Dick Wilson is renowned / notorious for creating some of the most muscular golf courses of his day, and this is certainly on display at Coldstream Country Club near Cincinnati.
Everything is big: Although the yardage doesn’t quite reach the extremes of modern championship courses (just under 7,100 yards), the accuracy needed to conquer Coldstream will make up for several hundred yards. The fairways and greens are well-bunkered and, as stated before, these sand hazards are the calling card for the club.
The course is also noted for its large greens, which may sound like relief for the skilled putter, however Wilson even manages to make “large greens” problematic: Many are very long rather than evenly-distributed, which calls on the player not just to hold a line, but to manage the distance of that line as well. Veering left or right of these targets will likely mean a shot from — you guessed it — the aforementioned bunkers.
The par threes seem targeted at those of weak constitution: Bunkering is again the main defense for these short holes, but three involve a forced carry over a fronting pond. Something to wash the encrusted sand off of your golf balls, at least?
A good lay-out that is always well cared for. The golf course has fairways that are lined with large trees. These trees provide a need to be able to shape the ball both ways for approach shots. The greens are well cared for and provide a good roll.
Coldstream is an outstanding layout and gives you a true look at Dick Wilson Designed golf courses. Similar to NCR South Course, this track shows huge greens and good test from tee to green. Fantastic bunkering combined with gentle sloping greens give it a fair but good test.
Any visit to the area must be sure to head and play Camargo if the opportunity arises. Coldstream features a Dick Wilson design that reflects the design philosophy that existed at the time. The features are big -- with large greens and bunkers dotting the slightly rolling terrain.
The holes do not elicit any strong feeling of rapture -- it's just more of the same. If one were desiring a Wilson course to play head to nearby Dayton and play NCR / South. Coldstream is just dull because the hole differentiation is anything but inspiring.
by M. James Ward
Dick Wilson visited the greater Cincinnati area to develop the parkland track at Coldstream CC. The land has good movement and there are numerous standout holes. Each of the par 3s play over water. The most appealing aspect of the course is the movement in the par 4s, most of which are dog-legs with well positioned bunkering.