Inverness Club - Ohio - USA

Inverness Club,
4601 Dorr Street,
Toledo,
Ohio (OH) 43615,
USA


  • +1 419 578 9000

  • Robert A.Stone Jr.

  • Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast & Dick Wilson, George & Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills

  • Davis S. Graf


For those readers who associate Inverness with a certain shy little Nessie, we can tell you that the Inverness Club has absolutely nothing to do with the Loch Ness monster. With four US Open Championships to its name, the Inverness Club, located in Toledo, Ohio requires little introduction, especially as each Open Championship was packed full of drama.

Inverness started out in life as an unassuming nine-hole course and the club dates back to 1903. The course was extended to 18 holes in 1915 but Donald Ross put Inverness on the map when the club hired him in 1916 to turn Inverness into a full-blown championship course.

Following the exciting 1920 US Open, which saw big hitting Ted Ray birdie the 7th hole in each round on his way to victory, Inverness was lengthened by A.W. Tillinghast and Dick Wilson. It’s worth mentioning at this point that in 1920, Inverness welcomed professionals into their clubhouse, the first club in the USA to do so.

George and Tom Fazio made further changes to Inverness in 1978 and Arthur Hills enhanced the layout once more, this time in 1999. Today’s Inverness stretches out to 7,255 yards from the back tees and it’s a demanding course for most golfers from way back there.

Second shot accuracy is the key to unlock Inverness and if you can as safely negotiate the last five holes, sometimes called “murderers’ row”, then you might just card a decent score.
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Description: For those readers who associate Inverness with a certain shy little Nessie, we can tell you that the Inverness Club has absolutely nothing to do with the Loch Ness monster. Rating: 4.8 out of 6 Reviews: 6

Worthy of a top 150 course in the U.S. The greens are the highlight of the course. The small greens are extremely challenging to hold when firm and fast. Great variety of holes.

5 / 6
Inverness Club
June 23, 2017


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If I had to sum up Inverness in two words: small greens. Inverness has the smallest greens of any golf course I have ever played. Almost every green is a postage stamp green. Not only is each green very small, but the predominant design feature of the course is well guarded greens with narrow openings that require accurate approaches. Each green has either mounds on both sides or bunkers with high lips. It is a fairly easy driving course, with wide fairways. The trick at Inverness is getting on the greens in regulation. It requires very precise iron play.

I liked the layout and routing at Inverness. I especially liked the 7th hole, which is the #1 handicap. You play your tee shot from an elevated tee. The ideal tee shot favors the right side of the fairway, but in shades of Carnoustie, you have to flirt with a burn that snakes subtly throughout the entire course. The second shot is straight uphill and really favors an approach from the right as opposed to left side of the fairway since a big sycamore tree sits at the top of a plateau protecting the green. As is customary in Ross's designs, Inverness has its fair share of holes with shaved areas around the small greens. It’s an old-style Donald Ross gem of a course.

John Sabino is the author of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs

4 / 6
Inverness Club
November 29, 2016


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Inverness Club was a wonderful way to start off my most recent US golf trip. It's a must see course in Ohio and certainly one of the top 4 courses in the state. I didn't ever see the course pre-renovation but was taken through it in great detail. One of its strengths has to be its great set of par 4's; short, medium and long with tremendous variation even though many of them run adjacent to one another. Inverness Club - Toledo, Ohio Two of my favorites were 10 and 18. 10 offers up a wide open drive visually but then leaves a short iron from an elevated swale in the fairway to a tiny green that's pretty well guarded by rough and green side bunkers front left and right, a burn runs just short. 18 on the other hand is a short par 4 that allows you to choose anything from a mid iron to a driver depending on the level of risk you wish to take on. The small green is severely sloped from right to left making even the shortest approach from the wrong angle (the right side anywhere) next to impossible to hold the green. In order to approach from the best angles on the left side you have to challenge the heavy bunking running down that side.

The par 3 12th was a great medium length one shot hole where the small undulated green is heavily protected and green surface partially blind from the tee box. A lovely hole requiring a carefully placed tee shot into the wind on our day. One of the amazing things about Inverness that attests to the strength of its routing is how easily walkable it is and how well it flows from green to the next tee. Yet the holes still don't feel crammed together.

Inverness is a great members club and a thrill to play. I imagine it's a course that just keeps getting more and more fun to play once you get to know it better. If you ever get the chance to play it jump on it.
5 / 6
Inverness Club
October 22, 2015


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Inverness has hosted four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, and a U.S. Amateur. A few of these tournaments have brought some notoriety to the course. In 1931, Billy Burke and George Von Elm were tied at the end of regulation play. After a 36-hole playoff, they were tied again. Billy Burke won the subsequent 36-hole playoff by one stroke. It still stands as the longest playoff in the history of golf.

The 1979 U.S. Open is remembered fondly because of a tree. The 528-yard eighth hole was designed as a classic three-shot par 5, with a severe dogleg left and five deep bunkers in proximity of the green. Where others saw trouble, Lon Hinkle saw an opportunity when he discovered, during practice, that nothing prevented a player from hitting a tee shot through a narrow opening of trees onto the adjacent 17th fairway, then lofting a long second shot over the trees onto the eighth green, a shortcut that cut 80 yards off the intended track. The USGA was not thrilled about his strategy, which compromised the integrity of the three-shot hole and the safety of the gallery on the 17th hole. After Hinkle revealed his shortcut on day one, a very tall tree was planted in the middle of the night to the left of the tee box to plug the gap. Today you can still see what is now fondly referred to as the Hinkle tree blocking the former route through the 17th fairway. The question still remains: Is it legal to alter a golf course during the course of a championship?

Inverness is well designed and challenging, but I favor courses that have beauty and terrific views. Yet for its challenge alone, this course deserves its spot on the Top 100, even if it lacks the magnificence of Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, or even Black Diamond Ranch. Larry Berle.
3 / 6
Inverness Club
October 06, 2014


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Keith Baxter
October 06, 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. 
Subtle brilliance is how I would desribe the wonderful golf course. This history surrounding the club is second to none, as is the course itself. Hole 18 ranks as the best hole I have ever played. With "Death Valley" off to the right, a number of bunkers in front of the green, and a wicked, wicked slope of the green. Hole 7 is a bunkerless Ross gem. And holes 4 and 10 are under-rated. This is a must play! Check mprgolf.com for my full review.
6 / 6
Inverness Club
July 20, 2009


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Small hard and very fast greens surrounded by thick rough, US Open style golf at it's hardest. The club oozes history much of it Greg Norman would like to forget. Great hosts the members are quite rightly very proud of their history and wonderful course. Already looking forward to my next visit.
6 / 6
Inverness Club
September 24, 2008


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Maddy
July 12, 2011
great course, the food is great, the entire theme of the club is very traditional. inside the clubhouse there is plaid carpet, putters and such used by famous golfers, autographs, etc. inverness' theme captures everything a club is all about! very very traditional with a modern twist!