Piqua Country Club was founded during 1896 and it soon had a nine-hole design from Donald Ross. Although the great architect would lay many routes in Ohio during his career, the one at Piqua was among his first projects. Later, Jack Kidwell would come along and add a second nine, completing the current 18-hole course.
As with Ross’s Inverness, the property and the course are significantly defined by how the designer incorporated the creek that ran through it. Rush Creek will be carried from the tee, or on the way to the green, no less than eight times during a round (which means, yes, that Kidwell also deserves some credit for figuring out how to work it into the course).
The latter architect in the course’s history is more responsible for the incorporation of various irrigation ponds on the property into the golf course, as well as the mature oak trees that now line the fairways. Perhaps the most intimidating hole is the No. 7 par three, which stretches 225 yards from the back tees and forces players to reckon with the pond that sits directly to the right of the putting surface.