Hole by Hole Analysis
Canterbury Golf Club has been nationally recognized as one of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S. and one of the finest in Ohio. 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.
Until recently, very little of the course had changed since 1921. In the Fall of 2016, the course underwent a full renovation, staying true to Strong's original design. Canterbury Golf Club has been named one of America’s Top 100 courses as rated by Golf Digest, Golf, and Golfweek magazines.
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.