The Woodlands and Lakeside nines were fashioned by Arthur Hills at Shaker Run Golf Club in 1979. Despite the addition of a third nine two decades later, it’s the original 18-hole course that remains the premier layout here.
A very challenging layout but needs some TLC.....These courses host many rounds each year and that constant play takes its toll. Have had some nice experiences there with the course and treatment but also some bad ones, especially on crowded days. If you want to play it, do it but I feel other courses in the area are just as good if not better.
I played here with a gentleman who told me that 30 years ago, this was one of the most premier courses in Ohio when it came to the design and how well manicured it was. Unfortunately, it's lost some of that excellent manicuring, but it's still in nice shape. It's not a goat ranch, by any means. The Woodlands nine is what stood out to me. Lakeside is nice, but I wouldn't write home about it. I would with the Woodlands. #3 is a jaw-dropping Par 4, both with scenery and difficulty. #5 is very similar, except it's a Par 3. Both ninth holes on the Woodlands and Lakeside are practically the same hole; a tee shot that requires a large carry over the namesaked "Lakeside", and then you have to hit over it again to reach the green. Only difference is that the 9th on Lakeside curves left where as Woodlands' turns to the right. I'd have loved to see this course when it was in pristine shape, but it's not a bad course at all today.