Wait…! The Metro Parks has a golf course!?

Golf Course Generalist

A golfer drives off the 16th tee of the Championship Course at Blacklick Woods Golf Course. Photo Virginia Gordon

YES! Metro Parks does have a golf course. Located right next door to Blacklick Woods Metro Park, Blacklick Woods Golf Course has been serving our community for 50 years. Our course features an 18-hole championship course, a driving range, a 3-hole practice facility, and a 9-hole learning course that is free to play for Franklin County Residents.

Putters on the beautiful greens at Blacklick Woods Golf Course. Photos Virginia Gordon and Cheryl Blair

In 2018 Franklin County voters continued their support for their Metro Parks and as a thank you, all Franklin County residents receive discounted play on our courses! The 18-hole championship course offers a traditional layout with tree-lined fairways and consistent, high-quality putting surfaces. The 9-hole learning course is a perfect place for beginners, families, and anyone wanting to improve their iron and short game play. The National Golf Foundation has estimated that nearly 6.2 million people picked up the game in 2020 alone. If you would like to pick up the game too, stop in and borrow some rental clubs. Our driving range and practice holes are a great place to try out the sport.

An indoor archery program hosted at the golf course, and a food station on the course for one of our popular Wine & 9 programs. Photos Erin Whitman

During the summer months keep an eye out for our golf outings and family programming. Our annual Wine & 9 is a big hit with couples. As you play your round, golfers enjoy wine tastings and food pairings at select points along the course. We host outdoor movie nights on our driving range, as well as campfires overlooking the 9th green. This June you can sign up for the K-9, our first ever dog event, at which you can walk nine holes on the learners course with your pals and your pooch. Bring the kids along for a round of golf and follow our storybook trail — a golf themed storybook with pages set up at each hole.

Just like our other parks, the Blacklick Woods Golf Course is open year-round. When there is snow on the ground our fairways become sledding hills and a cross-country skier’s paradise. This past winter our facility hosted the Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure team offering indoor archery programs. We have also hosted several of our very talented naturalists with Wine & Paint programs. These fun events include a follow-along style painting class with a naturalist’s touch and some adult beverage on the side!

Wine & Paint program at Blacklick Woods Golf Course. Photo Erin Whitman

Hosting a party? You can book your event in one of our two banquet facilities. Franklin County residents get a discount on these too! Baby showers, birthdays and weddings are just a few of the events we host every week at the golf course. Check out virtual tours of our Banquet Room and Eagleview venues on our reservations website.

Wait there’s MORE! When you come out for a round of golf, bring your binoculars too! The golf course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This means we maintain our course in a way that benefits wildlife and the environment. As you play you may see a flock of wild turkeys, wandering whitetail deer, or a sunbathing turtle in one of the course’s many ponds. After play is over for the day, we occasionally have evening programs to explore the grounds. Full moon hikes, sunset strolls and evening nature programs are your opportunity to walk our golf courses without making a tee time.

Blacklick Woods Golf Course is one of the best value golf courses in Columbus. Voted a CBUS top pick by the Columbus Dispatch, we pride ourselves in having a public course with a country club feel. With more new and exciting programs on the horizon we can’t wait to give our visitors even more to explore.

Golfer hits from out of the rough at the forest edge of the fairway at Blacklick Woods Golf Course. Photo Liz Christian

5 thoughts on “Wait…! The Metro Parks has a golf course!?

  1. Do something about the Blacklick Trail between Winchester Pike and Hamilton. The sand on the asphalt is worse than it was last year and is getting dangerous. I rode the Olentangy Trail for years and never experienced any remotely like this.
    Also, not dangerous but I have had 2 flat tires in 2 days. One because of the debris on the trail near Winchester Pike and today because of a severe dip which destroyed the valve on my innertube on the Alum Creek trail at the apron on the north side of the bridge across Alum Creek near Heron Pond.

    1. Terry- I have passed along your concerns to the Manager of Park Operations so they can address these issues. They will reach out to you with any additional questions.

  2. Thank you for this eye-opening blog post! I had no idea that the Metro Parks had a golf course. As someone who enjoys spending time in nature and exploring different recreational activities, this discovery is a pleasant surprise.

  3. Your blog post not only highlighted the existence of the golf course but also provided essential details about its location, facilities, and perhaps even the design and ambiance of the course. This kind of insightful information is incredibly helpful for golfers who wish to plan a visit.

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