Longaberger Golf Club – Played 2013
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #51, Golf Magazine Public #55
- Location: One Long Drive, Nashport, Ohio
- Year: 1999
- Architect: Arthur Hills
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 7,243 yards, Par 72, 75.0 Rating/140 Slope
- Gold: 6,856 yards, Par 72, 73.0 Rating/137 Slope
- Blue: 6,498 yards, Par 72, 71.3 Rating/132 Slope
- White: 6,075 yards, Par 72, 69.2 Rating/128 Slope
- Red: 4,985 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/115 Slope
While in the area for the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village, my wife and I needed some place to play before heading back home. Since I didn’t have a way on any of the Top 100 tracks in the Columbus area, I took a look at the lists for the top rated public courses. I decided on Longaberger Golf Club and I was glad I did. The course is associated with The Longaberger Company that is famous for its picnic baskets. In fact, on our route in we saw the headquarters that is shaped just like one of their signature baskets.
We made our way to the course for our pre-8 AM tee time and headed out to an expansive driving range. It was a long way from the club house; I would not recommend walking to this range.
We would just be a twosome today and we headed out to the first tee to begin a new adventure. I decided to play the blue tees which are listed at 6,498 yards.
Hole 1 – 377 yards – Par 4
The first hole is a dogleg right as you can see in the photo below. A good line is a little cut at the tree in the middle of the fairway.
The second features a stout tee shot and getting the tee ball in position is critical.
The third hole continues what is a trend at Longaberger. The course has many doglegs and elevated greens. A nice little draw here is perfect.
The tee shot here is a sharp dogleg left. You want to keep it up the left side to give yourself the best angle on the second approach shot.
This is a great par 3 with bunkers left that calls for a power fade. The sun really framed this green.
I am a fan of drivable par 4’s and this one fits the bill.
The tee shot at the 8th hole is a beauty. It plays slightly uphill and then drops down for the approach. I suppose if you are a real bomber you could take a line at the tree seen here. I just played it out to the right with the normal people.
The tee shot at the ninth is a tester. It’s all carry to a green framed nicely by trees.
This is a great opportunity to get home in two. Just bomb one over the bunker and get ready for birdie. I could definitely be a caddie!
This hole is a sharp bender to the right.
Another solid hole here, with no trees to focus your aim. With the wide open vista it is crucial to pick a spot and hit it, preferably the telephone poles in the distance.
Hole 13 – 454 yards – Par 4
This tee shot continues the trend seen on the last hole of more openness. A good line here is at the middle bunker.
This just continues the trend of good par 3’s at Longaberger. A little variety from the others in that it’s downhill and sloping to the right.
The shot here is best served hitting a draw starting at the right bunkers.
This is just a good short par 5. In the tee photo, you cannot see the water that runs all the way down the right side of the hole.
Hole 17 – 390 yards – Par 4
The par 4’s are very solid here and this hole is yet another example. Bang another power fade here.
The eighteenth is a really good finisher. It plays uphill all the way, so bust it down the middle here.
Longaberger was a good course. It was not very walker friendly, but that would be my only knock on the place. Since we had a cart, I was really able to appreciate the changes in elevation that the course provided. I also thought the greens ran incredibly smooth for a public track. In addition, the staff was very friendly and welcoming. All in all, it was another successful trip playing a good golf course. The American win in the Presidents Cup capped off a great weekend.