and catered by their talented executive chef, your event will be memorable and grand.
A value-based assessment.
Who wouldn’t want to play on the same course as pro golfers? Of course, like other private golf clubs, you can’t just stop by for a visit if you’d like to play the course. The club does offer additional amenities beyond golf and a great club including a pool, a fitness center, tennis courts, and more, but your decision to join the club as a member will be a pretty personal decision based on your budget and location. There have also been some reviews alluding to expensive dining, so keep that in mind.
“The PGA tournament brings out the best of the course. The prices are high for food and drinks, but the atmosphere balances that out.”
- Chris A.
The good news is that you can still enjoy the club during the Memorial Tournament, which is open to the public, so if you’re down for driving golf balls or visiting only once per year (and not being able to actually play the game), then membership shouldn’t be an issue. If you’re interested in learning more about membership, you can contact them to see what options are available for you. You surely won’t be disappointed; it’s the highest rated golf club in Dublin, and it’s known all over the world.
You can find Muirfield Village Golf Club at 5750 Memorial Drive, Dublin, OH 43017.
Ready to hit the greens?
Dublin is a hotbed of awesome golf clubs with great amenities, great housing options, and, obviously, great courses. Most of them offer tours, and everything is better experienced in-person, so call ‘em up, and find the perfect one for you. Happy golfing!