Canterbury Golf Club - Ohio - Ohio - USA

Canterbury Golf Club,
22000 South Woodland Road,
Ohio (OH) 44122,

  • +1 216 561 1000

  • Jane Clarke

  • Herbert Strong and Jack Way

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Canterbury Golf Club was founded in 1921 and Herbert Strong originally laid out the course that was modified a couple of years later by Jack Way, the club professional.

It’s not a long course but the site is delightfully undulating with rolling hills, brooks and wooded areas. But with many holes that dogleg left and right and a breeze whipping off Lake Erie, you can expect a stern enough test.

The undulating 605-yard 16th is a monster that demands a precise second shot to an elevated plateau, then an accurate approach iron to the small, flat green. The par four18th is perhaps the toughest hole at Canterbury, measuring 438 uphill yards with out of bounds to the right and a partially blind second shot to a heavily bunkered green.

Host to two US Opens, both in the 1940s, and the 1973 PGA Championship, Canterbury’s place in golfing history is assured.

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Description: Host to two US Opens and one PGA Championship, Canterbury Golf Club’s place in golfing history is assured. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 4

In my mind, New York and Pennsylvania are the two leading States with the deepest array of private clubs found in America. Making a good case for a top five inclusion is Ohio. The Buckeye State is often forgotten by many but Ohio is blessed with an array of layouts -- a number of which hosted key USGA, PGA of America and PGA TOUR events over the years.

One of the more noted is Canterbury -- just outside of Cleveland.

The club has hosted two US Opens -- as well as the 1973 PGA Championship -- giving winner Jack Nicklaus his 14th major triumph and moving one ahead of the legendary Bobby Jones.

Canterbury is the handiwork of Herbert Strong and his work -- while not as prolific as many during the Golden Age of architecture in the 1920's and 1930's -- the club has been diligent in keeping alive the key elements that define the design.

The club does not possess a large footprint -- that's the primary reason why the more modern major championships have not returned. That does not mean the design is lack luster or soft. Strong included many elements befitting his last name.

There's plenty of ground movement -- and the holes are especially done well with turning points on a number of them. Being able to work the ball correctly is a fine attribute to have when playing Canterbury.

The finishing five holes are well done -- most notably the ending. The par-5 16th still is a quality three-shot hole save for the likes of the Dustin Johnson or Bubba Watson's of the world. The penultimate hole is a long 229-yard par-3 which mandates a very accurate approach. And, the concluding hole plays uphill at 439 yards to a well-protected green. It's hard to imagine that Strong had such holes in the era of hickory clubs!

The architecture has been revived through the involvement of Tom Doak former associate Bruce Hepner and the intricacies are done well. Canterbury does not have the length that test the world's best players and the club should be credited in not having to add inane back tees to the point in which the core Strong design is hopelessly compromised for some sort of fiendish Frankenstein monster. The expression "good members" course may sometimes come across as a pejorative but in this case it's anything but that.

Canterbury has much tradition to celebrate and a design that provides enough crucial elements for those relishing layouts from the Golden Age period.

by M. James Ward

5 / 6
Canterbury Golf Club - Ohio
April 16, 2018

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Canterbury is a good course with a rich history. Without the history, the course wouldn't be considered a Top 100 course. There is no doubt it is a Top 200 course though.

The greens are fantastic and "world class". It is a fun course and #14 - #18 is a great stretch of golf.

4 / 6
Canterbury Golf Club - Ohio
February 05, 2018

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The greens were in beautiful condition with very subtle and hard-to-read breaks. The front nine was the warm up to a hilly and exciting back nine with some great holes and elevation changes. Number 16 is a truly outstanding par 5 that meanders 590 yards. Our caddie said that the elevation change from the 17th tee to the 18th green is the equivalent of walking up a seven-story building, but the incline is so gradual that you would never guess it. Larry Berle.
2 / 6
Canterbury Golf Club - Ohio
November 13, 2014

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Keith Baxter
November 13, 2014
The above review is an edited extract from A Golfer’s Dream, which has been reproduced with the author’s kind permission. A Golfer’s Dream, by Larry Berle, tells the story of how a regular guy conquered America’s Top 100 Golf Courses (following Golf Digest’s 2001/2002 list). Larry has exclusively rated for us every course in the hundred, using our golf ball rating system. However, Larry did not rate the 100 courses against every golf course he has played, but instead he rated them in relation to each other within the hundred. Consequently, in some cases, his rating may seem rather low. A Golfer’s Dream is available in Kindle format and also on Kindle Unlimited via Amazon... click the link for more. 
Canterbury is wildly under appreciatedCanterbury - Photograph by Mac under rated. Although the course is only on 150 acres, the routing is so wonderful that you have that peaceful, secluded feel on each and every hole. Add in the fact that it is a parkland course, and a lesser architect on only 150 acres would have made it claustrophobic. But Mr. Strong did not. The routing is some of the best work I have ever seen. The greens are perfect. The fairways are a pure pleasure to strike the ball off of. And the variety of shots is amazing. 340 yard dogleg par 4's and 600 yard par 5's. Great course!!
6 / 6
Canterbury Golf Club - Ohio
July 04, 2010

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