Private Golf Clubs in Metro ClevelandMichelle McQuade | June 20, 2016
Many of the most desirable communities in the country offer access to a championship-level golf course, and Metro Cleveland suburbs are no exception.
In the exclusive villages and townships on the outskirts of Cleveland, golf is a favorite activity, along with equestrian and polo. Set amid some of the most beautiful scenery the Midwest has to offer, golf across the Cleveland suburbs is not just a sport. It’s also a visual experience that helps players relax and feel rejuvenated.
Here are some of the most notable golf clubs in the Metro Cleveland area:
The Country Club
The Country Club at Pepper Pike has earned its place in the history of Cleveland and in the game of golf. Founded in 1889, the Club’s 18-hole William Flynn-designed golf course has been the venue of many significant tournaments and events, and has been graced by the presence of quite a few of the sport’s legends.
Today, proud members make sure The Country Club’s timeless charm is preserved. Members and guests are expected to observe the club’s dress code and other guidelines, and application for membership requires a sponsor. Playing the course itself is a privilege for the avid golfer, and teaches a good lesson in the evolution of modern golf courses.
Chagrin Valley Country Club
Nestled amid the verdant Chagrin Valley hills, Chagrin Valley Country Club is a private facility featuring an 18-hole championship course measuring 6,614 yards from the longest tees. Designed by Stanley Thompson and Craig Schreiner, the golf course utilizes the area’s natural terrain and rivers for a challenging and visually satisfying golf experience.
Founded in 1921, the Country Club also features a charming clubhouse with an overlooking view of the golf course and surrounding areas. It has a 6-lane pool, fitness center, four tennis courts and other amenities.
Hawthorne Valley Country Club
Hawthorne Valley Country Club is home to the 18-hole Donald J. Ross-designed Hawthorne Valley championship golf course. Opened in 1926, this private facility also comes with a putting green, driving range and chipping area. Its beautiful clubhouse hosts a sports bar and lounge, a snack shop, a fully stocked pro shop, and full-service locker room.
The golf course measures 6,340 yards from the longest tees and offers obstacles and slope changes that will challenge serious players. Scenic surroundings and immaculate greens make the experience even more pleasurable.
Signature of Solon Country Club
Considered one of Cleveland’s premier golf clubs, the Signature of Solon Country Club offers an 18-hole, Craig Schreiner-designed championship course that has received good ratings from various golf publications. At 7,178 yards from the longest tees, the golf course makes use of the naturally diverse topography and surrounding mature trees to create a challenging yet refreshing golf experience.
The Country Club also features an 85,000-square-foot clubhouse with a 25-yard swimming pool, fitness center, and dining and banquet facilities.
The Tanglewood Club
The Tanglewood Club in Chagrin Falls features an 18-hole championship course that has been designed for players of all skill levels. It has multiple tees ranging from 5,100 yards to 7,050 yards, and was one of the first golf courses in the country to have a lady’s tee.
With its recent $1million renovation, The Tanglewood Club now boasts a much-improved course and redesigned banquet facilities. It also includes a Grand Ballroom and smaller function rooms that may be rented for various events.
Canterbury Golf Club
One of Golf Digest’s top 100 golf courses in America, Canterbury Golf Club has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments since its opening in 1922, including the US Open, the PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship. The club takes pride in maintaining its golf course tournament-ready throughout the year.
Designed by world-renowned golf architect Herbert Strong, the 18-hole championship course makes use of the area’s high elevation, natural flowing creeks, lush woodland, and rolling hills, resulting in a demanding but highly fulfilling golf experience. The classically beautiful clubhouse houses the award-winning Patio at Canterbury restaurant, a heated Olympic-sized pool, tennis courts, and other amenities.