Opened for play in the early 1990s, New Albany Country Club is a Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole golf facility located within a large suburb of Columbus, less than two miles from Pete Dye’s celebrated layout at The Golf Club.
The West and North nines comprise the 18-hole course of first choice, with Rocky Fork Creek featuring prominently during a round here.
Daniel Wexler has this to say about the layout in his book The American Private Golf Club Guide; “things pick up when the mid-section of the West nine encounters the water for three holes: the 436-yard 3rd (which requires a long second to a narrow green overhanging the creek), the 525-yard 4th (where the creek affects all three shots), and the 151-yard 5th.”
The author continues; “the North is a touch less inspiring, though the 427-yard 8th (where water fronts a bunkerless green) leaves little room for mistakes, and the 454-yard 9th straddles the creek, which also closely flanks the green’s left side.”
New Albany CC has 27 holes. A Nicklaus design, true to form, the first hole bends right. It is a welcoming par 4 with 4 bunkers on the inside elbow and two more greenside front right. The 2nd is a ho-hum par 3. The third is a tough hole. A creek cuts across the fairway just inside 150 yards and then angles left and parallels and extremely thin green. Not really a challenge off the tee, but if you push your approach you are sunk. The first par 5 is a good hole. Favor the right off the tee. It is possible to reach but the risk is high. The fairway ends at a creek about 120 yards from the green. This in and of itself is not a problem, but the creek then cuts back across a peninsula fairway in front of the narrow green. From my perspective, going for it does not make a lot of sense. Even hitting your second shot to the peninsula gains little advantage. Stay pack and hot your 125-130 yard iron. Thinking mans hole. The 2nd par 3 is the shortest hole on the course, long narrow green with 3 bunkers left, one right over a water carry. The 6th is a long par four that leans right. There are two large bunkers on the left that compresses the fairway and the green has bunker left and right. The 7th is a good risk reward par 5. The water carry will only affect really bad tee shots. There are four fairway bunkers left. As a rule of thumb if you cannot reach them off the tee then there is no sense going for it. Conversely, if you can reach them, then you need to be right. The 8th is a fun hole, all water carry, leaning left it is about appetite. Having said that, if you drive through the fairway there are multiple bunkers on the other side that may make you pay. Choose wisely. The 9th is long with fairway bunkers left and right and the same greenside.
The back starts off with four good birdie oppties. The 10th leans left with a fairway bunker on the inside elbow. Be right of it. The redan green is protected by three bunkers short left. The 11th is the longest par 3 with huge bunkers right a couple left and a water carry, yet it is the 18th handicap. The 12th is a pretty straight par five with a few fairway bunkers scattered about to keep people honest. The 13th parallels 12 with no fairway bunkers and two greenside, but it is a long par four. The 14th is mid-length Florida par 3. The par 5 15th has two fairway bunkers right that pinch the landing zone. This makes it a wee bit harder to get home but still doable, especially if you can draw the ball. The 16th is a par four that leans left with a bunker on the inside elbow. The 17th is a straightaway par four with no bunkers. However, the green is a peninsula, short left and right are NG. I did not care for 18 at all. Perhaps, because I lost two balls? It is a long dogleg right. A creek crosses the hole about 150 yards out and then runs down the right side before diverting in front of the green and then running down the left side. Favor the left side of the fairway off the tee. I am sure if I birdied it, I would be saying, what an awesome hole.
Good course, with some really good holes but more average ones.