Double Eagle - Ohio - USA

Double Eagle Club,
6025 Cheshire Rd,
Galena,
Ohio (OH) 43021,
USA


  • +1 740 548 5454

  • Golf Club Website

  • 23 miles N of Columbus, off the I-71 highway

  • Members and their guests only

  • Bruce Ruhl

  • Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish

  • Chris Abernathy


The late John Henderson McConnell, founder of the Worthington Industries steel company, established a private hideaway for friends and staff on former farmland near the state capital of Ohio with a view to using it as a fishing retreat.

He later invited the design partnership of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish to transform part of the 300-acre site into a top quality private golf course and that’s exactly what they did, with the 18-hole Double Eagle course opening to critical acclaim in 1991.

Although mature trees surround the property, the layout actually has a relatively open feel to it with holes routed around some lovely natural ravines and ponds. And because the fairways lie on the land as it was found, there’s no trickery or sleight of hand to be found in the design.

A round here really gets going on the long par four 5th, where the approach across a ravine to a small target is bound to get the pulse racing. The 9th hole ends the front nine in fine style, featuring as it does a split fairway and enormous, spectacle sand traps in advance of the green.

Water plays more of a part in proceedings on the inward half, especially on the final two holes. The penultimate hole is a driveable par four beside a lake where trouble can be avoided by taking the safer bail out wide of the water. On the last hole, the fairway is divided by a central bunker, creating separate landing areas from where an approach across water can be made to the home green.

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Description: The late John Henderson McConnell founded the Double Eagle Club and the golf course was designed by the partnership of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, opening for play in 1991. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

The Columbus, OH golf market is one loaded with some top tier golf offerings with Muirfield Village and The Golf Club leading the way. Double Eagle is another successful Tom Weiskopf / Jay Morrish layout but it does not have the creative holes and routing that the former design duo produced at other locations. The course is generally in "mint" condition. How good? The tees at Double Eagle run faster than the green speeds at nearly all other courses. Unfortunately, far too many people give extra value to turf conditions and not enough to assessing the architecture elements involved.

Double Eagle has the proverbial Weiskopf / Morrish driveable par-4 at the 17th but it's not in the same league as other similar holes the architectural tandem has created elsewhere. In sum -- the atmosphere is clearly golf oriented with no intrusions but the core of the overall design simply fails to provide a dimension rivaling its more noted neighbors.

by M. James Ward

4 / 6
Double Eagle
March 28, 2018


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Double Eagle is known for its superior condition, and I would wholeheartedly agree with that assessment. It felt like we were walking on plush carpet for 18 holes. The greens are true and quick. There are no traditional tee markers; you just walk up to the yardage plates and hit from there. If the turf is a bit worn, you move forward or backward a pace or two. Double Eagle was designed by Tom Weiskopf, a Columbus native, and Jay Morrish, and there are some wonderful holes here: a couple across lush ravines and a couple with double fairways or distinctive alternate routes to the green. Another feature here at Double Eagle is Number 19, a playoff hole for matches tied at the end of 18. Weiskopf and Morrish were a fantastic design team, and I wish their partnership had not dissolved. I was very happy with the 89 I shot that day.

Gary shared an interesting story on the 17th tee, a 355-yard par 4: Head pro Don Shimko scored a hole-in-one on 17, the only hole in one in his life and the only double eagle ever scored at Double Eagle Golf Club. The dues structure at Double Eagle is also a bit unique. There are no monthly dues, just one bill at the end of the year after the year’s expenses are tallied up. Larry Berle.
5 / 6
Double Eagle
November 21, 2014


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Keith Baxter
November 21, 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.