Central Ohio’s Crown Jewel.
Splendid Beauty, Magnificent Golf
Once you’ve had the satisfaction of playing Apple Valley, you’ll understand why Ohio Golfer’s Guide editor Paul Shadek said, “I play a lot of golf courses and Apple Valley is absolutely one of my favorites.” You’ll not only understand why he said, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Since this 18-hole championship course debuted in 1972, countless golfers of all abilities have been enchanted by Apple Valley’s perfect blend of challenging obstacles and the beautiful lies provided by the 5/8 inch bluegrass-bentgrass fairways. No matter your level, Apple Valley will prove both challenging and encouraging.
“I play a lot of golf courses, and Apple Valley is absolutely
one of my favorites.”
As you approach the first hole, a par four dogleg left, the elevated tee will give you a stunning, wide open vista that allows beautiful views of the first green and parts of several other holes. When you watch your ball sailing out into the generous fairway, you’ll know why Apple Valley has no real competition in the area.
Prepare yourself for the delightful challenge of the par three fifth hole, ranked the favorite par three in Central Ohio by readers of Mid Ohio Golfer. Deceptively simple in terms of yardage, this 140 yard hole is approached over a lake from an elevated tee, and the green is flanked by bunkers, barnstones and majestic pines. Mark Mickley, director of golf, rates this hole as one of the most rewarding holes on the course. Hit it well, and you‘re looking at a birdie. If you raise your head you better get your scuba gear if you want your ball back. Remember, fortune favors the bold.
According to Mickley, the eighth hole is probably the toughest. With a fairway that slopes toward the rough and trees on the right side and a slightly down hill dogleg right at about 150 yards, you’d better be wearing your game face when you tackle this beginning of the stretch of holes through number eleven of what some golfers call the Amen Corner of Apple Valley.
You won’t face many bunkers on the fairways, but nearly all the greens are protected by a variety of traps that range from deep faced to puttable.
The abundance of spacious landing areas will entice golfers of all levels to hammer the ball from the one of Apple Valley’s four tees that best suits their game. The generous fairways are intoxicating, but don’t let them lull you to sleep, because holes eight through eleven will require you to rise to the occasion. Towering trees loom on all of these holes, and water guards the approach to the eleventh green. Careful precision is vital, or you’ll be in the woods or in the drink.
Once you’ve made it, you’ll be rewarded with gently sloping greens that are lightning fast. You won’t face many bunkers on the fairways, but nearly all the greens are protected by a variety of traps that range from deep faced to puttable. Once the hurdles are cleared, the open entrances that most of our greens have allow for a variety of run-up shots that will please aggressive and cautious golfers alike.
Open from April until November 1st, you’ll always find Apple Valley impeccably groomed and cared for. Spring can find some wet conditions, but Mickley and his staff nurture the course so well you won’t be bothered. Summers are beautiful and fall brings views and weather that are worth the green fees in and of themselves. If you haven’t played Apple Valley, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. Play Apple Valley and you’re playing golf.
Call 1-866 APPLEGC or 1-866-277-5342 today and you can experience this unique course for yourself. You’ll improve your game while enjoy some great golf.