A true family owned and built golf course, opened in the early 60’s and built by the greens keeper at Firestone, this is a tiny course with a big heart. The course has a par of 69 with 34 on the front, (really 33) and 35 on the back.
They recently put in a full watering system, and it shows, the greens were great, fast and smooth, and the fairways were well maintained and lush. But then this summer you did not need a watering system to stay green. There is no sand on the course.
Rating TTTT Green Speed Fast
The front nine is very short, and tight. OB lurks on the left of the first 4 holes, and there are 3 tough par 3’s near the end of the nine. The greens have some severe slopes, and can be treacherous. Using a driver is not necessary, but big hitters can reach a few of the par 4’s and the par 5 second plays only 350 yrds over a lake. A good drive and a wedge, but miss the tee shot and you have problems. The back nine is a little longer and more open. The par 3 11th is a great hole, long downhill with a pond in front of the left of the green, and the par 5 12th is a demanding hole. The 18th is one of the hardest par 4’s in Stark county, a mid length hole, slight dogleg left, the tee shot is played to the plateau on the right near the rock, and the second is played back into the trees, to a green set on a hillside. Stay below the hole here, because the putting is treacherous and you can putt right off the green, a 4 is a great score.
The driving range is closed, and there is not much in the pro shop just some necessities. But the staff is friendly and the course is a treat, if you can keep it in play.
Lyons Den offers a $300 yearly membership, and is easy to get to, at the conjunction of RT 21 and RT 93. The course will reward your best play with low scores, but will punish a misplayed shot.
For more information, visit the website www.lyonsdengolf.com
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