This course was built by the owner of Hawkins Grocery, the story goes, because she could not be a member at Sharon Club, a tea totaler, this was the driest course in the state. Today, Ohio State University owns the course as part of its agronomy school, and now you can at least buy a beer, Monday through Saturday. In 2008/2009 Hawks Nest was awarded one of Golf Digests best places to play award.
You would think as part of an agronomy program the course would be immaculate, well, the tees, fairways and greens get a passing grade, but even after all the years this course has been open, the rough is just not up to par. It is tough, but spotty and weedy in places. The bunkers seemed to be playable, and there are a lot of natural areas, which gives the course a links like feel.
Rating TTTT Green Speed Fast
Keep it in play here and you can score, the greens are large and undulating but firm, the fairways are wide, and the course is not long, there are a couple of reachable par 5's and a drivable par 4. The course opens with a generous short par 5, with a wide fairway, and a green that is open in the front, a birdie start is almost a must. The par 3's are a little short, for a course like this, the longest is the 17th which can stretch to a long iron or wood if the wind is up.
A basic clubhouse with some OSU gear, a nice practice green and a good size range, this is golf at its best.
Besides the rough, which considering that this is an agronomy school was disappointing, this is an excellent test of your golf game, not overly long, the course has a nice mix, and some excellent holes to challenge you.
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