TOLEDO, Ohio – Toledo is the home of Arthur Hills, the legendary ASGCA golf architect who is responsible for designing and renovating over 300 courses on nearly every continent.
Arthur Hills put his mark on the Florida landscape as well with 23 designed courses throughout the state. Hills’ very first designs were in Toledo at Brandywine Country Club and Detwiler Park Golf Club, plus in 1999, Arthur was chosen to renovate the historic Inverness Club, which has hosted four US Opens, two PGA Championships and will host the 2021 Solheim Cup.
Several of Hills’ southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio courses have banded together to create the Arthur Hills Golf Trail, a golfing experience that will rival any golf destination. The courses are all within a short drive of each other, and the metropolitan Toledo area offers many accommodation options.
The Legacy sits just a couple of miles north of the Ohio/Michigan state line in Ottawa Lake and opened in 1997, featuring rolling terrain, bent grass greens and fairways and an island green on the par 3, 8th. It is a true monument to the great game of golf as players experience tournament quality in a country club setting directly out of a golfer’s dream. It has the finest facilities to host large outings and social events and the Bar & Grill will satisfy the thirst and hunger of any player. www.PlayLegacy.com.
Stone Ridge is a public golf course that sits on the western edge of Bowling Green, Ohio and is surrounded by hills dissected by small creeks and water hazards. It was voted one of “The Best Public Courses” you can play and is always in immaculate condition with some of the most dramatic bunkering of the Trail. Overlooking both the 9th & 18th greens, Traditions Bar & Grill is the place for lunch and dinner year round, and the clubhouse is an outstanding wedding venue. www.stoneRidgeGolfClub.com.
Leslie Park golf course sets at the northern edge of Ann Arbor, Michigan and was originally designed by famed architect, Larry Packard, who is responsible for the four courses at Innisbrook Resort, home of the Valspar Championship. Hills totally renovated the course in 1995 and the naturally beautiful course is considered the “best muni in Michigan”. Give them a call at 734-794-6245 to make your tee time. You won’t be disappointed according to the locals who say its the ‘Best in Ann Arbor.’
StoneBridge is also a public golf course in Ann Arbor near the Airport and the University of Michigan. This 1991 Hills design is always ready for tournament play and combines meticulously maintained bent grass greens and fairways bordered by trees with water and sand strategically placed throughout to create an enjoyable golfing experience for any skill level golfer. The beautiful clubhouse is the ideal location to host a family, charitable or corporate outing. www.StonebridgeGolfClub.net
Maumee Bay State Park is one of the first true American links-style championship courses constructed. The par 72 layout stretches out to 6,941 yards to forward tees at 5,221 so everyone can enjoy this pristine golf facility set along the shores of Lake Erie. The park has a lodge, cottages and campsites and a multitude of recreational amenities to keep the family members entertained while the golfers are out doing their thing. www.Parks.Ohiodnr.gov/golf/MaumeeBay#overview.
Residents of the region have long known about the quality and heritage of Arthur Hills designs, and now everyone can visit these golf tracts and enjoy some of the best golf that can be found anywhere in the country. The Trail courses understand the value of the dollar, and give golfers a chance to ‘play more for less’ reducing the strain on their wallet. You can find great golf, dining and accommodation values on the Arthur Hills Golf Trail.