Site of the US Women’s Amateur in 1920, the Mayfield course at Mayfield Sand Ridge Club is a classic design that’s laid out across a rolling landscape, with a couple of creeks coming into play on occasion.
“Many of Mayfield’s holes are laid out in the
bottom-lands along a stream,” Tom Doak remarked in The Confidential Guide to
Golf Courses, “but it is the up-and-over holes to bridge the gaps between
the valleys, like the 2nd and 9th, that make the course fascinating, and others
like the 13th with its green site between two enormous mounds are
simultaneously fun and stout. This is one of the few classic Golden Age designs
where no one has done a proper restoration; I guess there’s just not enough
potential work for any designer to portray themselves as a ‘Bert Way expert.’”
The Sand Ridge Golf Club from Chardon merged in 2006 with Mayfield Country Club forming the new Mayfield Sand Ridge Club allowing members of both establishments to use the facilities on offer at either location.
As if one merger was not enough, Cleveland’s venerable
Oakwood Club amalgamated with Mayfield Sand Ridge Club in 2019, forgoing its
Golden Age Donald Ross-designed course in the process.
Mayfield is a hidden gem in Northeast Ohio. A Bert Way design with little earth moving, it is quirky with many original and memorable holes. It also has some pure and subtle greens.
#2 is a blind uphill shot to a wildly sloping fairway. The approach is to a small green that is fast and slopes back to front.
#5 is one tough hole. The doghill right downhill tee shot has a creek on the right and fescue and bunkers on the left, or if you hit it straight and too fair. If you land safely in the fairway, you have a good shot at the green, but anything off the fairway is in danger of going right or long into the greenside creek.
#7 only requires an iron tee shot, but the creek on the left and challenging green makes it a difficult par. #14 is another tough par. The downhill tee shot is not too tough, but the approach is long and difficult.