THE COURSE

 

Canterbury Golf Club is nationally recognized as one of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S. and one of the three finest in Ohio. Originally designed by Herbet Strong, the traditional Scottish course was expertly constructed to embrace the area’s natural topography resulting in a demanding, but fair, course with a great variation of holes.



 

 

Canterbury Golf Club was founded in 1921.  It has a rich history of major golf championships
including the US Open, PGA Championship, Senior Open, US Amateur Championship, and
Senior PGA Championship.  Canterbury is only the second club in the country to have hosted
all five of the major golf championships that are played throughout the country.

The course was designed by Herbert Strong and outside of some minor changes such as
adding additional yardage, very little has changed since 1921.  For many years, Canterbury
Golf Club has been one of America’s Top 100 courses as rated by Golf Digest, Golf,
and Golfweek magazines.

 

Tees                        Yardage     Par              Rating                   Slope

Championship          7012          71               74.3             139

Canterbury               6538         72               72.0             133             

Mid-Forward            6224         72               70.8             129                      

Forward                   5491         72               72.4             128

 

The Finish

- The final three holes at Canterbury are considered by many to be the best three finishing holes in golf.

 

#16 – Par 5 – 617 yards

This par five requires two accurate and long shots.  After that you are on the plateau of the fairway 130 yards
from the green.  If you can carry this hill with your second your approach will be blind into a severely sloped
green from back to front.  Hole locations can be tricky so making putts is difficult.  When Canterbury was
founded in 1921 this hole played 662 yards long and was par six!

 

#17 – Par 3 – 229 yards

Take par as your score here and go to #18.  The hole is long and narrow with a green that is elevated and
has two tiers.  The slopes off either side are severe. Getting the ball up and down will require creativity
and some luck because of the rough around the green and the slopes. The putting surface is extremely
difficult with significant slope.  Many players will be happy with a bogey here.

 

#18 – Par 4 – 439 yards

This hole is uphill with a sloping fairway from right to left.  Bunkers protrude into the fairway from
the right and trees guard the left side putting a premium on an accurate tee shot.  The approach shot will
be a long one to a green that is heavily bunkered.  Although the green appears to be very flat it is
deceivingly fast from back to front.  Ben Hogan’s three putt in 1946 caused him to miss the U.S.
Open playoff eventually won by Lloyd Mangrum.