The joys of winter golf, mid 80’s one week ago in Jamaica, now mid 30’s in Ohio, but no snow means it is time to tee it up. Wilkshire is along the Tuscarawas River just off I 77 and is open all year round.
The greens were hard and fast, well frozen for the first nine, but that is the challenge of winter golf, try to play short and the ball dies, fly it onto the green and the ball bounces over the green. Wilkshire in the summer is one of the nicer courses, well maintained with a good mix of long and short holes. Despite being prone to flooding this course is consistently in excellent condition.
Rating TTTT Green Speed Fast and frozen
The course has some long par 4’s and some short par 4’s. Wilkshire opens with a short par 5, followed by a long hard par 4, get off to an even start or better and you can expect a good day. There are 3 long par 3’s and one short cute par 3, playing downhill to a green fronted by a pond. The 12th and 13th holes run along the river, but for whatever reason, do not bring the river really into play. The course finishes with 4 par 4’s in a row, not real hard holes, and 17 is drivable, but protected by a large bunker in front of the green As for the greens there is a mix of smaller and larger greens, the larger ones were added on about 10 years ago and usually have some serious undulations.
There is a large, but short range, a large and small practice green. The clubhouse and proshop are nice sized and the proshop is well stocked both with clubs and clothing.
Winter or Summer, Wilkshire is a great value, a challenging course, not real hard, but you can kill your score on any hole. It is easy to get to, just of I 77 on Rte 212, so be sure to plan your January thaw trip down to Tuscarawas County.
For more information, visit the website www.wilkshiregolf.com
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